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'Storm' Trojan Hits 1.6 Million PCs; Vista May Be Vulnerable

In This Issue: Storm' Trojan Hits 1.6 Million PCs; Vista May Be Vulnerable
1. Editor's Note: Googletarianism Rampant
2. Today's Top Story
    - 'Storm' Trojan Hits 1.6 Million PCs; Vista May Be Vulnerable
    Related Stories:
    - One Hacker Kit Accounts For 71% Of Attacks
    - McAfee Update Chokes Off Lotus Notes
    - Microsoft To Offer 'Simpler' Antivirus Service For Vista And Discounts For Testers
3. Breaking News
    - Microsoft May Have Mistakenly Pegged 2.6 Million As Pirates
    - Appeals Court Shoots Down Copyright Challenge
    - Vista Won't Add To PC Prices
    - Intel Upgrades Centrino With 802.11n
    - Oracle Beefs Up Linux Support With Management Tools
    - HP's 2006 Recyclables Weigh As Much As 600 Jumbo Jets
    - HP Forms New Software Unit For Server And Storage Management, Virtualization
    - U.S. Stock Futures Point Flat; Tech Earnings In Focus
    - Insurer Will Let Members Access Their Health Data From Cell Phones
    - Technology Is Taking Over Americans' Lives
4. In Depth: Blogging
    - Microsoft Pays Blogger To 'Correct' Wikipedia Entry
    - Pew Report Records Rise Of Blogosphere Political Elite
    - Blog Traffic Triples At Newspapers' Web Sites
    - Yahoo Buys Community Site MyBlogLog
    - Placeblogs Cast A Narrow Net
    - Like A Product? USuggest Will Pay For Your Recommendation
5. Voice Of Authority
    - Good Riddance To IBM Workplace
6. White Papers
    - The Challenge Of Depicting Complex Information Systems
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

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"Don't knock the weather. If it didn't change once in a while, nine out of 10 people couldn't start a conversation." -- Kin Hubbard


1. Editor's Note: Googletarianism Rampant

From in-game advertising to video music ads to helping map the universe—is there anything Google doesn't want?

Google watchers over the last couple of years have predicted—generally correctly—the company's widening influence on the entire IT/telco/advertising continuum, and there's no reason for the predictions to grow more cautious now. Even the company's perceived vulnerabilities have, in many cases, dwindled if not evaporated.

Sure, a severe advertising downturn would be a blow, and ongoing security issues are increasingly going to demand answers, particularly as Google pursues a larger enterprise presence. But a patent suit came up empty even as Google's share of the search market continues to climb.

Google Web apps are starting be perceived as a challenge to Office's longtime (like, forever) dominance of that market, and its calendar may be what breaks Google ahead of Yahoo in those arenas where Yahoo still leads. Plus, Fortune's now rated Google as the best place in the country to work. According to some sources, even terrorists turn to Google.

That last item isn't Google's fault, of course, and one could almost bet that the good guys are using the same Google tools on their side of the conflict.

No wonder the president called it "the Google"—it certainly looks more and more like the company that's the face of the future. Until, of course, the next one comes along and puts Google in its sights. Google watchers are undoubtedly watching for that company even now—and using Google to do so.

Keith Ferrell
kferrell@keithferrell.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

'Storm' Trojan Hits 1.6 Million PCs; Vista May Be Vulnerable
The goal of the Trojan seems to be to acquire a large botnet, or collection of compromised PCs, that can be used to send traditional scam spams or for later identity mining.

Related Stories:

One Hacker Kit Accounts For 71% Of Attacks
The "Q406 Roll-up" is a security headache because the exploits are heavily encrypted, say experts.

McAfee Update Chokes Off Lotus Notes
McAfee's VirusScan Enterprise 8.5i is the culprit, and it affects Notes Client R6 and R7.

Microsoft To Offer 'Simpler' Antivirus Service For Vista And Discounts For Testers
Consumers who participated in the beta program for the new OneCare release will receive 60% off the annual $49.95 fee if they enroll by Feb. 12.


3. Breaking News

Microsoft May Have Mistakenly Pegged 2.6 Million As Pirates
While false positives are less than one-half of 1%, that adds up to a lot when you test 512 million machines.

Appeals Court Shoots Down Copyright Challenge
The case impacts how out-of-print and orphaned works may, or may not, be viewed online.

Vista Won't Add To PC Prices
At some e-retailers, the price of versions of Vista being sold to smaller computer makers is on average $10 more than comparable versions of Windows XP.

Intel Upgrades Centrino With 802.11n
The chipmaker will begin to identify which Intel-based laptops have the next-generation wireless component.

Oracle Beefs Up Linux Support With Management Tools
No extra charge for Unbreakable Linux support customers.

HP's 2006 Recyclables Weigh As Much As 600 Jumbo Jets
HP says it recycled more than 164 million pounds of hardware and HP print cartridges worldwide in its 2006 fiscal year.

HP Forms Software Unit For Server And Storage Management, Virtualization
HP forms a server and storage software unit designed to help customers manage, virtualize, and automate their IT systems.

German, French Consumer Groups Join Call For Open iTunes
Consumer agencies in Norway, Denmark, and Sweden are leading the effort to force Apple to open its service to competitors, including players that support Microsoft's Windows Media format.

U.S. Stock Futures Point Flat; Tech Earnings In Focus
U.S. stock futures pointed to a flat opening Tuesday, with investors bracing for a new round of earnings from the technology sector, which led stocks' decline in the previous session.

Insurer Will Let Members Access Their Health Data From Cell Phones
Members of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania will be able to check key health information from their cell phones.

Technology Is Taking Over Americans' Lives
Report reveals 65% of U.S. consumers are spending more time with their computers than with their significant others.

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4. In Depth: Blogging

Microsoft Pays Blogger To 'Correct' Wikipedia Entry
Topologi's Rick Jelliffe will offer Redmond's spin on public articles pertaining to the ODF/OOXML standard.

Pew Report Records Rise Of Blogosphere Political Elite
During the 2006 campaign, 23% of those using the Internet to access political news created and shared political content through blog, video, or audio posts, or by forwarding such commentary to others.

Blog Traffic Triples At Newspapers' Web Sites
Opportunities abound for staff writers who have expertise in certain areas, according to Nielsen//NetRatings.

Yahoo Buys Community Site MyBlogLog
MyBlogLog provides people with the online tools to create a profile and associate it with their blogs, enabling registered users of the site to form communities around those blogs.

Placeblogs Cast A Narrow Net
Local information is becoming a higher priority online.

Like A Product? USuggest Will Pay For Your Recommendation
Bloggers and members of social networks can get a cut of the sales for recommending products.


5. Voice Of Authority

Good Riddance To IBM Workplace
Lotus killed the poorly defined Workplace application this week, and David DeJean couldn't be happier, both with that and with other changes he detected in Lotus' product direction while attending Lotusphere.


6. White Papers

The Challenge Of Depicting Complex Information Systems
Computer networks, process/workflow models, and conceptual designs are complex collections of data and relationships. Each object has unique information and occupies a special place in a hierarchy. Nonetheless, systems are depicted in flat, unconnected diagrams with no access to external data.


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