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Microsoft Adds Office 2007 To Enterprise Price Lists

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: What Scares You, And Who Scared Them?
2. Today's Top Story
    - Microsoft Adds Office 2007 To Enterprise Price Lists
    Related Stories
    - Gartner: Vista Coupon Upgrade Limit Hits Businesses
    - Office Live Nearly Live
    - Review: Office Live A Big Deal For Small Businesses
3. Breaking News
    - 'New' Websense Technology Reportedly Torpedoes Threats
    - Google Buys JotSpot Collaboration Service
    - Google Maintains Pressure On Microsoft In EU
    - Microsoft Wants Speed Advantage With Open Source PHP
    - SAS Institute Wants To Predict Your Profitability
    - Increasing Interest, Popularity Drive 'Second Life' Growth, Economy
    - Wearable iPod Hits Stores Friday
    - Microsoft Goes Global To Stop Counterfeiters
    - Hyperion Enhances BPM Upgrade With Better Integration, Data Sharing
    - HP Expands Storage Options
    - Review: Get 'Hands-On' With Alternative Keyboards
    - Brief: Hell.com's Fury Less Than Anticipated
4. Grab Bag
    - Scary Coworkers (BusinessWeek)
    - Virus Writers Target Web Videos (BBC News)
    - Halloween Sounds Really Scary On Web Radio (Boing Boing)
    - Why We Love To Be Scared (LiveScience.com)
    - French Press Declares Halloween Dead (Reuters)
5. In Depth: Boo! Nightmares On IT Street
    - RIM Insiders Face Trading Ban Amid Filing Delays
    - MySpace To Block Illegal Use Of Copyrighted Music
    - U.S. Reportedly Probing Chavez Link To U.S. Voting Machine Firm
    - Brief: Feds Launch Probe Into Sony SRAM Business
    - Cheney Expresses Doubts About Sarbanes-Oxley
6. Voice Of Authority
    - Who Needs Vista For $399?
7. White Papers
    - Surviving The Next Katrina Or Ernesto
8. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
9. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

Quote of the day: Halloween, Horror & Fright
"Be wary then; best safety lies in fear."-- Shakespeare "Hamlet"

"At first cock-crow the ghosts must go, back to their quiet graves below." -- Theodosia Garrison

"Nothing on Earth so beautiful as the final haul on Halloween night." -- Steve Almond


1. Editor's Note: What Scares You, And Who Scared Them?

If last night wasn't scary enough for you, what with ringing doorbells, impatient kids, costume crises, and the specter of yawning cavities, we're here to remind you that you don't have to wait for Halloween to be scared. Especially if you're in IT.

Let's see, there's the ever constant fear of being on the production end of a million-dollar blunder or data breach. And the upcoming elections have sure scared a lot of people one way or another, and the unease about high-tech voting machines isn't helping. And then there's the new Microsoft licensing terms, which have unnerved even more folks, almost as much as the dark shadow of Sarbanes-Oxley regulations and the ever-widening stock option scandal, which threatens to put a crimp in traditional high-tech compensation. Rounding things out, there's China, India, Vietnam, India, Russia, India...we could go on and on, but we'd rather have some fun.

To take your mind off the trouble and toil, we present the scariest Halloween costumes we might have seen last night:

At Bill Gates' house? It's a toss up between the cheery Google logo and EU commissioner Neelie Kroes carrying empty money bags.

At the home of Red Hat CEO Matthew Szulik? Larry Ellison, spurning a treat and demanding to play a trick.

At Google? Windows Vista carrying a suitcase filled with Microsoft money.

At Sony? One sparking, sputtering, and smoking battery after another, and another, and another.

And there's more! You can read the rest of this frightful list and add your own scary sightings by going to my blog entry for this Editor's Note.

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


2. Today's Top Story

Microsoft Adds Office 2007 To Enterprise Price Lists
Although the new bundle hasn't yet been released to manufacturing, its appearance on the November Open and Select price lists means some businesses can relax.

Related Stories:

Gartner: Vista Coupon Upgrade Limit Hits Businesses
Gartner hedges its recommendations for businesses that upgrade Windows when they purchase new PCs. Wait until February 2007, the research firm says.

Office Live Nearly Live
Microsoft said Tuesday that its Office Live hosted SharePoint infrastructure is set to go live Nov. 15.

Review: Office Live A Big Deal For Small Businesses
Office Live—especially the free services—can help small businesses transition from static Web sites to interactive Web sites. Transactional capabilities are expected later.


3. Breaking News

'New' Websense Technology Reportedly Torpedoes Threats
ThreatSeeker proactively scans the Web for threats and blocks exploits before they can get on the network, protecting companies until patches and signatures are created, according to the company.

Google Buys JotSpot Collaboration Service
Google sees JotSpot's wiki tools as complementary to its existing line of collaboration services, including its online document and spreadsheet applications and Google Groups discussion groups.

