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In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: The Revolution Will Be Vlogged
2. Today's Top Story
    - The Problems With E-Mail
3. Breaking News
    - Counterpoint: Does OS X Really Shine Brighter Than Vista?
    - The Mac OS/Vista Debate: Readers Have Their Say
    - 10 Key Licensing, Pricing Changes For Vista, Office 2007
    - Microsoft Predicts The Future With Vista's SuperFetch
    - TSA To Clean Up 'No Fly List'
    - Palm Offers Fix For Treo 680 Bug
    - SeaMonkey Group Updates Browser Suite
    - Apple Confirms 802.11n Download Fee
    - 'Macaca' Moments Will Define 2008 Presidential Campaign
    - Prosecutors Offer Plea Deal To Ex-HP Chairman
    - It's Official: Pretexting Is Illegal
    - Google Moves Checkout Promotion To Main Page
    - Lawsuits, Questions Follow NSA Surveillance Approval
4. In Depth
    - Analysis: How Smartphone Platforms Compare
    - A Friendly Interface For Cell Phones ... And Not An iPhone
    - LG Prada Phone Looks Like An iPhone Knock-Off, Or Is It Vice Versa?
    - AT&T's 'Unity' Includes Free Calls
    - Skype Adds Per-Call Connection Fee
5. Voice Of Authority
    - If You Like Needles, You're Gonna Love RFID
6. White Papers
    - Virtualization In A Nutshell -- A Virtualization Overview
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

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"A good friend can tell you what is the matter with you in a minute. He may not seem such a good friend after telling." -- Arthur Brisbane


1. Editor's Note: The Revolution Will Be Vlogged

Will privacy become a quaint custom that people in the 20th century used to practice? While government and corporate surveillance and massive, petabyte databases of personal data are making it harder to keep secrets, the biggest threat to privacy is something you're carrying around in your pocket: your cameraphone.

Cheap video cameras, cheap, plentiful storage, and Internet services like YouTube are making it commonplace for us to spy on each other and share the results with the world. The rich and powerful are feeling the brunt of this force first. As described in my story on Internet video in the 2008 presidential campaign, candidates are working now to line up their online video strategies.

The Internet presents a powerful tool for communicating directly to the people—going "over the heads" of the mass media, as people used to say about President Reagan 20 years ago. But the defining moment of the 2008 election probably won't be anything planned. It'll happen when a candidate is tired and screws up and says or does something stupid that ends up being watched by an entire nation on YouTube.

That's what happened to U.S. Sen. George Allen, running for re-election in Virginia, when he used the obscure racial epithet "macaca" to taunt one of his opponent's staff. Alas, the staffer was recording Allen on video at the time. Allen lost the election.

Brazilian supermodel Daniela Cicarelli was caught on the beach having sex with her boyfriend, and the video popped up all over the Internet. A Brazilian judge ordered YouTube to take down the video, but it couldn't do it—whenever it took down a copy, somebody else put one up.

The judge then ordered YouTube shut down. Good luck with that.

Comedian Michael Richards, who played Kramer on Seinfeld, got stung by Internet video when he shouted out racial epithets during his act at a West Hollywood comedy club.

And, on a more somber note, Internet video of Saddam Hussein's execution embarrassed the U.S. and Iraqi governments. The video showed guards angrily taunting the former dictator and shouting triumphantly the name of Muqtada al-Sadr, who opposes both America and the Iraqi government.

Have you ever been harmed by surreptitious video recording of your activities? Leave a message on the InformationWeek Blog and let us know.

Mitch Wagner
mwagner@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

The Problems With E-Mail
As e-mails multiply, so do the problems, from the unabated increases in spam to increasing scrutiny by regulators.


3. Breaking News

Counterpoint: Does OS X Really Shine Brighter Than Vista?
It's wrong to make the differences between Mac OS X and Windows Vista into a horse race—each operating system is most challenged by its own history, limitations, and possibilities.

