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Vista And Office Debut Plans, Monster Oracle Patch, And Readers Talk Back

In This Issue: Vista And Office Debut Plans, Monster Oracle Patch, And Readers Talk Back
1. Editor's Note: Readers Talk Back On HP Pretexting Scandal, Spamhaus, And Printer Ink 'Black Gold'
2. Today's Top Story
    - Microsoft Plans Post-Turkey Day Kickoff For Windows Vista, Office 2007 In NY
    Related Stories:
    - Microsoft Clarifies: Only Cheapest Vistas Can't Power VMs
    - McAfee Says Microsoft Fails To Keep EU Bargain
    - Symantec Spurns Microsoft's Vista Security Proposal
3. Breaking News
    - Oracle Issues Monster Security Patch
    - Palm Readies To Take On RIM In Consumer Market
    - Some iPod Players Contain A Worm That Infects Windows PCs
    - Sapient CEO, CFO Resign, Co-Chair Steps Down
    - Mercury Reaches For SOA Ring As HP Acquisition Nears
    - New Samba Features Improve Interoperability
    - Samsung, Hynix Execs Indicted Over Price-Fixing
    - Google Launches Experimental Search Engine
    - Feds Often Clueless After Data Losses
    - Yahoo To Acquire AdInterax
    - Insomniacs Now Have Their Own Web Site
4. Grab Bag
    - Digital Age May Bring Total Recall In Future (CNN.com)
    - RadioShack To Offer Free Online Training (MSNBC.com)
    - Corporate Blogging: Wal-Mart's Fumbles (Fortune.com)
    - Top Of The Toy Box (Forbes.com)
5. In Depth: Vendor Financials
    - Apple Reports Solid 4Q Profit And Revenue, But Restatement Likely
    - Yahoo Net Income Drops More Than 37% In 3Q
    - Intel 3Q Profit Falls, But Sees AMD Price War Easing
    - IBM Profit Up As Software, Hardware Revenue Rise
    - Record Year For M&A Deals, Study Says
    - Brief: SGI Emerges From Bankruptcy 'Lean And Ready'
6. Voice Of Authority
    - The Unemployable Majority: India's Talent Shortage
7. White Papers
    - The Top 5 Qualities Of A High-Performance Web Site
8. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
9. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

Quote of the day:
"Never trust a computer you can't throw out a window." -- Steve Wozniak


1. Editor's Note: Readers Talk Back On HP Pretexting Scandal, Spamhaus, And Printer Ink 'Black Gold'

The Hewlett-Packard "pretexting" scandal continued to be a hot topic in our blog comments area this past week, with readers also generating interesting comments on the Spamhaus lawsuit and the high cost of printer ink.

InformationWeek editor-at-large Paul McDougall did a blog post commenting on his big, in-depth feature on expensive IT blunders. He compared IT organizations to the Mets, saying they should be more like the champion 2006 team, not the hapless 1962 organization.

Reader Christopher quoted Samuel Johnson: "Nothing will be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome."

He added, "Good IT is finding the balance between 'analysis paralysis' and recklessly charging ahead. Usually, the key differentiator is understanding what needs to be done, what does not need to be done yet, and knowing how to cover as many risks as possible."

Reader magar said, "This sounds so negative. Of course, everyone who has been in the industry experiences disappointments, but this makes it sound like success stories are rare or nonexistent. ... Overall, IT systems have overwhelmingly had a positive impact on the world."

To read the rest of our roundup of the best reader comments of the past week, or to leave your $0.02, visit the InformationWeek Weblog.

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


2. Today's Top Story

Microsoft Plans Post-Turkey Day Kickoff For Windows Vista, Office 2007 In NY
The two products will launch the last week in November at an event focused on business users, sources say. The new versions of Vista and Office are due by the end of the year for business customers, and early 2007 for consumers.

Related Stories:

Microsoft Clarifies: Only Cheapest Vistas Can't Power VMs
According to the Vista End User Licensing Agreement, Vista Home Basic and Vista Home Premium—$199 and $239 for a full version, respectively—can't be used in a virtual machine.

McAfee Says Microsoft Fails To Keep EU Bargain
While Microsoft said it would give rival security vendors access to the Vista kernel, Microsoft hasn't followed through, McAfee says.

Symantec Spurns Microsoft's Vista Security Proposal
A Symantec executive says Microsoft's plan to provide limited access to the Vista kernel in the 64-bit version of the operating system will leave users exposed to threats.


3. Breaking News

Oracle Issues Monster Security Patch
Oracle issued patches for 101 vulnerabilities in six products, including its Database Server, Application Server, and E-Business Suite, in its quarterly patch release.

