1. "Another Microsoft Word Exploit Released,"CIO.com, 12\/14 "Microsoft Fixes IE, Windows Media Player Flaws,"CIO.com, 12\/12For the third time in a week, hackers released attack code for a critical vulnerability in Microsoft\u2019s Word software. The most recent (at this writing) proof-of-concept code exploits a previously unreported bug in Word and hit the Web the day after Microsoft\u2019s monthly patch Tuesday. This patch go-around, Microsoft put out seven security patches for 11 bugs, none of them for the two Word flaws that hackers had released attack code for prior to patch Tuesday. Patches did come out for Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player, Visual Studio 2005, Windows and Outlook Express.\n\n2. "HP\u2019s Hurd Grilled by Congress over\u00a0Stock Sale,"CIO.com, 12\/14The investigations subcommittee of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee wants Hewlett-Packard CEO Mark Hurd to explain why he sold $1.37 million in HP stock on Aug. 25, the day he was briefed by attorneys from an outside law firm about the "pretexting" scandal that has rocked the company. HP executives and outside investigators are accused of using false pretenses to obtain personal telephone records of journalists who reported on the HP board of directors. The timing of Hurd\u2019s stock sale and the public revelations regarding the scandal are too close for comfort as far as John Dingell and Mark Stupak, both Michigan Democrats, are concerned. As ranking members of the subcommittee, they sent a letter to Hurd asking for an explanation by Dec. 21. "We look forward to responding to the committee\u2019s inquiry," an HP spokeswoman said.\n\n3. "Intel Speeds Intro of New Quad-Core Chip," CIO.com, 12\/12Well, this is different. Intel is pushing up by two months the introduction of its new quad-core chip because of demand from server manufacturers. The Xeon 5335 processor will be out Monday, Intel says. A company\u00a0official said that manufacturers told Intel it would be helpful to them if there was anything the chip maker could do to get the processors out sooner, so Intel gave it a push. \n\n4. "HP, Microsoft\u00a0Team Up Against\u00a0IBM,"CIO.com, 12\/14HP and Microsoft will offer a broader portfolio of business software for the enterprise market, which is likely to ding IBM. The two announced a three-year, $300 million deal to sell five different types of enterprise wares, which they say will lead to 30 new products and services in just the next year. Analysts say the partnership will give them leverage over IBM, a shared rival, and that Microsoft looks at IBM as more of a competitor these days. \n\n5. "IBM, Yahoo Launch Free Enterprise Search Tool,"CIO.com, 12\/13Meanwhile, IBM announced its own joint effort, this one with Yahoo, to develop a free, entry-level enterprise search application. IBM OmniFind Yahoo Edition was designed to be easy to install and use, indexing up to 500,000 documents from more than 200 file types. The application is aimed at companies that haven\u2019t gotten into enterprise search because of the cost and complexity.\n\n6. "Regulatory Investigation into LCD Market Expands,"CIO.com, 12\/12Sharp and Samsung joined the growing list of thin-film transistor liquid crystal display (TFT LCD) makers under investigation for possible anticompetitive behavior. Regulators in the United States, South Korea and Japan have served subpoenas on Samsung, while Sharp is being probed by the Japan Fair Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice. The investigation became publicly known on Monday of this week when LG.Philips said it has received subpoenas from regulators in the United States, South Korea and Japan. TFT LCDs are used in a range of electronics products, such as flat-panel TVs, computer monitors, laptops, cell phones and digital music players.\n\n7. "Google Helps Users Search for Patents,"CIO.com, 12\/14Would-be inventors can now more easily find out if their clever creations have already been patented by someone else. Google launched a new site for searching U.S. patents by keyword, patent number, inventor and filing date. The search covers 7 million patents, although not those issued in the past few months. But Google plans to expand the search range.\n\n8. "Why the Chipmakers Are Down for \u201907,"Businessweek, 12\/14Semiconductor vendors say 2008 will be a boom year for them, but they\u2019ve got to get past 2007 first, and that might take some doing. The demand for flash memory is leaving them unable to keep up with demand. The IT industry overall is looking toward the release of Windows Vista, and chip makers are among those who are hopeful that the new OS will spur PC sales. Given what analysts and IT administrators are saying about the likely upgrade cycle, that might not be the best approach.\n\n9. "Sony Sure It Will Reach PlayStation 3 Goals,"CIO.com, 12\/14The outlook going into the new year might be a bit bleak for chip makers, but gamers can rejoice: Sony says it is confident that it will make its shipment target of 2 million consoles in Japan and the United States\u00a0by the end of this calendar year and have 6 million shipped by the end of the company\u2019s financial year in March. The relief sweeping the United States\u00a0and Japan is palpable.\n\n10. "Real or Not, Buzz Around Apple \u2018iPhone\u2019 Grows,"San Jose Mercury News, 12\/13"Apple \u2018iPhone\u2019 May Arrive Later Than Predicted,"CIO.com, 12\/11It\u2019s not certain this is actually news, nor is it clear that it isn\u2019t news: Apple might be unveiling a music phone at its Macworld conference in San Francisco next month. Apple watchers are confident that the company has such a gizmo in the works, but no one with actual knowledge is talking about the "iPhone," as it has been dubbed. Stay tuned ...\n\n-Nancy Weil, IDG News ServiceRelated Links:\n\nTop 10 IT News Stories of the Week (ending Dec. 8)\n\nTop 10 IT News Stories of the Week (ending Dec. 1)Check out our CIO News Alerts and Tech Informer pages for more updated news coverage.