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Is DIY Dying At Google?

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Is DIY Dying At Google?
2. Today's Top Story
    - Vendors Roll Out New Security Software For Mobile Devices
    Related Stories
    - FCC Backs Airline's Free Wi-Fi At Boston Airport
    - Advanced Mobile Service Takes To The Sea
    - Brief: Verizon Offers Wireless Syncing Of Contact Lists
3. Breaking News
    - Are You Ready For Vista Graphics?
    - Time Warner Profit Rises On AOL, Cable (Reuters)
    - EMC Adds Avamar In Acquisition Spree
    - Microsoft Expression Web Gives Dreamweaver A Run For Its Money
    - India's Bangalore Changes Name To Bengalooru (Reuters)
    - Latin Rhythms, Shows Get Own Section At iTunes
    - Microsoft Again Argues Over IE7 Bug
    - Compulinx CEO Arrested, Charged With Identity Theft Of His Own Employees
    - U.S. Government Signs Off On Patent Disclosure Plan
4. Grab Bag
    - Microsoft Considers China Policy (BBC.com)
    - Blockbuster Online Adds Store Returns (BetaNews)
    - Scots Trial 'Vein Prints' To Buy Lunch (BusinessWeek Online)
    - In High Demand: Online Media Expertise (College Journal)
5. In Depth: Hardware
    - Sony To Sell World's Lightest Notebook PC In December (Reuters)
    - Irate Partners Blame AMD, Dell For Athlon Chip Shortage
    - Bloated IC Inventories Seen In 3Q
    - Brief: Nintendo's Wii Console Poised To Ship
    - Electronics Vendors To Develop Wireless HD Video Spec
6. Voice Of Authority
    - Smartphone Frustrations Revealed
7. White Papers
    - Extending VoIP To Remote Locations: Challenges And Solutions
8. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
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Quote of the day:
"The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't." -- Henry Ward Beecher


1. Editor's Note: Is DIY Dying At Google?

For the second time this month, Google has ordered out for innovation. On Tuesday, Google said it had acquired JotSpot, a maker of collaborative online applications. Earlier in October, Google acquired YouTube, the leading online video community site.

It's no doubt a smart buy for Google. Beyond the defensive value of keeping a credible software-as-a-service provider out of the hands of the competition, the deal will help Google find a paying audience for its own software-as-a-service offerings, currently anchored by the free Google Docs & Spreadsheets. JotSpot, free at the basic level, has 30,000 customers and 2,000 companies such as British Telecom, Intel, and Symantec paying for higher tiers of service. That's how revenue stream diversification begins.

What's less clear is whether Google's vaunted innovation engine is running low on fuel (or being throttled back—Google recently said it intended to focus more on improving existing products than launching new ones). It may be that time is of the essence and Google has to act quickly before the market's infatuation with the company fades. That's certainly preferable to the possibility that for all its internal engineering talent, it can't build what it can buy.

What do you think about Google's innovation these days? Comment on my blog entry.

Thomas Claburn
tclaburn@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Vendors Roll Out New Security Software For Mobile Devices
The Red Browser virus and snoopware are among the reasons vendors are doling out more security features for smartphones and Windows Mobile-based devices.

Related Stories:

FCC Backs Airline's Free Wi-Fi At Boston Airport
The Federal Communications Commission blocked Massport's attempt to shut down free Wi-Fi at airline lounges. Massport said airlines instead needed to direct their users to the airport's fee-based system.

Advanced Mobile Service Takes To The Sea
UTStarcom and SeaMobile plan to deploy high-speed data services to segments of the maritime industry.

Brief: Verizon Offers Wireless Syncing Of Contact Lists
Verizon Wireless subscribers with phones that support the Brew platform can download Plaxo's Mobile Plus software and synchronize contact information with Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express, and other applications.


3. Breaking News

Are You Ready For Vista Graphics?
Windows Vista will offer varying levels of functionality depending on what kind of video card you have. When you upgrade, will your PC be up to the challenge?

