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Who Inspires You?

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Who Inspires You?
2. Today's Top Story
    - Samsung To Pay $300 Million Fine For Price Fixing
3. Breaking News
    - Another Security Flaw Found In Symantec's Veritas Backup
    - U.S. Spending On IT Expected To Rise Modestly Next Year
    - Comcast, Google Reportedly In Talks Over AOL
    - Cisco Unveils WAN-Optimization Products, Business Unit
    - Mobile Workforce Increasing Quickly
    - Skype, Linksys Team Up For Cordless Handset
    - Study: 32% Of Adults Offline
    - University, Los Alamos Team Up for Advanced Nanoscale Studies
    - VoIP: Europe Not Really Interested, Study Says
    - Burma Latest Country To Use U.S. Technology To Control Internet Access
4. In Depth: Personal Technology And Reviews
5. Voice Of Authority: Spyware Proliferates As Feds Crack Down
6. White Papers: Predictive Service Level Management
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

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"Obviously crime pays, or there'd be no crime." -- G. Gordon Liddy

1. Editor's Note: Who Inspires You?

Ask me as a journalist who inspires me and I'll have a list of answers: Edward R. Murrow, who broadcast from London's rooftops during the Battle of Britain and later helped bring about the downfall of Sen. Joseph McCarthy; Tom Friedman, whose columns in the New York Times on globalism and foreign affairs, particularly the Mideast, never fail to educate and impress; and yes, even Barbara Walters, mostly for the impressive roster of folks she's been able to interview in the course of her career.

Of course, it's also burned into my mind how she became the highest-paid journalist, male or female, back in the '70s when she moved to ABC and signed on for a million-dollar salary. You go, girl! (If my boss is reading this, feel free to make me the same offer at adjusted-for-inflation rates. If Barbara is reading this, the answer to what kind of a tree I would be is "weeping cherry"--but I'm not going to cry about that.)

As an IT professional, you probably have your own list of role models, your own thoughts about who in the industry inspires you most. And we want to hear about that. InformationWeek once again is undertaking our "Chief of the Year" nomination process, soliciting entries for the honor from our own staff and from you, our readers. So here's your chance to tell us about the CIO who you think should walk away with the title this year. We're looking for the innovators, the deep thinkers, the clear-sighted visionaries who know how to align IT with the business. Hey, it doesn't even have to be someone you work for!

It's easy to nominate your candidate. Just click on our nomination page, from which you can send an E-mail to the editor managing the project. It doesn't have to be lengthy--a few sentences highlighting your candidate's achievements will do.

We look forward to hearing from you and about your nominee for the Chief of the Year!

Jennifer Zaino

2. Today's Top Story

Samsung To Pay $300 Million Fine For Price Fixing
The chipmaker's penalty is the second-largest criminal antitrust fine ever, and individual employees may face charges. Unwitting IT buyers may have been victims of the scam.

3. Breaking News

Another Security Flaw Found in Symantec's Veritas Backup
A bug in NetBackup's Java authentication service could allow attackers to run their own code on a target system.

U.S. Spending On IT Expected To Rise Modestly Next Year
Despite this, the job market is still fairly limited, according to new research by both Gartner and Forrester; application development and mobile computing are expected to be growth areas.

Comcast, Google Reportedly In Talks Over AOL
The firms are discussing acquiring joint stakes--with current owner Time Warner--in America Online's portal, and then bumping up the portal's visibility.

Cisco Unveils WAN-Optimization Products, Business Unit
The new products include the Cisco Application Velocity System, a line of acceleration, security, and monitoring appliances for the data center, and another appliance that provides similar services to branch offices.

Mobile Workforce Increasing Quickly
By 2009, the number of mobile workers in the United States is expected to reach more than 70% of the total workforce, IDC says.

Skype, Linksys Team Up For Cordless Handset
The $130 phone allows Skype users to make free VoIP calls.

Study: 32% Of Adults Offline
Some are disconnected because they're just not interested; for others it's about security or finances.

University, Los Alamos Team Up for Advanced Nanoscale Studies
UC Santa Barbara and the lab will create a program to link recent molecular and nanoscale advances with soft matter, including polymers and biological systems.

VoIP: Europe Not Really Interested, Study Says
Fewer than half of the European organizations surveyed have spent anything on IP telephony, and less than a third expect to increase spending this year, according to a new Forrester study.

Burma Latest Country To Use U.S. Technology To Control Internet Access
A new report by the OpenNet Initiative shows how Burma, or Myanmar, is one of several countries blocking open access to the Internet.

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4. In Depth: Personal Technology And Reviews

Review: Palm Hits Sweet Spot With New High-End PDA
Palm's newest PDA strikes a surprisingly good balance between features and price, and boasts both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Review: Panda Platinum 2006 Internet Security
Panda's do-all security suite offers solid protection against malware wrapped in a well-designed interface.

Review: Hawking's HBB1 Broadband Booster
Wouldn't it be nice to have a crossing guard sitting on your modem, making sure all your Internet traffic just got along? That's exactly the premise of Hawking Technology's HBB1 Broadband Booster.

An Alternative To Existing Office Suites
ThinkFree Office suite uses the same file formats as Microsoft Office and similar programs, and runs equally well on Windows, Mac, and Linux. Best of all: the $50 price tag.

Review: NetGear Storage Center SC101
Storage Center is a credible addition to any SOHO or home network, with a level of installation and operational simplicity a relative novice or work-weary IT admin will appreciate.

5. Voice Of Authority

Spyware Proliferates As Feds Crack Down
What makes spyware particularly ominous, Larry Greenemeier says, is its ability to infect PCs even when users are operating within the parameters of their companies' security policies. Mustang Engineering got tired of numerous help-desk calls that couldn't be resolved, and took steps to rid itself of spyware once and for all.

6. White Papers

Predictive Service-Level Management
A proactive set of practices can help IT organizations deliver the best balance of service level and investment, reducing firefighting and increasing resource utilization. This Forrester study examines the business value of service-level management.

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