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SAP Cuts Fees For Bankrupt Delta

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Learn From Your Peers
2. Today's Top Story
    - SAP Cuts Fees For Bankrupt Delta
3. Breaking News
    - Ex-UBS Systems Admin Sentenced To 97 Months In Jail
    - Image Gallery: Electronic Wonderland At Holiday HackShop 2006
    - Demand For Elmo Doll Downs Wal-Mart Site
    - Zero-Day Attacks Loom As Biggest Security Threats
    - Mozilla Delivers Thunderbird 2.0 Beta, Preps Firefox Update
    - Microsoft Posts, Then Pulls Mac Office Update
    - Wii Beats PlayStation For Search Popularity Before Holidays
    - MySpace Dethrones Yahoo As Page-View Leader
    - Insurers Push Patients Toward E-Health Records
    - Research Firm Clarifies: iTunes Sales Are Not Collapsing
    - NYC Preps For Information Sharing
4. In Depth:
    - Web Trends
5. Voice Of Authority
    - The Role Of Analysts
6. White Papers
    - Data Protection
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

Quote Of The Day:
"If giving the maximum for this crime doesn't send a message to people with the ability to commit a crime and to the people who employ them, they're not paying attention. The potential for the impact of an insider is uncalculable." — Assistant U.S. Attorney V. Grady O'Malley, following the 97-month prison sentence given to a former UBS systems administrator


1. Editor's Note: Learn From — And With — Your Peers

Last week, I asked for your input on events that you've found the most valuable in recent years — and are planning to attend in 2007. As expected, there were lots of conferences and trade shows I wasn't aware of, including one event that was recommended by many readers — the Colorado Software Summit.

Rather than try to explain the event's appeal, I'll let readers tell it in their own words:


  • "It's more like a technical grad school than a trade show. The organization of the event, by Wayne and Peggy Kovsky, makes it more like a family gathering than trade show. That atmosphere has consistently attracted some of the most talented folks in the world, including a number of luminaries ... and some of the most talented programmers I've ever met." — Donald B. Altman, Singular Technologies


  • "The sessions are 90 minutes as opposed to 45 and the session rooms have tables, which makes it much easier to handle laptops and taking notes. There are more working demos at CSS than JavaOne. And did I mention no trade shows, which means no vendor hype/pressure?" — Bob Walker, AutoZone Inc.


  • "It costs just shy of $2,000. I pay that money out of my own pocket each year because Wayne Kovsky, the conference organizer, has a real knack for spotting what is hot in software development and enterprise engineering two to five years before the trend becomes mainstream." — Kevin McGrath

Several other readers made passionate arguments in favor of attending the Colorado Software Summit as well. Check out the agenda for the 2007 conference, scheduled for Oct. 21-26.

Other writers said they've gotten loads of value from events run by Microsoft, including its TechEd conference and its Mid-Size Enterprise CIO Summit.

Tom Smith
tsmith@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

SAP Agrees To A 27% Reduction In Software Fees Charged To Bankrupt Delta Air Lines
Documents filed in bankruptcy court reveal that SAP has agreed to lower annual maintenance fees charged to Delta from $3,740,000 to $2,732,000 through the year 2009.


3.Breaking News

Ex-UBS Systems Admin Sentenced To 97 Months In Jail
Roger Duronio was found guilty of computer sabotage and securities fraud for writing, planting, and disseminating malicious code that took down up to 2,000 servers.

Image Gallery: Electronic Wonderland At Holiday HackShop 2006
A downtown New York twist on Santa's workshop took place at Holiday HackShop2006, where attendees built battery chargers in Altoid tins, snow globes out of recycled water bottles, and more.

Demand For Elmo Doll Downs Wal-Mart Site
Wal-Mart's online shopping site suffered an outage Wednesday when anxious Christmas shoppers flooded the site looking for the hard-to-find Elmo T.M.X. doll.

Zero-Day Attacks Loom As Biggest Security Threats
Two-thirds of CIOs surveyed said they expect even more zero-day threats in 2007.

Mozilla Delivers Thunderbird 2.0 Beta, Preps Firefox Update
Thunderbird 2.0 Beta 1 sports a revamped visual design, new message tags to organize mail, browser-like back and forward navigation, and improved support for extensions.

Microsoft Posts, Then Pulls Mac Office Update
Microsoft quickly yanked a security and stability patch for Office 2004 for the Mac once it noticed it was accidentally made public.

Wii Beats PlayStation For Search Popularity Before Holidays
The trick is finding it in stock.

MySpace Dethrones Yahoo As Page-View Leader
Fox Interactive, MySpace's parent, had 39.53 billion page views last month, while Yahoo had 38.05 billion, comScore Networks says.

Insurers Push Patients Toward E-Health Records
New insurance guidelines will promote portability, adoption of personal e-health records.

Research Firm Clarifies: iTunes Sales Are Not Collapsing
Reporters misunderstood data released in a recent market report, Forrester Research says.

NYC Preps For Information Sharing
Local leaders consider privacy protections.

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4. In Depth: Web Trends

Gaming CEO: You Can't Stop Players From Trading Virtual Property
Mark Kern, former team lead for World of Warcraft and now CEO of the new Red 5 Studios, sits down to talk about the virtual property market, user-generated content, and more.

More Than Three-Fourths Of U.S. Home Web Users Have Broadband
Broadband access is up from 65% last year; broadband users spend more time online than their narrowband counterparts, and view more than twice as many Web pages.

Free Shipping, Exclusive Deals Spur Online Shoppers To Spend More
More than nine in 10 consumers listed free shipping as a motivator for opening their wallets wider, while more than 65% said exclusive offers would boost spending, according to a report from The Conference Board.


5. Voice Of Authority: The Role Of Analysts

Ban The Analysts! Or Not?
It looks like the sometimes raging debate over whether journalists should quote industry analysts — be they technology or financial specialists — has flared up again, this time in an interesting story on a U.K.-based IT publication. Check it out — they're talking about whether to quote the same analysts that U.S. publications talk to. The article notes the New York Times has banned quoting analysts, and then violated its own ban.


6. White Papers: Data Protection

Securing Data At The Endpoint: Four Steps To Protect Your Enterprise From Data Leakage
IT security has become one of the primary challenges facing organizations. Managers must increasingly consider data throughout its life cycle. Safeguarding an organization's most valuable assets - its data — starts at the endpoint. Enterprises must be sure to consider four steps when securing their data.


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