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In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Person Of The Year: Hey, It's The Digital You!
2. Today's Top Story
    - Panasonic Says It Has Made A Safer Lithium-Ion Battery
3. Breaking News
    - Microsoft Offers Free Trial Of Office 2007 Enterprise
    - Executive Exodus At AOL Prepares The Firm For A New Beginning
    - Voters Call For New Election, Get Hearing For Machine Source Code
    - Open Source Group Razzes Microsoft With 'BadVista.org'
    - Microsoft To Reissue Scratched Mac Office Update
    - Mozy Sells Unlimited Online Storage For $5 A Month
    - Cingular Signs Exclusive MySpace Deal
    - Review: Thunderbird 2.0 Beta 1 Adds New Look And Feel
    - Online Holiday Shoppers Relying On Late-Shipping Guarantees
    - Digg Redesigns Site, Launches Podcast Page
    - Google Partners With NASA
    - Cisco's Linksys, Not Apple, Releases iPhone
4. In Depth: Security
    - Hackers Will Join Forces With The Mob In 2007, Security Firm Warns
    - More Patched Systems, Fewer Potential Victims For Symantec Worm
    - HP Updates Unix Security
    - Boeing Employee Fired After Laptop With Employee Info Is Stolen
5. Voice Of Authority
    - Podcast: Beefing Up Enterprise Search
6. White Papers
    - The Customer As A Strategic Asset
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

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"There are two types of people—those who come into a room and say, 'Well, here I am!' and those who come in and say, 'Ah, there you are.' " - Frederick L Collins


1. Editor's Note: Person Of The Year: Hey, It's The Digital You!

No sooner are blogs declared passé, and big business trains its guns on social networking sites, then along comes You, Time magazine's "Person of the Year" for 2006. Yes, you baby! Or rather we, us, them—the masses as it were, but not just any old masses. For its annual accolade, Time specifically singled out the digital You.

And why not? The wired-up public has both driven and created some of the most cutting-edge content on the Web, while also changing the way content is used, created, and delivered. We're talking blogging, texting, IMing, music downloads, videos, digital photos—even the way in which cell phone services and use have evolved.

Hyperbole? I don't think so. Entire industries have grown up around activities that were once the purview of a small number of consumers—often young consumers. In fact, much of the credit for what You have accomplished goes to the digitally savvy younger generations. It's their lust for IM that led to the txtng crze, and the services to exploit and support it on your phones. It's their comfort level with socializing and playing online, that was the harbinger of today's growth in online gaming and the emergence of social networks, which have most recently caught the eye of real-world businesses that have decided they need to grab a piece of the virtual action. (The one irony here is that the digital You is also a great consumer of "reality" programming. Maybe all that time spent online drives a need to at least see other people interacting face to face.)

Sea changes have occurred in how people communicate, socialize, and even view their careers and conduct business. Take the growth of new companies. Increasingly people are opting for entrepreneurship, in many cases made easier or more approachable by a vast array of technology, true, but driven, again, by the digital You, who are perfectly comfortable stitching together the component pieces needed to get up and running, collaborating, and then conducting business in the cubicle-less ether. Down the road, I can see You helping to refine and drive the use of videoconferencing, which has struggled for years to gain traction.

And those changes, taken together, have had an undeniably wide-reaching impact, starting with blogs. To read more about why Time chose You as its Person(s) of the Year, and the impact I think You have had on the industry, the world, and how we live and work, please go to my blog entry for this editor's note.

Patricia Keefe
pkeefe@yahoo.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Panasonic Says It Has Made A Safer Lithium-Ion Battery
The company says it has developed a heat-resistant layer made of insulating metal oxide that would prevent a battery from overheating and possibly bursting into flames.


3. Breaking News

Microsoft Offers Free Trial Of Office 2007 Enterprise
The corporate edition of the new productivity suite is available for a tryout by developers and IT professionals for 60 days.

Executive Exodus At AOL Prepares The Firm For A New Beginning
New chief executive Randy Falco is said to be preparing a major restructuring of AOL.

Voters Call For New Election, Get Hearing For Machine Source Code
Sarasota County voters claim electronic voting machines malfunctioned in tight Nov. 7 congressional race.

Open Source Group Razzes Microsoft With 'BadVista.org'
Free Software Foundation Web site tries to draw attention to perceived weaknesses of Vista and encourages users to consider alternatives.

Microsoft To Reissue Scratched Mac Office Update
Microsoft's Mac development group urged users who had installed an inadvertently posted bug fix last week to download the new update.

Mozy Sells Unlimited Online Storage For $5 A Month
The Mozy Unlimited service provides unlimited restores; users can restore files and folders from Windows Explorer by right-clicking.

Cingular Signs Exclusive MySpace Deal
A set of tools will let Cingular subscribers edit their MySpace profiles, view and add friends' profiles, post photos and blogs, and send and receive messages.

Review: Thunderbird 2.0 Beta 1 Adds New Look And Feel
Mozilla's open source e-mail client tweaks the interface and adds features but doesn't lose its simplicity and usefulness.

Online Holiday Shoppers Relying On Late-Shipping Guarantees
Online shopping is up as much as 38% compared with last year.

Digg Redesigns Site, Launches Podcast Page
The site also launched on Monday a Top 10 list on the separate home pages for video, animation, gaming, music, and other categories.

Google Partners With NASA
The goal is to make more of the space agency's exploration work accessible to everyone over the Internet.

Cisco's Linksys, Not Apple, Releases iPhone
Cisco has owned the iPhone name since 2000, when it purchased InfoGear Technology for $301 million.

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4. In Depth: Security

Hackers Will Join Forces With The Mob In 2007, Security Firm Warns
Cybercriminals are expected to become much more organized and connected in the new year, driving zero-day attacks and upping the ante for online crime, according to a new report.

More Patched Systems, Fewer Potential Victims For Symantec Worm
As there are fewer unpatched systems, Symantec says the remaining infected systems send out even more scans—thought to originate with the "Sagevo" or "Big Yellow" worm—looking for a target.

HP Updates Unix Security
New encryption and hardening capabilities are focused on data protection and compliance issues.

Boeing Employee Fired After Laptop With Employee Info Is Stolen
The employee violated company policy by downloading the information onto the laptop and not encrypting it, according to a Boeing spokesman.


5. Voice Of Authority

Podcast: Beefing Up Enterprise Search
Why is it you can easily find out who Britney Spears is dating, but you can't find this year's sales reports? Listen to the InformationWeek podcast to find out how vendors like Google, Yahoo, and IBM are closing the technology gap between Internet search and search on enterprise networks. And read more about it in our feature article, "IBM-Yahoo Pairing Should Spark Price And Feature War In Enterprise Search."


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