In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Weird News Of The Wired
2. Today's Top Story
- Microsoft: Sony Rootkit's Gotta Go
- 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
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- Interview: Ethernet's Inventor Sounds Off
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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).
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
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.
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, 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.
Use of IT and business consultants is up compared with a year
ago, but corporate satisfaction is still a work in progress.
Optimize Research's Executive Report: Boom Time For Consultants
evaluates the sourcing practices of more than 300 companies and
outlines the challenges they face.
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
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
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.
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