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Macworld Buzz: Will Google-Apple Alliance Make Waves Next Week?

In This Issue: Macworld Buzz: Will Google-Apple Alliance Make Waves Next Week?
1. Editor's Note: Same Old IT Song And Dance? That's Up To You In 2007
2. Today's Top Story
    - Macworld Buzz: Will Google-Apple Alliance Make Waves Next Week?
    Related Stories
    - Month Of Patches Takes On Month Of Apple Bugs
    - Mac Desktop Sales Slump, Portable Mac Sales Skyrocket
3. Breaking News
    - Adobe Flaw Means Trusted PDFs May Be Treacherous
    - 'Happy New Year' Worm Zooms To Top Of Malware Chart
    - U.S. Group Sues Nokia, Samsung Over Bluetooth
    - Dash and Yahoo Empower Cars With Local Search Engine
    - Toyota Adds MySpace-Like Features To Hybrid Owners' Web Site
    - Kodak, Sony Settle Patent Infringement Suits
    - Meet SGT STAR, The U.S. Army's Software Recruiting Agent
    - EarthLink CEO Charles Betty Dies Of Cancer
    - From Yap To Growl, Israeli Device Dogs Intruders
    - Telelogic Gives Away Software Modeling Tool
    - Macrovision Buys Consumer Electronics Software Maker Mediabolic
4. In Depth: IT Employment Trends
    - Companies Expected To Scramble For R&D, App Dev Talent
    - Despite A Good Year, IT Workers Were Less Optimistic About Jobs In December
    - Survey: CIOs More Confident About The Future
    - Poll Shows Strong Job Market In 2007
5. Voice Of Authority
    - Windows Defender Lapses, Leaves Users Discombobulated
6. White Papers
    - HR/HCM Applications
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

Quote of the day:
"An optimist stays up to see the new year in. A pessimist waits to make sure the old one leaves." -- Bill Vaughan


1. Editor's Note: Same Old IT Song And Dance? That's Up To You In 2007

New year, same problems. That's what I'm thinking. But if you haven't dealt much with these issues before now, some of the IT predictions for 2007 should provide you with the impetus for a much-needed sense of urgency. In the case of other issues, well, the longer they fester, the worse dealing with them is going to get. So address these truisms now, or be prepared to pay the piper.

  • No system, nowhere, no how, is ever fully secure. Be the safest you can be. The solution is simple: Plan for failure.

  • IT has value, sure, but if it's not aligned with business goals, it won't be worth a hill of bytes. I don't know how many times this needs to be said, but it seems it can't be said enough. Make it your motto for the year.

  • Privacy issues won't go away. In fact, they are going to crop up more as implementations and advancements of various technologies and practices—RFID, nanotechnology, corporate data gathering, etc.—pick up steam. Oh, and Congress has finally awoken. So be ready to mediate the business need versus the consumer right. Get this wrong, and you could be facing a lawsuit and/or monstrously bad publicity.

  • Most projects still fail. Now you might be able to change that statistic in your favor through good project management, collaboration, and upper management backing, but just in case, this is another place to plan for failure. Know your limits, and draw the line in the sand before the project is launched. Winners know when not to throw good money after bad.

    Have some IT truism of your own you'd like to share with your peers, or nudge them into dealing with? You can kick off the new year with your bits of advice by commenting on this blog entry, where you can also read the rest of my list for 2007 actionable items.

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


    2. Today's Top Story

    Macworld Buzz: Will Google-Apple Alliance Make Waves Next Week?
    Google watcher Steve Arnold says Steve Jobs is likely to announce that Apple will use Google's video search capability as part of its iTV plans.

    Related Stories:

    Month Of Patches Takes On Month Of Apple Bugs
    A former Apple Computer developer posted patches for the first two vulnerabilities disclosed by the bug-a-day hacker crusade and promised to meet each new flaw with a fix.

    Mac Desktop Sales Slump, Portable Mac Sales Skyrocket
    Overall, sales of Macs increased 19% during the second quarter over the same period in 2005 and climbed 18% for the year ending Sept. 30.


    3. Breaking News

    Adobe Flaw Means Trusted PDFs May Be Treacherous
    According to Symantec, any Adobe PDF file on the Internet could be used by hackers to run rogue JavaScript on a victimized PC.

    'Happy New Year' Worm Zooms To Top Of Malware Chart
    During December, the worm accounted for more than a third (35.2%) of all malicious code transmitted via e-mail.

    U.S. Group Sues Nokia, Samsung Over Bluetooth
    The Washington Research Foundation has sued mobile phone makers Nokia, Samsung Electronics, and Matsushita-owned Panasonic for infringing on a patent for wireless Bluetooth technology.

    Dash And Yahoo Empower Cars With Local Search Engine
    The Dash Express device, scheduled for release in California in the spring of 2007 and nationwide in the fall, boasts two-way connectivity to help keep map and traffic data timely.

    Toyota Adds MySpace-Like Features To Hybrid Owners' Web Site
    The company is going with the assumption that since people have specific reasons for choosing a hybrid (such as concerns about pollution or overreliance on gasoline), they'll be excited to explain them in an online profile.

    Kodak, Sony Settle Patent Infringement Suits
    The companies have entered into a cross-licensing agreement that settles digital photography patent infringement suits they had filed against each other.

    Meet SGT STAR, The U.S. Army's Software Recruiting Agent
    During months of testing, the software agent has fielded more than half a million questions and caused visitors to stay longer on the Army Web site.

    EarthLink CEO Charles Betty Dies Of Cancer
    Betty led the company from a regional ISP of a half million subscribers to a nationwide company with more than 5 million customers.

    From Yap To Growl, Israeli Device Dogs Intruders
    Harnessing technology that interprets barking—to see if an animal is responding to a threat instead of just routinely woofing—a new security system aims to replace expensive electronic surveillance systems.

    Telelogic Gives Away Software Modeling Tool
    Telelogic, which provides development tools to big enterprises, is looking to increase adoption of the Uniform Modeling Language standard and boost demand for its paid follow-up products.

    Macrovision Buys Consumer Electronics Software Maker Mediabolic
    Mediabolic's software is used by hardware manufacturers to build electronic devices that can discover, store, and play back Internet-based content.

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    4. In Depth: IT Employment Trends

    Companies Expected To Scramble For R&D, App Dev Talent
    A job market analysis found a nationwide demand for candidates with specialized technical skills and specific domain and industry experience.

    Despite A Good Year, IT Workers Were Less Optimistic About Jobs In December
    While job prospects for tech workers look solid for 2007, IT workers in December were less optimistic than in previous months, according to the latest monthly job confidence survey.

    Survey: CIOs More Confident About The Future
    CIOs say they expect improved business conditions three quarters from now.

    Poll Shows Strong Job Market In 2007
    Workers should cheer companies' intentions to boost both hiring and salaries in the new year.


    5. Voice Of Authority

    Windows Defender Lapses, Leaves Users Discombobulated
    "Windows Defender: Application failed to initialize: 0x8001066a. A problem caused Windows Defender Service to stop. To start the service, restart the computer and search Help and Support on how to start a service manually." Yeah, that's clear.


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