In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: New InformationWeek Tools For You To Play With
2. Today's Top Story
- Windows Steals Top Server Operating System Spot From Unix
3. Breaking News
- Wi-Fi Moving To London
- Firefox Essentials: Get To Know Your Profile
- Microsoft Puts 'Dynamics Snap' Code Into Public Realm
- Apple May Be Going After OS X Hacker
- Study: Server Shipments Grow By Nearly 9%; Dell Stays On Top
- Gaza IT Center Prepares To Break Ground
- Software Program Pinpoints IP Violations
- Charles Schwab To Cover All Fraud Losses
- CurtCo Media Completes Forklift Upgrade Of IT Infrastructure
- Sprint Nextel Profit Falls On Merger Charges
4. Grab Bag
- U.S. Technology Has Been Used To Block, Censor Net For Years
- All Google's Roads Lead To Kansas
- Opinion: Mac Attack A Load Of Crap
5. In Depth
- Google Infringes On Nude Photo Site: Court
- Former FCC Head Powell: Washington Is 'Broken'
- Judge Denies U.S. Bid For Another BlackBerry Hearing
- Group Files New Complaint With EU Against Microsoft
- State CIOs Need To Play Bigger Role In Health IT Plans
- U.S. Grants Patent For Broad Range Of Internet Rich Applications
6. Voice Of Authority
- Is The CIO 'Field Of Dreams' A Greenfield Data-Center Deployment?
7. White Papers
- Storage Management Buyers Guide
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1. Editor's Note: New InformationWeek Tools For You To Play With
We've been making some changes to the InformationWeek.com Web
site designed to make it more useful. This isn't a big remodel,
like we did two months ago, where we gutted the whole house and
redid everything. This is more like new windows and doors, new
coats of paint, and replacing the loose floorboards.
What's new? A mobile edition, search tools, RSS feed upgrades,
and favicons. Our Digital Edition isn't completely new, but how
about we take a minute to tell you about it anyway, as long as we
have your attention.
The biggest new feature is the InformationWeek Mobile Edition. It's a version of the site optimized for
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interface changes you'd like to see?
Wi-Fi Moving To London
The service is expected to go live within the next few months,
and the entire city will be covered within six months, according
to the network's provider.
Firefox Essentials: Get To Know Your Profile
Firefox puts almost all of your "favorites" information, along
with passwords and other key data, into your profile folder. Even
if you're not much of a techie, it's a good idea to know where to
find your Firefox profile, what types of files you'll find there,
and how you can protect them against mishaps.
Apple May Be Going After OS X Hacker
On Tuesday, the site of a hacker known among tech circles as
Maxxuss was offline, sparking speculation that its Internet
service provider had pulled the plug at Apple's request.
Gaza IT Center Prepares To Break Ground
The goal is to train Gaza residents in everything from computer
use to managing networks, to help reduce the 33% unemployment
rate among the 1.3 million people living in the region.
Software Program Pinpoints IP Violations
With software developers all over the world creating untold
millions of lines of code daily, a knowledge base that sorts out
intellectual property aspects of that software has been created
by a Massachusetts company.
Charles Schwab To Cover All Fraud Losses
The online broker issues a guarantee against losses from
unauthorized account access, the latest online trader to try and
calm customer jitters about phishing scams.
Sprint Nextel Profit Falls On Merger Charges
Some analysts said they were disappointed by smaller-than-expected
additions of wireless customers who pay their bills monthly, as
opposed to less-predictable prepaid customers.
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4. Grab Bag: News You Need From Around The Web
U.S. Technology Has Been Used To Block, Censor Net For Years
If you think there's something new or unique about Google
censoring its Chinese Web site or Websense helping Yemen filter
the Net, well, I hate to disappoint you. Those congressmen acting
surprised about this stuff are either grandstanding or ignorant,
or maybe both. To varying degrees, U.S. tech companies help
repressive regimes around the world sift, block, and censor the
Net. They've been doing it for years.
Google Infringes On Nude Photo Site: Court
A new court ruling could effectively bar Google from featuring
thumbnail pictures--small versions of photos that are linked to
a bigger version of the same picture--but not limit Google from
linking to actual photos that exist on other Web sites.
Former FCC Head Powell: Washington Is 'Broken'
Michael Powell, speaking at a conference this week, says the
level of partisanship is the worst in decades, making it
impossible to get anything accomplished. "When your major
objective is to make sure the other team fails ... that's not
policy making, that's like rugby."
Judge Denies U.S. Bid For Another BlackBerry Hearing
Government users will get no special treatment if the BlackBerry
service is shut down, the judge ordered, at least as far as the
legal system is involved. The ruling comes just a couple of days
before the judge will consider whether to order that shutdown.
Group Files New Complaint With EU Against Microsoft
A vendor consortium that includes Sun, IBM, and Oracle has asked
the European Commission to take further antitrust action against
Microsoft, especially in the area of allowing their products to
interoperate with Microsoft's.
Is The CIO 'Field Of Dreams' A Greenfield Data-Center Deployment?
Do CIOs and IT managers dream of the opportunity to build a
data-center infrastructure from the ground up, with no regard for
legacy requirements of existing equipment and software, or is the
bigger challenge in finding ways to improve existing
infrastructures with incremental changes and additions?
7. White Papers
Storage Management Buyers Guide
Data is becoming an increasingly valuable asset for an on-demand
business. As its value has grown, so have the quantity and
complexity of information, making it more costly to store and manage.
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