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Verizon Security Services Set To Explode With Cybertrust Acquisition

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Why Linux Will Turn Microsoft's Ballmer Into A Boy Named Sue
2. Today's Top Story
    - Verizon Security Services Set To Explode With Cybertrust Acquisition
3. Breaking News
    - Microsoft Claims Linux Infringes 42 Patents
    - AMD Unveils A Quad-Core Desktop Processor
    - Inside AMD's Phenom And Opteron Quad-Core Architectures
    - Adobe To Release PostScript Driver For Windows Vista -- Finally
    - Hitachi Tackles Data Growth With New Storage Platform
    - Survey Finds MySQL Users Want An Out-Of-The-Box Answer
    - Senate Bill Would Lower Online Music Royalty Rates
    - Software Pirates Hacked, User Names And Passwords Stolen
    - Former Network Associates CFO Convicted Of Securities Fraud
    - Skype Joins The World Of Pre-Paid Calling Cards -- At Wal-Mart
    - Autonomy Introduces Search Software For Electronic Discovery
    - Phones, Laptops, Other Gear Readied For Microsoft's Unified Communications Software
4. The Latest Microsoft Blog Posts
    - Is Microsoft Still Just Posturing Over Open Source?
    - Microsoft Preps Storage As A Service
    - Reading The WinHEC Tea Leaves
5. Job Listings From TechCareers
6. White Papers: Unix Data Recovery
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

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"Never explain -- our friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway." -- Elbert Hubbard


1. Editor's Note: Why Linux Will Turn Microsoft's Ballmer Into A Boy Named Sue

Microsoft is between a rock and a hard place. Google is eating its lunch on the Internet, and big PC vendors like Dell are warming up to Linux. What to do? Sue, Sue, Sue.

Microsoft's claim that the Linux kernel violates 42 of its patents while other open source or free programs -- including Open Office -- infringe on 193 others may, or may not be, valid. No one knows until Microsoft is ready to ID those patents.

As the Free Software Foundation's Eben Moglen told me on Sunday, "What Microsoft has not done is identify specific patents, which is the only thing that, from the point of view of somebody who has been told he's infringing patents, cares about."

What choice does Microsoft have? It's basically lost the Internet to Google. If Linux and other free software continues its march toward mainstream (don't underestimate the significance of Dell's decision to ship Ubuntu Linux for the desktop), what's left for the company?

Only the courtroom. Which is why CEO Steve Ballmer might steal a line from Johnny Cash to kick off his next big customer meeting: "My name is Sue, how do you do?"

Read my complete opinion on Microsoft's Linux gambit, and weigh in with your opinion at my blog entry.

Paul McDougall
pcmdougall@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Verizon Security Services Set To Explode With Cybertrust Acquisition
The move would add 800 Cybertrust employees to Verizon's security services team of 300 and give it access to Cybertrust operations in 30 locations in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia-Pacific.


3. Breaking News

Microsoft Claims Linux Infringes 42 Patents
Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith won't cite specific Microsoft patents, but maintains that open-source software violates a total of 235 of the company's patents.

AMD Unveils A Quad-Core Desktop Processor
The Phenom product line should ship in the second half of the year, the same time frame as its Barcelona quad-core processor for servers, the chipmaker said.

Inside AMD's Phenom And Opteron Quad-Core Architectures
Analysis: There's a race to market as well as a design battle between AMD and Intel over which company has the best quad-core desktop and server processors.

Adobe To Release PostScript Driver For Windows Vista -- Finally
Adobe has taken some heat from users for what they claim is its lukewarm support for Windows Vista.

Hitachi Tackles Data Growth With New Storage Platform
Universal Storage Platform V is capable of 3.5 million operations per second.

Survey Finds MySQL Users Want An Out-Of-The-Box Answer
The most frequent request -- cited by 33% of respondents -- was a demand for improved scalability.

Senate Bill Would Lower Online Music Royalty Rates
Those backing the legislation want to make sure that Internet, satellite, cable radio, jukeboxes, and traditional radio pay the same rates for playing songs.

Software Pirates Hacked, User Names And Passwords Stolen
The Pirate Bay urged users not to be alarmed, assuring them that user names and passwords obtained by hackers were 'very encrypted.'

Former Network Associates CFO Convicted Of Securities Fraud
Prabhat Goyal faces a maximum of 150 years in prison for filing false reports with the SEC, among other charges.

Skype Joins The World Of Pre-Paid Calling Cards -- At Wal-Mart
The pre-paid cards will cost $8.85 and contain a $20 Skype credit and a three-month subscription to the VoIP provider's Unlimited Calling plan.

Autonomy Introduces Search Software For Electronic Discovery
Autonomy says Idol Echo can help companies embroiled in lawsuits meet changes to a federal law requiring they produce electronic data within 99 days.

Phones, Laptops, Other Gear Readied For Microsoft's Unified Communications Software
The phones and devices will be formally introduced Tuesday at WinHEC and can be used with Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 and Microsoft Office Communicator 2007.

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4. The Latest Microsoft Blog Posts
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Is Microsoft Still Just Posturing Over Open Source?
Microsoft is now on a public relations offensive about open source and patent law, with the company's general counsel claiming in a Fortune article that open source software infringes upon at least 235 Microsoft patents, with 107 accounted for by the Linux kernel and graphical user interface alone. But is Microsoft still just blowing hot air?

Microsoft Preps Storage As A Service
The rumors have been out since at least last April, if not earlier, that Microsoft was readying a hosted storage service under the Windows Live banner. Now, apparently, it's a soon-to-be reality.

Reading The WinHEC Tea Leaves
Microsoft's Windows Hardware Engineering Conference, known to its friends as WinHEC, will be a week of Deep Geek -- and it won't be all Vista all the time, either.


5. Job Listings From TechCareers

American Home Mortgage seeking Build Manager in Melville, NY

Agilent seeking IT Consultant in Roseville, CA

Toyota seeking Central Operations Specialist in Georgetown, KY

Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island seeking Systems Analyst in Providence, RI

American Home Mortgage seeking Systems Developer Associate in Melville, NY

For more great jobs, career-related news, features and services, please visit CMP Media's TechCareers.


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