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Channel news: Intel buys VMWare stake; Microsoft’s partner pitch

Intel buys stake in EMC’s VMware Intel Corp. will invest about $219 million for a stake in VMware Inc. and a seat on the board of the Silicon Valley software company that parent EMC Corp. is taking public, the companies said on Monday. [Reuters]

Microsoft to pitch software plus services to partners The big-picture message Microsoft executives will try to convey at its annual Worldwide Partner Conference is that software plus services is the future. [eWeek]

Cisco, Microsoft, EMC form govt data alliance Cisco Systems Inc., Microsoft Corp., and EMC Corp. said they have formed an alliance to develop technology for protecting and sharing sensitive government information. The technology, called the Secure Information Sharing Architecture or SISA, will allow government agencies to better communicate while protecting content from being lost or stolen, the companies said. [Reuters]

JP Morgan: Next iPhone based on iPod Nano design Speculation about iPhone 2.0 is already well underway, and the latest tidbit involves an iPod Nano-like phone supposedly scheduled for later this year. [CNET]

Phoneless iPhones coming by Macworld? The large screen and landscape viewing mode that come with the iPhone could make for a cheaper video iPod that can’t phone home. [CNET]

Oracle Database 11g ready for launch After nearly a nine-month beta, Oracle Database 11g is set to launch Wednesday morning. Oracle’s 11g is expected to offer a number of features that were included under its beta, such as data compression, “flashback” technology data recovery and online application upgrades. [CNET]

Microsoft to patch critical .Net flaw Microsoft is issuing six patches on Patch Tuesday today, one of which addresses a critical .Net Framework vulnerability that has the potential to affect a wide array of applications on all of Microsoft’s actively supported platforms. [eWeek]

Salary premiums for security certifications increasing, study shows For all the continuing debate about the real value of IT certification programs, the premiums that companies are willing to pay for certified information security professionals is actually trending upwards. [Computerworld]

CommVault launches search and discover software Storage management vendor CommVault introduced an upgrade of its data protection, archiving and replication software on Monday that features new search and indexing capabilities. [Network World]

Nielsen scraps Web page view rankings A leading online measurement service will scrap rankings based on the longtime industry yardstick of page views and begin tracking how long visitors spend at the sites. [Associated Press]

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