What's Google's network plan?Everyone is trying to figure out where Google will go next. Why has the company been shopping for dark fiber? Why is it bidding for wireless contracts? Does the company really think it can go up against entrenched ISPs? Network World takes an in-depth look. Click here for more.Software licensing woes still dog MicrosoftFive years after Microsoft sparked a firestorm with new volume licensing and upgrade programs, customers are still struggling with the system many say is delivering less than promised. Click here for more.IEEE, vendors press forward on speedier WLANsThe IEEE has begun accepting comments on the just-adopted 802.11n draft standard for 100-plus Mbps wireless LANs. The number and scope of the responses will determine whether there will be big or small changes to the draft at the next 802.11n task group meeting in May. Click here for more.CA, Dell bolster mgmt. softwareCA and Dell have or are expected to announce new and upgraded products that customers say will help them better manage client and server systems, with fewer tools and more automation. Click here for more.Manufacturing show to focus on wirelessDeploying wireless technologies - from RFID to 802.11 - and bolstering supply chain management and machine-to-machine communications will be among the top IT topics at this week's National Manufacturing Week show. Click here for more.Today on Layer 8, where we're counting the minutes 'til Spring:We look at the world's smallest art gallery; unveil the newest caption contest winner; take a look at a frivolous lawsuit against Google; and give cheers to NBC for providing Web-only versions of "The Office." All that and more at your home for not-just-networking news.For news updated throughout the day, go to Network World's NetFlash news page.