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Security Breaches Cost $90 To $305 Per Lost Record

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Weighing In On Wal-Mart's Fluid Scheduling
2. Today's Top Story
    - Security Breaches Cost $90 To $305 Per Lost Record
3. Breaking News
    - Microsoft's Bill Gates Headed For Space, Says Cosmonaut
    - Sony Studies Commercial PlayStation 3 Supercomputing Grid
    - Ex-Qwest Chief Nacchio's Case Heads To The Jury
    - Tech Overhaul Key To Citigroup Restructuring
    - Google Developers Worldwide Will Unite On May 31
    - Oracle To Release Patch To Fix 37 Bugs
    - Brocade Spinout Takes On 'Rat's Nest' Of Data Center Cables
    - Verizon BroadbandAccess Routers To Link Multiple Users
    - IBM Wins Pearson Outsourcing Contract, Inks New Zealand Deal
    - HP Introduces Beefier All-In-One Storage For SMBs
    - Darfur Crisis Comes To Google Earth
    - IBM Pits System I Against Microsoft Windows In Small-Business Market
4. The Latest Mobile Blog Posts
    - Palm 'Surges' With Linux-Based OS
    - Is Google Both The Perfect Cash Cow And A Star?
    - Take 5: Socialight Combines Mobile Location And Social Networking For Something New
    - Google Lays Out Its Mobile User Experience Strategy
    - Marriott Offers Electronic Tools For Travelers
    - Palm: Working On Linux OS, Mum On Sale
    - Research: Mobile TV Adoption Moving Forward. Slowly.
5. Job Listings From TechCareers
6. White Papers
    - Rules For Smarter Business Processes
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

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"Seeing a murder on television ... can help work off one's antagonisms. And if you haven't any antagonisms, the commercials will give you some." -- Alfred Hitchcock


1. Editor's Note: Weighing In On Wal-Mart's Fluid Scheduling

I'm in desperate need of some self-image enhancement therapy after reading some of the feedback from last week's piece about Wal-Mart and its implementation of workforce-scheduling software and my assertion that while some employees will have to adapt to new work schedules that can be fluid or even unpredictable, it's nevertheless an excellent business move by Wal-Mart because it will lead to greater customer value by pegging workforce deployment to store traffic.

One of the most thoughtful pieces of feedback came from a CTO at a financial services company. He extended the discussion way past Wal-Mart and whether it's abusing employees and destroying the social fabric in this country and should be brought under the heel of, oh, maybe Human Rights Watch.

The CTO suggested that what's at play here is an ongoing but quite revolutionary upheaval in the fundamental relationship between employer and employee.

Read the blog for more about this provocative topic -- including the CTO's theories about the changing nature of the workforce -- and let us know whether you think this is a good thing or a bad thing.

Bob Evans
bevans@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Security Breaches Cost $90 To $305 Per Lost Record
Forrester Research surveyed 28 companies that had some type of data breach and found it difficult to calculate the expenses that resulted.


3. Breaking News

Microsoft's Bill Gates Headed For Space, Says Cosmonaut
The rumor was revealed during a live interview on Russian TV, based on a report from a former Microsoft engineer aboard the International Space Station.

Sony Studies Commercial PlayStation 3 Supercomputing Grid
For supercomputing, PS3s have potential because they pack so much more processing power than the average PC -- 30 times more, according to Sony.

Ex-Qwest Chief Nacchio's Case Heads To The Jury
Opposing lawyers wrap up arguments in $101 million insider trading trial, as the jury waits for the case.

Tech Overhaul Key To Citigroup Restructuring
Executives point to replacing high-end data storage systems with commodity gear as well as relocating jobs to lower-cost locations outside the United States.

Google Developers Worldwide Will Unite On May 31
The live and online event is expected to include workshops, keynotes by Google executives, and discussions on Google APIs and developer tools.

Oracle To Release Patch To Fix 37 Bugs
Oracle's Critical Patch Update, which will be released Tuesday, includes fixes for 13 Oracle Database bugs and five Application Server bugs.

Brocade Spinout Takes On 'Rat's Nest' Of Data Center Cables
The venture-backed company pitches returns from labor savings and higher utilization.

Verizon BroadbandAccess Routers To Link Multiple Users
The wireless company expects the service to be used for backup initially, but it could be used to link mobile office workers or point-of-sale systems.

IBM Wins Pearson Outsourcing Contract, Inks New Zealand Deal
The agreement covers Pearson operations in 30 locations across 11 states and extends an existing contract signed in 2002.

HP Introduces Beefier All-In-One Storage For SMBs
The hardware includes HP's wizard-based management software for allocating storage and migrating data from other applications running on separate hardware for backup or disaster recovery.

Darfur Crisis Comes To Google Earth
Google Earth's new Global Awareness folder includes several other planetary problems that are turned off by default.

IBM Pits System I Against Microsoft Windows In Small-Business Market
The price of the server includes a five-user license and five-day-a-week support, and it brings fewer security problems than Windows, IBM said.

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4. The Latest Mobile Blog Posts
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Palm 'Surges' With Linux-Based OS
Now you tell us. That's my reaction to the announcement by Palm CEO Ed Colligan that the Treo-maker will finally, at long last, after years of rumor, speculation, and general procrastination, develop a new version of its Garnet operating system based on a Linux kernel.

Is Google Both The Perfect Cash Cow And A Star?
Alex Iskold at Read/WriteWeb asks a great question: Is Google the ultimate moneymaking machine? Iskold argues that Google may have discovered the world's most perfect business model. Is Google both the perfect cash cow and a star?

Take 5: Socialight Combines Mobile Location And Social Networking For Something New
Welcome back to Take 5, my regular feature where I ask an industry insider five (or in this case six) questions about his or her company and the mobile business market as a whole. In this edition I throw the spotlight on a new mobile startup called Socialight. I spoke with the company's co-founder, Dan Mellinger, about his new service, which combines mobile location, online local search, and social networking.

Google Lays Out Its Mobile User Experience Strategy
Just market the word "Google" with any event these days and you can pretty much bet it will sell out. Last night I was at a presentation by Google on mobile user experience. If any other company gave this talk, maybe 40 or so people would show up. But because the speaker was from Google and the event was in the company's New York City nerve center, more than 250 people packed out the Google auditorium. For those of us lucky enough to get a ticket, we received an up-front look at how Google designs its mobile applications.

Marriott Offers Electronic Tools For Travelers
Marriott's got a great new setup for business and recreational travelers, letting you use an in-room, 32-inch display for your laptop computer, DVD player, camcorder, and gaming systems. You can also use plug your MP3 player into the in-room audio system. Sweet!

Palm: Working On Linux OS, Mum On Sale
At Palm's Analyst Day, CEO Ed Colligan casually mentioned that Palm is developing its own Linux-based operating system for future devices. And, of course, he dodged any questions about a potential sale. Does Palm finally have an Ace up its sleeve?

Research: Mobile TV Adoption Moving Forward. Slowly.
Research firm In-Stat recently released a report about the growth of mobile TV. As expected, things are going slowly. The number of mobile TV broadcast networks will only increase from nine last year to 13 this year. The largest barrier? Spectrum availability.


5. Job Listings From TechCareers

Beth Abraham Family of Health Services seeking PC Support Tech in Bronx, NY

International Securities Exchange seeking Computer Operator in New York, NY

Toyota seeking Information Systems Specialists - Project Leader in Erlanger, KY

Agilent seeking IT Manager in Santa Clara, CA

Agilent seeking IT Technical Support Specialist in Spokane, WA

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


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