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Channel news: Customers baffled by Web 2.0; Ballmer: Microsoft biz security ready to go

Web 2.0 baffles businesses, says survey Lack of know-how prevents cash-in. [TheReg]

Microsoft business security ready for prime time Forefront Client Security is due in coming weeks, says CEO Steve Ballmer. [CNET

Online backup startup signs global pact with GE A 25-person company located in a small Utah town will now be backing up much of the data for a 300,000-employee global corporation—and for 170,000 other customers. [eWEEK]

Panel: CIOs wary of open-source enterprise apps Analysts and company representatives at the Linux/Open Source on Wall Street conference discuss the obstacles in the way of mainstream adoption of mission-critical open-source applications. [CNET]

Index shows dramatic slowdown in outsourcing growth in the Americas Global outsourcing contract awards got off to a much slower start this year than traditionally seen in the first quarter, portending a softer outsourcing market for all of 2007, according to the TPI Index. U.S.-based commercial contract awards valued at greater than $50 million were down from the previous quarter, as well as from the first quarter of 2006. [Tekrati]

CA targets midmarket with channel-only pledge Computer Associates Monday took the wraps off a new midmarket-focused business unit that will enlist the aid of the vendor’s channel partners to drive sales of recovery management solutions. [ChannelWeb]

Profit falls at Juniper Networks The network equipment maker reported a decline in quarterly profit as expenses rose despite higher sales. [NYT]

A.M.D. to raise capital A.M.D. posted a $611 million quarterly loss, hurt by a price war with Intel, and said it would explore ways to raise new capital. [NYT]

Battered AMD guns Opteron to 3.0GHz
Barcelona now with 10 per cent more ‘wow. ‘ [TheReg]

IBM Powerizes Linux on Intel apps The AVEs and the AVE nots. [TheReg]

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