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Vista: Microsoft's Last 'Big Bang' Operating System?

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Companies Building Massive Employee-Health Data Warehouses—But Why Should They Have To?
2. Today's Top Story
    - Vista: Microsoft's Last 'Big Bang' Operating System?
3. Breaking News
    - Hey, Gramps, Can I Borrow Your Mac?
    - The New Security Solutions
    - Inside Microsoft's Labs
    - New E-Discovery Rules Take Effect Today
    - U.S. Warns Of Possible Al-Qaida Financial Cyberattack
    - Cyberthreat To Wall Street Not High, According To Experts
    - Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Sets Lifespan
    - Microsoft, Novell Take Their Partnership To The Streets
    - Fox Wins Allies In FCC Indecency Fight
    - PC Sales Growth Slows During The Busiest Week Of The Year
    - EFF Calls Government's American Traveler Program 'Invasive'
    - Microsoft Search Suffers Steady Decline In Market Share
    - Landmark Drops Copyright Infringement Subpoenas On Google And Anonymous Critic
    - HP Unveils Industry's First 'Blade Workstation'
    - Outsourcer Offers Windows Vista Upgrades—From Offshore
    - Romanian Indicted For Hacking NASA, Navy Computers
    - Garmin Enhances Its Health And Fitness Products With Dynastream Acquisition
    - IBM's Power Architecture Attracting More Linux Developers
    - Your Next House May Come From A Printer
4. In Depth
    - Coalition Including Intel And Wal-Mart Plan Electronic Medical Records For Employees
    - InformationWeek's 2006 Chief Of The Year: Better Medicine Through Technology
5. Voice Of Authority
    - If An IT Manager Finds Kiddie Porn On The Company President's Computer, Should He Call The Cops?
6. White Papers
    - Global Sourcing—A Competitive Advantage
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

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"American consumers have no problem with carcinogens, but they will not purchase any product, including floor wax, that has fat in it." — Dave Barry


1. Editor's Note: Companies Building Massive Employee-Health Data Warehouses—But Why Should They Have To?

A coalition of companies—Intel, Wal-Mart, Pitney Bowes, British Petroleum, and two to six others—is working on a data warehouse" to give millions of employees online access to their personal health records. Microsoft, Dell, and IBM are involved in similar projects. These companies are admirable in pursuing a path that combines social responsibility with increasing profitability by reducing health care costs. Yet it's a symptom of America's broken health care system that these companies find it necessary to take these steps.

The programs benefit both employers and employees. Companies gain by cutting costs. And healthier employees are more productive and have reduced sick time.

Employees would be able to use the services to compare costs and availability of service and performance across health care companies. Employees could fill prescriptions electronically, get health care advice, and compare health care providers for mortality rates, complication rates, and lengths of stay for certain procedures across hospitals. Doctors would be able to use the records to get better information on patients' medical history.

But why should this be the job of employers at all?

Read the rest, and leave your comment on the InformationWeek Weblog.

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


2. Today's Top Story

Vista: Microsoft's Last 'Big Bang' Operating System?
Despite forays into Web software with Windows Live and Office Live—collections of e-mail, instant messaging, and Web publishing apps—Microsoft's core franchises remain wedded to the PC.


3. Breaking News

Hey, Gramps, Can I Borrow Your Mac?
A new study shows that nearly half of Apple's users are 55 and older. What are younger buyers going for? Gateway.

The New Security Solutions
As security threats evolve, systems and applications will have to know when they're under attack and be trusted to respond automatically, while at the same time keeping key IT and security personnel apprised.

Inside Microsoft's Labs
Rich Draves, an area manager, shared with InformationWeek some of the most promising emerging security technologies on his team's workbench.

New E-Discovery Rules Take Effect
You have to know what information your company is storing and where it's located. And if you think it's going to be too difficult or expensive to find court-requested data, you'll need to prove it.

U.S. Warns Of Possible Al-Qaida Financial Cyberattack
The U.S. government warned American private financial services Thursday of an al-Qaida call for a cyberattack against online stock trading and banking Web sites beginning Friday, a source said.

Cyberthreat To Wall Street Not High, According To Experts
Several groups charged with monitoring threats to the financial sector downplayed the cyberthreat that was made on password-protected jihadist Web site forum.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Sets Lifespan
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has said it will spend all its assets within 50 years of them both dying, as the trustees want to focus the foundation's work in the 21st century.

Microsoft, Novell Take Their Partnership To The Streets
Customers are more interested in interoperability and virtualization than patent protection and intellectual property issues, despite the stir Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is creating in the open source community, says Novell.

Fox Wins Allies In FCC Indecency Fight
Fox, the Center for Democracy and Technology, and the Progress & Freedom Foundation charge that the FCC makes it easy for small, vocal groups to block content they don't like.

PC Sales Growth Slows During The Busiest Week Of The Year
Notebook sales are booming, but desktop systems were down year over year.

EFF Calls Government's American Traveler Program 'Invasive'
The government plans to collect and analyze personal information to determine whether travelers are likely to be criminals or terrorists.

Microsoft Search Suffers Steady Decline In Market Share
Microsoft's declining share is important because the company has made search a key component of its push to catch up with Google in the multibillion-dollar online advertising market.

Landmark Drops Copyright Infringement Subpoenas On Google And Anonymous Critic
Landmark Forum sought a subpoena to find out who posted hidden-camera footage from an event held by the French branch of the organization.

HP Unveils Industry's First 'Blade Workstation'
Hewlett-Packard said the blade workstation is aimed at the financial and manufacturing markets.

Outsourcer Offers Windows Vista Upgrades—From Offshore
HCL Technologies says its Zero Touch desktop deployment service for Microsoft Windows Vista is completely automated and will allow businesses to cut Vista installation costs by 40%.

Romanian Indicted For Hacking NASA, Navy Computers
The intrusions and loss of data cost the Navy, NASA, and the Department of Energy a total of more than $1.4 million in losses. The man charged with the intrusions now is facing prosecution on separate charges in Romania.

Garmin Enhances Its Health And Fitness Products With Dynastream Acquisition
Dynastream, which employs about 50 people, will continue to operate from its headquarters in Cochrane, Canada, as an independent subsidiary of Garmin.

IBM's Power Architecture Attracting More Linux Developers
IBM says 372 new Linux-on-Power applications have been released in 2006. The latest was developed by Sybase and extends corporate applications to mobile devices.

Your Next House May Come From A Printer
3-D printing is expensive technology used in architectural models and engineering prototypes. But the first consumer Web site using 3-D printing is in development, and prices are coming down.

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4. In Depth

Coalition Including Intel And Wal-Mart Plan Electronic Medical Records For Employees
They see the tools as one way to try to get rising U.S. health care costs under control.

InformationWeek's 2006 Chief Of The Year: Better Medicine Through Technology
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center CIO Dan Drawbaugh is writing the prescription for health care transformation.

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5. Voice Of Authority

If An IT Manager Finds Kiddie Porn On The Company President's Computer, Should He Call The Cops?
That's a question posed to The New York Times' "The Ethicist" column. The columnist, Randy Cohen, has a completely insane response: The IT manager should remain silent.


6. White Papers

Global Sourcing—A Competitive Advantage
The cyclical process of software product development can be managed by utilizing global resourcing options. Key areas that can be addressed by OPD are competence management and portfolio management in a multiproject environment.


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