In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Do You Work For A Great CIO? Tell Us About It
2. Today's Top Story
- IT Salaries Are On The Way Up
3. Breaking News
- Microsoft Offers Vista Discounts To Holiday Shoppers
- Brief: Microsoft Offers Vouchers In Arkansas Lawsuit Settlement
- Microsoft Launches Completed Version Of Windows Defender
- Internet Explorer Vs. Firefox: The Battle Heats Up
- Google To Let Publishers Create Custom Searches On Their Own Sites
- Google Launches Election Guide
- Apple Upgrades MacBook Pro
- Another Battery Blast: Regulators, Sony Announce 340,000 More Recalls
- Sony Won't Quit Battery Business Despite Recalls
- MIT Researchers Are Developing An 'Engine On A Chip'
- EPA Tightens Up Power Specs For PCs
- Chile Positions Itself As IT Outsourcing Location
- China May Require Bloggers To Register Under Their Real Names
- Oracle Trots Out Laundry List Of 11g Database Perks
- Preliminary Research Links Cell Phone Use, Weakened Fertility
- EMC's Ex-CTO On Why He Jumped To A Smaller Storage Player
- UPMC Inks Multimillion-Dollar Co-Development Deal With dbMotion
4. Grab Bag
- Gumstix-Sized Computer...Kinda (Gizmodo)
- YouTube Names Names: Why Is Anyone Surprised? (ArsTechnica)
- Lawsuits Against Google Only Make It Stronger (TechDirt)
5. In Depth
- HP Scandal Raises Questions About The Twilight World Of Corporate Intelligence
- Organized Crime Steals Millions From Online Brokers
- Defense Department Picks Smart Card For Desktop, Network Security
- IP Theft Up In First Half Of Year: Report
6. Voice Of Authority
- U.S. Tech Workers Share Their Outsourcing Pain
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1. Editor's Note: Do You Work For A Great CIO? Tell Us About It
The great ones can change your lifeteachers, coaches, advisors, and, yes, bosses. Our annual Chief of the Year recognition has spotlighted some incredible talents. But we don't know everyone in this industry, and we might not know enough about the person guiding your IT shop. If you work for an inspired leader, tell us, and tell us why.
Our past CIOs of the year had impressive accomplishmentsand they haven't sat still since then. We chose Linda Dillman for her work at Wal-Mart, which included helping drive an entire industry toward RFID adoption. Now she's cracking an even tougher nut: leading Wal-Mart's new environmental efforts and its health care initiatives. FedEx CIO Rob Carter has added to his tech title. He's now co-CEO of FedEx Services and is responsible for customer service. General Motors CIO Ralph Szygenda reworked how the carmaker runs IT, lowering costs while creating systems that let the company design cars faster. Now he's redesigning how the company works with outsourcers through its $15 billion services contract.
When we look for a Chief of the Year, there's no minimum company size, no hard-and-fast criteria for choosing the person. In fact, we'd love to hear what you think matters most in an IT leader. Do you want someone with great tech chops, or can a business leader from outside tech get the job done? (As our 2003 Chief of the Year, Roy Dunbar, did at Eli Lilly, before moving to MasterCard.) If you know of someone who stacks up with the best, drop me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave a comment at my blog entry.
Google Launches Election Guide
Clicking on a congressional district marker in Google Earth gets the user the slate of candidates running, with live feeds about each candidate from Google's image and news search engines.
Apple Upgrades MacBook Pro
Apple says the dual-core upgrade boosts the notebook's performance by up to 39% from the single-core model.
MIT Researchers Are Developing An 'Engine On A Chip'
A potential early application might be a small engine that a soldier could wear to power equipment like night vision gear. Batteries currently in use by soldiers are relatively heavy and often run out of juice too soon.
EPA Tightens Up Power Specs For PCs
The Environmental Protection Agency estimated the new Energy Star specs could save U.S. households and businesses more than $1.8 billion in energy costs over the next five years.
EMC's Ex-CTO On Why He Jumped To A Smaller Storage Player
George Symons has jumped over to closely held Yosemite, a substantially smaller provider of backup software that competes with EMC's Retrospect software. In an interview, Symons shares his reason for joining the struggling company and his plans for Yosemite.
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4. Grab Bag
Gumstix-Sized Computer...Kinda (Gizmodo)
At about 1 inch by 5 inches, you're floored at the thought of this little PC chomping away at bits in your pocket, aren't you? The 400xm-cf is a french fry-sized computer capable of connecting to a network and letting network admins test and diagnose to their heart's content.
YouTube Names Names: Why Is Anyone Surprised? (ArsTechnica)
If YouTube users didn't suspect that the company kept a record of what user uploaded what file, then they're the single most naive group on the planet. This isn't some kind of crazy NSA-style pervasive surveillance we're talking about; it's keeping a record of usernames and filenames. This isn't rocket science, and if YouTube hadn't retained such records, it would be a clear signal to the entertainment industry that the site wasn't at all serious about cracking down on copyrighted material.
Lawsuits Against Google Only Make It Stronger (TechDirt)
By racking up court victories against small opponents that make weak arguments and have unsophisticated legal teams, it's helping build up a body of case law that will come in handy when the company has more serious legal challenges.
U.S. Tech Workers Share Their Outsourcing Pain Paul McDougall says: Last week, I invited readers of this blog to e-mail me with accounts of how they've personally been affected by outsourcing. I received many responses (several of them of unprintable). Below are excerpts from a few, with names withheld. Regardless of where you stand on the outsourcing issue, it's undeniably causing pain on individual levels.
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5 Top Federal Initiatives For 2015As InformationWeek Government readers were busy firming up their fiscal year 2015 budgets, we asked them to rate more than 30 IT initiatives in terms of importance and current leadership focus. No surprise, among more than 30 options, security is No. 1. After that, things get less predictable.