In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Weird News Of The Wired
2. Today's Top Story
- Microsoft Says It Worked To Help Competitors On Vista
- EU Told Microsoft It Had Vista Competition Concerns
3. Breaking News
- Security Firm Releases Patch For Zero-Day IE Flaw
- Accenture Takes $450 Million Charge On U.K. Contract
- Apple Hears Complaints, Offers Volume Controls
- Dell Unleashes New Business Notebooks
- Beatles Say 'Apple' Is Forbidden Fruit
- Slowdown Seen On Federal IT Spending: Report
- The New York Times Co. Overhauls Its IT Infrastructure
- Microsoft Targets AOL Dial-Up Customers With Price Cut
- Is Open Source Ready To Implement SOA?
- Google Deletes Own Blog
- Intel Debuts PC Design For Rural India
- Carriers' Pockets Jingle To The Sound Of Music
4. Grab Bag
- How To Get Started Creating Your Blog (USA Today)
- Apple At 30 (Wired News)
- Michael Dell On Alienware, Growth, And AMD (Fortune)
5. In Depth
- Rails Framework Adds Ajax Tools In Major Update
- Microsoft And Eclipse: A Showdown For Ajax Leadership
- Laszlo Tries To Tame The Ajax Beast
- Information Builders Integrates Ajax
- Patent Threatens Rich-Media Apps With License Fees
6. Voice Of Authority
- IT Confidential: Hey, Google, Are You Paying Attention?
7. White Papers
- Spyware And Other Web-Based Malware
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1. Editor's Note: Weird News Of The Wired
It's been so slow on the news front; it's like watching pages
build for us news junkies. But no matter what else is going on,
you can always find a steady flow of offbeat and sometimes just
plain weird tech news. Here's a recent sampling:
"Underroos" for the wired male. At least
that's how one broadcast report characterized the latest in men's
underwear/fashion/linked-up accessories: Undies equipped with a
pocket to stash your iPod. For about $22, these cutting-edge
undergarments are supposedly targeted at athletes and the gym
crowd who need a place to stash their 'pods--in very hot weather
I imagine. Because whatever happened to pant, shirt, and
sweatshirt pockets? I can't help but wonder how safe iPods are in
the rain--I mean, that's one charge you wouldn't want to get out
of an iPod.
Where in the world are Fluffy and Fido? One of the
problems with cats is that they tend to do what they want, like
shredding your furniture and staying out all night. Dogs,
meanwhile, have a tendency to just run off. Pet owners who want
to keep track of their errant pets might want to check out the MicroID Collar. It placed first in an invention
contest hosted by PetSafe Inc., beating out over 5,000 other
entries and garnering a $40,000 prize. When it eventually comes
on the market, it will feature a flash memory card and a USB
controller built in. The device has an electronic journal for
storing all pet and owner information and has the advantage of
providing multiple points of contact for the owner, any medical
concerns if treatment is necessary, and other specific pet care
needs. I can't help but wonder how subtle this collar will
be--dogs may be willing to don a sweater or hat on occasion, but
cats have no use for accessorizing.
This week's big Oops? Some hapless Google employee
inadvertently deleted the company's corporate blog. "Our
Bad," blushed Google. Others saw an opportunity and the blog
address was temporarily "claimed" by another user. All's well
that ends well, as the blog was restored the following day,
though we don't know about the overzealous deleter.
Damn Lies & Stats! No sooner did we post a survey about
how consumers aren't really warming up to mobile apps on their
cellies, then up pops another one claiming that consumers do want
their mobile apps--at least TV anyway.. I don't know about you,
but sometimes these dueling surveys make our heads spin. What do
consumers want? Apparently we still can't say for sure!
Sleeping with the enemy--or at least cheering with them.
How 'bout that Morgan Stanley case? There seems to be no end
of Wall Street lawsuits, but the issues at Morgan Stanley add a
new twist: whistle-blowing and wrongdoing at the IT end of
things. It appears you can go far with tickets to sporting
events! We've posted several stories and blog entries
exploring the charges against Morgan Stanley, including an
interesting take on outsourcing's "dirty little secret."
Night Rider cometh. Maybe the solution to bad driving is
the the self-driving car that won Darpa's 2005
autonomous-vehicle race. "Stanley" is expected to be on the
interstate no earlier than 2008, and its developers at Stanford
University are hoping it will be able to drive, driverless, in
real traffic. Well, why not? Without the usual distractions in
the car--music, cell phones, jabbering passengers, food, makeup,
reading material, etc., I predict ole Stan will breeze through
the toughest city traffic without a scratch. The developers
predict it's only a matter of time until consumers have
self-driving cars. Meantime, I'll settle for a self-navigating
car that will help me find my way out of the proverbial
Dell Unleashes New Business Notebooks
Dell's new mobile lineup consists of two new notebooks that
emphasize portability, connectivity, and security, along with two
Beatles Say 'Apple' Is Forbidden Fruit
Apple Computer is back in a British court defending itself
against the music company Apple Corps, which claims a previous
agreement prevents the computer company from selling music.
Slowdown Seen On Federal IT Spending: Report
The exception to the near-term growth figure is the Department of
Homeland Security, which will receive renewed interest because of
an increase in focus for funding for natural disaster relief and
preparation, Input says.
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Apple At 30 (Wired News)
This package includes Steve Jobs' best quotes ever, a gallery of
Apple Heroes and Zeroes, the evolution of the interface, an Apple
OS gallery, best moments in Apple advertising, and Apple fans
Information Builders Integrates Ajax
Information Builders Inc. said it will provide a Bindows Ajax
Framework within the WebFocus enterprise business intelligence
platform development tool suite in the June release.
Patent Threatens Rich-Media Apps With License Fees
A tiny San Francisco Web site development company claims its
patent covers all rich-media technology implementations--including
those that employ tools such as Flash, Flex, Java, Ajax, and
XAML--when the apps are accessed over the Internet.
Spyware And Other Web-Based Malware
Is your organization's Web traffic secured against spyware,
viruses, and worms? Are you scanning for Web-based threats? This
new IDC research paper identifies the Web as the new attack
vector for spyware and other malware and examines next-generation
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