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Microsoft Gets Novell Linux Code Ahead Of Open Source Community

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Microsoft Awarded Web Phone Patent
2. Today's Top Story
    - Microsoft Gets Novell Linux Code Ahead Of Open Source Community
3. Breaking News
    - Computer GUI Revolution Continues With Microsoft Surface's Touch Screen, Object Recognition
    - Microsoft Surface Image Gallery
    - IBM Cuts 1,500 More U.S. Jobs As Monthly Total Nears 3,000
    - Open Source Mapping Database For Broadband Data Recommended
    - HP Unveils In-Store Customer Kiosk
    - Palm's Foleo Fails To Wow Followers
    - Cigna Offers Cancer-Fighting Video Game To Patients
    - NASA Puts Microsoft Office 2007 In Suspended Animation
    - Apple Patches Bugs In QuickTime ... Again
    - Dell Unveils Energy-Efficient Business Desktops
    - HP Unveils Entry-Class Server For Telecom Industry
    - Mobile Phone Users Pay Less For Handsets, Keep Them Longer
    - Mozilla Update Ends Support For Firefox 1.5
    - RFID Skills Improving But Deployment Slows, Study Finds
    - IT Workers Do Snoop Through Your E-Mails, Private Files
4. The Latest Security Blog Posts
    - Data Security: You're Not Learning From Others' Mistakes
    - Vegas BBQ -- Burn, PC, Burn
5. Job Listings From TechCareers
6. White Papers
    - Metrics Matter -- Five Essential IT Metrics For Success
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

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1. Editor's Note: Microsoft Awarded Web Phone Patent

Could Apple's iPhone be at the mercy of a patent just granted to Microsoft? Could be, judging by U.S. Patent 7,225,409, "Graphical User Interface For A Screen Telephone," which was awarded to Microsoft on Tuesday. More potential worries for Apple: The patent isn't just for a phone, but for the underlying software, and the patent document even includes a helpful flowchart.

According to its abstract, the Microsoft patent is GUI-centric. "A graphical user interface for a Web telephone and other telephony devices provides a unique combination of display elements that provide information and enable the user to access functionality of the device," it reads. "The display elements include customizable screen areas called panes, an application program selection area, and call state area for displaying telephone line status information."

As for the underlying software, it's described as follows: "A software platform of the user interface provides a set of default user interface features and exposes an application programming interface. System implementers may customize the default display elements or create entirely new custom panes that fit within a uniform user interface framework using the application programming interface."

If it ever comes to a court contest between Microsoft and Apple, Apple could point out that, although Microsoft's patent was awarded on May 29, it was actually first filed on Aug. 25, 1999. That makes it sound old. On the other hand, Microsoft could conceivably claim that it thought of the concepts behind the iPhone almost eight years ago.

Read more about Microsoft's new phone patent, and let us know what you think.

Alexander Wolfe
awolfe@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Microsoft Gets Novell Linux Code Ahead Of Open Source Community
SEC document shows that Microsoft is entitled to receive key technical documentation from the Linux distributor -- even if that documentation is not generally available to open source software developers.


3. Breaking News

Computer GUI Revolution Continues With Microsoft Surface's Touch Screen, Object Recognition
Microsoft's tabletop display computer may set us on the path to where we no longer need keyboards and mice to work with computers.

Related Story: Microsoft Surface Image Gallery

IBM Cuts 1,500 More U.S. Jobs As Monthly Total Nears 3,000
IBM is attempting to shore up profits in its outsourcing business, which saw a 19% drop-off in pretax income in the first quarter.

Open Source Mapping Database For Broadband Data Recommended
Contrary to the FCC's plans, the ITIF argues that a user-generated map would encourage public participation and generate precise local broadband data.

HP Unveils In-Store Customer Kiosk
The experimental Retail Store Assistant is billed as a more effective marketing tool than mailings and other types of traditional promotions.

Palm's Foleo Fails To Wow Followers
The Foleo is a Linux-based, large-screen companion device to the Treo that lets users create e-mails and edit documents using a 10-inch display and a full-sized keyboard.

Cigna Offers Cancer-Fighting Video Game To Patients
HopeLab claims that cancer patients who play Re-Mission have more successful treatment than those who don't play the game.

NASA Puts Microsoft Office 2007 In Suspended Animation
The space agency is one of several federal bureaus that are holding off on Microsoft's latest desktop offerings.

Apple Patches Bugs In QuickTime ... Again
For the second time this month, Apple has released a security update to fix vulnerabilities in its QuickTime media player.

Dell Unveils Energy-Efficient Business Desktops
The OptiPlex Energy Smart 745 and 740 include power settings, more efficient power supplies, and flat-panel monitors.

HP Unveils Entry-Class Server For Telecom Industry
The HP Integrity NonStop NS3000AC is sold as a package that includes hardware, an operating system, and a database stack.

Mobile Phone Users Pay Less For Handsets, Keep Them Longer
Customers are keeping handsets for 17.5 months, an increase over the 16.6-month ownership term reported in November. They're also paying less for their handsets -- $103 in 2002 versus $93 in 2007.

Mozilla Update Ends Support For Firefox 1.5
Users of the open source browser will be encouraged to migrate to Firefox 2.

RFID Skills Improving But Deployment Slows, Study Finds
Among those who believe there's a shortage of RFID skills, 68% said the shortage would impact adoption, CompTIA found.

IT Workers Do Snoop Through Your E-Mails, Private Files
One IT administrator told researchers that he snoops simply because he can do it without being caught.

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4. The Latest Security Blog Posts
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Data Security: You're Not Learning From Others' Mistakes
As I was catching up on some e-mail last night, I came across a message that's become all too familiar to me. It was textbook: A company was apologizing that one of its laptops had been stolen and that the laptop contained customer account and credit card information. A real yawner, until I considered that this e-mail was delivered to my personal e-mail account and that it was my customer account and credit card info that may have been compromised. Companies just aren't getting the message about data security.

Vegas BBQ -- Burn, PC, Burn
Picture a beautiful sunset over the desert, the glow of the Vegas skyline in the distance. Then a towering wave of flames leap into the air that crackles with the heat -- a man just set his computer on fire.


5. Job Listings From TechCareers

Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island seeking Systems Analyst in Providence, RI

Brandes Investment Partners seeking Sr. Business Systems Analyst in San Diego, CA

American Home Mortgage seeking .NET Developer in Melville, NY

Openlink Financial, Inc. seeking Client Support Analyst in Uniondale, NY

Openlink Financial, Inc. seeking Quality Assurance Analyst in Uniondale, NY

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


6. White Papers

Metrics Matter -- Five Essential IT Metrics For Success
Metrics provide valuable information about key projects and budget expenditures and can demonstrate IT's return on investment and value to the overall business. This paper prescribes five essential metrics for North American companies to reveal a comprehensive snapshot of ongoing application development and new IT project progress.


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