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Channel news: Dangerous new browser exploits; DOJ dinked for $5B WLAN

Critical IE Exploit Code PublishedBlog: Exploit code is out for a critical Internet Explorer vulnerability that Microsoft reported in its MS07-009 bulletin. [eWEEK]

Tool Turns Browser into MalwareA new tool called Jikto can turn any PC or device with a browser into a site attacker.  [eWEEK]

IT pros eye Windows Server 2003 SP2 with caution Despite its security and stability enhancements, IT pros say they are in no rush to deploy Windows Server 2003 SP2, which arrived with little warning two weeks ago. []

Audit criticizes feds’ $5B wireless system Federal law enforcement’s plan to develop a $5 billion secure wireless communication system that would allow agents to share information across government agencies is at “high risk of failure,” a Justice Department audit concluded Monday. [USAToday]

VMware exec dishes on product direction VMware exec Bogomil Balkansky reveals plans to enhance the company’s already feature-rich virtualization platform in this Q&A. Performance and management capability improvements are on the way, as is support for 64 GB memory, he says.[]

HP adds ProLiant virtualization offerings Hewlett-Packard has added software from Virtual Iron and SWsoft to the stable of virtualization offerings available for its x86 servers.[]

Top five SOA insights from CIOs and CTOs Service-oriented architecture isn’t just for coders anymore according to the Object Management Group’s SOA Consortium, which offers the top five insights gleaned from it recent executive summit for CIOs and CTOs.[]

Microsoft hits beta milestones but still trails pack  Updates for Virtual Machine Manager and other beta systems management tools were announced at the Microsoft Management Summit, but competing products that are shipping have the edge.[]

Microsoft releases tool to link Office 2007 to financial back ends Microsoft has launched a new Office Business Application Reference Application Pack to help VARs tie legacy ERP and CRM systems into Office 2007 front ends. [ChannelWeb]

Dell offers data center design services Dell’s Cloud Computing Solution aims to make it easier to plan, buy and set up large collections of computing gear. [CNET]

Microsoft partners up for heterogeneous management Microsoft is working with Cisco and EMC/Smarts to help users monitor their systems, networks and devices more cohesively. [eWEEK]

Microsoft offers Wall Street more details on Vista sales  During a Merrill Lynch-hosted conference call for Wall Street analysts, Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Windows Client Marketing Mike Sievert spent an hour answering follow-up questions and sharing additional data points regarding Vista sales trends. Here are some of the highs and lows from Sievert’s remarks.[All About Microsoft]

OASIS approves new web services security standards The Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Systems has approved WS-SecureConversation and WS-Trust as standards. [eWEEK]

HP sues Acer for patent infringement The patents are related to optical drives, clock frequency switching and power consumption. [Computerworld]

Microsoft unveils VOIP-enabled phone platform Response Point, Microsoft’s beta VOIP-enabled phone system software platform for SMBs, supports both IP- and traditional analog-based telephony. (WindowsForDevices)

Bold Gaza croc-smuggling ruse ends in failure Guards on the border between Egypt and Gaza who pulled up a “suspiciously fat” woman found three crocodiles strapped to the would-be smuggler’s waist, The Scotsman reports. [TheReg]

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