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The Search For Microsoft Researcher Jim Gray

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Is The Mac More Secure Than Windows? Does It Matter?
2. Today's Top Story
    - The Search For Microsoft Researcher Jim Gray
3. Breaking News
    - Laptop Lockdown Checklist: Four Authentication Areas To Watch
    - 10 Top Mac Apps For The Enterprise
    - T-Mobile Offers Free Wi-Fi To PSP Players
    - Worm Attack Masquerades As IE7 Download Offer
    - Dell's March To Linux PCs Won't Be A Walk In The Park
    - In A Reversal, India Is Outsourcing To IBM
    - Google Patent Application Promises Cleaner Data
    - Despite Vulnerabilities, Apple's Mac OS X Weathers The Security Storm
    - TiVo Adds Sharing Of Internet Video
    - Microsoft Nixes 'Big Bang' Service Pack For Windows Vista
    - ICANN Again Vetoes .XXX Adult Content Domain
    - Does Disallowed DVR Service Foretell YouTube's Fate?
    - Intel Research Goes For Long-Distance Wi-Fi
    - Cisco And IBM Aim For Smarter Video Surveillance
    - China Eyes Military Uses Of Cyberspace
    - Red Hat's Cash-Flow Forecast Beats Expectations
    - Microsoft Investigating Windows Zero-Day Bug
4. The Latest Digital Life Blog Posts
    - Could The iPhone Destroy Apple's Reputation?
    - Microsoft Describes How Virtual Earth Was Built
    - Yahoo And Microsoft Fight For Mobile Search While Google Pushes For The Entire Third Screen
    - Microsoft Research Provides Sneak Preview Of 'Boku' Programming Environment For Kids
5. Job Listings From TechCareers
6. White Papers
    - Fund Raising And Record-Keeping Software As A Service: A Total Communications System
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

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1. Editor's Note: Is The Mac More Secure Than Windows? Does It Matter?

Is the Mac more secure than Windows, in some absolute measurement of security? And does it really matter? Senior writer Sharon Gaudin talked to a few security experts and reported the consensus that, despite a recent increase in reported security flaws, the Mac is still more secure than Windows. But it's doubtful that'll change anybody's buying decisions -- Windows users know that their software has security problems, and yet they use it anyway.

McAfee last year said that reported Mac vulnerabilities increased 228% in the past three years, compared with a 73% increase for Windows. And Apple is lagging behind Microsoft in issuing bug fixes, with Apple taking an average of 66 days to patch vulnerabilities, while Microsoft took three weeks.

But the Mac is still safer than Windows, says Johannes Ullrich, chief research officer at the SANS Institute. It's just not as safe as Apple pretends it is.

Read the rest of the article for more information and discussion.

The security comparison is interesting information. But just how useful is it? I've never encountered anyone who cited security as a reason for buying a Mac. They buy a Mac for stability, ease of use, because they're doing graphics or multimedia or some other application for which the Mac is best. They buy a Mac out of desire to stick it to Microsoft, for which many people in the user community have an irrational hatred. But I've never heard anybody say, "I bought a Mac because it's more secure."

Let's hear it from the Mac users out there. Why'd you go with the Mac? 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 Search For Microsoft Researcher Jim Gray
Colleagues rallied to look for the renowned computer scientist, but to no avail.


3. Breaking News

Laptop Lockdown Checklist: Four Authentication Areas To Watch
When it comes to these security technologies, well-known doesn't mean widely used. Here's what might make them more practical in the near term.

10 Top Mac Apps For The Enterprise
These cool tools make it easy to manage your Mac.

T-Mobile Offers Free Wi-Fi To PSP Players
People with version 3.30 of the handheld gaming device can choose the "use wireless hotspot" option and follow the instructions to get connected.

Worm Attack Masquerades As IE7 Download Offer
E-mails display an image that invites users to download a beta of a new version of Internet Explorer 7, but instead they are hit with the Grum-A worm.

Dell's March To Linux PCs Won't Be A Walk In The Park
Drivers that already ship with the Linux kernel, such as those for storage, wired networking, power management, and USB ports, won't be a problem, but others will.

