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Channel news: Jobs, Gates get jolly onstage; IM attacks rise 73%

Jobs and Gates bury the hatchet Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, two of the greatest rivals in technology, made a rare joint appearance last night, but surprised followers of their bitter saga by showering each other with praise. [TimesOnline]

IM attacks so far increased 73% over 2006 Security researchers at Akonix have uncovered 170 malware attacks over IM this year. [eWEEK]

Five reasons to prepare — now — for more mobile security threats So far, mobile security threats have been rare and have been more annoying than dangerous. That’s changing rapidly, a security expert says. [Computerworld]

Google takes big step to make Web work offline Google Inc. said on Wednesday it had created Web software that runs both online, and offline, marking a sea change for the Internet industry by letting users work on planes, trains, spotty connections and even in the most remote locations. [Reuters]

Man described as a top spammer arrested A 27-year-old man described as one of the world’s most prolific spammers was arrested Wednesday, and federal authorities said computer users across the Web could notice a decrease in the amount of junk e-mail. [AP]

IBM whacks 1,600 more services jobs Only 147,000 to go. [TheReg]

Security certifications pay scales rise, other IT certs languishBucking a year-long trend in declining pay for IT certifications, security certifications compensation in North America increased nearly 2% over the past six months, according to Foote Partners. The research indicates that security recruitment and compensation are recovering from the post-9/11 and SOX impacts on security skills demand, supply and investment levels — and benefiting from rising concerns over third party networks and high-profile security breaches. [Tekrati]

Check Point promises more VoIP security, fewer slowdowns Check Point’s enhanced Open Performance Architecture is designed for deeper security of technologies like VoIP without the network performance problems that often come with it.

Palm unveils compact portable computer Palm Inc. on Wednesday introduced a compact portable computer to accompany its Treo smartphone, seeking to regain its competitive edge in the crowded high-end handheld device market. [Reuters]

Microsoft delivers a trio of new Windows Live betas New beta builds of Windows Live Mail, Windows Live Messenger (8.5) and Windows Live Writer (a blog-authoring service/tool) are available to testers for download as of May 30, according to Microsoft.[All About Microsoft]

Springing Leaks: Getting smart about data loss prevention Companies are showing increased interest in data loss prevention (DLP) products, but they won’t work well unless the business needs are understood and well defined.[]

SAP hires new CTO, forms office for the position SAP has named Vishal Sikka as new chief technology officer and head of the new Office of the CTO, but the technology direction of the company will remain unchanged. [eWEEK]

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