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Microsoft Goes Retail

In This Issue: Personal Tech & Reviews
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 Donations
    - 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 Insurance-Standards Body
    - 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) E-Mail Archive
5. Voice Of Authority
    - Time For A Permanent 'Geek Corps'
6. White Papers
    - Best Practices For Pipeline Management
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
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Quotes of the day: Change

"They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself." -- Andy Warhol

"We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance." -- Harrison Ford

"The more things change, the more they remain... insane." -- Michael Fry and T. Lewis


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.

Thomas Claburn
tclaburn@cmp.com
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2. Today's Top Story: VoIP Trends

Skype Mum On Reports Of Possible Acquisition By EBay
A Skype spokesman refused to comment on the rumored $3 billion deal, even though just last week the company denied reports it was for sale.

Related Stories:
VoIP Fuels Security Appliance Growth: Report

Around 75% of organizations that have deployed VoIP solutions intend to replace their current security appliances within the next 12 months.

Study: Large Companies Plan More RFID, GPS Apps
A survey of $1 billion-plus corporations says that there's a focus on newer technologies, including VoIP, but rollout plans differ by industry.


3. Breaking News

Firefox 1.5 Beta Nearly Ready
Expect it Thursday night or Friday morning, the Mozilla Foundation says.

NerdTV Plays Only On The Web
The Public Broadcasting System's Web-only broadcast will interview alpha geeks such as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and mouse inventor Doug Engelbart.

Net Pioneer Vint Cerf Joins Google
Cerf will remain chairman of ICANN even as he helps Google develop new products.

AOL Awards $85,000 To Spam Sweepstakes Winner
America Online played Robin Hood on Thursday, delivering more than $85,000 in cash and gold bars, as well as the keys to a Hummer H2, to 53-year-old welder Marc Daniels.

Missouri Shuts Down Alleged White Supremacist Soliciting Katrina Donations Online
A Missouri judge ordered several Web sites shuttered, after the state's Attorney General charged they were being run illegally and would only channel funds to white hurricane victims.

Katrina Up Close: Lexmark Exec Recounts Relief Mission
The director of U.S. product and solutions marketing for the company describes six days on the Gulf Coast helping friends and family around his childhood home recover from the wrath of Hurricane Katrina.

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.

IBM Donates Business-Process Knowledge And Code To Insurance-Standards Body
Technology standards could help small insurance companies better compete against the industry giants.

Advanced Micro Devices' CTO Resigns
Fred Weber, chief technology officer for AMD, said he is leaving the company for the venture capital world. His replacement has been announced.

Recommendations For Continuity During Disasters
One call-center company executive suggests ways to keep going, even without satellite phones.

WiMax Provides Cheap Broadband Alternative
As businesses outgrow DSL lines, they often find that T1 lines are too expensive. WiMax provides a low-cost option.

'WiBro' Has Global Wireless Broadband Potential: Study
Once thought to be only a regional variant of WiMax, the Korean WiBro broadband standard has the potential to spread worldwide, a new study says.

All our latest news

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In Today's episodes:

John Soat has 'Your Technology Minute' in today's episode of "The News Show."

Ivan Schneider sends 'Greetings From Denmark!'

John Soat with 'Apple Raps On'

Eric Chabrow on 'The Value of Entertainment'


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4. In Depth: Personal Tech & Reviews

Review: Sony Ericsson W800i Walkman phone
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 anyplace else.

Review: $300 PC Running Linux Makes A Good Starter System
The Systemax hardware running the Linspire operating system will be a yawner for Linux veterans, but it's a good deal for bargain-seekers and newbies.

Review: Four Pocket Hard Drives
It's a small world for your data, as proved by these portable one-inch hard drives from Archos, Imation, Seagate, and Sony.

Best Practices For Building An Encrypted (But Accessible) E-Mail Archive
Regulatory and legal pressures are forcing many companies to encrypt their E-mail and other archives. But can they decipher those messages or that data when they need to? We tell you how.


5. Voice Of Authority

Time For A Permanent 'Geek Corps'
In the wake of Katrina, tech-savvy folks see the need to build a network of responders to help in emergencies. Paul Kapustka seeks interested parties.


6. White Papers

Five Steps To Achieving A High Performance Business: Best Practices For Pipeline Management
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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