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Lawmakers complain that Google 'gamed' auction
Three lawmakers complained Tuesday that Google "maneuvered" its way into an open wireless network without having to come up with a winning bid in the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's (FCC's) recently completed 700MHz spectrum auction.

Check Point intros UTM gear for midsize businesses, branches
Check Point Software is introducing a set of security appliances for midsize businesses and branch offices of larger businesses bent on reducing the clutter of devices and the cost and hassle of dealing with multiple vendors.

Microsoft completes Danger acquisition
Microsoft hinted that it might keep the software and hosted architecture built by Danger, the mobile company that designed the software behind the Sidekick. The software giant announced the completion of its acquisition of the mobile developer on Tuesday.

MySQL upgrade now slated for June, Sun says
Sun pushed out a "near final" version of MySQL 5.1 on Tuesday, but is holding back the production release of the open-source database until it irons out some remaining bugs, officials said Tuesday.

How to spot -- and stop -- a corporate spy
Corporations are woefully unprepared to counter attempts at corporate espionage, say experts who perform vulnerability assessments designed to uncover security weaknesses. U.S. corporations lose as much as $300 billion a year to hacking, cracking, physical security breaches, and other criminal activity, according to Ira Winkler, author of Spies Among Us (Wiley, 2005) and president of the Internet Security Advisors Group, which performs espionage simulations and provides other services.

MEPs question Microsoft's eligibility for gov't projects
European Parliament members are asking if Microsoft's antitrust violations make the company ineligible to compete for government contracts.

Hackers open new front in payment card data thefts
Security managers often describe their efforts to protect corporate data from being compromised as a full-fledged battle of wits against cybercrooks who are continually arming themselves with innovative tools and methods of attack.

Microsoft looking for embedded innovations
Ever dream of designing a toaster that sears a design of your own making on a piece of bread? If that's the kind of project you might like to tackle in your spare time, Microsoft has a new program that could help.

Apple and Sony settle 'flaming Mac' suit
Apple and Sony have agreed to pay 1.3 million yen ($12,000) to settle a lawsuit filed by a Japanese couple whose Mac caught fire when its Sony-made battery went up in smoke.

Mac users angry at laptop graphics glitches
Apple is investigating graphics glitches affecting its latest laptops, reports claim. MacBook and MacBook Pro owners have been complaining of unacceptable graphics performance on their machines on Apple's own discussion forums.

Advice for securing your site and your reputation
Is your company's Web site hacked? Today, it can be hard to tell. Online crooks who successfully break into a site often sneak in small bits of code that leave no visible trace but can attack visitors who simply view the page.

Researchers: Microsoft's CAPTCHAs easy to solve
Microsoft's system to thwart automatic registrations of e-mail accounts leads to "a false sense of security," according to two researchers who have developed a low-cost way to break the security mechanism.

Cisco's Linksys phase-out moving along
Cisco Systems' Linksys brand may disappear sooner than expected, according to a top executive for small business at the company, although he wouldn't say how quickly.

Infosys revenues to reach $5 billion this year
Infosys Technologies said Tuesday that it expected its revenue to grow by 19 to 21 percent to $5 billion in its current fiscal year, ending March 31, 2008.

Seagate lawsuit against STEC could raise SSD prices
Seagate Technology filed a potentially far-reaching patent infringement lawsuit against STEC on Monday, over flash memory-based solid state drives (SSDs).


News Feeds (RSS) - Application Development

Researchers: Microsoft's CAPTCHAs easy to solve
Microsoft's system to thwart automatic registrations of e-mail accounts leads to "a false sense of security," according to two researchers who have developed a low-cost way to break the security mechanism.

Adventures in lightweight Internet app development
I should be clear up front: I am no programmer. I dabble in JavaScript, and I learned Fortran and Basic (not the visual kind) in 1978 and haven't used either since 1986. My programming style (such as it is) is declarative, not object-oriented. But I'm handy with Dreamweaver.

Microsoft reveals new content partners, DRM for Silverlight
Microsoft unveiled on Monday new content partners for its Silverlight technology and provided details of a forthcoming DRM (digital rights management) technology for its multimedia platform.

Guerrilla IT: How to stop worrying and learn to love your superusers
Here's a sobering statistic: Eighty percent of enterprise IT functions are being duplicated by folks outside of the IT department, says Hank Marquis, director of ITSM (IT systems management) consulting at Enterprise Management Associates. In other words, for every 10 people doing IT work as part of their jobs, you've got another eight "shadow IT" staffers doing it on their own.

CodeGear upgrades PHP IDE
Seeking to make PHP (Hypertext Preprocessor) development similar to developing applications with Microsoft's ASP.Net technologies, CodeGear is upgrading its IDE for PHP, bolstering database and framework support as well as performance.

RIA platform links to Google App Engine
Appcelerator has updated its rich Internet application platform to integrate with the Google App Engine, Appcelerator said this week.

Borland baby CodeGear gears up JBuilder
CodeGear, the Borland subsidiary, has released a new version of JBuilder 2008, its IDE for Java.

Poor software testing hits companies in the pocket
Nearly 40 percent of organizations have suffered financial loss as a result of poor or no software testing. That's according to a survey sponsored by testing specialist, SQS Research.

Microsoft, HCL team on training and software development
Microsoft will work with Indian IT company HCL Infosystems to develop system integration frameworks for the deployment of Microsoft's products for vertical industries in India.

Oracle to ship critical database fixes next week
Oracle will release patches for a slew of products next week, including fixes for two nasty vulnerabilities for its database software.


News Feeds (RSS) - Web Services

Curl moves to take on Adobe Air in offline RIA business
Curl plans to unveil next week a beta version of a runtime tool that it said will help large organizations extend RIAs (rich Internet applications) to run on the desktop.

Europe rejects plan to criminalize file-sharing
The European Parliament rejected attempts to criminalize the sharing of files by private individuals and threw out the idea of banning copyright abusers from the Internet, in a plenary vote Thursday.

DLP experts preach taking the long term view
Data leakage prevention has become one of the hottest subsets of the IT security market, but organizations hoping to utilize the tools must retain realistic goals and find the right technologies to meet their individual business models, experts maintain.

Google pulls real-time chat app
The buzz around Google's App Engine hasn't died a day after its launch, although not for the reason that Google probably would like.

Web users in malware crosshairs
Online malware attacks are becoming more pervasive, targeted, and refined as the underground threat economy continues to evolve and take on the characteristics of an organized industry.

IBM, others bring event-driven tools to SOA
At its Impact conference in Las Vegas today, IBM announced an event-driven extension to its WebSphere platform for managing services in an SOA environment. Most SOA platforms have focused on centrally orchestrating services triggered by a process need, such as handling a customer lookup when a salesperson processes an order. But most SOA platforms have not been engineered to handle complex events, in which a pattern of activities -- both random and scheduled -- should trigger a set of services. These complex events are more common in high-transaction environments.

What cloud computing really means
Cloud computing is all the rage. "It's become the phrase du jour," says Gartner senior analyst Ben Pring, echoing many of his peers. The problem is that (as with Web 2.0) everyone seems to have a different definition.

Apps security testing companies ride wave
Providers of applications security testing tools say business is taking off, as more customers are building such capabilities into their development lifecycles and large platform providers have picked off some of their closest rivals.

Iona linking Microsoft, other environments
Iona Technologies is offering technology to link Microsoft applications with systems from Oracle, IBM and others.

Update: Google brings offline access to Docs and Apps
Google is rolling out a much-awaited feature for its hosted applications: the ability for people to use them even when they aren't connected to the Internet.


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