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Making A (Tech Toys) List

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Making A (Tech Toys) List
2. Today's Top Story
    - Microsoft Unlikely To Sue Over Linux Patents Despite Bluster: Experts
    Related Story
    - Microsoft Keeps The Patent Hammer Handy In Novell Linux Pact
3. Breaking News
    - 'Macarena' Virus Targets Macs
    - Amazon.com Sees New Web Utility Business
    - UN Forum Examines Internet Accessibility
    - Trojan One-Two Punch Sends Spam Rates Soaring
    - Xmas Wish List Takes To Web
    - Google's Gmail Goes Mobile
    - FCC Endorses Broadband Over Powerline
    - Yahoo Redesigns Shopping Site For Holidays
    - Oracle Buying Stellent For $440 Million
    - Climate Modeling Enhanced By New IBM Supercomputer
    - Dell Does Its First AMD Laptop
    - FCC Again Delays Vote On AT&T, BellSouth Deal
4. Grab Bag: WWW Future; Light 'Lappy'
    - Web Inventor Fears For The Future (BBC News)
    - Sony To Sell World's Lightest Lappy (Techtree.com)
5. In Depth: Online Tunes
    - Brief: Apple Struggles To Fix iTunes Stutter Glitch
    - iPod Owners Willing To Switch To Microsoft Zune
    - Latin Rhythms, Shows Get Own Section At iTunes
    - Apple Ramps Red iPod Nano To 8 Gbytes
6. Voice Of Authority: Surveillance
    - The Surveillance Society: It's Closing In!
7. White Papers: Single Sign-On
    - How Enterprise Single Sign-On Can Help You Survive A Sarbanes-Oxley Audit
8. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
9. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

Quote of the day:
"We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give." -- Winston Churchill


1. Editor's Note: Making A (Tech Toys) List

Today I'm planting a seed about holiday gift giving, almost three full weeks before Black Friday.

Perhaps you're a techie with discriminating taste in gadgets, or you like to give trendy tech gifts to those close to you. We're going to do our best to give you the latest and greatest in a Holiday Gift Guide we'll present in the next couple of weeks. But our crack reviewers can't think of everything, so we'd like to get some ideas from you. So I'm asking you to submit:

  • A hot tech gift you hope to receive, and why it will make you more productive (personally or professionally) in 2007. If you suggest "a digital camera," that won't get published, but we would highlight an amazing new digital camera that many of your fellow readers wouldn't yet have purchased.

  • A gift you plan to buy for a spouse, a loved one, a techie close to you, an employee, or a client. Same parameters as above.

    We'll take the best submissions (feel free to include links to product photos, too) and publish them right alongside the picks of our reviewers.

    Submit your ideas at my blog entry, or write to me directly.

    (By the way, see last year's Holiday Gift Guide here.)

    +++++

    A couple of weeks ago, I asked for your favorite photos among many submitted by your peers. Seems the majority of you agreed with my pick for best photo, "The Sentry," which got 35% of nearly 900 votes. Congratulations, Tom McClure (and son).

    The response to our reader photo gallery was so positive I plan to make this a regular feature.

    +++++

    Weird Web Find: Were you one of the countless East Coast residents affected by power outages in recent weeks? Did you use a generator to power some household appliances? If you answered yes in either case, I'd like to point you to this priceless page. I love a good do-it-yourself project as much as the next wannabe carpenter/electrician/plumber/landscaper, but this is truly goofy. I found it while searching for totally unrelated information about lawn mower maintenance. If you've recently gotten an offbeat, totally unexpected, or humorous search result, share it with me, and I'll pass it along to your fellow readers.

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


    2. Today's Top Story

    Microsoft Unlikely To Sue Over Linux Patents Despite Bluster: Experts
    "What software company on the planet is going to sue someone who might buy their software?" says one analyst.

    Related Story:

    Microsoft Keeps The Patent Hammer Handy In Novell Linux Pact
    Microsoft and Novell will work more closely with each other under the new deal.


