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Tech Pros Upbeat On Jobs, Prospects

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: What's On Your Calendar?
2. Today's Top Story
    - Tech Pros Upbeat On Jobs, Prospects
3. Breaking News
    - New Word Zero-Day Attacks Begin
    - Security Vendors Offer Free Zero-Day Tools
    - Cisco To Triple Workforce In India By 2011, Plans New Globalization Center There
    - More Than Half Of All Business PCs Can't Run Vista, Survey Says
    - Firefox 2.0, IE 7 Post Gains
    - Wal-Mart, Intel, Others To Create Massive Health Records Database
    - Google Agrees To Work With British Sky Broadcasting On Broadband Portal
    - Post-Shakeup, Yahoo Needs To Focus On Products
    - Chat-Room-Addicted Former IBM Worker Drops Age Discrimination Claim
    - Dell, Microsoft Jointly Offer 'Affordable' Storage System
    - Adobe Fixes Reader Flaw, Warns Of New Bug In Download Tool
    - Novell Posts A Profit But Outlook Disappoints
4. In Depth
    - MySpace Ups Effort Against Sex Offenders
    - Consumer Use Of Ad-Blocking Technology Doubles
    - Yahoo's Porn-Free List Of Top 10 Searches For 2006
    - Law Professor Predicts Wikipedia's Demise
5. Voice Of Authority
    - Lock-In Via Vista
6. White Papers
    - Customer Data Management
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

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"Always acknowledge a fault. This will throw those in authority off their guard and give you an opportunity to commit more." — Mark Twain


1. Editor's Note: What's On Your Calendar?

Earlier this week, InformationWeek and some of our sister brands were planning 2007 editorial coverage, including which events we will be blanketing. In that process, we made a few discoveries: It's incredibly hard to track the countless IT events that are produced every year; the quality and importance of said events can change very quickly; and it's quite difficult to predict conferences and trade shows that will quickly emerge to become a major force in our industry.

We drew some of our own conclusions, but there's a fair amount of guesswork involved. Since the 100,000-plus readers of this newsletter have a far larger collective footprint than our staff, I'd like to solicit your input.

If you could pick just one event (trade show, conference, or vendor-specific user group) that you must be at in 2007, what is it and why? Is there a lesser-known event that consistently delivers lots of valuable information and networking? Is there a big show that's undergoing a rebirth that makes it worthy of revisiting for those who may have stopped attending in recent years? I welcome all feedback, as it will be extremely valuable in shaping what event coverage we deliver to you next year. URLs for the events are very helpful, too.

Meantime, I'd like to thank Ron Chaplin for submitting details on Ajax toolsets with which he's had success. They include (with Ron's comments):

Feel free to add your comments on these or other tools, or to submit good or bad tools for Ajax development that you've come across at this blog entry.

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


2. Today's Top Story

Tech Pros Feeling Good About Jobs And Prospects
More good news: Demand for tech talent is predicted to become increasingly intense in 2007.


3. Breaking News

New Word Zero-Day Attacks Begin
Microsoft acknowledged that specially crafted Word documents could be used to seize a computer and urged users to use care when opening Word files sent by untrusted sources or that are received unexpectedly from trusted sources.

Security Vendors Offer Free Zero-Day Tools
eEye Digital Security and Secunia are offering tools to help users fend off zero-day attacks.

Cisco To Triple Workforce In India By 2011, Plans New Globalization Center There
In a press event in India, Cisco CEO John Chambers said the company likely would more than triple its workforce in India, from 2,000 now to more than 6,000 over the next several years.

More Than Half Of All Business PCs Can't Run Vista, Survey Says
In general, any PC more than 2 years old won't be able to run Vista, a new study says. Since many companies keep their machines for three or even five years, that could slow adoption.

Firefox 2.0, IE 7 Post Gains
Firefox continued to erode Internet Explorer market share during November, a Web metrics company said Wednesday.

Wal-Mart, Intel, Others To Create Massive Health Records Database
The companies launched a joint effort to build databases to allow their 2.5 million employees to access their personal health records over the Web, starting sometime next year.

Google Agrees To Work With British Sky Broadcasting On Broadband Portal
The deal will give the search engine company another channel for online advertising; Google will provide search tools and advertising aimed at search results across Sky's portfolio of Web sites.

Post-Shakeup, Yahoo Needs To Focus On Products
Some analysts said the company has to begin consolidating and improving services as soon as possible, which could be hampered by the absence of a leader in the new business group that would focus on customer-centric products.

Chat-Room-Addicted Former IBM Worker Drops Age Discrimination Claim
The rest of Pacenza's lawsuit against IBM remains active. He claims he was wrongfully terminated by the computer maker for having an addiction to Internet chat rooms.

Dell, Microsoft Jointly Offer 'Affordable' Storage System
The two companies say the integrated device reduces storage costs by eliminating the need for separate licensing for additional features, such as snapshots, replication, and resource management.

Adobe Fixes Reader Flaw, Warns Of New Bug In Download Tool
The company updates its free Reader application to fix a flaw but warns that its Download Manager has a critical bug.

Novell Posts A Profit But Outlook Disappoints
Business software maker Novell posted disappointing quarterly results Tuesday because of weak sales of older products and said it expected to take restructuring charges in 2007, driving its shares down 10%.

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4. In Depth: Business Of The Web

MySpace Ups Effort Against Sex Offenders
The popular social networking site is answering criticisms that it hasn't done enough to protect underage users.

Consumer Use Of Ad-Blocking Technology Doubles
In the past two years, the number of consumers using pop-up blockers and spam filters has more than doubled, according to a study from Forrester Research.

Yahoo's Porn-Free List Of Top 10 Searches For 2006
But the question remains: Just how are these lists put together?

Law Professor Predicts Wikipedia's Demise
As marketers turn to automated tools to alter Wikipedia entries in order to generate online traffic, the professor predicts Wikipedians will burn out trying to keep entries clean.


5. Voice Of Authority: Lock-In Via Vista

How Vista Lets Microsoft Lock Users In
Technology called "Information Rights Management," combined with copyright law and Windows Vista, give Microsoft the tools to hold users' data hostage in Office, says Cory Doctorow.


6. White Papers: Customer Data Management

Customer Data Management: How Leaders Attain Tangible ROI—An Aberdeen Group Report
Fueled by the need for more effective data analysis and decision-support, more than 85% of survey respondents plan to invest in customer data management solutions within 24 months. Aberdeen research reveals use of timely and accurate data leads to improved customer service levels, increased revenue, and higher customer satisfaction and retention rates.


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