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Things I Never Thought I'd See

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In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Things I Never Thought I'd See
2. Today's Top Story
    - Apple CFO: 1,000 Apps Running On Intel Mac Platform
    - Related Story
    - Hack-My-Mac Challenge Leaves System Shipshape
3. Breaking News
    - IT Hiring Outlook Improves Along With The Economy
    - Citibank Customers Shaken By Data Breach
    - Google Says Mistakenly Put Old Ad Outlook On Web (Reuters)
    - Mozilla Confirms Firefox Taking In Millions Of Google Dollars
    - IBM To Move All Solutions Development Work To India
    - IBM Switches Linux Desktops, But Isn't Dumping Windows
    - Security Researchers Terminate Sites Selling Trojans
    - Current Flash Technology Should Hold To 2010
    - Intel Unveils Next Mobile Platform
    - Bell Labs Test Reaches 100 Gigabits Per Second
    - Cloudmark Upgrades Messaging Security For Exchange
4. Grab Bag: News You Need From Around The Web
    - Photo Essay: Life In The Googleplex (Time Magazine)
    - Yesterday's Transport Of Tomorrow (Independent Blog)
    - 'Cyberviolence' Plagues South Korea (Associated Press)
5. In Depth: Microsoft
    - EU May Hit Microsoft With New Antitrust Inquiry
    - Microsoft Tweaks Its Toolbar With Onfolio Acquisition
    - Microsoft Tests Revamped Windows Live Search Engine (Reuters)
    - Microsoft Acquires Apptimum
    - The Six Flavors Of Windows Vista
6. Voice Of Authority
    - Rootkit Evangelist Holy_father Abandons His Mission
7. White Papers
    - A CIO's Playbook For Software Agility
8. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
9. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

Quote of the day:
"Live out of your imagination, not your history." -- Stephen Covey


1. Editor's Note: Things I Never Thought I'd See

Yes, I'm sounding like my own grandmother, but some recent events remind me it's wise not to get too cynical about stuff--because you just never know. One of the many things about the computer industry that I enjoy, besides all the cool toys, is that companies and the business as a whole are continually being reinvented, sometimes even for the better.

To wit:

- My colleague Mitch Wagner attended the O'Reilly ETech conference. He wrote a nifty blog entry from there about the notion of paying attention. In it, he notes that Linda Stone, one of the speakers at the conference, says CEOs are now asking people to "disarm"--to drop their PDAs, cell phones, and pretty much anything that beeps or interrupts--before they enter a meeting space. It made me wonder if, in the maturity cycle of this industry, we're finally beginning to go backwards--but in a good way. Just maybe we're starting to see that being present and fully attentive is a good thing. Multitasking to the point of insanity, where nothing gets done well, isn't to anyone's advantage, and we've been pretty much delusional to think that the idea of keeping 47 things going at once is doable in any kind of quality way.

- Hearing the words "Microsoft" and "open source" in the same sentence still gives me pause. Yes, I realize there have been bits and pieces that Microsoft has made available as open source over the years, but there's a difference between code that's ultimately meant to benefit Microsoft and code that might do everyone else some good, too. But now comes a tool that allows users to cut-and-paste across Web sites. Microsoft is making the software, called Live Clipboard, available under Creative Commons license. This sounds like the real thing to me, but I confess I'm still waiting for the other shoe to drop.

- When I first started hearing about "Web services" around five years ago, followed by "service-oriented architectures," I think I probably rolled my eyes and thought, oh no, not another development paradigm. But now I'm beginning to think this whole Web services thing might really be catching on. eBay has created an entire Web services ecosystem on its site, and now MapQuest has released tools that let developers create a Web service with maps and directions.

Has anything about this industry surprised you lately? To read more, or to comment, please see my blog entry.

Johanna Ambrosio
jambrosio@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Apple CFO: 1,000 Apps Running On Intel Mac Platform
But some key Mac software is encountering performance issues on new machines.

Related Story:

Hack-My-Mac Challenge Leaves System Shipshape
A university systems engineer who said a Swedish hack-my-Mac contest was too easy closed down his own challenge Tuesday, saying that even after 4,000 log-in attempts and two denial-of-service attacks, his Mac mini remained untouched.


3. Breaking News

IT Hiring Outlook Improves Along With The Economy
Rising economic tides appear to be lifting IT hiring boats across the Unites States, according to the most recent Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Index and Skills Report.

