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Channel news: Judge swats Patriot Act; MSFT launches new virtualizer

Judge strikes down part of Patriot Act A federal judge struck down parts of the revised USA Patriot Act on Thursday, saying investigators must have a court’s approval before they can order Internet providers to turn over records without telling customers. [Forbes]

Microsoft aims at VMware’s virtualization lead Microsoft Corp. , seeking to preserve the dominance of its Windows franchise, launched a new software application that takes aim at VMware Inc. , the leader in “virtualization” technology that allows a single computer server to operate like many machines. [Reuters]

Microsoft: Volume licensees to get fewer CDs, shorter contracts Microsoft is making a number of tweaks to its volume-licensing policies and procedures in the name of cutting complexity and reducing environmental waste. [All About Microsoft]

Sun, NetApp heading for judgement day Network Appliance Inc. today announced that it has filed a lawsuit against Sun Microsystems Inc. seeking damages and an injunction against Sun to prevent further distribution of Sun’s file system technology. []

Sun calls NetApp’s blog bluff…with open source…in a blog Jonathan Schwartz calls NetApp’s bluff. How he does it and why he does it are fascinating. [CNET]

VoIP, unified communications prompt new technologies, threats Wireless voice servers and handsets, VoIP and unified communications threats, and licensing agreements constitute recent changes in the VoIP market. []

FalconStor ports data backup to VMware FalconStor introduces a new version of its IPStor software ported to a virtual appliance for under $10K. []

Software via the Internet: Microsoft in ‘cloud’ computing The company plans to make available free software that connects its Windows operating system to software services delivered on the Internet. [NYT]

Gateway sells professional services unit to MPC Gateway is simplifying its organization and divesting ancillary businesses. [eWEEK]

IBM and Novell push out new SLED A viable Vista alternative? [TheReg]

Feds tell (other) feds to kill net neutrality Justice Department sides with AT&T, Verizon [TheReg]

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