In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: On Site In India
2. Today's Top Story
- The Ultimate PC For 2006
- Langa Letter: 10 Critical Factors When Buying A New PC
3. Breaking News
- Microsoft Patent Victory Could Hurt Open Source
- Microsoft Extends Exchange 5.0, 5.5 Support To Patch
- Apple Updates Mac OS X
- Apple Fixes Eight QuickTime Bugs
- Wi-Fi Moves Into Grocery Stores
- Novell Unveils Linux App Security Project
- Pfizer Uses RFID To Stop Viagra Counterfeiters
- AMD Intros High-End Athlon For Gamers
- College Student Aims High With Web Wall
4. Grab Bag: News You Need From Around The Web
- Rivals Turn Up Heat To Challenge Toyota Hybrid Push
- New York City Starts To Monitor Diabetics
- Question Hour With Mozilla
5. In Depth: Analysis And Reports
- Microsoft's Newest Bug Could Be Awful, Researcher Says
- Search Advertising Up 44% Last Year
- Report: 2005 A Record Year For Outsourcing
- Report Calls For New Nanotech Laws
- Analyst Declares Blu-Ray The Winner
- Report: Mobile-Phone Revenue To Decline
6. Voice Of Authority
- Not Digging The Mob Mentality
7. White Papers
- Unknown Attack: A Clear And Growing Danger
8. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
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1. Editor's Note: On Site In India
Does my color look a little funny to you? Like, maybe, green? I'm
green with envy now over the adventure my colleagues Aaron
Ricadela and Ron Anderson are having, visiting the tech centers
of India. Aaron, who writes for InformationWeek, and Ron,
who writes for our sister publication Network Computing,
are there, now and for the next couple of weeks, compiling
information for a special report from India. We'll be bringing
you a series of articles in coming weeks; for now, you can get a
sample of what they're seeing and doing by regularly visiting the
Slog your way down Hosur Road, the main artery into
the Bangalore tech district dubbed "Electronics City," and you'll
pass tin-roofed shacks, crumbling buildings, a quarter-mile-long
vegetable wholesale market erected on the black dirt to the side
of the road, and hundreds of Indians trying to ply a living from
the makeshift or decaying businesses along it. Hosur Road is also
chocked with traffic, as the buses bearing young workers down to
the Electronics City companies fight for space with Bangalore's
chaotic mix of cars, delivery trucks, motorized rickshaws, motor
bikes, and the occasional cow. ... But inside the gates of
Infosys, it's another story. It's like a fairytale trip to the
first world. Armies of landscapers and maintenance workers keep
the grounds' lawns, ponds, swimming pools, and golf courses
immaculate. On-campus stores out of Main Street America sell the
latest software, cell phones, and sundries. Employees--the
average age is 26, according to my public-relations guide--are
encouraged to stay after work to avail themselves of Infosys'
pools, gym, game rooms, library, and paddle boats. Buildings and
plazas are modeled after architectural favorites of chairman
[Narayana] Murthy--there's a fake Sydney Opera House, Louvre
pyramid, and St. Petersburg fountains.
And when you're done with your virtual visit to India, check out
my latest video: Researchers at the
University of Amsterdam analyzed the Mona Lisa using advanced
emotion-recognition software and figured out why she's smiling.
Watch my video commentary (1 min., 32 sec.) WARNING: May induce
The Ultimate PC For 2006
Why buy a ho-hum, off-the-rack computer when you can cherry-pick
components to create a truly superior PC? Find out which products
made the grade as we put together this year's screamer.
Microsoft Patent Victory Could Hurt Open Source
The software maker's victory in the battle over
file-allocation-table patents is raising concerns in the
open-source community. Some fear this means that global patents
systems pose a danger to the health of Linux and the open-source
community at large.
Apple Updates Mac OS X
Enhancements to Mac OS X 10.4.4 include improvements to the
Safari Web browser, and a number of new widgets--including one
for Google searches--add features to iChat and resolve problems
in .Mac synchronization sessions.
Novell Unveils Linux App Security Project
AppArmor is enterprise-level security software that Novell says
can be deployed in hours and maintained cost-effectively without
needing deep Linux or security expertise.
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Rivals Turn Up Heat To Challenge Toyota Hybrid Push (Reuters)
Toyota Motor Corp. pushed the hybrid envelope further this week
by unveiling two high-profile cars equipped with the power train
at the annual Detroit auto show, but competitors responded by
cranking up the volume to promote rival clean-engine technologies.
Report Calls For New Nanotech Laws
Old regulations that weren't designed to be applied specifically
to nanotechnology could result in a public backlash, loss of
markets, and potential financial liabilities, a new study says.
Analyst Declares Blu-Ray The Winner
At last week's Consumer Electronics Show, it was "obvious" that
much of the "enthusiasm and momentum" are on the Blu-ray side,"
the Semico Research analyst says in a new report.
Not Digging The Mob Mentality J. Nicholas Hoover says: A whole community gave O'Reilly Media
blogger and editor Steve Mallett a rude introduction to the
pitfalls of social bookmarking, blogging, and syndication.
Popular technology news site and Slashdot heir-apparent Digg,
where users control a story's prominence with their votes,
promoted to the front page of that site a community member's
accusation that Mallett purposefully stole Digg code to create a
couple of his own Web pages. The story garnered tremendous
attention and hundreds of comments from the popular site. There's
only one problem: Mallett never deliberately stole anything.
7. White Papers
Unknown Attacks: A Clear And Growing Danger
Unknown attacks are quickly becoming the next great information
security challenge for organizations. This new special report,
written by well-known security expert Mark Bouchard, explores the
details of this growing danger and provides an evaluation of the
various technologies available to counter the risk it introduces.
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