Citibank Customers Shaken By Data Breach
Bank halts PIN-based transactions in three countries after customer data is compromised at a third-party company.

Google Says Mistakenly Put Old Ad Outlook On Web (Reuters)
In the second example of an accidental "release" this week, Google published revenue and profit forecasts that called for business to grow nearly 60% this year. Google doesn't typically provide financial projections.

Mozilla Confirms Firefox Taking In Millions Of Google Dollars
In making the disclosure, Mozilla was responding to a report that the company has taken in $72 million, primarily through Google Inc.'s search box on the right-hand corner of the browser.

IBM To Move All Solutions Development Work To India
IBM will spend $200 million to launch the center, which will handle the bulk of solutions development work for IBM worldwide.

Six Apart To Sell Business-Friendly Blogging Tools
The maker of Movable Type blogging software will sell a version with business-friendly features as more companies run their own blogs.

IBM Switches Linux Desktops, But Isn't Dumping Windows
IBM is upgrading a bunch of workers to Red Hat Linux, but the company is denying reports that it plans to totally replace Windows on its desktops.

Security Researchers Terminate Sites Selling Trojans
Several Web sites selling made-to-order Trojan horses to hackers reportedly have been shut down.

Current Flash Technology Should Hold To 2010
An Intel Corp. executive sees current flash memory technology sustaining until the end of the decade, pushing out the need for "universal memory" until 2010.

Intel Unveils Next Mobile Platform
Intel's new technology, code-named Robson, promises system boots that take half the time of notebooks on the market today, and application launches that are five times as fast with its NAND flash memory.

Bell Labs Test Reaches 100 Gigabits Per Second
The goal of 100 Gbits/sec is within reach, but not ready for commercial deployment, according to Lucent Technologies' Bell Labs, which says it has successfully tested the super-high-speed data transmission.

Cloudmark Upgrades Messaging Security For Exchange
Administrators can get real-time feedback on spam, phishing, virus, and other evolving threats, as well as automated message analysis and classification to block the latest threats.

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4. Grab Bag: News You Need From Around The Web

Photo Essay: Life In The Googleplex (Time Magazine)
Mopeds, lava lamps, and other fun stuff rules.

Yesterday's Transport Of Tomorrow (Independent Blog)
Tinselman (also known as Myst co-creator Robyn Miller) has written an interesting essay, in which he fondly presents the history of novel ways to move people from point A to point B. He talks quite a bit about Walt Disney's ideas along these lines.

'Cyberviolence' Plagues South Korea (Associated Press)
Kim Hyo-bi doesn't want her picture taken anymore. Not after the 22-year-old student's portrait wound up on a photo-sharing Web site last summer with her face colored and distorted to make her look silly, titled alongside the original as "Before and After."


5. In Depth: Microsoft

EU May Hit Microsoft With New Antitrust Inquiry
Microsoft Office could be the next focus of the European Union's antitrust agency following a new round of complaints from Microsoft rivals IBM, Oracle, and Sun Microsystems.

Microsoft Tweaks Its Toolbar With Onfolio Acquisition
Microsoft has acquired Onfolio, whose add-in for the Windows Live Toolbar beta is expected to bolster Microsoft in its effort to catch up to Google.

Microsoft Tests Revamped Windows Live Search Engine (Reuters)
New features allow users to display all query results on one page and to adjust the amount of information displayed from each search result with a slider bar.

Microsoft Acquires Apptimum
Microsoft aims to use Apptimum's technology to ease the process of moving applications and settings from older Windows desktops to the Vista upgrade.

The Six Flavors Of Windows Vista
Microsoft plans to release a full six-pack of Vista versions, one for every taste. Which Vista will be right for you?


6. Voice Of Authority

Rootkit Evangelist Holy_father Abandons His Mission
His mission unfulfilled, Holy_father has nonetheless stopped offering his Hacker Defender rootkit anti-detection services. Larry Greenemeier explains more about Holy_father's "calling," which he says is to challenge the IT security industry by providing hackers with rootkits that can be used to install malware, and why he's stepped down.


7. White Papers

A CIO's Playbook For Software Agility
Rally, Ken Schwaber, and the ScrumAlliance share their experiences on how executives are applying Scrum across large and distributed organizations. They talk about the challenges and the rewards, and suggest five ways to transition your development teams to agile programming.


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