In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Stealing From Google
2. Today's Top Story
- Google To Resume Controversial Book-Copying Project
- Google Partners With IBM On Corporate Desktop Search
- Google's Patents Now On CD
3. Breaking News
- Researcher Details More Microsoft Patch Missteps
- Radware Offers Software To Detect Network-Performance Problems
- Virtual Iron Software Adds Support For AMD, IBM Blades
- IBM Prevents Brain Drain With Mentoring Program
- Old Friends Collide In Online Software Showdown
- FCC: No Agreement On Phone Mergers
- Collaboration Aims To Calm Consumers' Online Anxieties
- Qualcomm Response: Claims Made To EC Meritless
- 'Wi-Fi' Lands In Dictionary
- Online Shoppers Gearing Up For Holiday Season
- Report: Web Traffic To Hurricane-Relief Sites Skyrocketed In September
4. In Depth: IT Leaders In The News
- Richard Smalley, Nanotech Innovator, Dead At 62
- AOL Co-Founder Steve Case Suddenly Leaves Time Warner Board
- 'Old' Bill Gates Saluted On 50th Birthday
- Gates' Antitrust Trial Video Deposition On Sale At eBay
- Intel Founder Donates $26 Million To Alma Mater
- Sun CFO McGowan To Retire
- Ex-HP Chief Fiorina Joins Cybertrust Board
- NEC's CEO Steps Down Amid Losses
- Wiki Inventor Leaving Microsoft
5. Voice Of Authority: SBC Chief Declares War On Google, Vonage
6. White Papers: The Value Of Compliance
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1. Editor's Note: Stealing From Google
I have a confession to make: I've been stealing from Google. With
$1.578 billion in revenue last quarter, the company is unlikely
to miss the pennies I've denied it. Still, I feel I owe an
explanation: I'm "adnorant," which is to say, I ignore online ads.
I've been using a Firefox plug-in called CustomizeGoogle to block
Google ads and generally improve the search experience.
CustomizeGoogle has a lot to recommend it beyond its ad-blocking
abilities. My favorite feature is its placement of links to other
major search engines on Google's search results pages. It lets
you try your search query on AllTheWeb, AltaVista, Ask Jeeves,
Bloglines, Feedster, Lycos, MSN, Technorati, Teoma, and Yahoo.
There's also a very useful option that adds links back to the
Internet Wayback Machine--which hosts snapshots of Web sites
taken at different times in the past--in search results.
I can't imagine that Google is thrilled about this plug-in
because it undermines the company's business model. Then again, a
lot of companies probably aren't thrilled with Google for that
I'm not thrilled about online ads. In fact, I can't think of the
last product I purchased as a result of an online ad. I'm
skeptical of sales pitches and I'm generally contrary--the fact
that someone wants to sell me something makes me disinclined to
buy it. Obviously, someone is clicking on Google's ads, but it's
not me. (And to compound my crimes, I've been skipping
commercials on my TiVo.)
It's arguable that I'm violating the unwritten contract to be
receptive to advertising when accessing ad-supported content. I
don't buy that argument, but there's a certain logic to it.
Is it wrong to fight for control? Content providers do their
damnedest to control consumption of their content through
copyright law and technical measures. Media companies frequently
talk about "fighting for eyeballs," as if eyeballs were objects
to be bought and sold.
Do those eyeballs have the right to look away?
As penance, I could try clicking on some of Google's ads, but
then I'd be committing click-fraud by clicking without any intent
to buy. It seems I'm damned if I do and damned if I don't.
IBM Prevents Brain Drain With Mentoring Program
As Big Blue sells its consulting services to companies coping
with a graying workforce, it's also taking unique steps to
prevent brain drain. Fran Allen, as one example, still helps out
in an IBM research lab, even though she doesn't get paid.
FCC: No Agreement On Phone Mergers
Although Justice has approved them, in Friday meetings the FCC
couldn't agree on what conditions, if any, should be attached to
the SBC/AT&T and Verizon/MCI deals.
Collaboration Aims To Calm Consumers' Online Anxieties
The government's anti-fraud cornerstone is a new Web site that
offers consumers information on the latest scams, tips for
avoiding the malware, and a risk-assessment tool that shows how
vulnerable a consumer is on the Web.
Qualcomm Response: Claims Made To EC Meritless
CDMA technology supplier Qualcomm said the allegations of
withholding intellectual property made to the European Commission
by six rivals are factually inaccurate and legally meritless.
'Wi-Fi' Lands In Dictionary
Wi-Fi is no longer just a wireless technology: It's now an
official word, too, because it's included in the new edition of
the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary.
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Intel Founder Donates $26 Million To Alma Mater
Andrew Grove, class of 1960 at the City College of New York, set
aside part of the funds to create the Grove Endowment to provide
ongoing support for gifted engineering faculty and students.
Sun CFO McGowan To Retire
Steve McGowan, Sun Microsystems' CFO, plans to retire in June,
and Sun has launched an immediate search for his replacement.
SBC CEO Edward Whitacre told BusinessWeek he thinks any service
on the Web that wants to use his "pipes" should pay. Preston
Gralla thinks SBC has it backward. If it weren't for those
services, he says, no one would be buying SBC's products.
This paper defines the cost advantages of HP's Reference
Information Storage System when applied to E-mail systems in
general, and when applied to specific functions such as
electronic evidence discovery or regulatory compliance.
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