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Channel news: CDW to go private; Mac Office users face compatibility gaps

Equity firm to acquire CDW Madison Dearborn Partners will acquire the CDW Corporation, a leading online computer reseller, for $7.3 billion. [NYT]

Mac users face hurdles with new Office versions Companies that use Microsoft Office on both Macintosh and Windows PCs will have to deal with cross-platform compatibility issues with the new Office 2008 productivity suite. [eWEEK]

Vulnerabilities in Cisco IOS processing SSL packets Cisco IOS devices may crash while processing malformed Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) packets. In order to trigger these vulnerabilities, a malicious client must send malformed packets during the SSL protocol exchange with the vulnerable device. [Cisco]

Nine burning questions about how Vista is really doing Four months after the release of Windows Vista, Microsoft’s claiming that 40 million copies have shipped — but even Microsoft’s not claiming that 40 million PCs are humming away with the new operating system. [Computerworld]

VeriSign’s chief executive resigns abruptly The company, which manages the dot-com and dot-net domain names registry, said Stratton D. Sclavos had resigned for undisclosed reasons. [NYT]

IBM BladeCenter gains combined Ethernet/Fibre Channel card If you need more I/O than your IBM BladeCenter H servers have room for, relief is in sight with QLogic’s new combination Fibre Channel/Ethernet card. [SearchDataCenter.com]

Sarbanes-Oxley compliance costs drop, better processes credited A new survey found that Sarbanes-Oxley compliance is getting cheaper. Technology is a big part of it, experts say.[SearchSMB.com]

HDS adds SAN muscle to archive Hitachi Data Systems integrates its archive software across its product line and adds important new features, including replication, data deduplication and security.[SearchStorage.com]

Microsoft to unveil coffee-table-shaped computerMicrosoft Corp. will unveil a coffee-table-shaped “surface computer” on Wednesday in a major step towards co-founder Bill Gates’s view of a future where the mouse and keyboard are replaced by more natural interaction using voice, pen and touch. [Reuters]

Hewlett-Packard stakes a claim as an information manager Hewlett-Packard will introduce Print 2.0, the company’s strategy for making printing relevant in an increasingly Web-centric world. [NYT]

IBM’s buyback binge includes $11.5b loan IBM Corp. disclosed Tuesday that it is taking on $11.5 billion in new debt to finance the aggressive accelerations of its stock repurchase plan, which appears to be one of the largest such steps ever. [AP]

NEC Staff caught faking orders, taking kickbacksTax investigators probing Japanese electronics maker NEC have found that employees placed fake orders and took kickbacks, compounding the problems at a company long dogged by accounting troubles and possibly facing a Nasdaq delisting. [ChannelWeb]

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