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New MacBook Pros, Touch-Screen iPods On The Way

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Linux On Your Mind
2. Today's Top Story
    - New MacBook Pros, Touch-Screen iPods In Coming Months, Analysts Expect
    - Related Story:
    - Apple Releases Security Update
3. Breaking News
    - Amendment To Hike H-1B Fees Passes In Senate
    - Windows Mobile Drove Handheld Computer Sales In 1Q
    - Web 2.0 Site Becomes Lobbying Tool For Campaign Appearances
    - Paul McCartney Premieres Music Video Via YouTube
    - Spam Scam Fakes Better Business Bureau Complaint
    - Kids Don't Tell Parents The Truth About Online Activities
    - OLED TVs Have A Rough Road To Market
    - Online Gambling Firm Pleads Guilty To Racketeering Charges
    - Business Objects Acquires Inxight Software
    - Avis Rent A Car Is Also Avis Rent A Wi-Fi Connection
    - FBI IT Security Vulnerable To Insider Attack, GAO Finds
    - More Vendors Latch On To SaaS Model
4. The Latest Digital Life Blog Posts
    - Linden Lab Needs To Bring In Professional Management
    - Linden Lab CEO Philip Rosedale Talks About Identity, Anonymity, And Preserving Freedom In Second Life
     - Zoho Launches Notebook Beta
    - Why People Still Use Microsoft Office: Saving Time And Peace Of Mind
    - Why Pay For Microsoft Office When OpenOffice.org Is Free?
5. Job Listings From TechCareers
6. White Papers
    - Protect Your Small Business With A Business-Continuity Plan
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

Quote of the day:
"Cure for an obsession: get another one." -- Mason Cooley


1. Editor's Note: Linux On Your Mind

It's always informative to look at our most heavily trafficked stories to see what topics you're most interested in. No, it's not a scientific survey, but it certainly provides pretty powerful anecdotal evidence of what technologists are currently buzzing about. And judging from our numbers, you're rather obsessed with Linux -- Ubuntu Linux, to be precise.

A case in point: our feature-by-feature comparison of Ubuntu versus Vista has been among our top five stories for more than a month now -- a fact that I must admit surprised me. Granted, it's a terrific piece: Our reviewer, Serdar Yegulalp, performs an exhaustive analysis of the two desktop operating systems, ultimately offering his opinion that Ubuntu works best at handling ordinary day-to-day applications that don't require a particular operating system to work well, whereas Vista is more polished and contains a number of convenient features that most of us can't live without. In short, although getting close, Ubuntu doesn't yet pass what Serdar calls "the Granny test," of being easy enough to use to pass muster with the general population.

Yet apparently people are waiting anxiously for that moment when Granny will be able to boot up Linux and start blogging, as evidenced by the fact that Dell's announcement of Linux desktops and a notebook is currently our No. 1 story. Bolster that with an analysis by the University of Massachusetts that shows Ubuntu is actually cheaper than Vista -- contradicting earlier reports -- and you begin to understand why people are seeking out Linux stories.

What do you think? Are you one of the ones clicking through to our Linux stories? If so, why? Do you have Linux installed? Are you contemplating it? Let us know by responding to the InformationWeek Blog.

Alice LaPlante
Alice.laplante@gmail.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

New MacBook Pros, Touch-Screen iPods In Coming Months, Analysts Expect
Investment baker Piper Jaffray predicts several hardware announcements may come from Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference.

Related Story:

Apple Releases Security Update
The patch covers a total of 13 fixes for vulnerabilities in Mac OS X Panther and Tiger.


3. Breaking News

Amendment To Hike H-1B Fees Passes In Senate
The fees are earmarked to fund a new scholarship program for American students pursuing degrees in fields related to mathematics, technology, and health care.

Windows Mobile Drove Handheld Computer Sales In 1Q
Windows Mobile licensees accounted for nearly 3.2 million shipments of personal digital devices in the first quarter.

