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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 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
8. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
9. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

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"Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment." -- Barry LePatner


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 paper bag.

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


2. Today's Top Story

Microsoft Says It Worked To Help Competitors On Vista
The company has been keeping partners and competitors alike up to date with its planning, according to a Microsoft statement.

EU Told Microsoft It Had Vista Competition Concerns
Although there's no formal investigation into this issue, the Commission expects Microsoft to react, an EU spokesman said.


3. Breaking News

Security Firm Releases Patch For Zero-Day IE Flaw
The patch from eEye is meant as a placeholder until Microsoft releases a permanent fix, which is expected by April 11.

Accenture Takes $450 Million Charge On U.K. Contract
The firm's contract with the National Health Service to build patient systems is in deeper trouble than it thought, Accenture's CEO told analysts on Tuesday.

Apple Hears Complaints, Offers Volume Controls
A free software update, available immediately, lets users set maximum volume limits. In addition, parents can set and lock volume limits on their children's music players.

Dell Unleashes New Business Notebooks
Dell's new mobile lineup consists of two new notebooks that emphasize portability, connectivity, and security, along with two desktop-replacement systems.

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.

The New York Times Co. Overhauls Its IT Infrastructure
The New York Times Co. will overhaul its IT infrastructure and move onto mySAP Business Suite and SAP for Media, the company said Wednesday.

Microsoft Targets AOL Dial-Up Customers With Price Cut
MSN is offering dial-up service for a total monthly fee of about $8 less than AOL.

Is Open Source Ready To Implement SOA?
LogicBlaze debuts open source Fuse middleware to help businesses get started with their SOA projects.

Google Deletes Own Blog
The company had initially suspected a hack but learned the problem came from within.

Intel Debuts PC Design For Rural India
The company's "Community PC" is meant to stand up to the tough weather conditions--heat, dust, and humidity--that often trash conventional systems.

Carriers' Pockets Jingle To The Sound Of Music
People with handsets spent $251 million last year on music tracks, ring tones, and ring-back tones, compared with $12.4 million in 2004, ABI Research said.

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4. Grab Bag: News You Need From Around The Web

How To Get Started Creating Your Blog (USA Today)
Ready to join the blogging revolution? Creating a personal Web site or a blog has never been easier.

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 gone wild.

Michael Dell On Alienware, Growth, And AMD (Fortune)
Dell bought Alienware. Alienware uses AMD. Will Dell itself follow?


5. In Depth: Ajax

Rails Framework Adds Ajax Tools In Major Update
Adding the Ruby scripting language allows JavaScript calls and simplifies Ajax-style programming, the open-source vendor says.

Microsoft And Eclipse: A Showdown For Ajax Leadership
Dueling Ajax efforts could determine who controls the user interface for interactive Web applications.

Laszlo Tries To Tame The Ajax Beast
OpenLaszlo will deliver applications in Flash or Dynamic HTML.

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.


6. Voice Of Authority

IT Confidential: Hey, Google, Are You Paying Attention?
Check it out: John Soat on privacy, pornography, and Microsoft.


7. White Papers

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 Web security.


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