Time Warner Profit Rises On AOL, Cable (Reuters)
Analysts highlighted signs of a turnaround at AOL, but investors are concerned about AOL Web traffic after an August restructuring.

EMC Adds Avamar In Acquisition Spree
EMC plans to spend $165 million in cash to acquire Avamar, a provider of data protection software. The company has spent about $2.8 billion on a dozen acquisitions in 2006.

Microsoft Expression Web Gives Dreamweaver A Run For Its Money
Die-hard Dreamweaver fans aren't likely to switch to Microsoft's Expression Web, but some serious coders who aren't wedded to the longtime market leader are finding a lot to like in the FrontPage replacement.

India's Bangalore Changes Name To Bengalooru (Reuters)
The city is going back to its vernacular original name, which derives from "Bendakalooru," meaning a town of boiled beans.

Latin Rhythms, Shows Get Own Section At iTunes
ITunes Latino will include popular music, videos, TV shows, audiobooks, and podcasts.

Microsoft Again Argues Over IE7 Bug
Secunia says it spotted a flaw in IE7 that can be targeted by identity thieves. But Microsoft responds that "the scenario requires that you intentionally not use the security features specifically put in place to help protect against phishing and spoofing attacks."

Compulinx CEO Arrested, Charged With Identity Theft Of His Own Employees
Terrence D. Chalk and his nephew are charged with submitting about $1 million in credit applications using the names and personal information of employees.

U.S. Government Signs Off On Patent Disclosure Plan
Disclosure of a patent holder's most restrictive licensing terms will increase competition by allowing standards groups to choose among technologies on licensing as well as technical terms, proponents say.

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4. Grab Bag

Microsoft Considers China Policy (BBC.com)
A senior executive at Microsoft says the company could "look again" at doing business in China over concerns about the regime.

Blockbuster Online Adds Store Returns (BetaNews)
In its continuing battle with Netflix, Blockbuster announced Wednesday that it was changing its online rental service to allow users to return their movies in-store in exchange for free rentals.

Scots Trial 'Vein Prints' To Buy Lunch (BusinessWeek Online)
Schoolchildren in Scotland are testing the PalmSecure biometric payment system, which identifies them each by the pattern of veins in their hands.

In High Demand: Online Media Expertise (College Journal)
Madison Avenue finds a limited supply of talent that can drive Web ads.


5. In Depth: Hardware

Sony To Sell World's Lightest Notebook PC In December (Reuters)
Weighing 898 grams—or slightly less than 2 pounds—the "type G" Vaio model will be available only in Japan, at least for now.

Irate Partners Blame AMD, Dell For Athlon Chip Shortage
Some say AMD is hurting its loyal system builders, who believe they have been dumped now that the chipmaker has a partnership with Dell and other top-tier suppliers.

Bloated IC Inventories Seen In 3Q
ISuppli's updated estimate shows that excess semiconductor inventory in the global electronics supply chain in the third quarter remained flat, at the second-quarter level of $3.9 billion.

Brief: Nintendo's Wii Console Poised To Ship
Nintendo said its manufacturing facilities are working to gear up the supply chain pipeline to keep retail shelves filled, but it believes demand will outpace supply.

Electronics Vendors To Develop Wireless HD Video Spec
The goal is to agree on ways for transferring HD video and audio among multiple devices.


6. Voice Of Authority

Smartphone Frustrations Revealed
We asked you what your smartphone experiences were, and wow did you have a lot to complain about! Nobody's denying that a smartphone is a good productivity tool—in theory. But in reality, the smartphone manufacturers and operating system makers have their work cut out for them. Elena Malykhina tells you the most common complaints she heard.


7. White Papers

Extending VoIP To Remote Locations: Challenges And Solutions
Read about challenges companies face as they implement VoIP across the enterprise and remote sites, and learn how to overcome them.


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