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Channel news: Microsoft readies managed services; spam spikes wreak havoc

Microsoft readies new managed services Hosted SharePoint Server, Exchange Server and Live Communications Server products are already on the Microsoft price list. And there are some new managed services in the near-term pipeline about which Microsoft hasn’t gone public. [All About Microsoft]

Spam spikes wreak havoc Extremely aggressive spam blasts against individual domains, dubbed “spam spikes,” are on the upswing and can disrupt small and midsize businesses as much as a determined attack designed to knock a company offline. [ComputerWorld]

Gartner analysts to IT pros: Learn the language of risk Corporate execs often miss the importance of risk assessments because their IT officers dump too much tech jargon on them, analysts say. []

VeriSign adds managed wireless intrusion-prevention service VeriSign plans to announce the expansion of its managed security services offerings to include support for wireless LAN intrusion prevention. [NetworkWorld]

Logicalis buys regional HP VAR Carotek Logicalis on Monday said it acquired regional Hewlett-Packard solution provider Carotek in a bid to strengthen its presence in the Southeast. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. [ChannelWeb]

Microsoft cuts patent deal with Xandros Linux Shortly after declaring that Linux and other open-source software violates 235 Microsoft patents, Redmond jointly announced a collaboration agreement with Xandros Linux. [PC World]

Microsoft debuts SQL Server 2008 CTP, ‘Stirling’ Security Platform Microsoft on Monday announced the first Community Technology Preview and the official name of its next-generation database, SQL Server 2008. [ChannelWeb]

IBM broadens its chip technology offerings IBM is looking for more ways to bring its microprocessor technology to a larger audience. At the Design Automation Conference in San Diego June 5, Big Blue is announcing that it will offer once proprietary chip technology to a much larger audience, which will have new implications for enterprise customers and consumers. [eWeek]

SanDisk launches two secure USB drives Portable data memory maker SanDisk on June 4 introduced a pair of new USB flash drives designed to deliver security and speedy access to data for business users with Windows computers. [eWeek]

Intel, Asustek announce plans for low-cost laptop Intel Corp. has detailed plans to team up with Asustek Computer Inc., the world’s largest maker of computer motherboards, to make a notebook PC that would cost as little as $200 and be aimed at mass markets in developing countries. [Reuters]

An ad deal for GoogleThe online software pioneer will help the Internet search leader Google sell ads as part of a partnership. [NYT]

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