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What Would You Ask Carly Fiorina?

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: What Would You Ask Carly Fiorina?
2. Today's Top Story
    - Symantec Says The Worm And Virus Problem Is Solved. Here's What's Next
    Related Stories:
    - New York's Guardian Angels Get $200,000 Grant To Fight Cybercrime
    - Teleworkers Know (And Ignore) Security Risks, Study Says
3. Breaking News
    - Looking Back At The Life Of Ray Noorda, 'Grandfather' Of Network Computing
    - Reactions Run The Gamut On Google, YouTube Marriage
    - Microsoft Readies Office 2007 Beta Shutdown
    - Blink And You Missed It: Vista RC2 Download Closed
    - First Look: Windows Vista RC2
    - Yahoo To Beam Digital Time Capsule Into Space
    - Firefox Losing Market Share, Internet Explorer Gaining, Says Dutch Metrics Firm
    - IBM Global Services Offers Data Center Power And Cooling Services
    - IBM Pushes Dual-Core Processor Beyond 4 GHz
    - Search Engines Accused Of Being Soft On Scammers
    - MIT Study Faults U.S. Data Collection On Offshoring
    - Review: Kingston's Media Player Puts A Lot In A Little Package
4. Grab Bag
    - Device Helps Navigate Daily Life (CNN)
    - Darfur Campaign On MySpace (Washington Post)
    - Spam Could Spell Trouble For Wireless Industry (MSNBC)
5. In Depth
    - Beware The Bots
    - Computer Bots Adapt To New Technologies
    - Poll: How Does Bot Activity Compare With A Year Ago?
    - Trend Micro: Thousands Of Government Computers Infected By Bots
6. Voice Of Authority
    - If Firefox Is Gaining On IE, Automatic Update Will Fix It
7. White Papers
    - Reducing The Costs Of IT Security Management While Navigating Compliance, Mergers, Acquisitions, And More Users
8. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
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"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen." -- Winston Churchill


1. Editor's Note: What Would You Ask Carly Fiorina?

Carly Fiorina is speaking out.

The woman who was fired 20 months ago from her post as Hewlett-Packard's CEO has written a book about her rise through the business world, her work at HP, her dismissal, and the media frenzy that swirled around her in the weeks after.

Now she's opening herself up to questioning. I'll be interviewing Fiorina late Wednesday afternoon. Here's your chance. Have a topic you'd really like to see her talk about? Have a question you'd love to ask her yourself? Give me your suggestions, and I'll throw the best ones into the mix.

Fiorina's book, Tough Choices, hits bookstores Tuesday, Oct. 10, less than a week after Patricia Dunn, the recently ousted chairman at HP, and four others were indicted on felony charges of fraud and conspiracy in connection with a boardroom leak investigation that involved spying and accessing phone and fax records using false pretenses.

In Fiorina's book Tough Choices, she talks about her rise through AT&T and HP's courtship of her for the lofty CEO job. Early on in her discussions with outgoing CEO Lew Platt and members of the board, she had misgivings about the board's actions--or more accurately, inactions. She writes, "Hewlett-Packard was the storied, original start-up that had spawned Silicon Valley from a garage. Then growth and innovation had stalled. The company had become known as the gray lady of Silicon Valley." She goes on to talk about going into a company that "lacked a strategy," was a "market laggard," and whose culture was both a great strength and a source of weakness.

She also takes on the now-nearly-mythical "HP Way." The book, The HP Way, is David Packard's story about the building of HP, along with its management philosophy. On their first day at HP, new employees are given records and benefits papers to fill out, they're given manuals, and they're each given a copy of The HP Way. Fiorina challenged the myth. She writes in her book that the book title became a frequently used phrase that "was being used as a shield against change." She writes, "As I became a champion of change for some, I would become a dangerous heretic for others."

In the end, Fiorina says 2005 was the "payoff year" she had expected. HP, she says, had delivered the plan she set in place. "The company's 2005 results finally demonstrated that HP had indeed been transformed."

It's quite a story, no matter what you think of the job she did at HP. So go ahead: Think about what you'd like to ask her. Weigh in with your own questions and then watch for the story later this week.

Sharon Gaudin
sgaudin@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Symantec Says The Worm And Virus Problem Is Solved. Here's What's Next
Phishing and other attempts to steal data and money are the real problems, CEO John Thompson says. So Symantec's next group of security offerings will focus on the integration of technologies that protect information.

