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Channel news: Data leak worse than expected; will retailers pay?

TJX says theft of data may go back to 2005 TJX Cos. yesterday said computer hackers may have gained access to its consumer data in 2005, a year earlier than it had previously thought, potentially exposing millions more customers of stores such as T.J. Maxx and Marshalls to identity theft. []

Mass. bill would make retailers pay for data leaks Massachusetts lawmakers are about to consider a bill that would require retailers to pay for losses when hackers and thieves breach their security systems to steal consumers’ credit card and other financial information, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. []

Cisco IP phone flaws discovered Hackers could get unauthorized access to some speaker phones, IP desktop phones, says company. [CNET]

Google offers business software via subscription Web search leader Google Inc. has begun delivering a set of essential business software tools to paying subscribers, in a move to widen its appeal to corporate customers, the company said on Wednesday. $50/year. 10GB storage; 99.9% uptime.

Microsoft walks tightrope with business services The company has good reason to expand into services and hosted software, but it must be careful not to alienate partners. [CNET]

Google plugs dangerous flaw An attacker could exploit a hole in Google Desktop to gain access to users’ personal files. Google has released a patch, but experts say not all users are receiving it. []

Oracle shop ditches Unix for Linux on the mainframe The province ofQuebec is consolidating hundreds of Oracle database instances to Linux on a mainframe running z/VM, a move that will simplify database management and save it millions.[]

Veritas-S.E.C. settlement for $30 Million Securities regulators fined Veritas Software to settle accusations that the company engaged in an assortment of accounting schemes. [NYT]

Apple, Cisco agree both can use iPhone name Network equipment maker Cisco Systems Inc. and Apple Inc. said on Wednesday they had reached an agreement that allows both to use the “iPhone” name, after Cisco sued the iPod maker for using it for a new multimedia phone. [Reuters]

Gartner to CIOs: Change the world, don’t automate it Rather than driving a strategy focused on continuous improvement, CIOs need to be thinking about how they can use IT to give their employers that competitive edge.[]

Sun unsheathes mysterious multi-threaded NIC 100-man team working on name.  [TheReg]

Cisco to acquire Reactivity for $135 million One analyst says Cisco will benefit from Reactivity’s policy and threat management capabilities.XML integrator is fourth acquisition of the year. Reminder: it’s only February. []

Limited choices for Windows XP holdouts If you’re hesitant about making the leap to Windows Vista, expect a hassle trying to find a Windows XP PC on store shelves. [CNET]

Buzzword Alert: Enterprise 2.0, recentralization, mobile-to-mobile convergence and drive-by pharming This week, the buzz was around Enterprise 2.0, compliance, recentralization, commoditization, drive-by pharming, CoIP, QoS, unified communications and eDiscovery. Plus, a full stable of podcasts, including a definition of Joost.[]

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