Web 2.0 Site Becomes Lobbying Tool For Campaign Appearances
Eventful.com is fast becoming a popular site for presidential hopefuls to connect with online-savvy voters.

Paul McCartney Premieres Music Video Via YouTube
The video for "Dance Tonight" generated more than 201,000 hits in just over a day.

Spam Scam Fakes Better Business Bureau Complaint
For the second time in three months, the Better Business Bureau's name has been used to run a scam on unsuspecting businesses.

Kids Don't Tell Parents The Truth About Online Activities
A Webroot survey shows that more than half of kids are shopping online, while 43% of teens using social network sites have been solicited by a stranger in the past year.

OLED TVs Have A Rough Road To Market
Researchers warn organic LED technology may make only minor inroads in the global television market over the next few years.

Online Gambling Firm Pleads Guilty To Racketeering Charges
BetonSports pleaded guilty to violating federal racketeering charges and said it would cooperate in the case against the firm's former executives.

Business Objects Acquires Inxight Software
Inxight applications for text analytics, federated search, and visualization will become part of the Business Objects XI platform.

Avis Rent A Car Is Also Avis Rent A Wi-Fi Connection
For $10.95 a day, Avis customers get a small device that creates a Wi-Fi hotspot and connects to the Internet via wireless data connections provided by cell phone service providers.

FBI IT Security Vulnerable To Insider Attack, GAO Finds
A GAO study of the FBI's IT security shows that the bureau has weaknesses that leave it wide open to insider abuses.

More Vendors Latch On To SaaS Model
Lawson, Cognos, and Sterling Commerce are just three of many companies announcing software-as-a-service offerings. Still, SaaS has only so much sizzle with customers.

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4. The Latest Digital Life Blog Posts
http://www.informationweek.com/blog/main/archives/digital_life/index.html

Linden Lab Needs To Bring In Professional Management
Linden Lab is a wonderful company that's working miracles every day. But it doesn't have experience managing a booming business, and that shows. It needs to bring in people who know how to take a company from emerging startup to billion-dollar giant.

Linden Lab CEO Philip Rosedale Talks About Identity, Anonymity, And Preserving Freedom In Second Life
I talked at length with Philip Rosedale, founder and CEO of Linden Lab, about anonymity and identity in the virtual world, and what the company would do if China or some other authoritarian nation demanded to know the identity of one of its users.

Zoho Launches Notebook Beta
Hosted software provider Zoho this week at Interop launched its new multimedia writer, called Zoho Notebook. So, is it any good? Zoho first showed off Notebook at Demo but didn't release a public version until last week.

Why People Still Use Microsoft Office: Saving Time And Peace Of Mind
Reader Alex Wieder writes to describe why people pay for Microsoft Office -- saving time and peace of mind. His letter suggests something I'm coming to suspect: that Microsoft's Office monopoly persists on inertia and could well disappear in a few years as OpenOffice.org and other alternatives become more attractive.

Why Pay For Microsoft Office When OpenOffice.org Is Free?
I've given NeoOffice, the Mac port of OpenOffice.org, a workout recently, editing and annotating word-processing documents, printing them out, and sharing the files. It's got me wondering: Why do otherwise sane people pay for Microsoft Office?


5. Job Listings From TechCareers

Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island seeking Systems Analyst in Providence, RI

Brandes Investment Partners seeking Sr. Business Systems Analyst in San Diego, CA

American Home Mortgage seeking .NET Developer in Melville, NY

Openlink Financial, Inc. seeking Client Support Analyst in Uniondale, NY

Openlink Financial, Inc. seeking Quality Assurance Analyst in Uniondale, NY

For more great jobs, career-related news, features and services, please visit CMP Media's TechCareers.


6. White Papers

Protect Your Small Business With A Business-Continuity Plan
If you don't think your business will be affected by some kind of disaster, think again: The American Red Cross has estimated that as many as 40% of small businesses that experience a disaster never reopen. But you can protect yourself with a business-continuity plan.


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