In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Is Google Investing In Obsolete Technology?
2. Today's Top Story
- Google Adds Trends Feature To Personalized Search
- Google Desktop Apps To Ship With Lexar Flash Drive
3. Breaking News
- Apple's Web Traffic Riding High On iTunes Surge
- Philips Spin-Off Creates An 'IPod' For The Written Word
- Will Mobile Broadband Kill Wi-Fi?
- Automakers Embrace The IPod
- OpenOffice.org Suite Updates
- Yahoo Offers Personal Search Shortcuts
- Sun's Niagara Server: Try Before You Buy
- Salesforce.com Outage Inconveniences Customers
- Bug Bites McAfee Antivirus
- Flurry Of New Deals Could Make CSC A More Attractive
- IBM's $865 Million Micromuse Acquisition Aims To Take On
- H-1B Backers Lose Budget Round
- Palm Profits Surge, Four New Treos Coming
- Seagate Set To Acquire Maxtor For $1.9 Billion
- Oracle Ships ID-, Access-Management System
- Ford's Fix Could Send Help Desk Offshore
4. Grab Bag
- Pricey Games: Moms Don't Play (Washington Post)
- Inside The Google-AOL-Microsoft Negotiations (Wall Street
Journal, paid subscription required)
- Texas Files New Spyware Claim Against Sony BMG (Reuters)
5. In Depth
- Microsoft Odd Man Out In AOL-Google Deal
- Microsoft Says Pay Up To Try Live Messenger Beta
- Microsoft Fixes SUS Glitch
- Xbox Photos Fetch Huge Prices On eBay
6. Voice Of Authority
- Blog Confession Leads To Jail Time For Teen
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- Will Your Company Benefit From Enterprise Fax And
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1. Editor's Note: Is Google Investing In Obsolete Technology?
I startled myself the other day when I realized I didn't know whether
my laptop computer has a modem. I had to think about it a couple of
minutes. It's been that long since I've used a dial-up connection.
Not long ago, having a laptop computer without a modem was like
having one without a display or keyboard--completely useless. But
these days, everywhere I go, I can count on a high-speed Internet
connection, and in many places I can get a Wi-Fi connection.
That's been true for quite some time.
That's half of America Online's problems right there. AOL built its
business on dial-up access, and dial-up is rapidly becoming obsolete.
But dial-up is only part of the value that AOL offers its
subscribers. It also offers training wheels for the Internet. If
you're a civilian who's heard about this "Internet thing" from a
nerdy friend or relative, you can get online fast, cheap, and
easy through AOL.
Neither of those things is as valuable as they once were.
Consumers are stampeding away from dial-up access, looking for
high-speed and wireless connections instead. And, by now, pretty
much everybody in the developed world who's going to get on the
Internet has done so. Moreover, consumers realized that AOL
offers a commodity service at boutique prices. You can find
services just as good as AOL, or even better, elsewhere.
AOL's subscriber base is fleeing fast: It has only about 20
million subscribers, down from 36 million in December 2002.
Pretty soon, it'll be down to the level it was in fiscal 1999,
before it bought Time Warner, of 17.6 milling members. (Source of
those numbers: AOL's own financial reports, for the
third quarter of 2005, annual 2002,
They're PDF files.)
In the face of that, AOL is scrambling to convert itself from the
world's largest Internet service provider to providing a portal,
competing with Microsoft and Yahoo. But there's lots of competition
in that market and no assurances that AOL will succeed.
Google had lots of reasons to want to do the deal. It gets a
potential advertising audience of 20 million, an opportunity to
stick it to Microsoft, preservation of a substantial existing ad
revenue stream, and an investment in a sizeable, family-friendly
island in an ocean of Internet porn.
What do you think? Will the AOL-Google deal be good for those
customers? What will it mean to users? Let me know on the
InformationWeek Weblog, where you can read the rest of this note and
leave a comment.
Philips Spin-Off Creates An 'IPod' For The Written Word
A spin-off company from Royal Philips Electronics has developed a
wirelessly connected "electronic reader" tablet based on a
high-contrast "electronic paper" display from E Ink Corp. The
E-reader will be available in April.
Will Mobile Broadband Kill Wi-Fi?
With technologies like mobile WiMax starting to emerge, some
people are starting to ask whether there's a long-term future for
Automakers Embrace The IPod
Automakers are expected to ride the popularity of the iPod and
add support for Apple Computer's portable music player in
millions of cars over the next six years.
OpenOffice.org Suite Updates
OpenOffice.org updated its open-source suite Tuesday to 2.01, two
months after the long-awaited 2.0 version was released.
Oracle Ships ID-, Access-Management System
The new suite spans a number of Oracle's homegrown and acquired
technologies, including Web access control, identity
administration, user provisioning, federated identity management,
and directory services.
Ford's Fix Could Send Help Desk Offshore
General Motors isn't the only troubled automaker looking to run a
more-efficient IT shop. Under a new outsourcing deal, Ford is
driving toward a more-simplified IT operation by centralizing key
technology operations and aggressively adopting standards. And
"anything you can centralize becomes a candidate for offshore
savings," says Irene White, Ford's manager for support services.
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Pricey Games: Moms Don't Play (Washington Post)
With just days before Game Day, also known as Christmas, there's
many a mom such as CaShawn Thompson trapped inside a video game
store. A mom speaking in a pointed, resolute,
it-ain't-gonna-happen tone. A mom drawing the line.
Inside The Google-AOL-Microsoft Negotiations (Wall Street Journal, paid subscription required)
Two weeks ago, when Time Warner was on the cusp of signing a
sweeping online deal with Microsoft, a team of executives from
the media company's AOL unit traveled to Microsoft's headquarters
in Redmond, Wash., to make sure everything was in order. When the
executives returned, they reported back to Time Warner's top deal
negotiator, Olaf Olafsson, with some less-than-satisfactory
findings. They had found some of Microsoft's technology to be
clunky, while the contemplated joint venture with the software
king contained what they thought were financial pitfalls.
Texas Files New Spyware Claim Against Sony BMG (Reuters)
The Texas attorney general said Wednesday he added a new claim to
a lawsuit against Sony BMG Music Entertainment accusing it of
violating the state's laws on deceptive trade practices by hiding
"spyware" on its compact discs.
Microsoft Fixes SUS Glitch
The initial problem with Software Update Services turned updates
that had been set as "unapproved" by the administrator into
"approved" updates that could be mistakenly sent out to
workstations and servers.
Blog Confession Leads To Jail Time For Teen Eric Chabrow asks: How dumb can some bloggers be? That's a
question 18-year-old Blake Ranking is pondering as he faces five
years in prison and 10 years on probation for causing an accident
that killed one friend and severely injured another. "It was me
who caused it," Ranking confessed in a blog three days after the
October 2004 accident.
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