Related Stories:

New York's Guardian Angels Get $200,000 Grant To Fight Cybercrime
The CyberAngels will use the grant to fight pedophiles and cyberbullies, says Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa.

Teleworkers Know (And Ignore) Security Risks, Study Says
More than 20% of the employees surveyed allow friends, family members, and other nonemployees to use their work computers to access the Internet.


3. Breaking News

Looking Back At The Life Of Ray Noorda, 'Grandfather' Of Network Computing
Noorda, who died Monday from complications due to Alzheimer's, groomed Novell from a small company to a pioneer in local-area networking that for a time challenged the Microsoft monopoly. His frugal personal habits were legendary.

Reactions Run The Gamut On Google, YouTube Marriage
Some media and entertainment players say the deal boosts the value of the online video sector, while others warn Google that as much as 60% of YouTube's content infringes on copyrighted material.

Microsoft Readies Office 2007 Beta Shutdown
Microsoft will end beta-testing of Office 2007 in two weeks, removing the code from its download servers. Microsoft will release the software to manufacturing by the end of the month.

Blink And You Missed It: Vista RC2 Download Closed
Left-out users were irked that Microsoft Windows Vista Release Candidate 2 was only available for a short time.

First Look: Windows Vista RC2
Release Candidate 2 is slated to be Microsoft's final interim version of Windows Vista before it's prepped for shipping. We put it through its paces to see if the operating system is really ready to roll.

Yahoo To Beam Digital Time Capsule Into Space
Yahoo and Yahoo Telemundo will build the digital time capsule using user-generated content and project it into space and onto an ancient pyramid in Mexico.

Firefox Losing Market Share, Internet Explorer Gaining, Says Dutch Metrics Firm
Internet Explorer gained almost three percentage points of market share, while Firefox lost 1.4 points, according to OneStat. The data contradicts another recent browser market-share report.

IBM Global Services Offers Data Center Power And Cooling Services
IBM launches five services and products to help businesses deal with the growing amount of energy needed to power and cool their data centers.

IBM Pushes Dual-Core Processor Beyond 4 GHz
The Power6 will run at speeds up to 5 GHz and double the frequency and bandwidth of the existing Power5 without increasing its power consumption.

Search Engines Accused Of Being Soft On Scammers
Search engines are getting away with running deceptive ads, says spyware researcher Ben Edelman.

MIT Study Faults U.S. Data Collection On Offshoring
The study recommends the collection of more and better data on services trade and says more information should be extracted and published from current sources.

Review: Kingston's Media Player Puts A Lot In A Little Package
Kingston's K-PEX 100 all-in-one media player is small, light, and loaded with interesting features, although it has some limitations and its interface could be better.

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4. Grab Bag

Device Helps Navigate Daily Life (CNN)
Satellite-based navigation gadgets can guide motorists from high above, saving bumbling drivers countless hours and extra trips to the gas station. But directing people on a much smaller scale—such as inside an office—is a much greater challenge.

Darfur Campaign On MySpace (Washington Post)
The marketing juggernaut is now a platform for social causes. "Rock for Darfur" intends to raise money and awareness for the conflict.

Spam Could Spell Trouble For Wireless Industry (MSNBC)
Providers are counting on text messaging to boost the bottom line.


5. In Depth

Beware The Bots
Malicious code that turns computers into zombies is wreaking all kinds of havoc.

Computer Bots Adapt To New Technologies
Malicious next-gen bots target mobile devices, VoIP systems, and Web browsers.

Poll: How Does Bot Activity On Your Network Today Compare With One Year Ago?

Trend Micro: Thousands Of Government Computers Infected By Bots
InformationWeek has learned Trend Micro is researching how PCs, including computers in defense agencies, are infected with software that can be used to mine confidential data, send spam, or launch denial-of-service attacks. But government IT managers challenge those findings, and Trend Micro is backing down on some.


6. Voice Of Authority

If Firefox Is Gaining On IE, Automatic Update Will Fix It
As Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Mozilla's Firefox round the clubhouse turn and head toward the release of new versions, it's interesting that Firefox continues to get press for increasing its share of the browser market from month to month (the latest story puts Firefox at 12.5%, up for the third month in a row). Maybe it's because we all love an underdog. But is Firefox's reputation as a giant killer deserved, or wishful thinking?


7. White Papers

Reducing The Costs Of IT Security Management While Navigating Compliance, Mergers, Acquisitions, And More Users
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