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Volume 6, Number 20 -- May 21, 2008
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Micro-Hoo is Back On the Table, But In a Different Form
by Alex Woodie

Spurred by an activist billionaire investor's participation in Yahoo's affairs and his attempt to revive the $47 billion deal, Microsoft is taking a second look at acquiring Yahoo, or at least a part of it. On Sunday, the software giant announced that it's back in talks with Yahoo to do some kind of deal. While Microsoft isn't talking specifics, the deal reportedly involves Yahoo selling its search and online advertising business to Microsoft for about $20 billion, while other Yahoo's assets would be sold off. READ MORE >

Developers Cool to Vista, Evans Study Finds
by Alex Woodie

Fewer than one in 10 software developers are writing applications to run on Windows Vista this year, compared to almost 50 percent who are targeting Windows XP, according to the latest survey of North American developers from Evans Data. While Evans predicts 23 percent of programmers will target the new OS in 2009, the slower-than-expected adoption of Vista by users and developers alike weighs heavily on Microsoft and its decisions for XP end-of-life and Windows 7, which is penciled in for 2010. READ MORE >


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Global Sales Save HP's Financial Cookies in the Second Quarter
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

Hot on the heels of its proposed $13.9 billion acquisition of services pioneer and giant Electronic Data Systems last week, Hewlett-Packard duly reported its financials to Wall Street for the second quarter of fiscal 2008 ended April 30. And as it hinted a week ago, the numbers were a bit better than expected, with overall sales up 9.7 percent to $25.7 billion and net earnings rising by 15.9 percent to $2.06 billion. Thanks to share buybacks, HP was able to boost earnings per share by 23.1 percent to 80 cents a pop. READ MORE >


Symantec Combats Phishing with New Services Offering
by Alex Woodie

IT security giant Symantec Monday launched a new initiative to fight phishing, pharming, and other rapidly spreading types of online fraud targeting banks, e-commerce sites, brokerage houses, and other B2B or B2C institutions where lots of money changes hands. Under the new offering, called Online Fraud Protection Services, Symantec will bring to bear a battery of methods and techniques to block attacks launched against individual companies and their brands and, if possible, work with law enforcement to put the perps behind bars. READ MORE >



 

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Microsoft Heads Aberdeen's List of Top 100 Tech Companies
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

The consultants at Aberdeen Group, now a division of market researcher and mail list builder Harte-Hanks, have just finished up a massive research project to put together the Annual State of the Market Report for the information technology sector. As part of the report, Aberdeen's experts have used customer input to create a ranking of the top 100 most influential technology companies. READ MORE >


But Wait, There's More:

• Microsoft Ships Windows HPC Server 2008 Beta 2

• Force Microsoft to Support ODF, Group Asks EC

• IDC Cautiously Reaffirms IT Spending Projections for 2008

• IBM Announces Improved X64 and Cell Blade Servers

• Dangerous Times: Ballmer Dodges Eggs, While Gates 'Sued' Over Broken Toe


 

Reader Feedback and Insights

We value your feedback and insights.  Feel free to send a letter to the editor.  Letters may be printed, unless otherwise specified, and edited for clarity or length. READ MORE >


 
Editor: Alex Woodie
Contributing Editors: Dan Burger, Joe Hertvik, Shannon O'Donnell,
Timothy Prickett Morgan, Victor Rozek, Kevin Vandever, Hesh Wiener
Publisher and Advertising Director: Jenny Thomas
Advertising Sales Representative: Kim Reed
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The Four Hundred
The Demographics of i Sales and Shipments

The i Edition of the BladeCenter S Finally Launches

HP More Than Doubles Services Biz with EDS Acquisition

Mad Dog 21/21: Saying No No No

A Word Cloud of IBM Server Brand Names

The Linux Beacon
NYSE Euronext Trades Mainframes and Unix for Linux and X64

Canonical Founder Calls for Synchronized Linux Releases

AMD Ships Low-Power Barcelonas as Two More Execs Exit

New and Updated Barcelona Boxes Debut from Sun

VMware Tweaks Virtualization Stack, Boasts of Greenness and Sales

Four Hundred Stuff
Symantec Combats Phishing with New Services Offering

BCD Slings a New C#-Based GUI with Catapult 7.0

SkyView and Innovatum Formalize Partnership with New Product

Profound Eliminates OLTP Requirement with Web Enablement Software

140 Apps and (Hopefully) Counting for i 6.1

Big Iron
NYSE Euronext Trades Mainframes and Unix for Linux and X64

Top Mainframe Stories From Around the Web

Chats, Webinars, Seminars, Shows, and Other Happenings

Four Hundred Guru
Writing Secure PHP Applications

Use PCOMM Scripts to Execute Remote PC Commands

Admin Alert: Things to Do When Adding Drives to a System

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The Unix Guardian
New and Updated Barcelona Boxes Debut from Sun

HP More Than Doubles Services Biz with EDS Acquisition

Java Performance Is OS Agnostic on Power6 Gear

As I See It: Soothing the Savage Programmer

VMware Tweaks Virtualization Stack, Boasts of Greenness and Sales

Four Hundred Monitor
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Micro-Hoo is Back On the Table, But In a Different Form

Developers Cool to Vista, Evans Study Finds

Global Sales Save HP's Financial Cookies in the Second Quarter

Symantec Combats Phishing with New Services Offering

Microsoft Heads Aberdeen's List of Top 100 Tech Companies

But Wait, There's More:

Microsoft Ships Windows HPC Server 2008 Beta 2 . . . Force Microsoft to Support ODF, Group Asks EC . . . IDC Cautiously Reaffirms IT Spending Projections for 2008 . . . IBM Announces Improved X64 and Cell Blade Servers . . . Dangerous Times: Ballmer Dodges Eggs, While Gates 'Sued' Over Broken Toe . . .


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