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What The Polls Say We're Doing On Online

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: What The Polls Say We're Doing On Online
2. Today's Top Story
    - Identity-Theft Keylogger Identified
    Related Stories:
    - FBI: Businesses (Still) Reluctant To Report Cyberattacks
    - FCC Rule On Internet Calls Said To Encourage Hacking
    - Hackers Keep Sniffing For Buggy Veritas Backup Software
3. Breaking News
    - Windows 2000 Users Dealing With Wave Of Bugs
    - Most Spam Sent From Zombies
    - Employees Reportedly Spend One Hour Per Day On Personal Internet Use
    - Electronic Discovery Software Delivers Huge Award In Patent Suit
    - Sun To Resell VMware Virtualization Software
    - Opera Offers Web Browsing For Low-End Mobile Phones
    - Global Cellular Revenue To Reach $570 Billion In 2005
    - Flarion Buy Solidifies Qualcomm's Wireless-Broadband Position
    - Yahoo Combines Chinese Operations With Auctioneer Alibaba.com
    - New Cell-Phone Services Will Offer Sports, Hispanic Programming, And Mickey Mouse
4. In Depth: Personal Tech & Reviews
    - Windows Vista Beta 1: A Guided Tour
    - Test Drive: Internet Explorer 7 For XP Beta 1
    - Hands On: Services-Oriented Architecture Demystified
    - F-Security's Antivirus Client Security
    - Hawking Technology's WiFi Locator
5. Voice Of Authority: Redefine Your IT Mind-Set At Fall Conference
6. White Papers: The Secure Console: Browser-Based, Command-Line Interface, or Both?
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

Quotes of the day: Lazy Daze

"People who throw kisses are hopelessly lazy." -- Bob Hope

"Progress isn't made by early risers. It's made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something." -- Robert Heinlein


1. Editor's Note: What The Polls Say We're Doing On Online

A few weeks ago we asked for your input on whether we should change the delivery timing of this newsletter. More than 1,000 of you were good enough to respond (1,043), and, as promised, here are the results:

Same time as now: 4 a.m. Eastern time--66%
Noon Eastern time is OK--18%
Don't care--16%

In keeping with your preferences, we won't change the delivery time of the newsletter. Thank you for pointing us in the right direction!

Some of you wrote in with an interesting suggestion: Keep the current newsletter delivery time, but offer an afternoon update. We like that idea, but we don't want to spam anyone. So we are considering working that option into a new service we hope to debut shortly--a customized news alert that enables you to pick the topic, day, and timing of when you'd like to receive news updates. We'll have more details soon.

Speaking of surveys, two this week caught my eye. First there was the one from Accountemps that claims the average employee surfs an hour a day--technically 56 minutes-- which is about 50% less than the findings of an earlier survey from AOL and Salary.com that claimed employees were goofing off in cyberspace up to two hours per day. An hour a day seems more realistic to me. My complete take on this issue was covered in a previous post on the Salary.com survey.

You can go to my blog entry, where I explore the second survey, from comScore Networks, which posits that blogs have become so popular that they now rival mainstream media publications in influence and reach.

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


2. Today's Top Story

Identity-Theft Keylogger Identified
Sunbelt Software has identified the keylogging spyware that's feeding sensitive personal information to an identity-theft ring. The FBI confirms it has been in contact with Sunbelt and is looking into the company's findings.

Related Stories:
FBI: Businesses (Still) Reluctant To Report Cyberattacks

Roughly 20% of businesses report computer intrusions annually, a figure the agency believes is low. Director Robert Mueller urged businesses to step forward, promising greater sensitivity from the FBI in return.

FCC Rule On Internet Calls Said To Encourage Hacking
While the FCC agreed with a request from law enforcement to affirm that VoIP falls under the purview of a wiretapping statute, alarmed industry groups warn that compliance will create more vulnerabilities and opportunities for hackers.

Hackers Keep Sniffing For Buggy Veritas Backup Software
Attackers are scanning for systems running the vulnerable Veritas Backup Exec software, Symantec says.


3. Breaking News

Windows 2000 Users Dealing With Wave Of Bugs
Security analysts say the latest vulnerabilities prove that Windows 2000, no matter where it is in Microsoft's support cycle, will continue to be a target for attackers.

Most Spam Sent From Zombies
For the third straight month, most of the spam sent across the Internet originated on zombie machines, hijacked computers remotely controlled by spammers, a mail security firm says.

Employees Reportedly Spend One Hour Per Day On Personal Internet Use
A new survey by Accountemps shows that employees spend an average of 56 minutes a day on personal Internet use.

Electronic Discovery Software Delivers Huge Award In Patent Suit
A California law firm is crediting its use of electronic discovery software for assisting in the review of nearly 50 million pages of documents resulting in one of the largest patent awards of the year.

Sun To Resell VMware Virtualization Software
Sun Microsystems is now the latest hardware vendor to resell virtualization software from VMware.

Opera Offers Web Browsing For Low-End Mobile Phones
Opera Software on Wednesday unveiled a cellular-phone client and server that make it possible to access Web pages with low-end cellular phones running a Java-based application platform.

Global Cellular Revenue To Reach $570 Billion In 2005
Global cell-phone revenue is set to reach $570 billion this year, according to market research company Strategy Analytics.

Flarion Buy Solidifies Qualcomm's Wireless-Broadband Position
By acquiring Flarion Technologies, Qualcomm will instantly strengthen its position in the booming wireless-broadband market, as well improve its international offerings and position itself for the coming battle for dominance in mobile digital-broadcast markets.

Yahoo Combines Chinese Operations With Auctioneer Alibaba.com
Yahoo on Thursday said it would pay $1 billion for a 40% share of Chinese company Alibaba.com and would fold its China operations into the online auctioneer, forming a joint Internet company that would challenge leading marketplace eBay and No. 1 search engine Baidu.com in the growing market.

New Cell-Phone Services Will Offer Sports, Hispanic Programming, And Mickey Mouse
Virgin and 7-Eleven offer cell-phone services, and Disney, ESPN, and other businesses aren't far behind. The goal? Custom services that foster loyalty and generate revenue.

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Watch More News: The News Show's John Soat has his usual offbeat take on the latest IT headlines.

Today's Video Clips:

John Soat On What's Cooking In The Tech World

Alexander Wolfe Is Blogging With 'The Donald'

Eric Chabrow On Speech Roars Forward


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4. In Depth: Personal Tech & Reviews

Windows Vista Beta 1: A Guided Tour
A long, detailed, and expert look at the features, foibles, and functionality of Microsoft's upcoming operating system.

Test Drive: Internet Explorer 7 For XP Beta 1
Beta 1 of Microsoft's next version of Internet Explorer provides tabbed browsing and Favorites-based RSS-feed viewing and bookmarking.

Hands On: Services-Oriented Architecture Demystified
We built a services-oriented architecture in our NWC Inc. business apps lab for our fictional widget manufacturer. Find out what we learned.

F-Security's Antivirus Client Security
Get centralized management for safe, speedy deployment to desktops.

Hawking Technology's WiFi Locator
This unique device combines a Wi-Fi signal locator and a USB adapter. Sadly, it only does one of those jobs well.


5. Voice Of Authority

Business Technology: Redefine Your IT Mind-Set At Fall Conference
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6. White Papers

The Secure Console: Browser-Based, Command-Line Interface, or Both?
Secure console management has become an essential requirement for operating today's complex data centers and managing assets across distributed environments. IT organizations need to give their core team of skilled sys admins ready access to critical business-computing resources on an anywhere/anytime basis.


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