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Channel news: Dell considers channel sales; Cisco aims Linksys at SMB

Dell’s founder is rethinking direct sales Michael S. Dell is now thinking about changing the way the company markets its computers. [NYT]

Cisco primes Linksys for small-business channel Cisco Systems is strengthening its attack on the small-business market with the launch of a revamped channel program for its Linksys division later this year. [ChannelWeb]

Apple says some notebooks may have battery issues Apple Inc. said on Friday some batteries in its MacBook and MacBook Pro notebook computers may have performance problems, but they do not pose a safety risk. [Reuters]

Microsoft opens up on Web strategy at Mix07 Ray Ozzie, other execs to talk up scripting languages for Silverlight and online services at the Web development conference. [CNET]

What’s online: the pangs of two becoming one Google’s $3.1 billion deal for the online advertising firm DoubleClick could put the company at odds with itself. [NYT]

State by state, Microsoft responds to creeping Open Source threat Characteristically, as lawmakers like Homan have learned, Microsoft’s hardly taking a passive position… ‘Microsoft sees what’s coming. Things like Word and Excel sort of like a drug now getting ready to go generic.’ [MarketWatch, via Digg]

Microsoft employee blogs about switching from Windows to Ubuntu at home What was able to drain the marrow of life from my body and leave only hollowed-out shell of the man who once occupied this space?Six years ago I began working for Microsoft. [Digg]

India’s “breadbasket” aims to be new IT hotspot Fed up with traffic snarls and scarred roads, a software engineer in India’s flagship IT hub of Bangalore took to the streets in protest last year — doodling on his laptop while trotting along on a bullock-cart. [Reuters]

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