Palm Readies To Take On RIM In Consumer Market
Palm launched its answer to RIM's consumer-aimed and multimedia-heavy BlackBerry Pearl last week with the unveiling of its Treo 680.

Some iPod Players Contain A Worm That Infects Windows PCs
Apple characterized the malware as a minor threat, saying most antivirus software will detect and remove it. However, the worm afforded Apple the opportunity to fire off yet another criticism of Windows security.

Sapient CEO, CFO Resign, Co-Chair Steps Down
The resignations come amid an internal review of the company's stock-based compensation practices. Sapient said it had found errors relating to stock option grants and that it would restate past financial results.

Mercury Reaches For SOA Ring As HP Acquisition Nears
Mercury needs to move beyond its historic strength to rise to what HP wants from the deal.

New Samba Features Improve Interoperability
Columnist Eric Hall takes you through the newest release of Samba, the popular open source program that allows end users to access and use files, printers, and other commonly shared resources on an intranet or via the Web.

Samsung, Hynix Execs Indicted Over Price-Fixing
The indictment charges that Samsung executives Il Ung Kim and Young Bae Rha and Hynix's Gary Swanson participated in a conspiracy during 2001 and 2002.

Google Launches Experimental Search Engine
The SearchMash home page is playing it low key about its link to Google, which chose to keep the brand off its home page in order to gather unbiased data from visitors.

Feds Often Clueless After Data Losses
A government report paints a bleak picture for security at federal agencies. Agencies are constantly losing data and often have no idea what's been lost or who is affected—proof that the government is simply not giving this the attention it needs, an industry advocacy group claims.

Yahoo To Acquire AdInterax
Yahoo will integrate AdInterax technology for building multimedia advertising into Yahoo's own graphical advertising tools.

Insomniacs Now Have Their Own Web Site
Much of the content on iSlumber was provided by Dr. James B. Maas, author of Power Sleep, a best-selling book on sleep and sleeplessness.

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4. Grab Bag

Digital Age May Bring Total Recall In Future (CNN.com)
Have you ever wished for a backup brain—a device that could remember everything in your life, from the smallest of details to your most memorable moments? Computer engineer Gordon Bell, a researcher for Microsoft, is working on just such a mechanism.

RadioShack To Offer Free Online Training (MSNBC.com)
Look for virtual courses on HDTVs, digital photography, and choosing a computer.

Corporate Blogging: Wal-Mart's Fumbles (Fortune.com)
Big companies are blogging, for better (Sun CEO's geeky but candid blog) or worse ('Wal-Marting Across America').

Top Of The Toy Box (Forbes.com)
We've been asking executives to pick their favorite gadgets since 2005. Guess what they liked best?


5. In Depth: Vendor Financials

Apple Reports Solid 4Q Profit And Revenue, But Restatement Likely
The company has called the results "preliminary" and warned that a restatement is likely following the completion of an investigation into its mishandling of stock options.

Yahoo Net Income Drops More Than 37% In 3Q
Net income for the quarter ended Sept. 30 fell to $159 million, while revenue rose 19% to $1.58 billion. Yahoo is "not satisfied" with its performance, says Terry Semel, chairman and CEO.

Intel 3Q Profit Falls, But Sees AMD Price War Easing
Quarterly profit dropped 35% because of price cuts, but Intel believes it's gained market share back from smaller rival AMD.

IBM Profit Up As Software, Hardware Revenue Rise
The company easily beat expectations with a 47% quarterly profit increase, boosting software sales through acquisitions and improving hardware and services revenue.

Record Year For M&A Deals, Study Says
Technology mergers and acquisitions are valued higher this year than any other year since the dot-com bust, a new study says.

Brief: SGI Emerges From Bankruptcy 'Lean And Ready'
The former Silicon Graphics credits a new management team, a reengineered business model, a stronger product line, and new sources of funding.


6. Voice Of Authority

The Unemployable Majority: India's Talent Shortage
The New York Times has a piece on the looming tech labor shortage in India, and it includes a stunning conclusion from a report from the IT services industry trade group Nasscom: Only one in four engineering grads in India is employable, based on tech skills, English fluency, and teamwork and presentation skills.


7. White Papers

The Top 5 Qualities Of A High-Performance Web Site
A great Web site works for your business, not against it. Your Web site, if optimized correctly for search engines and marketed effectively, will bring online visitors to you and will convert browsers into buyers. This paper reveals the top five qualities of a high-performance Web site by making comparisons to high-performance employees.


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