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Channel news: Lawsuits over automating email; EarthLink cuts half workforce

Amazon, Google, Yahoo, and others sued for automating their e-mail The companies are accused of violating a patent on automatic message routing held by Polaris IP. The patent has a long history in litigation, but all the cases have been settled out of court. [InformationWeek]

EarthLink to trim work force and close offices Shares of the Internet service provider EarthLink climbed sharply Tuesday after it said it would cut 900 jobs — about half its work force — and close four offices. [NYT]

Microsoft releases two Vista hotfix packs via Windows Update Microsoft quietly released two mega-hotfix packs for Windows Vista via Windows Update on August 28. [All About Microsoft]

Avnet launches blog for HP partners Avnet is speaking The VAR Guy’s language. The distributor has launched a blog for Hewlett-Packard partners. The blog, apparently in beta mode, could provide a quick, easy way for Avnet to interact more closely with HP VARs. [TechIQ]

VoIP, unified communications study reveals challenges VoIP and unified communications deployments can affect other applications. A recent study by Network General highlighted some of the challenges introduced by convergence. []

SAP pushes for settlement talks with Oracle Oracle claims that SAP is just trying to make the case go away, while Oracle counters that its TomorrowNow subsidiary was actually entitled to download some Oracle support documents to be able to provide technical support to joint customers. [Computerworld]

CRM will disappoint without an honest self-assessment Launching a new CRM program or jump-starting an existing one requires a careful self-assessment of processes and technology, according to a recent report. []

SAP A1S faces reluctant SMBs, for now A1S, SAP’s pending Software as a Service offering for smaller organizations, will require market education and flexibility if it is to be successful, according to Forrester Research. []

Apple sells one in six US laptops Mac resurgence? [TheReg]

Dell’s paint woes creep into Inspiron notebooks Dell’s problems with paint quality cause more customer delays. [DailyTech]

Apple invites press for event on Sept. 5 Well the rumors have been floating around for a few days, and now we’ve gotten official word — in the form of the invite you see above — that Apple will be holding a “special event” on September 5th. Let the speculation begin! [Digg]

Google is working on a mobile OS, and it’s due out shortly Google’s mobile device platform is well on its way, and will be announced in the very near future. [Engadget]

IBM to introduce low-end iSCSI storage system As VARs look at a roster of choices to provide their customers with the best iSCSI storage system, IBM has thrown its hat into the ring and will introduce its first low-end iSCSI compatible disk array for SMB customers. []

Researchers say Sony software makes PCs vulnerable Software included with high-end memory sticks sold by Sony Corp can make personal computers vulnerable to attack by computer hackers, according to researchers with two Internet security firms. [Reuters]

Google chief financial officer to retire Google Inc.’s chief financial officer will retire by the end of the year, creating the most prominent job opening at the Internet search leader since it went public three years ago. [AP]

It’s no secret: VMware to develop secure systems for NSA VMware is working with General Dynamics to create workstations that can handle both sensitive and unclassified material. [eWEEK]

HP writes big fat cheque for ‘Print 2.0’ ad jamboreeHewlett-Packard (HP) is bigging up its web-based printer offerings in a pricey $300m marketing campaign. The campaign, which kicks off today and will be shown across traditional media, outdoor ads and online content, will promote HP’s so-called “Print 2.0” strategy which was first announced in May this year. [TheReg]

Chicago scraps plans for Wi-Fi network An ambitious plan to blanket the city with wireless broadband Internet will be shelved because it is too costly and too few residents would use it, Chicago officials said Tuesday. [AP]

Acer shares down after takeover bid Acer Inc.’s shares fell sharply Tuesday, one day after the Taiwanese computer maker said it would acquire Gateway Inc. for $710 million. [AP]

Symantec CEO doesn’t plan another big acquisition Symantec Corp (SYMC.O: Quote, Profile, Research) Chief Executive John Thompson said on Tuesday that he doesn’t plan to make another large acquisition, pointing to the July 2005 purchase of Veritas Software Corp for about $10 billion. [eWEEK]

Symantec CEO sees future in SAAS CEO John Thompson says Symantec will acquire smaller companies that can augment its existing portfolio. [eWEEK]

Off-topic weird story of the day: China says Tibet monks need permission to reincarnate In one of history’s more absurd acts of totalitarianism, China has banned Buddhist monks in Tibet from reincarnating without government permission. According to a statement issued by the State Administration for Religious Affairs, the law, which goes into effect next month and strictly stipulates the procedures by which one is to reincarnate, is “an important move to institutionalize management of reincarnation.” [Newsweek]

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