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Channel news: DDoSers opt for spam; Vista users keep buying security

DDoS attacks fall as crackers turn to spam Baron Samedi and chums redeploy zombie armies. [TheReg]

Microsoft users sticking with third-party security vendors IT pros are pleased with Microsoft’s security advances, including those found in Forefront. But don’t expect them to drop their third-party security vendors. []

Server virtualization: Figuring out costs, ROI and chargeback Figuring out virtualization ROI and chargeback, i.e., who’s going to pay, puzzles many IT managers. IT finance consultant John Hayes offers advice on handling these issues, plus offers tips on using VMware Capacity Planner.[]

Judge approves $1.53 billion verdict against Microsoft The verdict was in favor of Alcatel-Lucent in a digital music patent dispute against Microsoft. [NYT]

Microsoft drops hints about Internet Explorer 8 At the Mix’07 conference, Microsoft employees discussed the future for Internet Explorer and what might be expected from IE 8. [Ars Technica]

Analyst report: Tape libraries slipped in 2006 The annual tape outlook by Freeman Reports indicates that tape library revenue in the storage industry dropped after two consecutive years of double-digit growth.[]

MS, SAP tout New RFID platform capabilities Microsoft releases the first public beta of BizTalk Server 2006 R2 and SAP showcases its RFID Product Tracking and Authentication application at the RFID Journal Live conference. [eWEEK]

Facing economic realities of muni Wi-FiCompanies building and operating citywide Wi-Fi networks are re-evaluating their strategies, looking for ways to make money from the endeavor. [CNET]

SAP, Open Text pen reseller agreement SAP and Open Text have signed a reseller agreement that will deliver enterprise content management software, enabling businesses to have data archiving platforms provided by Open Text. [eWEEK]

Lack of email or IM retention policies puts one in six organizations at risk  Many organizations simply are not sure about the length of time that email or instant messages (IM) should be kept, according to a study on the messaging archiving market by Osterman Research. The researchers found a significant proportion of organizations believe that preserving all email content for long periods of time is the least risky option. [Tekrati]

Cigarette fire takes out Internet2 Redundancy is so net 1.0. [TheReg]

RIM unveils newest BlackBerry: The Curve BlackBerry maker Research in Motion Ltd. is introducing its third new model in less than a year, a mid-sized device geared toward consumers who might prefer a full keyboard for typing text rather than the abridged one on the popular
Pearl. [AP]

Ballmer: iPhone has “no chance” of getting significant marketshare Six percent plan to buy iPhone, according to market research firm. [DailyTech]

Basics: Small and smaller Ultraportable notebook computers — supercompact, lightweight laptops that slip into briefcases — appear to be finding favor with American tastes. [NYT]
Remedial lesson for MPAA: don’t mess with your customers

  • 09 f9 11 02 9d 74 e3 5b d8 41 56 c5 63 56 88 c0 is the number they tried to ban THE MPAA is having a go at erasing the fairly public HD-DVD processing key number from the Interweb. [The Inquirer]
    Web users outraged over the attempt to squash publication of the code repeatedly reposted it to Digg, printed it on t-shirts, in their own blogs and, in one case, put it to music, sang and posted it.
  • User rebellion at unearths a can of worms members staged a revolt this week over what they saw as an effort to censor them after Digg started banning members from posting a software code that helps online pirates make bootlegged copies of movies. [BestYouLike]
  • “The Number rendered useless on newer titles Anyone actually trying to use the Processing Key on new HD-DVD titles may be in for a bit of a surprise. It appears as if disks created after April 23rd cannot be decrypted using the key. Some players have been also been affected. Ed Felton, a professor of computer science at Princeton University, estimates 3 weeks until we have a new number. [Yahoo News]

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