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IT Dreams For 2006

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In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: IT Dreams For 2006
2. Today's Top Story
    - Steve Case: 'Undo' AOL-Time Warner Merger
3. Breaking News
    - Mozilla Says Firefox 1.5 Bug Not Serious
    - Tech Sector Set For Financial Roller Coaster
    - Networking Takes Center Stage At Interop Show
    - Man Apologizes After Fake Wikipedia Post
    - IPod Tops Search List During Holiday Shopping Season
    - Yahoo Upgrades Widget Engine
    - University Of Florida Saves Cash And Time With Dual-Core Systems
    - Phoenix Suburb Pushes To Become First With Wi-Fi Everywhere
    - 10-Minute Guide To Wi-Fi Standards
    - NCR To Offer Biometric System Globally
    - Circuit City Offers Remote PC Support
    - China Overtakes U.S. As World's Largest Tech Supplier
    - E-Mail Spills Corporate Secrets
4. Grab Bag: News You Need From Around The Web
    - The Firefox Hacks You Must Have
    - Web Site Focuses On Happy News
    - 'Digital Dumps' Heap Hazards At Foreign Sites
5. In Depth: On The Docket
    - SCO Raises New Funding--And Experts Raise Questions
    - Click Defense Bows From Lead In Google Suit
    - Verizon Wins In Court Against Cell-Phone Telemarketers
    - RIM, NTP In Patent Suit Settlement Talks
    - Don't Overlook Internal E-Mail Monitoring
6. Voice Of Authority
    - Editor's Note: Technology's Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
7. White Papers
    - The Business And Technology Benefits Of Intrusion Prevention
8. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
9. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

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"Ninety percent of everything is crap." -- Theodore Sturgeon (1918 - 1985)


1. Editor's Note: IT Dreams For 2006

I can't believe we're halfway through December, though the almost 2 feet of snow outside my window is proof enough! Where did the year go? How did we get here? Realizing that it's almost 2006 got me to thinking. Wouldn't it be nice if, for a change, in the new year:

  • Sony got a clue, consumers got reimbursed, and the company's supplier of choice for DRM found another calling? And what if a summit was held on intellectual-property rights in the digital age and no one was allowed to leave the room until some initial agreements were reached?

  • Instead of hackers auctioning off ill-gotten gains on eBay, companies could use eBay to bid on making convicted hackers do the most-boring maintenance work in their app-dev portfolios?

  • On a related theme, all these people busily deploying their technical skills to wreak havoc just for fun could see the value in channeling all that knowledge and creativity into truly useful and cutting-edge developments?

  • Oracle spent more time assimilating its hard-won booty, er companies, and less time adding to the pile?

  • Someone besides the judge got serious about settling the RIM/NTP patent suit and, in the meantime, if RIM spelled out to legions of addicted, anxious, and entitled users the details of its Plan A AND Plan B--the so-far-secret workaround?

    I could go on, and well, I do, for a little bit more here. Read my blog entry, then tell us what's on your IT wish list for 2006. We'd love to hear from you!

    Patricia Keefe
    pkeefe@cmp.com
    www.informationweek.com


    2. Today's Top Story

    Steve Case: 'Undo' AOL-Time Warner Merger
    Calling it "the worst merger in history," AOL co-founder Steve Case now says he wants to "undo" America Online's merger with Time Warner.


    3. Breaking News

    Mozilla Says Firefox 1.5 Bug Not Serious
    A bug in handling of extremely long names can make it seem the computer has crashed, but it poses no risk "to users or their computers."

    Tech Sector Set For Financial Roller Coaster
    The U.S. information-technology sector has clearly recovered from the 2001 recession, but business will fluctuate in 2006, take a downturn in 2007, and rebound in 2008.

    Networking Takes Center Stage At Interop Show
    Hot topics at this week's trade show will include VoIP, application security, WAN optimization, and network monitoring--a shift from recent years where client-side technology dominated, one observer says.

