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Channel news: NY sues Dell; Symantec plugs Norton holes; error tanks Apple stock

Sales practices at Dell draw New York suit The New York attorney general, Andrew M. Cuomo, said the suit came after more than 700 complaints by Dell customers. [NYT]

Symantec plugs dangerous flaw in Norton security software Attackers could exploit a flawed ActiveX control in Symantec Norton Internet Security and Norton Personal Firewall to run malware on targeted machines. []

Engadget knocks $4 billion off Apple market cap on bogus iPhone email At 11:49 AM EST [Wednesday]  Engadget posted saying that the iPhone and Leopard operating system launches would be seriously delayed. They based the story on an internal Apple email that was forwarded to them…Apple’s stock promptly tanked on massive selling, going from $107.89 to $103.42 in six minutes (11:56 – 12:02). This wiped just over $4 billion off of Apple’s market capitalization. A lot of people lost a lot of money very quickly. [TechCrunch]

Symantec pursues $55m copyright damages Symantec is seeking $55m in damages against eight US and Canadian firms for selling illegal copies of its software. It has filed civil lawsuits for trademark and copyright infringement, fraud, unfair competition, counterfeit  documentation, trafficking, and false advertising. [TheReg]

Microsoft to launch new Vista-subscription trials in early 2008 Microsoft is readying a new Windows-Vista based version of its FlexGo hardware-software-services bundle aimed at emerging markets for launch in early 2008. As part of FlexGo ‘Next,’ Microsoft plans to shift its emphasis from pay-as-you-go to subscription-based pilots. [AllAboutMicrosoft]

Microsoft sees strong Office growth potential Microsoft Corp. said on Wednesday the growth opportunity for its Office software division is better than it was seven years ago, because the company is positioned to expand into new business areas. [Reuters]

Data center expansions booming, study shows The majority of large corporations plan to expand their data center in the next two years, according to a new study commissioned by Digital Realty Trust. []

Desktop virtualization is starting to expand News Analysis: More companies and their customers are finding new ways to utilize desktop virtualization, which Gartner predicts could start outpacing server virtualization in the coming years. [eWEEK]

Design helps H.P. profit more on PCs Hewlett-Packard’s effort to transform its personal computers into more stylish devices has started to pay off. [NYT]

Hewlett-Packard 2Q profit falls 7%. Hewlett-Packard Co.’s robust second-quarter results – including an additional $3 billion in sales – pleased investors and signaled that CEO Mark Hurd’s aggressive cost-cutting and operational efficiency measures are paying off. [AP]

Where will all the IT cowboys go? According to Forrester Research, businesses will soon become so deeply embodied in technology that it will change the role of the IT professional, pushing those who live and die by tech alone out to the fringes. [eWEEK]

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