HP and Cisco continued their transition from frenemies to outright enemies in January, when HP scheduled its Americas partner event directly against Cisco's previously announced partner summit. HP will host its big 'do in Vegas April 26-28, while Cisco will hold the fort in San Francisco. The news sent VARs affiliated with both tech giants scrambling to figure out how to suspend the laws of physics.
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2: EC to Oracle-Sun deal: It's a go (finally)
It took its sweet time, but the European Commission finally approved Oracle's buyout of Sun Microsystems in mid January.
The Europeans had held up approval, citing worries that Oracle would mistreat Sun-owned MySQL, a favorite database among the open source crowd. Oracle pointed out that PostgreSQL remains an independent open source database option, and that Oracle already owns and continues to support Berkeley DB.
3: Good riddance to a bad decade
The first years of the 21st century left a lot to be desired. As the decade ended, the biggest tech stories included the fizz and fizzle of the Y2K bug, which didn't live up to the hype, and the increasing realization that Microsoft as a computing giant has feet of clay.
4: McAfee's Facebook coup: An exclusive deal to provide security
The security company got a sweet, exclusive deal, to provide Facebook's security software, wrote Channel blogger Heather Clancy.
The two companies developed a custom scanning and repair tool that will be marketed to the social network's roughly 350 million users.
5: Microsoft Word snafu grows
When Microsoft said it could recall all copies of Word 2007 and Office 2007 that ran afoul of a legal ruling and replace them before a Jan. 11 deadline, that wasn't -- strictly speaking -- true.The offending versions were, in fact pulled from Microsoft's own online store and from MSDN, but there was nothing to replace them.
Microsoft was found to have used an XML editor that infringed on patents held by a Toronto company, and an appeals court upheld that finding.
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