In A Reversal, India Is Outsourcing To IBM
The $29 million deal's value could increase if India's largest real estate company maintains current growth rates.

Google Patent Application Promises Cleaner Data
The application describes a system for verifying listing information submitted by users, such as a merchant might enter when providing data to the Google Local Business Center about his or her business.

Despite Vulnerabilities, Apple's Mac OS X Weathers The Security Storm
Security pros say the Mac platform isn't a high-risk operating system and is more secure than Microsoft's Windows XP.

TiVo Adds Sharing Of Internet Video
TiVo last week announced a new way for subscribers to share personal videos using One True Media's online video postproduction service.

Microsoft Nixes 'Big Bang' Service Pack For Windows Vista
One reason is that new tools such as Windows Update allow Microsoft to dribble out smaller fixes to its new operating system whenever necessary.

ICANN Again Vetoes .XXX Adult Content Domain
Religious groups and even the adult content industry are divided on a separate domain for sex sites.

Does Disallowed DVR Service Foretell YouTube's Fate?
The court accepted the plaintiff's contention that Cablevision, rather than its customers, was directing the copyright infringement. Will the same rules apply to YouTube?

Intel Research Goes For Long-Distance Wi-Fi
The idea is to develop a low-cost antenna that can transmit and receive Wi-Fi signals over distances as far as 100 kilometers, or about 62 miles.

Cisco And IBM Aim For Smarter Video Surveillance
New advances in IP-based digital video surveillance cameras, recorders, and analysis software promise to help retailers and other businesses put the kibosh on theft.

China Eyes Military Uses Of Cyberspace
China's development of modern modes of warfare, including military uses of outer space and cyberspace, has yielded impressive gains that require U.S. vigilance, experts told a congressional panel.

Red Hat's Cash-Flow Forecast Beats Expectations
Red Hat, the biggest distributor of Linux software, is forecasting annual cash-flow growth that would top market expectations, sending its shares up almost 6%.

Microsoft Investigating Windows Zero-Day Bug
Microsoft is working on a patch for the bug that uses Internet Explorer as its main attack vector and affects all the recent Windows releases, including Vista.

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4. The Latest Digital Life Blog Posts
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Could The iPhone Destroy Apple's Reputation?
MarketWatch columnist John Dvorak argues that Apple should just make the iPhone a reference design and move on. Why, you may ask, would Apple want to walk away from the hottest mobile device in years? Because it isn't equipped to handle the demands of the nonstop mobile phone market, that's why.

Microsoft Describes How Virtual Earth Was Built
You want to know what the definition of "cool" is? It's sitting in the front row of a hotel meeting hall, watching a demo of Microsoft Virtual Earth on the 12-foot display in the front of the room, as the camera plunges from the sky to swoop and soar around detailed digital models of the Staples Center in Los Angeles and the streets of Philadelphia. Even cooler: Listening to John Curlander, general manager of Microsoft Virtual Earth, explain how it was built.

Yahoo And Microsoft Fight For Mobile Search While Google Pushes For The Entire Third Screen
Stephen Wellman has finally settled back into New York after a jam-packed visit to this year's CTIA Wireless in Orlando, Fla. One of the big stories in the wider media that, surprisingly, didn't generate much insider buzz at CTIA was the ongoing war to capture the emerging mobile search market.

Microsoft Research Provides Sneak Preview Of 'Boku' Programming Environment For Kids
A Microsoft researcher on Wednesday unveiled Boku, an educational game designed to help children as young as 5 years old exercise their brains by doing programming. Boku is a cute little cartoon robot head with big, soulful eyes that hovers over a cartoon grassy field.


5. Job Listings From TechCareers

Toyota seeking Central Operations Specialist in Georgetown, KY

Agilent seeking IT Manager in Santa Clara, CA

Telerik seeking Developer Support Consultant in Newton, MA

Network Insight seeking Chief Technology Officer in San Diego, CA

ITT Corporation seeking Sr. System Analyst in Fort Wayne, IN

For more great jobs, career-related news, features and services, please visit CMP Media's TechCareers.


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