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Review: ThinkFree Office Suite Attracts Users--And Google

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Internet Searches Still A Consumer-Dominated Activity
2. Today's Top Story
    - Review: ThinkFree Office Suite Attracts Users—And Google
3. Breaking News
    - DNS Provider ZoneEdit Downed By Denial-Of-Service Attack
    - Two Fires Push NEC To Recall Desktop PCs
    - Microsoft Releases Vista Kernel APIs To Rival Security Firms
    - Searches For Gift Cards Rise During Countdown To Christmas
    - Sony Settles Rootkit CD Suit With Texas, California
    - Victory In Hand, Visto Plans To Defend Its Wireless E-Mail Patents
    - January Set As 'Month Of Apple Bugs'
    - Study: 75% Of Workers Will Look For New Jobs In 2007
    - Mozilla Patches 10 Firefox Bugs
    - Fiber Optics Turn Eyeglasses Into Movie Screen
    - EBay Partners With Tom Online In China Shift
    - SMB Share Of Federal IT Market Shrinking
4. In Depth: Rich Media
    - Musician Turned Programmer Wins Rights To '60s Classic 'Whiter Shade Of Pale'
    - Ticketmaster Buys Stake In Music-Discovery Site iLike.com
    - To Catch A Thief, A Police Department Puts A Video On YouTube
    - Pixsy Offers New Media Image And Video Search Tools To Web Publishers
5. Voice Of Authority
    - Record Companies Drop File-Sharing Lawsuit Against Internet-Illiterate Mom
6. White Papers
    - A New Approach To Application Release Management
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
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1. Editor's Note: Internet Searches Still A Consumer-Dominated Activity

For all the discussion of Google, Yahoo, and other major search engines in the IT trade press as increasingly essential business tools, use of the technology to search the Web is still the unquestionable domain of consumers.

According to the year-end roundup of the most popular searches performed by Dogpile, as well as Google itself, the top global searches of the year were celebrities, celebrities, celebrities. Oh yes, sports reared its head, as did social networking. But nary a business term in sight. (Google's complete list is available on the Google Zeitgeist site.)

Of course, these numbers don't reflect the attempts by search engine giants to promote use of business versions of their engines inside enterprises. Google is trying hard to increase its penetration, and IBM and Yahoo have joined forces to offer a free business search engine that searches both the Web and within enterprises. And IT managers are now on alert that they'd better put their own desktop search into place or their users will turn to consumer ones.

Have any thoughts about the search zeitgeist? Have your own technology-related end-of-the-year top 10 list? Let us know by responding to my entry on the InformationWeek Weblog.

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


2. Today's Top Story

Review: ThinkFree Office Suite Attracts Users—And Google
The online Office look-alike offers a free word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation package, along with social networking.


3. Breaking News

DNS Provider ZoneEdit Downed By Denial-Of-Service Attack
The attack, which started early Tuesday morning Eastern time and continued Wednesday, affected four of ZoneEdit's 25 domain name servers.

Two Fires Push NEC To Recall Desktop PCs
NEC is recalling 14,600 Valuestar desktop PCs, which were sold only in Japan, because of a defect in the power supply unit.

Microsoft Releases Vista Kernel APIs To Rival Security Firms
The APIs are meant to give security software makers access to information heading into the Vista kernel so that they can create software similar to what they now write for earlier versions of Windows.

Searches For Gift Cards Rise During Countdown To Christmas
Hitwise said U.S. Internet searches for "gift cards" shot up by 109% during the week of Dec. 16 compared with the previous week.

Sony Settles Rootkit CD Suit With Texas, California
Under terms of the agreements, each state will receive $622,000 in damages and $128,000 to cover legal costs and fees, and Sony will refund up to $175 to people in those states who spent money to repair computers.

Victory In Hand, Visto Plans To Defend Its Wireless E-Mail Patents
The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas ordered Seven Networks to pay Visto $7.7 million in damages.

January Set As 'Month Of Apple Bugs'
Two researchers plan to disclose one Apple flaw each day next month, copying the practice first set in July when another researcher posted a daily browser bug on his blog.

Study: 75% Of Workers Will Look For New Jobs In 2007
After 12% of employees quit this year, more companies are putting in place special job-retention programs such as extra training and bonuses.

Mozilla Patches 10 Firefox Bugs
Both Firefox 1.5.x and 2.x will alert their users that an update is ready to install, but impatient users can download the fixes.

Fiber Optics Turn Eyeglasses Into Movie Screen
An Israeli optics company says it has developed a miniature video projector that turns regular eyeglasses into a personal video screen.

EBay Partners With Tom Online In China Shift
EBay is folding its Chinese operations into a new venture controlled by a local partner as it switches strategies in a fast-growing market where it has struggled.

SMB Share Of Federal IT Market Shrinking
More companies compete for government dollars.

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4. In Depth: Rich Media

Musician Turned Programmer Wins Rights To '60s Classic 'Whiter Shade Of Pale'
A London High Court judge awarded Matthew Fisher a 40% cut of the royalties generated by the song, which is generally credited to bandmates Gary Brooker and Keith Reid.

Ticketmaster Buys Stake In Music-Discovery Site iLike.com
The ticket agency hopes to drive more ticket sales by giving customers links to new acts.

To Catch A Thief, A Police Department Puts A Video On YouTube
The video shows two men using what is believed to be a stolen credit card to purchase merchandise at a Home Depot.

Pixsy Offers New Media Image And Video Search Tools To Web Publishers
In three steps, publishers can deploy the search engines and widgets, which allow visitors to search the Web's media content and obtain thumbnail results without leaving the publishers' sites.


5. Voice Of Authority

Record Companies Drop File-Sharing Lawsuit Against Internet-Illiterate Mom
Mitch Wagner points out that even though the recording industry is giving up its lawsuit against the widow of a man who did illegal file-sharing, it is asking that the case be dismissed "without prejudice," meaning it could revive it later.


6. White Papers

A New Approach To Application Release Management
Application release management focuses on the gap between application development and operations. Here is a portfolio of best practices that will help you automate, streamline, and manage your deployment process.


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