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What The Person Who Has Everything Needs: Help

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: What The Person Who Has Everything Needs: Help
2. Today's Top Story: Security
    - Mac, Windows QuickTime Flaw Opens 'Month Of Apple Bugs'
    - 'Happy New Year' Worm Gains Ground
3. Breaking News
    - 5 Disruptive Technologies To Watch In 2007
    - Survey: CIOs More Confident About The Future
    - AT&T Merger Contains First Net Neutrality Guidelines
    - E-Voting Under Fire In Florida
    - Users Irked By Windows Defender Beta 2 Expiration
    - Consumer Electronics Were The Big Holiday Hit
    - Apple's Options Probe Swings From Steve Jobs To Two Former Execs
    - Chestnut Hill To Launch iPod Sound System At Macworld
    - The New AT&T: Wireless At Its Heart
    - iTunes Sees 1,222% Traffic Increase
    - Asia Internet Robust On First Major Workday Of 2007
4. In Depth: Online Forums And Communities
    - Gays Find A Home On MySpace, Friendster
    - Yahoo Closes News Forums
    - Wikipedia Founder Refutes Claims That It Banned Qatar
5. Voice Of Authority
    - What's The Buzz?
6. White Papers
    - Protecting Intellectual Property
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

Quote of the day:
"If you want to see what children can do, you must stop giving them things." -- Norman Douglas


1. Editor's Note: What The Person Who Has Everything Needs: Help

Congratulations. All those LCD TVs and iPods and digital cameras you bought helped make consumer electronics the big winner in an otherwise sorta slow Christmas sellfest. And now that everybody at your house has the gadgets they've always wanted, what do you want most? Probably help getting them installed/adjusted/fixed.

There's a cool list on a nicely done Web site called Techlore that could be your salvation. The site's editor, Matt Whitlock, has put together a lengthy rundown of support information and contacts for consumer electronics companies from Advent to Zenith. It includes phone numbers and URLs for things like manuals and FAQs and service-center directories.

Check it out, and share your struggles with new tech toys at the InformationWeek Blog.

David DeJean
ddejean@dejean.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Mac, Windows QuickTime Flaw Opens 'Month Of Apple Bugs'
The exploit could be used by attackers to compromise, hijack, or infect computers running either Windows or Mac OS X.

Related Stories:

'Happy New Year' Worm Gains Ground
Israeli security company Commtouch reported that at times, Tibs-infected messages made up nearly 12% of all e-mail sent worldwide.


3. Breaking News

5 Disruptive Technologies To Watch In 2007
2007 will be the year when a host of hot technologies that have been percolating around the mainstream rise high on the radar screens of CIOs and IT managers. We look at five of the more significant, including RFID, advanced graphics, and virtualization.

Survey: CIOs More Confident About The Future
CIOs say they expect improved business conditions three quarters from now.

AT&T Merger Contains First Net Neutrality Guidelines
The merger agreement contains an unprecedented network neutrality provision that could form the basis of future policy and regulations, according to a Columbia University law professor.

E-Voting Under Fire In Florida
Where are 18,000 "missing" votes in Florida's 13th Congressional District?

Users Irked By Windows Defender Beta 2 Expiration
Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 users can upgrade to the final program by downloading it from the Microsoft Web site, but Windows 2000 users are out of luck.

Consumer Electronics Were The Big Holiday Hit
Consumer technology is not just for the tech geek anymore.

Apple's Options Probe Swings From Steve Jobs To Two Former Execs
Apple says CEO Steve Jobs did not receive or financially benefit from the grants or appreciate the accounting implications.

Chestnut Hill To Launch iPod Sound System At Macworld
The digital audio system for the iPod includes a wireless remote and an AM/FM radio and alarm with a music playback system.

The New AT&T: Wireless At Its Heart
The new AT&T increasingly will be a wireless communications company that also generates income from advertising and offers television and broadband data services as well.

iTunes Sees 1,222% Traffic Increase
iTunes defeated Microsoft's Zune by a ratio of 30-to-1, according to Hitwise.

Asia Internet Robust On First Major Workday Of 2007
Asian Internet services stood up well on the first full working day of 2007 after earthquakes disrupted Asian Web access last week, but in Hong Kong officials said it could be mid-January before services are fully restored.

All Our Latest News


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Mobile Computing
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Vista Adoption
Will the release of Vista provide business technology professionals with the security and functionality they've been hoping for? Learn how nearly 700 business technology professionals answered these questions and more in InformationWeek Research's report Windows Vista: Ready, Set, Go?

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4. In Depth: Online Forums And Communities

Gays Find A Home On MySpace, Friendster
Excluding e-mail, nearly twice as many gay, lesbian, and bisexual individuals as heterosexuals said they're online between 24 and 168 hours per week, a survey by Harris Interactive says.

Yahoo Closes News Forums
The company plans overhaul of message boards linked to individual articles on the portal's news site.

Wikipedia Founder Refutes Claims That It Banned Qatar
Officials say the IP address of Qatar was briefly blocked from editing, not from viewing, the site because of a burst of spam or vandalism.


5. Voice Of Authority: What's The Buzz

The First Buzzword Of 2007: Placeblogs
Local search is looking like it's going to be big this year. The latest entrant, which went live New Year's Day, is Placeblogger, which describes itself this way: "Welcome to Placeblogger, where you can discover, browse, and subscribe to local blogs. Placeblogs are sites devoted to a particular neighborhood, city, town, or region. They're watercoolers for local discussion, a place to find out where to eat or a reliable plumber, or talk about the news of the day. On occasion, placebloggers break news."


6. White Papers: Protecting Intellectual Property

Protect Your Intellectual Property: Proof Of Electronic Record Authenticity Is Your Best Legal Defense
Failing to protect your intellectual property puts inordinate risk on your company and its shareholders. Today the majority of your IP is generated, managed, and stored electronically—and though your company may become more efficient and cost effective using electronic records, they are more vulnerable to tampering.


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