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Channel news: Firefox URL bug supports malware; Sun exec charges Microsoft with “patent terrorism"

Mozilla confirms own URL handling bug ‘Turns out it’s a problem with Firefox as well.’ [TheReg]

Sun exec accuses Microsoft of ‘patent terrorism’ The efforts of Microsoft to pressure the Linux community over alleged and unspecified patents is akin to “patent terrorism”, according to Aussie executive for Sun Microsystems.

Near-feature-complete Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 due later this week Microsoft plans to deliver the Beta 2 bits of Visual Studio 2008 (“Orcas”) later this week, according to Scott Guthrie, General Manager of Microsoft’s Developer Division. Meanwhile, the Redmondians have delivered a first pre-alpha of IronRuby, Microsoft’s implementation of the Ruby dynamic language. <!–[if !vml]–><!–[endif]–> [All About Microsoft]

Appliance bolsters Cisco data center strategyCisco Systems adds substance to its data center strategy with a new provisioning appliance. [eWEEK]

Cisco adds monitoring to WAAS Cisco and NetQoS have paired up to add more visibility to WAAS WAN optimization. <!–[if !vml]–><!–[endif]–> [SearchNetworking.com]

Small data centers: An endangered species? With data center outsourcing increasing, only the largest companies will operate their own data centers in the future, says Tier 1 Research analyst Daniel Golding. <!–[if !vml]–><!–[endif]–> [SearchDataCenter.com]

Microsoft woos partners with beefier hosting tools Microsoft is providing its hosting partners with more concrete details on how they can fit into — and make money from — Microsoft’s software + services strategy. [ChannelWeb]

Cisco, NetQOS prove WAN optimization gains The two companies look to give network operators visibility into the performance enhancements delivered by the WAAS appliances. [eWEEK]

Red Hat gains service modeler Company’s JBoss division will use donated technology to build out future SOA platforms. [eWEEK]

Microsoft opens IronRuby to all comers Microsoft has released early code for its Ruby-on-.NET scripting language during a week of actively courting developers and community feedback. [TheReg]

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