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Channel news: OOXML rejected; Microsoft moves into cloud

ISO votes to reject Microsoft’s OOXML as standard Microsoft Corp. has failed in its attempt to have its Office Open XML document format fast-tracked straight to the status of an international standard by the International Organization for Standardization. [Network World]

Software via the Internet: Microsoft in ‘Cloud’ Computing The empire is preparing to strike back — again. In 1995, Microsoft added a free Web browser to its operating system in an attempt to fend off new rivals, an effort ultimately blocked by the courts. This week, it plans to turn that strategy upside down, making available free software that connects its Windows operating system to software services delivered on the Internet, a practice increasingly referred to as “cloud” computing. [New York Times]

Custom-built botnet steals eBay accounts Online auction site eBay has been targeted by identity thieves, who are wielding a botnet that uses brute force to uncover valid account login info, an Israeli security company said Monday. [Computerworld]

Trademark plaintiff drops suit vs. Google over ads The plaintiff in a long-running trademark infringement lawsuit against Google Inc agreed on Friday to drop its case targeting the Web search advertising leader’s core business, according to court filings. [Reuters]

VMware IPO puts spotlight on rival firms The success of VMware Inc.’s public stock offering earlier this month was good news for parent company EMC Corp. But VMware competitor John Thibault is almost as glad. “It’s a little awkward to actually be happy for a competitor,” Thibault admitted. But his company, Virtual Iron Inc., is riding the wave of free publicity generated by the VMware offering, and by Citrix Systems Inc.’s $500 million purchase of the virtualization software company XenSource the following day. [The Boston Globe]

Virtual Iron Preps Latest Virtualization Release Virtual Iron, which has been working to position itself as the low-cost, open-source alternative to VMware, is releasing the fourth version of its namesake virtualization suite. The Lowell, Mass., company will release Virtual Iron Version 4 on Sept. 10, just before the start of the VMworld conference in San Francisco, executives announced Sept. 4. [eWeek]

Faster Wi-Fi in Works to Transfer Data With a wave of his hand over a homemade receiver, Georgia Tech professor Joy Laskar shows how easily – and quickly – large data files could someday be transferred from a portable media player to a TV. Poof! “You just moved a movie onto your device,” Laskar says. [Associated Press]

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