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In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Can Google, The FCC, And AT&T Turn Wireless Carriers Into Dumb Pipes?
2. Today's Top Story
    - Many Users Cling To Windows XP In The Face Of Vista Problems
    - Microsoft Xbox 360 Sales Plunge 60% As Problems Mount
3. Breaking News
    - DoJ Pitches Legislation To Strengthen Identity Theft Laws
    - Facebook Makes First Acquisition In Startup Parakey
    - Google Will Bid In 700 MHz Wireless Auction If It's 'Open'
    - AT&T Endorses FCC Chief's Wireless Auction Plan
    - Magnetic Research Could Lead To Better Hard-Disk Drive Designs
    - Ask.com Plans Anonymous Search
    - Dossia Says Consortium Remains Committed To E-Health Project
    - Judge Continues Silence Order In E-Health Records Dispute
    - iPhone Poised To Boost Mobile Video Watching
    - Xandros Acquires Linux Messaging Specialist Scalix
    - Canadian Programmers Claim Their Checkers Program Is Unbeatable
    - D'oh! Spammers Exploiting New 'Simpsons' Movie
    - Federal Prosecutor: Cybercrime Is Funding Organized Crime
    - Verizon Wireless Reverses Field, Signs Broadcom Licensing Deal
    - Ooma Puts Unlimited Phone Calls In A Box
4. The Latest Digital Life Blog Posts
    - Is Your E-Mail Program Too Boring? Why Not Combine E-Mail With Video Gaming?
    - Why I Really Need A Mac To Enjoy My iPhone
    - Video: Van Gogh's 'Starry Night' Re-Created In 3-D In Second Life
    - Needleworkers Knit iPhone, Nintendo, And Sew Full-Sized Ferrari
5. Job Listings From TechCareers
6. White Papers
    - A Sure Bet: Implementing High Availability Internet
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

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1. Editor's Note: Can Google, The FCC, And AT&T Turn Wireless Carriers Into Dumb Pipes?

As my colleague Eric Zeman pointed out, Google is ready to bid in the FCC's upcoming auction of 700-MHz spectrum. Google is using its clout to push for an open access plan to spectrum, something that could turn the wireless carriers into dumb pipes -- and Google into one of those pipes.

Google has been making moves in the telecom space for a while, from launching loads of mobile applications to buying up dark fiber. But this week's announcement is a sign that Google wants to move from being just a search engine and maker of applications to being a service provider, or at least a company that has an extreme amount of control over service providers. And that means that wireless Internet service could soon become a commodity.

Almost everyone in the wireless industry has long predicted that the carriers would eventually become dumb pipes. What's amazing is that the carriers have been able to put it off for this long.

2007 seems to be shaping up as the tipping point for the wireless industry, and I have to admit that the iPhone has been a catalyst for much of this change. As I pointed out earlier, the iPhone is tearing down the carriers' barriers on dual-mode Wi-Fi access. And now the iPhone's carrier, AT&T, is ready to back Google's and FCC Chairman Kevin Martin's call for open wireless networks.

With AT&T, Google, and the FCC in agreement, I think the death of the old carrier model is firmly in sight. What do you think? Will 2007 be the year the carriers become dumb pipes?

Stephen Wellman
swellman@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Many Users Cling To Windows XP In The Face Of Vista Problems
Vendors are continuing to sell and support Windows XP, as some users struggle with Vista incompatibilities on existing software and hardware.

Related Story:

Microsoft Xbox 360 Sales Plunge 60% As Problems Mount
Microsoft said it shipped 700,000 Xbox 360 units in its latest fiscal quarter, compared with 1.8 million in the same quarter in 2006.


3. Breaking News

DoJ Pitches Legislation To Strengthen Identity Theft Laws
The bill seeks to supplement current laws so corporations are more protected, while also repaying people for the time spent repairing their finances.

Facebook Makes First Acquisition In Startup Parakey
Parakey is a stealth startup co-founded by Firefox co-creators Blake Ross and Joe Hewitt that aims to sync content on a Web site with content on a PC.

Google Will Bid In 700 MHz Wireless Auction If It's 'Open'
Google CEO Eric Schmidt said his company will commit $4.6 billion to the auction if certain "open" measures are included in the plan.

AT&T Endorses FCC Chief's Wireless Auction Plan
AT&T said it supports a plan that would require the winner of the FCC's auction to make some of the airwaves accessible using any device or software application. But Google wants more.

