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Where Isn't Google?

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Where Isn't Google?
2. Today's Top Story: Google-Sun
    - Google-Sun Software Alliance Targets Microsoft
    - Yahoo, Others Launch Virtual-Library Alternative To Google Project
3. Breaking News
    - Florida Man First Arrested In Katrina Internet Scam
    - Netscape Scores Browser Deal With HP
    - Wireless Developers: Give Us Better Tools
    - Microsoft Office 12 Will Support PDFs
    - Podcast: Mozilla Launches Developer Center
    - CA Integrates Systems-, Network-Management Product Lines
    - Kaspersky Says It's Fixed AV Scanner Flaw
    - Microsoft, Motorola Team On Public-Safety Software
    - Newest Supreme Court Nominee Represented Microsoft In MS-DOS Case
    - RF Could Help Make Calls At World Cup
    - Digital Music Accounts For Growing Piece Of Global Market
4. In Depth: The Power Issue--From Optimize
5. Voice Of Authority: The Flexibility of MPLS Networks
6. White Papers: Remote Management
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

Quote of the day:
"The Google Toolbar will be downloaded by tens of millions of people as a result of this partnership." -- Google CEO Eric Schmidt at press conference disclosing the company's relationship with Sun


1. Editor's Note: Where Isn't Google?

I was recently helping my daughter locate French-English translations on the Internet, and we couldn't find the information we needed through nearly a half-dozen online versions of widely used dictionaries. Where we ultimately found the translations: Google, or more specifically, Google Language Tools.

Not only was Google the only site where we could get the information, it provided the answers in a simple, elegant fashion. Before this experience, I didn't know this service existed.

I raise this background in the context of yesterday's announcement between Google and Sun, under which Sun will make the Google Toolbar--Google's browser-based search software--available as an option for consumers who download its Java Runtime Environment. Google, in turn, will promote Sun software. This deal is just the latest example of Google expanding beyond the search-engine/Internet market and raising the stakes against Microsoft.

With a laundry list of industry relationships, acquisitions, and new deals either recently completed or on the docket, Google is demonstrating it has the appetite for taking on all comers, in both the business-to-business and business-to-consumer realms.

How valuable is a relationship with Google? Sun, which has suffered through revenue declines and a severely depressed stock price in recent years, saw its stock shoot up nearly 8% yesterday before details of the relationship emerged. With that sort of halo effect, the list of vendors looking to partner with Google will remain long and illustrious.

A couple questions worth pondering:

  • Is Google trying to do too much? Will it learn from the now-10-year-old example of Netscape, which spread itself too thin and got crushed? (Ironically, Netscape's browser will be offered as a browser choice on HP PCs, it was revealed yesterday--Netscape Lives).

  • Will Google's soaring ambitions cause it to run afoul of the law? Thus far, it hasn't faced excessive scrutiny for the privacy implications of some of its many technology initiatives, but will that change over time?

    I don't have the answers to these questions. But I'm convinced that Google is setting the agenda that the rest of the computer industry must now follow. Do you agree? Please weigh in at my blog entry.

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


    2. Today's Top Story: Google-Sun

    Google-Sun Software Alliance Targets Microsoft
    Sun will provide Google's browser-based search software as an option with its Java Runtime Environment, while Google endorses Sun's OpenOffice productivity suite.

    Related Story:
    Yahoo, Others Launch Virtual-Library Alternative To Google Project

    The Open Content Alliance differs from Google Print in that only works in the public domain or those contributed by copyright holders would be stored.


    3. Breaking News

    Florida Man First To Be Arrested In Katrina Internet Scam
    Gary S. Kraser's Web site promised that all money raised would help him airlift hurricane victims to safety. Turns out he was the only one flying high, prosecutors say.

    Netscape Scores Browser Deal With HP
    Hewlett-Packard will put the AOL-owned browser on its PCs starting early next year.

    Wireless Developers: Give Us Better Tools
    In a new survey of 500 developers, only 34% say the current crop of testing and debugging tools is "excellent" or "very good."

    Microsoft Office 12 Will Support PDFs
    Microsoft will build a "Save As" function in Office 12 for publishing Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and other applications' documents in the popular PDF format.

    Podcast: Mozilla Launches Developer Center
    Deb Richardson, lead of Mozilla's developer relations, discusses the firm's open-source, wiki-based approach to providing programmers with information and tools that themselves are open to the community to improve and change.

    CA Integrates Systems-, Network-Management Product Lines
    Customers can now see more end-to-end service levels across large and complex enterprise networks, the company said.

    Kaspersky Says It's Fixed AV Scanner Flaw
    A stopgap is in place to remedy the antivirus vendor's issue with .cab files, and a longer-term remedy is promised soon.

    Microsoft, Motorola Team On Public-Safety Software
    The goal is provide government agencies with a secure, interoperable "architectural approach to integration and information-sharing," the companies said.

    Newest Supreme Court Nominee Represented Microsoft In MS-DOS Case
    Harriet Miers defended Microsoft in a class-action suit in the mid-1990s.

    RF Could Help Make Calls At World Cup
    A radio-frequency-enabled ball is being tested as a tool for helping referees make calls in soccer matches. The chip could be deployed in time for the 2006 World Cup tournament in Germany.

    Digital Music Accounts For Growing Piece Of Global Market
    The so-called iPod Revolution has been driven by top markets in the United States, Britain, Japan, Germany, and France.

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    4. In Depth: The Power Issue--From Optimize

    The Second Annual Power Issue
    Optimize magazine profiles the people and companies that represent the "power centers" of the business-technology world.

    Most Powerful CIOs
    Wal-Mart CIO Linda Dillman talks about her views on power and influence in the industry.

    CIOs You Should Know
    Profiles of four up-and-coming CIOs that you can expect to be hearing a lot more about in the years to come.

    Women See Gains
    Female CIOs are no longer an oddity or a token sign of diversity in corporate America. Nevertheless, the path is far from easy, guaranteed, or rewarded equally with men.

    Emerging Thinkers
    A quick look at six pundits and their trend-setting and ground-shaking views on IT.


    5. Voice Of Authority: The Flexibility Of MPLS Networks

    SmartAdvice: For Global Companies, MPLS Networks Offer Flexibility, Efficiency
    MPLS is the future in telecommunications after carriers smooth out spotty coverage and variations in feature sets, The Advisory Council says.


    6. White Papers: Remote Management

    The Role Of Remote Management--Assuring IT Infrastructure Uptime
    Like it or not, businesses are becoming more and more dependent upon IT services and the infrastructure that supports them. There are a number of reasons for this, virtually all of them having to do with business competitiveness. Learn about the role and value of remote management, including KVM switches, in assuring IT infrastructure control.


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