The Mac OS/Vista Debate: Readers Have Their Say
The debate rages: Is Apple's Mac OS X or Microsoft's Windows Vista the superior operating system? Our writers have weighed in, now readers have their say. And they've got a lot on their minds.

10 Key Licensing, Pricing Changes For Vista, Office 2007
Microsoft has instituted at least 10 pricing and licensing changes for Windows Vista and Office 2007.

Microsoft Predicts The Future With Vista's SuperFetch
SuperFetch, a feature within Vista, predicts which applications are used when, then preloads them so that they're instantly available.

TSA To Clean Up 'No Fly List'
The Senate reviews the agency's plans to cut the list in half by February and avoid misidentifying citizens as terrorists.

Palm Offers Fix For Treo 680 Bug
The bug caused the smartphone's camera to draw power even when in standby mode.

SeaMonkey Group Updates Browser Suite
SeaMonkey 1.1 is the follow-on to the now-defunct Mozilla Suite, a collection of Internet applications that included browser, e-mail client, newsgroup reader, and HTML editor.

Apple Confirms 802.11n Download Fee
The company will charge customers $1.99 to download software that will enable 802.11n wireless functionality in the chipsets of most of its Intel Core 2 Duo- and Xeon-based computers.

'Macaca' Moments Will Define 2008 Presidential Campaign
Candidates are getting ready to use Internet video to get their messages out. But the big moments in the campaign will be documented by a guy with a cameraphone who's there when the candidate slips up.

Prosecutors Offer Plea Deal To Ex-HP Chairman
California state prosecutors have offered to drop felony charges as part of a plea deal with former Hewlett-Packard chairman Patricia Dunn and four other defendants in a boardroom leak scandal.

It's Official: Pretexting Is Illegal
The controversial practice gained more attention after the HP scandal broke.

Google Moves Checkout Promotion To Main Page
It may be the king of the search engines, but customers say Google's fledgling online payment system is no match for PayPal.

Lawsuits, Questions Follow NSA Surveillance Approval
ACLU and EFF lawyers put pressure on the government and telecommunication companies in the aftermath of the warrantless wiretapping controversy.

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Vista: Ready, Set, Go?
Will the release of Windows Vista provide business technology professionals with the security and functionality they've been hoping for? Learn how nearly 700 business technology professionals answered that question and more in InformationWeek Research's report Windows Vista: Ready, Set, Go?

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4. In Depth

Analysis: How Smartphone Platforms Compare
A business technology buyer's guide to the BlackBerry, Linux, Mac OS X, Palm, Symbian, and Windows Mobile platforms.

A Friendly Interface For Cell Phones ... And Not An iPhone
Alltel's Celltop interface allows for quick access to call logs, text messaging, ring tones, news, weather, stocks, and sports scores.

LG Prada Phone Looks Like An iPhone Knock-Off, Or Is It Vice Versa?
Both phones feature touch screens, use the slow Edge wireless data network, play music and videos, have digital cameras, and can check e-mail and access the Internet.

AT&T's 'Unity' Includes Free Calls
Ma Bell's latest bundled plan for its wireless and wired customers could lure small businesses into its fold.

Skype Adds Per-Call Connection Fee
The charge is not included in certain "unlimited" calling plans.


5. Voice Of Authority

If You Like Needles, You're Gonna Love RFID
Some recent news about electronic tracking of cattle, as well as a look at the new James Bond movie, has revived long-repressed fears about vaccinations at the pediatrician. Here's the issue: RFID is being propelled from its initial application of glued-on tags used to track pallets of soap powder destined for Wal-Mart into one where electronic IDs are embedded into bodies. Literally.


6. White Papers

Virtualization In A Nutshell—A Virtualization Overview
Among the leading business challenges confronting IT managers today are cost-effective utilization of IT infrastructure, responsiveness in supporting new business initiatives, and flexibility in adapting to organizational changes. Read how virtualization allows skilled IT managers to deploy creative solutions to such business challenges.


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