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Welcome To Our Pod

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Welcome To Our Pod
2. Today's Top Story: Microsoft
    - Major Reorg Launched, Allchin To Retire
    - Security Efforts Showing Fruit, Company Says
    - Microsoft Beefs Up Exchange Support In Mac Office
3. Breaking News
    - Sun UltraSparc4+ Servers Promise Big Boost In Performance
    - Hurricane Katrina Highlights Need For Electronic Medical Record-Keeping
    - Attackers Choosing Fortune Over Fame
    - AOL To Roll Out TotalTalk VoIP Service
    - Jobs Bemoans 'Greedy' Music Providers Seeking iTunes Price Hike
    - HP Expands OpenView With Partnerships And Services
    - New Competitor Springs Up As Oracle And Siebel Execs Join Hands On Stage
    - Opera Shoots For No. 2 In Browser Market
    - Oracle Buys G-Log, Its 10th Acquisition In A Year
    - Peerflix Launches Peer-To-Peer DVD Service
    - Hospitals Track More Patients Via RFID
    - SGI Offers Accelerator For Data-Intensive Apps
    - Sub-$15 Mobile Phones Could Bow In 2006: Infineon Exec
4. In Depth: Tune In To The Industry's Biggest Thinkers
5. Voice Of Authority: Cross-Platform Collaboration
6. White Papers: Finding And Keeping Subscribers
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

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1. Editor's Note: Welcome To Our Pod

Please check out today's In Depth section for a look at our new series of podcasts. In true InformationWeek style, we're presenting some of the industry's most influential thinkers addressing a range of timely business and technology topics.

We've got:

  • SAP America president and CEO Bill McDermott on the future of enterprise software, mobile, and radio-frequency identification technologies, how service-oriented architecture fits into SAP's plans, and the mid-market.

  • Wal-Mart CIO Linda Dillman on RFID and other timely issues, recorded at the InformationWeek Fall conference.

  • Billy McNair, co-founder of peer-to-peer DVD-sharing service Peerflix.

  • Mike Meranda, president of EPCglobal U.S., on the next generation of electronic product code radio-frequency identification technology, called Gen 2.

  • John Battelle and Tim O'Reilly gazing into the crystal ball while previewing the upcoming Web 2.0 conference.

    (Please note: In all cases, I'm linking you to a text-based file from which you can launch the podcast, so you have a bit of background before diving right in).

    Web audio is well-established, but we aim to deliver unique value with our breadth of topics covered, our strong business-technology emphasis, and our access to some of the leading minds in the industry. Let me know what you think, and feel free to weigh in at our poll to let us know some of the key topics/areas on which you'd be interested in listening to future podcasts.

    Tom Smith
    tsmith@cmp.com
    www.informationweek.com


    2. Today's Top Story

    Microsoft Launches Major Reorg, Allchin To Retire
    Microsoft is shaking up its structure again, naming presidents to head three business groups. The Platform, Products, and Services group will be led by Kevin Johnson and Jim Allchin. However, Allchin will retire next year after the Vista client ships.

    Related Stories:
    Microsoft Says Security Efforts Showing Fruit

    Microsoft's chief security executive says the company is keeping pace with faster-on-their-feet attackers.

    Microsoft Beefs Up Exchange Support In Mac Office
    The newest version of the suite includes better security and much-enhanced Exchange connectivity.


    3. Breaking News

    Sun UltraSparc4+ Servers Promise Big Boost In Performance
    The new servers will provide from two to five times the performance of existing Sun servers, and set the stage for the company's eight-core Niagara processor-based systems early next year.

    Hurricane Katrina Highlights Need For Electronic Medical Record-Keeping
    The storm destroyed medical records that were needed to give victims medical attention.

    Attackers Choosing Fortune Over Fame
    Attackers are developing portfolios of techniques for making money with cybercrime.

    AOL To Roll Out TotalTalk VoIP Service
    Set to debut on Oct. 4, the service doesn't require AOL membership.

    Jobs Bemoans 'Greedy' Music Providers Seeking iTunes Price Hike
    The Apple CEO explains that record companies already earn more money per song via download than they do from those sold on CDs.

    HP Expands OpenView With Partnerships And Services
    HP adds new IT-management services and inks deals with business-intelligence vendors to make its OpenView management platform more useful for monitoring business processes.

    New Competitor Springs Up As Oracle And Siebel Execs Join Hands On Stage
    Startup will support Siebel applications for half the price Oracle will, founder claims.

    Opera Shoots For No. 2 In Browser Market
    Execs are hoping that today's announcements, which rid the browser of both licensing fees and ads, will win over new converts.

    Oracle Buys G-Log, Its 10th Acquisition In A Year
    Oracle bought G-Log for its logistics software, an area where it sees strong market growth, says Oracle VP Fred Studer.

    Peerflix Launches Peer-To-Peer DVD Service
    Startup takes legal route to swapping DVDs but could face competition from other mail-based movers-of-media.

    Hospitals Track More Patients Via RFID
    Hospitals in Connecticut, Alabama, and Pennsylvania are using RFID to improve equipment management and to track patient and staff movement.

    SGI Offers Accelerator For Data-Intensive Apps
    The technology is an add-in module that operates with SGI's Intel Itanium 2-based servers and visualization systems.

    Sub-$15 Mobile Phones Could Bow In 2006: Infineon Exec
    Inexpensive, GSM-based mobile handsets using Infineon Technologies' chip platform will hit the market next year, the company says.

    All our latest news

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    John Soat with "Wal-Mart's Way"

    Tony Kontzer with "PDF, Flash, and Chai"

    Chris Murphy with "Campus Crusade"


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    4. In Depth: Tune In To The IT Industry's Biggest Thinkers

  • SAP America president and CEO Bill McDermott on the future of enterprise software

  • Wal-Mart CIO Linda Dillman on RFID and other issues from The InformationWeek Fall conference

  • Billy McNair, co-founder of peer-to-peer DVD-sharing service Peerflix.

  • Mike Meranda, president of EPCglobal U.S., on the next generation of electronic product code radio-frequency identification technology, called Gen 2.

  • John Battelle and Tim O'Reilly previewing the Web 2.0 conference.


    5. Voice Of Authority

    SmartAdvice: Check Out WebDAV For Cross-Platform Collaboration Problems
    Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 may be the best option for cross-platform groupware collaboration, The Advisory Council says. Also, the case for switching to VoIP service is getting clearer.


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    Finding, Catching, And Keeping Subscribers. Declining Readership. Do Not Call Legislation. These add up to big problems for subscriber growth and retention. SAP, a leader in the newspaper industry, has the solutions for finding, capturing, and keeping valuable subscribers.


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