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Microsoft Launches Vista, Office; 30 More Products On The Way

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Future Tech
2. Today's Top Story
    - Microsoft Launches Vista, Office; 30 More Products On The Way
    - Microsoft To Give Away 30,000 Copies Of Vista, Office 2007
3. Breaking News
    - Sun, Nokia, Ericsson Form Telecom Equipment Alliance
    - Center Seeks To Overturn E-Learning Patent
    - Sophos Claim: One-Third Of November's Malware Can Breach Vista
    - The Quad-Core War Begins: AMD Launches Quad FX
    - Adobe Warns Of Critical Acrobat, Reader Bugs
    - Developers Embrace Java, Drop Visual Basic
    - IRS Deep-Sixes Outsourcing Plans As Tax Season Approaches
    - Financial Firms Use Software Tools To Reduce Risk, Comply With New Regulations
    - Vista Will Add Vroom To New Business Software
    - Dell, CompUSA Gear Up For Windows Vista Launch
    - Zango Tries To Reinstall Trust
4. Grab Bag
    - Talk Softly But Carry A Big Woofer (NY Times)
    - Much To Be Thankful for At Dell (Business Week)
    - GM Pledges To Make Plug-In Hybrid Vehicle (Washington Post)
5. In Depth
    - Yahoo Quietly Launches Mobile Social-Networking Service
    - Mobile Music, Video Poised For Growth, Study Shows
    - Virtual Worlds Are As Important As The Real World To More Internet Users
    - Study: Violent Video Game Exposure Affects Self-Control
6. Voice Of Authority
    - Gingrich: Government Needs To Limit Free Speech
7. White Papers
    - An Open Source Approach To Better Document Management
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Quote Of The Day:
"The Past is dead, and has no resurrection; but the Future is endowed with such a life, that it lives to us even in anticipation." — Herman Melville


1. Editor's Note: Future Tech

First, a confession: Like a lot of tech enthusiasts, I'm a longtime science fiction reader (and a sometime science fiction writer), and so articles that describe new inventions, technical gadgets, or future possibilities always catch my attention.

Several interesting news items this week made me think of the kind of SF yarns that I devoured when I was an adolescent. For example, Sony recently applied for a patent for a "human body communication system and communication device." Your body would be the capacitor, charged by your conductive clothing. The earphones would contain the electrodes that translate the signal into sound. You think it's weird today when somebody with a wireless earpiece looks like he's talking to himself? Wait until we're all walking Wi-Fi networks.

Speaking of being connected: According to the University of Southern California-Annenberg Center for the Digital Future, many Internet users feel as strongly about their virtual worlds as they do about the real world. This should not be a surprise to anybody who has met a fan of, say, Buffy The Vampire Slayer—the ability of enthusiasts to absorb themselves in fictional universes can be amazing—but apparently the authors of the study find it significant. Will we ever come to the point where digital divers will spend most, or all, of their waking hours in virtual realities? Time alone will tell. (Incidentally, there is at least one positive outcome of this trend, according to the study: 49% of users participate more in social activism since they became involved in online communities.)

Finally, on a more practical level, Xerox says it has invented printing technology that creates images that last only a day. The good part is that this Erasable Paper could lead to fewer dead trees, since paper will be able to be used over and over again. The better part—at least, if you're fond of writing point pen letters—is that the really nasty missive you wrote to your irritating co-worker will disappear within a day, leaving nothing that your boss could later object to.

Any other interesting inventions, gadgets, or future tech that you've come across that you'd like to tell about? Let everyone know at my blog post.

Barbara Krasnoff
bkrasnoff@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Microsoft Launches Vista, Office; 30 More Products On The Way
Microsoft plans to spend more to promote the new products than it devoted to its landmark Windows 95 and Office 95 software 11 years ago.

Related Story:

Microsoft To Give Away 30,000 Copies Of Vista, Office 2007
The free software will go to developers who register for at least three Webcast training sessions.


3. Breaking News

Sun, Nokia, Ericsson Form Telecom Equipment Alliance
The three vendors will assist telecommunications firms and service providers by developing a common telecom infrastructure platform.

Center Seeks To Overturn E-Learning Patent
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has been asked to re-examine its grant of Blackboard's 44 claims in the patent.

Sophos Claim: One-Third Of November's Malware Can Breach Vista
Although Vista's integrated e-mail client stopped all 10 pieces of malware that made November's list of most common threats, three bypassed Vista's built-in defenses when a third-party e-mail client was used.

The Quad-Core War Begins: AMD Launches Quad FX
AMD's dual-socket, multicore desktop platform is designed to take full advantage of Microsoft's Windows Vista, which also officially launched Thursday.

Adobe Warns Of Critical Acrobat, Reader Bugs
The critical unpatched bugs could be used by attackers to seize control of Windows PCs running Internet Explorer, Adobe warns.

Developers Embrace Java, Drop Visual Basic
Use of Visual Basic has dropped 35% since the spring, says a poll of more than 430 North American developers done by research company Evans Data.

IRS Deep-Sixes Outsourcing Plans As Tax Season Approaches
The halting of the plan is unrelated to the fact that the IRS has a poor track record when it comes to managing large outsourcing projects, a spokesman insists.

Financial Firms Use Software Tools To Reduce Risk, Comply With New Regulations
About a quarter of all companies have to comply with an average of six to eight regulations, and larger financial services firms are subject to a dozen or more, all with overlapping requirements, says the Yankee Group.

Vista Will Add Vroom To New Business Software
A handful of business-software vendors are introducing products they've been working on for months that are designed to utilize the best of what Vista has to offer.

Dell, CompUSA Gear Up For Windows Vista Launch
Dell said customers with volume licensing agreements with Microsoft can use Dell to factory-install Vista, and CompUSA is offering a Vista implementation program at 160 of its stores.

Zango Tries To Reinstall Trust
Zango, formerly known as 180solutions, recently agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it used unfair and deceptive methods to distribute adware. Founder and CEO Keith Smith stopped by InformationWeek to talk about his reformed company and to address charges that bad advertising practices continue at Zango despite the agreement with the FTC.

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4. Grab Bag

Talk Softly But Carry A Big Woofer (NY Times)
Plummeting prices for giant-size flat-panel TVs are encouraging more people to dip into their pockets (or their credit line) to create a movie-theater experience at home.

Much To Be Thankful for At Dell (Business Week)
A better-than-expected third quarter earns Dell CEO Kevin Rollins some needed good will on Wall Street.

GM Pledges To Make Plug-In Hybrid Vehicle (Washington Post)
General Motors this week became the first automaker to announce plans to build a plug-in hybrid vehicle, improving the chances that cars of the future will go much farther on a gallon of gas.


5. In Depth: Entertainment

Yahoo Quietly Launches Mobile Social-Networking Service
The unannounced service apparently targets teens and young adults for texting and photo and video sharing.

Mobile Music, Video Poised For Growth, Study Shows
Wireless music downloads are becoming more popular among young people, who have traditionally stayed away from those services, according to a study from Ipsos Insight.

Virtual Worlds Are As Important As The Real World To More Internet Users
A new study shows that more women than men now are on the Internet, online communities are becoming key parts of our lives, and more people are surfing the Net at work.

Study: Violent Video Game Exposure Affects Self-Control
The differences were associated with emotional arousal and controlling behavior.


6. Voice Of Authority

Gingrich: Government Needs To Limit Free Speech
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich reportedly singled out the Internet as a channel that needs "a different set of rules."


7. White Papers

An Open Source Approach To Better Document Management
The emerging trend of open source solutions can be an alternative to the standard methods for managing documents across teams.


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