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Linux Summit: Forget Microsoft, Let's Get Back To Development

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: What Security Issues Really Keep You Up At Night?
2. Today's Top Story: Linux and Microsoft
    - Linux Summit: Forget Microsoft. Let's Get Back To Development
    Related Story
    - Microsoft And Linspire Ink Broad Technology Agreement
3. Breaking News
    - Five Enterprise 2.0 Startups To Watch
    - Apple Patches Three Bugs In Safari For Windows Beta
    - Experts Differ On App Development On iPhone
    - Gartner: Consumer Products Threaten Corporate Security
    - FBI Audit Finds Widespread Abuse In Data Collection
    - Google Cancels 'Freedom' Party To Appease eBay
    - Sprint, Clearwire Reportedly In Talks About A WiMax Hook-Up
    - Cyberattack Fools You Once, Evades Detection
    - Sony To Ship Apple TV Rival In July
    - Kodak Says Camera Sensor May Eliminate Flash
    - TransMedia Follows Google Gears Into Desktop Apps
    - Feds' 'Operation Bot Roast' Reveals 1 Million Victims
4. The Latest Microsoft Blog Posts
    - Microsoft Lets A Wizard Help Sell More Dynamics
    - Don't Shut Off Vista UAC, There's A Better Way
5. Job Listings From TechCareers
6. White Papers
    - Availability and Reliability
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

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"Men are generally idle, and ready to satisfy themselves, and intimidate the industry of others, by calling that impossible which is only difficult." -- Samuel Johnson


1. Editor's Note: What Security Issues Really Keep You Up At Night?

The week's security news included some of the headlines we've come to expect --regular patches from Microsoft in its "Patch Tuesday" process, addressing 12 "critical" bugs -- as well as some slightly out of the ordinary: A new Apple browser contains numerous bugs, which were promptly patched. Mind you, the Apple Safari browser is in beta and it is for Windows XP, so the circumstances are somewhat mitigating.

I've been thinking a lot about this process -- the reporting, the disclosure, the press releases and advisories flowing from the security vendors. It makes one wonder where the problems really lie and whether the "solutions" -- from Microsoft, Apple, or third party security vendors -- really address the pressing security problems of corporate IT organizations or represent little more than a scramble to address software that was poorly written to begin with.

Do the regular security patches from the likes of Microsoft offer real benefit to you, or do they just make it more difficult to keep your head above water when it comes to locking down your network? If client software isn't your biggest security problem today, what is? We'd like your insights into this issue as we develop future editorial coverage, so please e-mail me with your thoughts.

Tom Smith
tasmith@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story: Linux And Microsoft

Linux Summit: Forget Microsoft. Let's Get Back To Development
The Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit started off with a town-hall-style question-and-answer session with about 70 representatives of kernel developers, Linux users, and independent software vendors.

Related Story:

Microsoft And Linspire Ink Broad Technology Agreement
The agreement will provide Linspire users with assurance that they won't be violating any Microsoft intellectual property and patents.


3. Breaking News

Five Enterprise 2.0 Startups To Watch
To differentiate their products from companies like Microsoft and IBM, they'll have to do things differently.

Apple Patches Three Bugs In Safari For Windows Beta
Just days after researchers started pulling up a plethora of vulnerabilities in Apple's Safari for Windows beta release, the company issued an updated version to patch three flaws.

Experts Differ On App Development On iPhone
Some say allowing developers to build only Safari-based applications is a good start, while others proclaim it just market spin.

Gartner: Consumer Products Threaten Corporate Security
Consumer-oriented technologies and services, like blogs, IM, and MP3 players, are creating huge holes in enterprise safeguards, a Gartner report warns.

FBI Audit Finds Widespread Abuse In Data Collection
An internal FBI audit has found the agency violated rules more than 1,000 times while collecting data on domestic phone calls, e-mails, and financial transactions in recent years, The Washington Post reported Thursday.

Google Cancels 'Freedom' Party To Appease eBay
The online auction site reportedly canceled its search ad purchases in response to Google's planned promotion of Google Checkout at an eBay event.

Sprint, Clearwire Reportedly In Talks About A WiMax Hook-Up
Financing issues are said to be behind the talks, although cell phone pioneer Craig McCaw's Clearwire floated a successful IPO earlier this year.

Cyberattack Fools You Once, Evades Detection
The attacks represent a "quantum leap" for hackers in terms of their technological sophistication and pose a serious challenge to the IT community, one security firm reports.

Sony To Ship Apple TV Rival In July
The device connects to the television via USB and HDMI ports.

Kodak Says Camera Sensor May Eliminate Flash
Eastman Kodak said Thursday it has developed digital camera technology that nearly eliminates the need for flash photography, part of the company's effort to make money from its deep patent portfolio.

TransMedia Follows Google Gears Into Desktop Apps
The company plans to release software that will let Linux users synchronize their files with remote copies on its Glide hosted file sharing and storage service to other platforms.

Feds' 'Operation Bot Roast' Reveals 1 Million Victims
As the FBI and the Justice Department investigated botnet operators, they began amassing a list of the alleged botnet victims -- with most of them here in the United States.

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4. The Latest Microsoft Blog Posts
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Microsoft Lets A Wizard Help Sell More Dynamics
After a year of educating its partners on the benefits of Dynamics, Microsoft is extending the accounting and CRM business software to more customers with the help of a third-party IT integrator called Wizard ... pointy hat and wand not included.

Don't Shut Off Vista UAC, There's A Better Way
One of the most annoying things about Microsoft Windows Vista is User Account Control and all the warnings it pops up to ask if you just did something you really wanted to do. Like, either (a) it wasn't you who pressed the Enter key, but the ghost of your grandfather standing at your shoulder, or (b) you really are too stupid to be trusted to know you want to install a program or open an attachment. The temptation is strong to turn off UAC warnings by disabling the controls, but that causes more problems. Fortunately, there's a better way.


5. Job Listings From TechCareers

McCamish Systems seeking Business Systems Analyst in Atlanta, GA

Openlink Financial seeking Client Support Analyst in Uniondale, NY

Union Telephone/Union Wireless seeking LAN/WAN Administrator in Mountain View, WY

American Home Mortgage seeking Build Manager in Melville, NY

Agilent seeking IT Associate - Systems Implementation in Santa Clara, CA

For more great jobs, career-related news, features and services, please visit CMP Media's TechCareers.


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