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Channel news: Google thwarts al-Queda attack; Software AG buys WebMethods

IRS rapped for missing laptops Blog: The nation’s dedicated tax-collecting agency raised eyebrows about five years ago when it discovered more than 2,300 of its computers. [CNET]

Google thwarts al-Qaeda kamikaze strike on US embassy
London consulate cunningly disguised [TheReg]

Software AG gobbles up WebMethods Consolidation in enterprise software continues as two more infrastructure providers combine. [CNET]

Best Buy reports 18.5% increase in profit The consumer electronics chain reported an increase in its quarterly profit while its rival, Circuit City Stores, swung to a loss. [NYT]

Vista upgrades not so ‘express’ after all Irredeemable wait? [TheReg]

AT&T offers new malware security service AT&T is now offering business customers a network-based security service that provides Web content and instant messaging filtering. Analysts say it’s a step in the right direction.

Google’s chief gets $1 in pay; his security costs $532,755 Eric E. Schmidt received a salary of $1 but his personal security cost shareholders $532,755, representing the bulk of his compensation. [NYT]

Data security breach at UCSF may have exposed thousands The University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) acknowledged Wednesday that a security hole in a computer server may have exposed 46,000 people to potential identity fraud.[]

Retail trade, FBI fight organized theft Two leading retail industry associations have teamed up with the Federal Bureau of Investigations to create a national online database that will allow merchants to share information to fight organized retail theft. [AP]

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