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Simply Brilliant

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Simply Brilliant
2. Today's Top Story: Microsoft
    - Microsoft Unveils Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 Features
    - Microsoft Steps Up Its Fight Against Massachusetts' XML Policy
    - Microsoft Takes On Adobe-Macromedia With New Web-Design Software
3. Breaking News
    - Yahoo Tests Major E-Mail Upgrade
    - One In Six Spyware Apps Tries To Steal Identities
    - Why You Shouldn't Install A Wireless Network
    - Legal Group Predicts More Electronic Filing In Courts
    - Survey Finds Tepid Interest In Ads Delivered To Phones
    - Intel Action Could Delay Next-Gen Wi-Fi: Analysts
    - Microsoft Offers To Settle With Google Regarding Former Exec
    - Blogging Sparks Boom In Photo-Hosting Sites
    - Phony Anti-Spyware Software Lures Unsuspecting Users
4. In Depth: Online Publishing
5. Voice Of Authority: Outsourcing
6. White Papers: ERP
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

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"Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats." -- Howard Aiken


1. Editor's Note: Simply Brilliant

My favorite new story on our site this week hasn't got all that much to do with business technology, but a lot more to do with simple business smarts.

Check out our report on Amazom.com's alliance with Coinstar, purveyor of those coin-counting machines that seem to be popping up everywhere. The machines perform an excellent service, but one I haven't chosen to avail myself of. I--apparently like most people--have lots of spare change lying around. It takes a bit of labor to pull it together, collect it in a bag or box, lug it to the supermarket and then deal with the output. Then, in my case, being a person who rarely has a buck or two in my pocket, I'd spend the loot from the Coinstar process in about five minutes, probably on the way home from the store, to put gas in the car (that $14.75 from Coinstar wouldn't get me five gallons today) or to buy some nuts and bolts at the hardware store or whatever. In other words, I'd experience more "pain" than the gain I'd realize.

Under this deal, the marketing whizzes at Amazon have given me a far more valuable outlet for that money. I can go to a Coinstar machine, dump all my loose change, and get a redemption code that I could use to buy a book for myself or a family member, buy a gift certificate for someone, or even put toward a name-brand power tool at Amazon's superb Tool Crib site.

Amazon isn't the first to test or work with Coinstar in this way. Starbucks and one or two others have waded in as well, but Amazon's pre-eminent position on the Internet provides a unique opportunity for this concept to take off.

In a week dominated by news about CRM (by the way, check out Paul McDougall's analysis of several recent news events--including Oracle's acquisition of Siebel--and why customer-relationship management systems are "fast becoming irrelevant"), Amazon has once again shown that it's about as savvy as they come--one might even say brilliant--when it comes to eliminating barriers between the company and my disposable cash.

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2. Today's Top Story: Microsoft

Microsoft Unveils Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 Features
The next IE7 beta will include new capabilities for managing tabs, zooming in on text and images, and ActiveX security.

Related Stories:
Microsoft Steps Up Its Fight Against Massachusetts' XML Policy

As Microsoft previewed the coming version of its Office suite in Los Angeles, the firm stepped up its opposition to a bid by Massachusetts that requires state agencies to use an 'OpenDocument' format.

Microsoft Takes On Adobe-Macromedia With New Web-Design Software
Microsoft faces a formidable partnership in Adobe-Macromedia, which boasts a large installed base, support for multiple operating systems, and current availability.


3. Breaking News

Yahoo Tests Major E-Mail Upgrade
The overhaul will look very familiar to Outlook users, with features including an in-box containing all E-mails on the top of the page and a separate pane for reading E-mail below it.

One In Six Spyware Apps Tries To Steal Identities
And 60% of spyware is adware, according to a study from security firm Aladdin Knowledge Systems.

Why You Shouldn't Install A Wireless Network
Sure, wireless networking is cool and often useful. But for many organizations, security concerns and other problems mean you should stay away. Here's how to decide.

Legal Group Predicts More Electronic Filing In Courts
Electronic filing of legal documents will cut down on paperwork and help courts manage increasing caseloads.

Survey Finds Tepid Interest In Ads Delivered To Phones
Only 20% of consumers surveyed said they'd find advertising acceptable, although it could find a niche if used to subsidize premium services such as directory assistance.

Intel Action Could Delay Next-Gen Wi-Fi: Analysts
Intel is leading a small group of firms that want to write a "whole new proposal," according to one industry watcher, which means the standard currently on the table could be delayed.

Microsoft Offers To Settle With Google Regarding Former Exec
If Google and Kai-Fu Lee abide by the judge's restrictions on Lee's new job for a year, then Microsoft will walk away from the legal proceedings.

Blogging Sparks Boom In Photo-Hosting Sites
Teenage girls are the biggest users of the photo services, research shows.

Phony Anti-Spyware Software Lures Unsuspecting Users
A scam that's spoofing Microsoft's Windows Security Center shows that phishers are increasingly abandoning the traditional E-mail ploy of telling consumers their bank accounts are at risk.

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4. In Depth: Online Publishing

Report: Blogs And Free Content Are Hurting B-To-B Publishers
Newspaper companies and business trade publishers face disruption from online competitors such as Google and Yahoo.

NerdTV Plays Only On The Web
PBS Web-only broadcast will interview alpha geeks such as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and mouse inventor Doug Engelbart.

Online Advertisers To Customers: Pick Up The Phone
The approach, called pay-per-call, is to prompt Web surfers to use the phone instead of clicking on an ad or sending E-mail. It's ideal for smaller businesses whose customers ask lots of questions.

Analysis: Courts Unlikely To Stop Google Book Copying
Despite objections from publishers and writers, copyright law appears to be on Google's side, legal experts say.

Online Job Recruitment Shows Growth
The Monster Employment Index shows a "promising snapshot of our current economy," says Monster North America.

Google Expands Into Offline Ads
The company is testing response from print technology publications.

Blogging Sparks Boom In Photo-Hosting Sites
The massive rise in blogging has sparked an even bigger increase in traffic on photo-hosting web sites, with teenage girls the biggest users of the latter service, a research firm said Tuesday.


5. Voice Of Authority: Outsourcing

U.K.'s Tony Blair Says 'Cheers' To Outsourcing
The United Kingdom's recent experience with outsourcing shows that the practice is just another form of trade between two countries and, in the long run, trade is always a good thing. Although a growing number of U.K. businesses are moving IT jobs offshore to the usual places--India, Eastern Europe, and Russia--IT employment in the country is increasing.


6. White Papers: ERP

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An ERP system is your information backbone and reaches into all areas of your business and value chain. Replacing it can open unlimited business opportunities. This document gives you answers, a more detailed explanation of 11 criteria to use when selecting the best solution, and their importance in making the ERP replacement decision.


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