    Man Apologizes After Fake Wikipedia Post
    Brian Chase of Tennessee said it was intended as a joke on a co-worker that went "horribly wrong."

    IPod Tops Search List During Holiday Shopping Season
    Consumers conducted some 6.6 million searches on the term "iPod," comScore reports.

    Yahoo Upgrades Widget Engine
    Yahoo launched a new version of its widget engine, a platform for running mini desktop applications built by Yahoo or third-party developers for search, photo and mapping services, and other functions.

    University Of Florida Saves Cash And Time With Dual-Core Systems
    The school deployed Rackable Systems' high-density servers and dual-core Opteron processors to nearly double its computing capacity.

    Phoenix Suburb Pushes To Become First With Wi-Fi Everywhere
    Tempe, Ariz., is due to have a Wi-Fi network available for all of its 160,000 residents in February.

    10-Minute Guide To Wi-Fi Standards
    The different 802.11 and NIMO standards have different levels of throughput and security. Here's how you can make sense of the alphanumeric soup.

    NCR To Offer Biometric System Globally
    The services use Pay By Touch's authentication and payment service and NCR's biometric point-of-sale products to allow shoppers to pay for services and retail goods with a finger scan.

    Circuit City Offers Remote PC Support
    The retailer uses desktop-sharing software to provide support for home offices and small business.

    China Overtakes U.S. As World's Largest Tech Supplier
    China exported $180 billion worth of information and communications technology last year. The United States exported $149 billion.

    E-Mail Spills Corporate Secrets
    Six percent of workers admit that they've E-mailed confidential company information to someone they shouldn't have, according to a study released Monday, while 62% say they've used their personal accounts for business purposes to circumvent controls placed on their business accounts.

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    4. Grab Bag: News You Need From Around The Web

    The Firefox Hacks You Must Have (Wired.com)
    With a new version of the open-source browser out, we offer our guide to the nifty, fun Firefox extensions that will change your life.

    Web Site Focuses On Happy News (CNN)
    Carrie Rodgers is so engrossed by cable-television news shows that her husband calls her a news addict, but lately she has found another source to balance the onslaught of stories about war, crime, and natural disasters.

    'Digital Dumps' Heap Hazards At Foreign Sites (Washington Post, reg. required)
    Each month, hundreds of thousands of used computers, televisions, and other electronic components--about 500 container loads--arrive in Nigeria. Some of them were donated by people who thought they were helping satisfy the rapidly growing appetite for modern technology in a developing country where few can afford it. And some of them came from individuals or organizations that simply wanted to get rid of their obsolete equipment at the lowest cost.


    5. In Depth: On The Docket

    SCO Raises New Funding--And Experts Raise Questions
    Industry watchers wonder about the wisdom--and the motives--of the investors behind $10 million in new funding for the SCO Group, enabling it to pursue what is widely viewed as a hopeless lawsuit against IBM.

    Click Defense Bows From Lead In Google Suit
    Click Defense will still be a plaintiff in the lawsuit--related to click fraud in online advertising--but is withdrawing from being the lead plaintiff to help customers prepare for their own legal battles.

    Verizon Wins In Court Against Cell-Phone Telemarketers
    Verizon sued two companies, claiming they violated the law by using auto-dialing technology and recorded messages to sell products to cell-phone users.

    RIM, NTP In Patent Suit Settlement Talks
    A court-appointed mediator is helping the two parties communicate, although neither party is saying if a settlement looks likely at this point.

    Don't Overlook Internal E-Mail Monitoring
    Keeping an eye on your people's E-mail can head off security and compliance violations. Here are three ways you can make a difference now.


    6. Voice Of Authority

    Editor's Note: Technology's Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
    It's not even close to March, yet madness seems to be everywhere, Stephanie Stahl says. All signs seem to be pointing that way, as she runs down a list of events and issues that suggest the IT universe may be standing on its head.


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    The Business And Technology Benefits Of Intrusion Prevention
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