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New InformationWeek Tools For You To Play With

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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
8. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
9. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

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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 the BlackBerry, the Treo, a smart phone, or any device with a small screen and slow connection. It's a page of breaking news headlines, with links to lightweight versions of the articles.

We rolled out a couple of search tools to help you find past InformationWeek articles. If you use the beta of version 4 of the Google Toolbar, you can get a plug-in and button for the toolbar that lets you search InformationWeek content and also display a drop-down menu of current InformationWeek headlines. For now, the software requires Microsoft Internet Explorer on Windows, but presumably Google will get around to rolling it out for Firefox and other platforms.

Likewise, if you use Firefox, you can easily install a search plug-in that'll add InformationWeek to the menu of searches available in the box on the top-right corner of the browser.

Here's a page of instructions for loading both the Google Toolbar and Firefox searches.

For those of you who prefer a simple story layout, try our new All Stories Page. It's a neat and orderly list of headlines, descriptions, and links for all our recent InformationWeek stories, posted in chronological order, newest first. If you're a devoted reader and you just want to see what articles were posted to the site since the last time you visited, the All Stories Page is the place to go.

We've done some tidying up of our RSS feeds; we organized the RSS Resources Page a bit, to make the feeds easier to find, and we added feeds to correspond with the Tech Centers we rolled out in December. Fred Langa fans take note: Our feeds include Langa columns. Just paste this link into your RSS reader and subscribe: http://www.informationweek.com/rss/author.xml?id=1111

To read more about our new tools, visit the InformationWeek Weblog. Also, drop in on the blog and let us know what you think of our improvements. Do you find anything broken? Any other user interface changes you'd like to see?

Mitch Wagner
mwagner@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Windows Steals Top Server Operating System Spot From Unix
Microsoft's Windows edges out Unix in 2005 as the best-selling server operating system, marking the first time Unix hasn't held the top spot in more than a decade.


3. Breaking News

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.

Microsoft Puts 'Dynamics Snap' Code Into Public Realm
Microsoft has made broadly available the source code for software binding Axapta and CRM applications to Office.

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.

Study: Server Shipments Grow By Nearly 9%; Dell Stays On Top
The x86 market in North America had the strongest growth of all server segments, a new Gartner report says. In contrast, shipments in the RISC/Itanium market fell by 6.8% during the same period.

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.

CurtCo Media Completes Forklift Upgrade Of IT Infrastructure
The fast-growing publishing company had a variety of systems that weren't performing well and decided to replace them all with gear from Dell.

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 (Yahoo News)
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.

All Google's Roads Lead To Kansas (Wired News)
If you want to find Kristine Crispel's horse farm outside Coffeyville, Kan., the directions are easy: Step 1: Go to Google Maps. Step 2: Zoom in.

Opinion: Mac Attack A Load Of Crap (Wired News)
All the Mac viruses and security holes in the news are overblown. They're news only because of their novelty, not the threat they pose.


5. In Depth

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.

State CIOs Need To Play Bigger Role In Health IT Plans
Since states pay a lot of money through programs like Medicaid and to provide benefits for state employees, state CIOs need to promote efforts and remove barriers hindering health-care IT efforts in their states.

U.S. Grants Patent For Broad Range Of Internet Rich Applications
The patent--issued on Valentine's Day--covers all rich-media technology implementations, including Flash, Flex, Java, Ajax, and XAML, when the rich-media application is accessed on any device over the Internet, according to the patent holders.


6. Voice Of Authority

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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