Microsoft's Virtualized Server Software: Take A Test Drive
In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Special ReportLive From China
2. Today's Top Story
- Take A Test Drive Of Microsoft's Virtualized Server Software
- HP, VMware Teaming Up To Use Server Virtualization To Replace PCs
3. Breaking News
- Scattered E-Voting Glitches Reported In Eight States
- E-Voting Security Scrutinized During Midterm Elections
- Microsoft Launches 3-D Maps For Web Search
- AOL Tests APIs For Embedding AIM Into Web Sites
- New IBM Hybrid Supercomputer Offers Big Performance Jump
- Microsoft Makes Xbox A Family Machine
- Antivirus Vendors Miss Stration Worm's Second Spamming Stage
- Bug Project Calls Out Operating System Vulnerabilities
- Open Search Initiative Gains New Partners To Give Business Intelligence A Boost
- Open Source VoIP Takes A Few Steps Forward
- Adobe Opens Flash Scripting Engine Code
- Microsoft To Launch Major VoIP Move Early Next Year
- HP's Software Ambitions Grow As It Closes Mercury Acquisition
- Intel Packages Blogs, RSS, And Wikis For Businesses
4. Grab Bag
- Year-End Computer Bug Could Ground Shuttle (The Register)
- Every Vista PC To Get A Domain Name (APC Magazine)
- CAN-SPAM Didn'tNot By A Long Shot (Cato @ Liberty)
5. In Depth
- German Court Orders ISP Logs Destroyed At Customers' Request
- Can Integrated Security Catch A Thief Or A Terrorist?
- IBM Unveils Controversial Video Surveillance Technology
- U.S. Official Urges Stiffer Anti-Spyware Penalties
- AT&T Names Suspected Pretexters
6. Voice Of Authority
- Google, Microsoft Pay Top Dollar In India
7. White Papers
- Business Continuity And Availability In 2007Surviving The Next Katrina Or Ernesto
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1. Editor's Note: Special ReportLive From China
One of the exciting things about life as an American here in the 21st century is the emergence of developing nations as economic and cultural powerhouses. For most of my lifefor most of the 20th centurymost Asian nations and other countries in the developing world fell into two categories: military threats, such as Japan, North Vietnam, and North Korea; and objects of pity and charity, such as India, Bangladesh, and China.
Of course, Japan emerged from that threat-or-victim trap after World War II. And now we see many other developing countries, including China, India, and Korea, emerging to stand side-by-side with the United States and Europe as equals and competitors. It's a little bit scaryin the future, I think I'll find my job is as much in danger of outsourcing as any of yours. But mostly it's exciting. It's the dawn of a great era. It's not a clash of civilizations, as we're seeing with some regimes in the Middle East, but rather a meeting of civilizations in cooperation and competition. Asian countries have different cultures, different economic and political systems, and thousands of years of history that's mostly independent of the West. That gives us lots of opportunities to explore and learn from each other.
This week, InformationWeek is doing some exploring of this strange new world, as Editor-at-Large Aaron Ricadela spends some quality time in Beijing soaking up information about the IT industry in China and reporting it back home. Our package of coverage is growing daily all week. It includes:
Two in a daily series of podcast phone interviews with Aaron. The most recent podcast includes discussion of the travel experience, comparison with Aaron's earlier trip to report on IT India, China's higher education system, getting Internet access, government censorship of the Internet, and former FCC Chairman Reed Hundt's perspective on what the United States needs to do to compete with China. An earlier podcast provides an overview of the trip, recorded while Aaron was still in California. I expect there may be at least one more podcast posted by the time you read this newsletter. Look for it on the InformationWeek Weblog.
And we'll have a complete report on IT in China in Monday's issue of InformationWeek, available in print and on InformationWeek.com.
Is China an opportunity or a threat to the U.S. economy? Let us know what you think on the InformationWeek Weblog.
Microsoft Launches 3-D Maps For Web Search
The goal is to beef up local search traffic by offering photo-realistic 3-D models of buildings and landscapes in cities including Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, and Dallas.
AOL Tests APIs For Embedding AIM Into Web Sites
New APIs and AIM Whimsicals let developers embed windows in their pages for sending and receiving IMs. They also integrate functionality into Web sites that lets users set their IM availability, away messages, and profiles.
Bug Project Calls Out Operating System Vulnerabilities
A new hacker project that promises to disclose one operating system kernel vulnerability daily hasn't yet come up with any serious bugs, a security company said Tuesday, but Gartner warned enterprises that the plan constitutes a security wake-up call.
Adobe Opens Flash Scripting Engine Code
Adobe plans to open the source code for the scripting engine in the Flash Player, which will be incorporated into a new Mozilla open source project called Tamarin.
Everything You Hate About ITAnd Weren't Afraid To Say
For Network Computing's annual reader poll, we asked some hard-hitting questions: Which tech buzzwords do you despise? Who does your IT group regularly bang heads with? What do you really think about SOA? And lots more. Our readers responded with blunt honesty ("Virtualization makes me want to punch the next salesperson who mentions it"). See what else they had to say.
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4. Grab Bag
Year-End Computer Bug Could Ground Shuttle (The Register)
NASA needs to launch the next shuttle mission on time, because if it doesn't get off the ground by Dec. 18, a computer bug could mean the 12-day mission has to slip until January. The shuttle was never expected to be in orbit as one year gives way to another, so the computers aren't set up to switch to a new "Day One." To the shuttle, January 1 is just day 366. That would leave the shuttle out of synch with NASA's ground-based computers.
Every Vista PC To Get A Domain Name (APC Magazine)
Want to be able to access your machine anytime, anywhere? Can't be bothered purchasing a domain name and configuring Dynamic DNS? Microsoft has a solution: the "Windows Internet Computer Name"a unique domain name for your computer. There's one small catch though: You have to be using the next-generation networking protocol IPv6, which, although thoroughly integrated into Windows Vista, isn't supported by most home routers yet.
CAN-SPAM Didn'tNot By A Long Shot (Cato @ Liberty)
Should Congress or the FTC ramp up enforcement? Increase penalties to bring spammers to heel? No. They should abandon the enterprise entirely and confess their incompetence to regulate the Internet and technology.
AT&T Names Suspected Pretexters
The defendants were identified as John Does when AT&T's lawsuit was first filed in August because of a lack of information about their real identities, the company said.
6. Voice Of Authority
Google, Microsoft Pay Top Dollar In India Paul McDougall says: Thinking of a career in IT? Then don't waste your time on lowly tech services companies. The big bucks are in software development, working for industry giants like Google and Microsoft. In India, that is.
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