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Weird News Of The Wired

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In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Weird News Of The Wired
2. Today's Top Story
    - Microsoft: Sony Rootkit's Gotta Go
Related Stories
    - Sony Still In The Hot Seat
    - Blog: At Sony, The Customer Is Captive
3. Breaking News
    - Gartner: Hold Off 'Til 2008 On Microsoft Windows Vista
    - Grocery Chain Hires EDS For $500 Million Outsourcing Deal
    - Feds Enter Fight Over BlackBerry Service
    - Sun Unveils Power-Friendly Server Chip
    - Intel Adds Virtualization To The Desktop
    - IBM Dominates Top 500 Supercomputer Rankings
    - Yahoo Readies Podcast Development Tool
    - SWsoft Extends Virtualization Software To 64-Bit Windows
    - IBM, ClearCube Offer 'Bank In A Box'
    - Businesses Won't Pay Premium For Intel-Based Servers, Survey Says
    - Murder Suspect's Google Searches Spotlighted In Trial
    - Review: OpenOffice.org 2.0 Office Suite For Windows
    - Audible Unveils Ad Tools For Podcasters
4. In Depth
    - A New CA Will Be At Center Of Evolving IT Industry, Swainson Says
    - CA Unveils 26 Products, Integrated For Better IT Management
    - Customers To Get View Of New CA At Conference
    - CA Announces Clarity Enhancements
    - CA Misses Second-Quarter Guidance
5. Voice Of Authority
    - Interview: Ethernet's Inventor Sounds Off
6. White Papers
    - Delivering Bottom-Line Benefits For Small And Medium Businesses
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
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Quote of the day:
"Platitude: an idea (a) that is admitted to be true by everyone, and (b) that is not true." -- H.L. Mencken


1. Editor's Note: Weird News Of The Wired

It's mid-November, and already our news archives are filling up with stories about offbeat, head-scratching, and sometimes outrageous products, services, and company strategies.

Here are some thoughts on just the tip of the iceberg:

Unsuspecting Users Still Freely Give Up Personal Info
Geez Louise. We are our own worst enemies. I read that story right after reading a feature in my local paper about skyrocketing sales of paper shredders and how to choose the type best suited to your needs.

Makes you wonder if the people blithely handing over their mother's maiden name--which, HELLO, has to be THE No. 1 form of identity confirmation used by companies today--are the same ones lining up to buy a shredder for every room. Talk about unclear on the concept. C'mon people. At least make the identity thieves work for their data!

A Real Page-Turner
At last! The online version of speed-reading. And the perfect service for those who like to sneak a peek at the last page and students who prefer to skim the concluding graphs of each chapter. I'm talking, of course, about Amazon.com's plans to sell books by the page. Talk about your incremental sales. Still, it's bound to be a massive hit in our attention-deficit society.

If you click through to my blog entry, you'll find more observations about both the outrageous (Sony's copy-protection snafu) and the quixotic (one man's effort to enable his fellow consumers to break through the walls of automated service and reach the holy grail--another human being).

Patricia Keefe
pkeefe@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Microsoft: Sony Rootkit's Gotta Go
Microsoft's security tools will be updated to detect the controversial Sony BMG copy-protection software installed on PCs when some audio CDs are played.

Related Stories:
Sony Still In The Hot Seat

Even though Sony decided to suspend using controversial copy-protection technology, consumers and network managers are still furious.

Blog: At Sony, The Customer Is Captive
Sony says it views its customers as king, but Thomas Claburn says the company demonstrates its real attitude in big decisions, such as the recent fiasco over its copy-protection software, and in small decisions, such as the way in which Sony locked the PDF file containing financial results so that readers couldn't copy those results to other documents.


3. Breaking News

Gartner: Hold Off 'Til 2008 On Microsoft Windows Vista
The influential analyst firm says the changes in Vista are incremental and evolutionary, and users may well find them not compelling enough for an immediate upgrade.

Grocery Chain Hires EDS For $500 Million Outsourcing Deal
EDS will manage the grocer's mainframe and midrange servers, support its local area networks and its voice systems, manage around 10,000 desktops and notebooks, and provide a host of application development services.

Feds Enter Fight Over BlackBerry Service
The U.S. government, with as many as 200,000 BlackBerry users, could be harmed if a federal judge in Virginia issues an injunction against Research In Motion to stop selling the device and accompanying E-mail service.

Sun Unveils Power-Friendly Server Chip
The new UltraSparc chip uses about 70 watts of power on average, significantly less than the 150 to 200 watts required by server chips from Intel or IBM, Sun claims.

Intel Adds Virtualization To The Desktop
Intel is embedding virtualization technology in two single-core Pentium 4 processors. Acer, Founder, Lenovo, and TongFang are expected to make PCs using the processors available soon.

IBM Dominates Top 500 Supercomputer Rankings
IBM's BlueGene/L system installed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ranked as the fastest supercomputer in the world, at 280.6 TFlop/s.

Yahoo Readies Podcast Development Tool
Specifics of the upcoming tool are scarce, but a Yahoo manager says the company is looking to make the whole production process easier, including posting video.

SWsoft Extends Virtualization Software To 64-Bit Windows
A new version of Virtuozzo for Windows expands support from x86 32-bit environments to 64-bit platforms based on Intel EM6T and AMD64 applications.

IBM, ClearCube Offer 'Bank In A Box'
The system combines IBM's blade server and PC blade platform, client systems from ClearCube, and services from IBM Global Services in a package that's priced at about $100,000.

Businesses Won't Pay Premium For Intel-Based Servers, Survey Says
Two-thirds won't pay a premium for an Intel server, while a quarter said they would pay up to a 10% premium and one in 10 said they would pay more than a 10% premium.

Murder Suspect's Google Searches Spotlighted In Trial
Prosecutors claim a Mac specialist on trial in connection with the killing of his wife did a Google search for the words: "neck snap break" and "hold" before she was killed.

Review: OpenOffice.org 2.0 Office Suite For Windows
With new user interface and improved Office compatibility, the pioneering free office-productivity suite proves that "free" doesn't mean "limited."

Audible Unveils Ad Tools For Podcasters
Audible unveils Web-based tools that help podcasters provide advertisers with subscriber counts and other metrics needed in negotiating rates.

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4. In Depth

Computer Associates Is No More; A New CA Will Be At Center Of Evolving IT Industry, Swainson Says
A massive product launch, a new name, and a new logo are designed to let customers know that the company is heading in a new direction.

CA Unveils 26 Products, Integrated For Better IT Management
Beta testers say the products fit into CA's Enterprise IT Management vision and provide for better management, security, and alignment of IT resources with business processes.

Customers To Get View Of New CA At Conference
CA has reorganized around security, storage, enterprise systems management, and business-service optimization, all of which have been bolstered by acquisitions valued at $1.2 billion.

CA Announces Clarity Enhancements
Computer Associates will provide browser-based scheduling, more flexible resource management, and expanded features for global deployments.

CA Misses Second-Quarter Guidance
Second-quarter results issued last month by Computer Associates showed a company still in the grips of sales culture and accounting changes.


5. Voice Of Authority

Interview: Ethernet's Inventor Sounds Off
Engineer-scientist, early Internet developer, and now venture capitalist: Bob Metcalfe has seen it all in 40 years on the front lines of technology. In this far-ranging interview, he waxes eloquent on the future of the Internet, the rise of the blogosphere, the demise of print media, why engineers should not become venture capitalists, and how to solve the energy crisis. Fasten your seat belts.


6. White Papers

Delivering Bottom-Line Benefits For Small And Medium Businesses
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