Magnetic Research Could Lead To Better Hard-Disk Drive Designs
A better understanding of magnetic systems could help vendors in tweaking today's materials and boosting hard disk performance and reliability.

Ask.com Plans Anonymous Search
AskEraser will provide Ask users with privacy controls that will prevent their searches from being retained on the company's servers.

Dossia Says Consortium Remains Committed To E-Health Project
The consortium, which includes Intel, Wal-Mart, and British Petroleum, is locked in a conflict with the organization it contracted to build an e-health records system for employees, dependents, and retirees.

Judge Continues Silence Order In E-Health Records Dispute
Dossia, a coalition of six big employers including Intel and Wal-Mart, got an Oregon judge to continue its secrecy order against the company it hired to build an e-health records system.

iPhone Poised To Boost Mobile Video Watching
Some 10 days after the June 29 release of the device, 63% of buyers had already watched video on the iPhone, says market research company Interpret LLC.

Xandros Acquires Linux Messaging Specialist Scalix
Linux distributor Xandros said the deal will not affect Scalix's existing support relationships with rival Linux operating system distributors, including Red Hat and Novell.

Canadian Programmers Claim Their Checkers Program Is Unbeatable
Software developers at the University of Alberta say they've "solved" checkers by developing a program that's guaranteed to never lose.

D'oh! Spammers Exploiting New Simpsons Movie
The spammed e-mails try to lure unsuspecting users to a Web site, where their e-mail address will be harvested for later spamming attacks, according to researchers at Sophos.

Federal Prosecutor: Cybercrime Is Funding Organized Crime
Cybercrime has been so profitable for organized crime that the mob is using it to fund its other underground exploits. And U.S. law enforcement is reaching around the world to reel it in.

Verizon Wireless Reverses Field, Signs Broadcom Licensing Deal
The deal calls for Verizon Wireless to pay licensing fees of $6 for each handset it sells, or up to $40 million per calendar quarter and up to a lifetime maximum of $200 million.

Ooma Puts Unlimited Phone Calls In A Box
For $399, Ooma offers a hardware appliance that connects to broadband Internet and offers VoIP service over regular phones.

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Windows Vista: Meeting Expectations Or Falling Short?
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4. The Latest Digital Life Blog Posts
http://www.informationweek.com/blog/main/archives/digital_life/index.html

Is Your E-Mail Program Too Boring? Why Not Combine E-Mail With Video Gaming?
The guys at TechCrunch pointed out what has to be the silliest looking application ever: 3D Mailbox. 3D Mailbox combines e-mail with 3-D graphics. Think of it as Outlook meets Second Life. Wait. It gets better. 3D Mailbox has a movie trailer.

Why I Really Need A Mac To Enjoy My iPhone
After weeks of waiting, I finally got my hands on my very own iPhone. Playing with my iPhone has been so much more satisfying than using my neighbor's iPhone. I have one big problem with my new toy, though. It doesn't sync very well with my personal PC.

Video: Van Gogh's 'Starry Night' Re-Created In 3-D In Second Life
This hauntingly beautiful video shows construction of a 3-D re-creation of the famous painting by Vincent Van Gogh. The soundtrack is the lovely "Starry, Starry Night," by Don McLean. I think everybody will like this video, but you can appreciate it a little more if you've actually done some building in Second Life.

Needleworkers Knit iPhone, Nintendo, And Sew Full-Sized Ferrari
Why shell out big bucks for a real iPhone, Nintendo, or Ferrari, when a homemade replica that you knit or sew is just as good in every way? Except, of course, for the minor point of being completely useless.


5. Job Listings From TechCareers

McFadyen Consulting seeking eBusiness Project Manager in Vienna, VA

Talent Mindset Resources seeking Senior QA Manager in Hartford, CT

The NPD Group seeking Computer Operator in Port Washington, NY

University of Maryland seeking PeopleSoft Tech Lead, Student Administration in Adelphi, MD

Talent Mindset Resources seeking Serena Senior Change Management Analyst in Hartford, CT

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


6. White Papers

A Sure Bet: Implementing High-Availability Internet
The unpredictable nature of Internet bandwidth can put important applications at risk. For converged networks with VoIP and data running at the same time, redundancy is a must have -- as IT managers strive to achieve the same levels of reliability phone users have come to expect.


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