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1. Editor's Note: Microsoft Goes Retail
2. Today's Top Story: VoIP Trends
- Skype Mum On Reports Of Possible Acquisition By EBay Related Stories
- VoIP Fuels Security Appliance Growth: Report
- Study: Large Companies Plan More RFID, GPS Apps
3. Breaking News
- Firefox 1.5 Beta Nearly Ready
- NerdTV Plays Only On The Web
- Net Pioneer Vint Cerf Joins Google
- AOL Awards $85,000 To Spam Sweepstakes Winner
- Missouri Shuts Down Alleged White Supremacist Soliciting
- Katrina Up Close: Lexmark Exec Recounts Relief Mission
- Texas Instruments Aims At Video
- Advanced Micro Devices' CTO Resigns
- IBM Donates Business-Process Knowledge And Code To
- Recommendations For Continuity During Disasters
- WiMax Provides Cheap Broadband Alternative
- 'WiBro' Has Global Wireless Broadband Potential: Study
4. In Depth: Personal Tech & Reviews
- Review: Sony Ericsson W800i Walkman phone
- Primer: Making A Mesh Of Your WLAN
- Unwary Users Make Firefox Easy Prey
- Review: $300 PC Running Linux Makes A Good Starter System
- Review: Four Pocket Hard Drives
- Best Practices For Building An Encrypted (But Accessible)
5. Voice Of Authority
- Time For A Permanent 'Geek Corps'
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- Best Practices For Pipeline Management
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1. Editor's Note: Microsoft Looks To Duplicate Apple's Retail Stores
When Microsoft looks at the road ahead, it sees Apple. According
to a report in the New York Post (registration required unless
you go here first), Microsoft is considering One Times Square as
a possible location for a flagship retail store.
The Post story goes on to speculate that the move might be a first
step toward mimicking Apple's highly successful retail outlets.
Residents of San Francisco might well recall that Microsoft has
already dabbled in retail. The company used to have a store called
microsoftSF at Sony's Metreon mall. It closed in late 2001.
Wags at AppleInsider.com ask, "What do they have to sell?"
Another poster answers, "Virus protection."
Less biased observers suggest the Xbox and boxed Microsoft
software will be taking up shelf space. If you ask me, the
company would be more than happy to have a place to sell
digital-music devices that work with its much-anticipated
answer to iTunes.
Microsoft needs something to jump-start its digital-music
strategy. Apple has 82% of the online digital-music market,
a monopoly roughly comparable to Microsoft's Windows empire.
Texas Instruments Aims At Video
Texas Instruments is expected Thursday to launch a chip called
DaVinci to help the vendor capture a leading role in products including
digital cameras, video handsets, and scientific-imaging systems.
Use of IT and business consultants is up compared with a year ago
but corporate satisfaction is still a work in progress. Optimize
Research's recent Executive Report: Boom Time For Consultants
evaluates the sourcing practices of more than 300 companies and
outlines the challenges they face.
Combining multiple functions into a single device -- a.k.a.
"convergence" -- usually means either trimming back on features
or increasing the size of the device to accommodate additional
functions. Sony Ericsson's $499 W800i Walkman phone does
something pretty amazing: merging a passle of features into one
small, comfortable device, while maintaining tight integration
and full functionality of the components.
Primer: Making A Mesh Of Your WLAN
Wireless mesh isn't just for citywide deployments. It's an
increasingly popular option when wired connections aren't
feasible. Here are the basics.
Unwary Users Make Firefox Easy Prey
Installing the wrong extension could turn Firefox into a sitting
duck. For security experts, version control -- and a watchful eye
over what's on users' systems -- are just as important here as
What would a 5%, 10%, or 20% increase in sales mean to your
business? Learn how to improve your success in pipeline
management and reduce end-of-quarter surprises. This Siebel
Systems best-practices paper documents strategies and tactics
from the world's most successful sales organizations.
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