    3. Breaking News

    'Macarena' Virus Targets Macs
    Source code for the virus is now public. It hits both client and server editions of Mac OS X from 10.0.0 through the current version.

    Amazon.com Sees New Web Utility Business
    The company has assembled the pieces of a strategy that positions Amazon to supply underlying computing, data storage, and other services to Web businesses.

    UN Forum Examines Internet Accessibility
    The first UN-backed conference on the Internet focused on access in developing countries, access for people with disabilities, the dominance of English, and government censorship online.

    Trojan One-Two Punch Sends Spam Rates Soaring
    Spam now accounts for almost three-quarters of all e-mail, largely caused by two zealous Trojan downloaders that have been infecting PCs, then using them to spew huge amounts of junk mail.

    Xmas Wish List Takes To Web
    Users of the Blue Dot social networking service can find an item they want on the Web, add a comment and a thumbnail image, and share it with a wish list.

    Google's Gmail Goes Mobile
    The search giant is bringing its popular e-mail service to cell phones. Separately, the new ".mobi" domain is taking off, with over 200,000 registrants.

    FCC Endorses Broadband Over Powerline
    The Federal Communications Commission eased the way to rapid broadband-over-powerline development by classifying BPL as an "information service," placing it on equal regulatory footing with cable modems and DSL.

    Yahoo Redesigns Shopping Site For Holidays
    The new version is designed to attract shoppers by making it easier for them to find bargains.

    Oracle Buying Stellent For $440 Million
    Oracle joins IBM and EMC in acquiring content management software providers.

    Climate Modeling Enhanced By New IBM Supercomputer
    BlueIce performs at a peak speed of 12 teraflops, nearly triple the atmospheric center's current computing capacity. It will begin operating in February.

    Dell Does Its First AMD Laptop
    The PC powerhouse has begun selling a laptop equipped with an AMD Turion 64 processor, the first time it has sold a portable not powered by an Intel chip.

    FCC Again Delays Vote On AT&T, BellSouth Deal
    The Republican FCC chairman has been trying to broker a compromise with the two Democratic commissioners, but for three weeks they have been unable to reach a consensus for approving the $82.2 billion transaction.

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    4. Grab Bag: WWW Future; Light 'Lappy'

    Web Inventor Fears For The Future (BBC News)
    The British developer of the World Wide Web says he's worried about the way it could be used to spread misinformation and "undemocratic forces."

    Sony To Sell World's Lightest Lappy (Techtree.com)
    According to reports, Sony is planning to start selling the world's lightest notebook computer in December in Japan, in a move to increase its presence among business users.


    5. In Depth: Online Tunes

    Brief: Apple Struggles To Fix iTunes Stutter Glitch
    The latest update of iTunes—version 7.0.2—is supposed to correct problems with the previous release, but users on Apple's own discussion forums are reporting mixed success, with some saying the "stuttering" problem remains.

    iPod Owners Willing To Switch To Microsoft Zune
    IPod users don't "display the same passionate loyalty to iPods that Macintosh users have historically shown," says an analyst for ABI.

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

    Apple Ramps Red iPod Nano To 8 Gbytes
    The new model holds up to 2,000 songs, double the capacity of the previous version. Apple will contribute $10 from the sale of each product to the Global Fund to fight AIDS in Africa.


    6. Voice Of Authority: Surveillance

    The Surveillance Society: It's Closing In!
    Sorry 4 typos but I know they're watching—always suspected it but just got confirmation from Reuters news story saying US and UK r as oppressive as China and Russia in terms of spying on citizens—I hear footsteps and know they're coming for me cause I'm speaking out!!


    7. White Papers: Single Sign-On

    How Enterprise Single Sign-On Can Help You Survive A Sarbanes-Oxley Audit
    Meeting the requirements of Sarbanes-Oxley is proving to be a challenge. However, many organizations are now discovering that an Enterprise Single Sign-On solution can offer a means of fulfilling the requirements of a Sarbanes-Oxley compliance audit while also strengthening application and database security enterprise-wide.


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