DOJ on Google, PC demand takes off


6. : Adobe Systems plans to buy Web analytics company Omniture for US$1.8 billion, one of the bigger acquisition deals of late in terms of the money involved.

7. : The Web-hosted versions of Microsoft's Office productivity suite were quietly released as a technology preview this week, allowing select users to give the apps a whirl. InfoWorld's Neil McAllister offered an early look and found that while they lack some features he would like to see, they're "off to a strong start."

8. : InfoWorld's Galen Gruman was eager to try out the touch feature in Windows 7, but he has been less than impressed and has begun instead to wonder whether touch will remain "useless" for most PC users.

9. : WiMax is, at long last, expected to be available in more than 80 U.S. cities by the end of next year; and while the wireless broadband technology will undoubtedly have a lot of customers, it is likely to be usurped by the competing LTE (Long-Term Evolution).

10. : We would be remiss if we didn't include the news that "Star Trek" founder Gene Roddenberry's Mac is going to be auctioned off, given that, as Ken Gagne notes in his Computerworld blog, fans of the show and of Apple are some of the most rabid there are -- and we're quite sure that the fan base has a whole lot of crossover.