We could just about cut and paste from last week (and the week before), change a few names and figures here and there, and call it a day. Thankfully, quarterly financial reporting is just about wrapped up for a while, and for (American) football fans the annual rite of the Super Bowl is Sunday (scoring it a Top 10 entry because there are, of course, some IT angles).
1. NEC to lay off 20,000 as economy bites and Wall Street Beat: No let up in IT earnings mayhem: NEC is slashing 20,000 employees from its payroll and getting out of some of its business areas as the economy continues to batter IT companies, along with everyone else. This was a big week for quarterly financial reports to roll out, so NEC was far from alone -- Wall Street Beat gives the synopsis for those with the fortitude to check out the link.
2. Google delivers offline access for Gmail: Google is rolling out offline access for Gmail, a long-awaited feature of the popular webmail application. PC World checked out offline Gmail and offered up an assessment that was largely positive.
3. Fannie Mae engineer indicted for planting server bomb: Former Unix engineer Rajendrasinh Babubhai Makwana, 35, was indicted by a U.S. federal court on a charge of computer intrusion related to allegedly planting malicious code on the corporate network at the Federal National Mortgage Association, also known as Fannie Mae. The code allegedly devised and planted by Makwana, who was a contract employee, was meant to "destroy and alter" all data on Fannie Mae servers this Saturday, according to an affidavit filed in the case against him.
4. Click fraud shoots up in Q4, driven by botnets and Google dismisses click-fraud report: Click fraud rose in the fourth quarter of last year to a record high as scammers increasingly -- and in more sophisticated ways -- use botnets, according to Click Forensics. What caught our attention about the first story is that it made note that Click Forensics has had a rancorous relationship with Google. Google has accused Click Forensics in the past of faulty methodology and misleading results that make click fraud seem like a bigger issue than it really is, while Click Forensics has shot back that Google trivializes the problem. But the two companies have seemed to get along better recently. Lo and behold, the day after that story Google publicly took Click Forensics to task for its latest figures.