Google Maintains Pressure On Microsoft In EU
Microsoft's antitrust battles are still far from over with the European Union. Google is raising issues about how users select a search provider in Windows Vista.

Microsoft Wants Speed Advantage With Open Source PHP
Microsoft has formed a technical partnership with Zend Technologies to optimize its open source scripting language, PHP, to work better with Windows Information Server.

SAS Institute Wants To Predict Your Profitability
SAS Institute unveils new tools for analyzing the profitability of products, operations, and customers, as well as scrutinizing aftermarket services.

Increasing Interest, Popularity Drive 'Second Life' Growth, Economy
The virtual online world is drawing older visitors, large companies, advertising agencies, and other traditional institutions. Whether the number of older participants rises will be closely watched.

Wearable iPod Hits Stores Friday
About half the size of the original Shuffle, the new half-cubic-inch iPod contains 1 Gbyte of flash memory that holds up to 240 songs.

Microsoft Goes Global To Stop Counterfeiters
The company is suing 55 sellers worldwide, claiming they've misused their eBay or other online auction site accounts to sell illegally copied software.

Hyperion Enhances BPM Upgrade With Better Integration, Data Sharing
The tool targets power business intelligence users, enabling them to view departmental data and write the business rules for linking intersecting data. The company has also licensed technology from Informatica to connect System 9.3 to transactional systems.

HP Expands Storage Options
The product launch will run the gamut from blade servers to SANs to virtual storage.

Review: Get 'Hands-On' With Alternative Keyboards
Three models promise greater comfort, easier learning, and faster typing. But how well do they actually work?

Brief: Hell.com's Fury Less Than Anticipated
A company auctioned off 113 domain names out of 312 for more than $4.75 million during its live auction at an industry conference last week. The rest, including Hell.com, will have another chance.

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4. Grab Bag

Scary Coworkers (BusinessWeek)
These are the colleagues who make you shudder when they creep by, and they can be avoided for only so long. Here's how to deal with them.

Virus Writers Target Web Videos (BBC News)
Booming interest in video online is catching the attention of hi-tech criminals, say security firms. Some are even pegged to, you guessed it, Halloween-themed videos.

Halloween Sounds Really Scary On Web Radio (Boing Boing)
SomaFM has a channel perfect for your Halloween parties (or candy-filled, blood-soaked cubicle jam sessions): The "Doomed" channel has dark, Goth-influenced industrial and other scary music.

Why We Love To Be Scared (LiveScience.com)
For all of their stomach-turning gore, horror films and haunted houses attract people in droves. This ability of the human brain to turn fear on its head could be a key to treating phobias and anxiety disorders, according to scientists.

French Press Declares Halloween Dead (Reuters)
Halloween, ancient Celtic festival or U.S. marketing gimmick according to your point of view, is "pretty much buried" in France after a short-lived breakthrough, according to the French media. The daily Le Parisien painted a desolate picture of abandoned pumpkins and sorry displays in isolated restaurant doorways and declared "Halloween is dead."


5. In Depth: Boo! Nightmares On IT Street

RIM Insiders Face Trading Ban Amid Filing Delays
The Ontario Securities Commission will decide next week whether to block more than 60 officers, directors, and other insiders at the maker of the popular BlackBerry e-mail device from trading their shares until the company meets its financial reporting obligations.

MySpace To Block Illegal Use Of Copyrighted Music
Industry pressure is forcing the popular social networking site to crack down, but MySpace is also hoping to sell songs from unsigned bands and to eventually offer copyright-protected songs from major record companies.

U.S. Reportedly Probing Chavez Link To U.S. Voting Machine Firm
A Treasury spokeswoman said the multi-agency Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States has contacted Smartmatic, which owns Sequoia Voting Systems, but declined to confirm a formal probe. The Venezuelan government denies any role in the companies.

Brief: Feds Launch Probe Into Sony SRAM Business
The subpoena arrives as Sony struggles with a battery recall nightmare that's expected to cost $430 million. Last year, the company was fined $300 million in a separate government probe on DRAM price fixing.

Cheney Expresses Doubts About Sarbanes-Oxley
But the Bush administration's SEC chief praised the 2002 law for helping uncover irregularities over backdating stock options.


6. Voice Of Authority

Who Needs Vista For $399?
Microsoft must have been going crazy or really doesn't want to sell Windows Vista. My long-held belief was that Microsoft owes the proliferation of its product to the fact that for a long time these could be copied and installed easily, says Max Fomitchev.


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Surviving The Next Katrina Or Ernesto
This white paper outlines the issues underlying any business continuity and availability implementation and offers guidance for reducing risk in 2007. It explains how to use service level agreements and data valuation as organizing principles for revitalizing BC&A systems and describes 10 simple steps to maintain support from end users and executive management.


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