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Channel news: Oracle 11g testers speak up; Black Hatters show DB attack

Oracle Database 11g beta testers speak up Oracle Database 11g beta testers have a lot to say about the system’s Real Application Testing and XML capabilities. []

Black Hat 2007: Researchers highlight new database attack method At this week’s hacker confab, expert penetration testers will demonstrate how cyberthieves can reach into corporate databases — without exploiting a specific software flaw — to steal credit card and Social Security numbers. []

Cisco backpedals: not planning to retire Linksys brand anytime soon CEO Chambers may have spoken prematurely about sunsetting the brand at a recent press conference. [eWEEK]

Sun has profit for third straight quarter The computer server maker beat Wall Street’s estimates and provided evidence that its turnaround plan was working. [NYT]

Cisco knocks out Avaya as IP PBX heavyweight IP PBX adoption is rising as Cisco and Avaya square off for market dominance. []

High cost of SOX pays dividend Fifth anniversary of Sarbanes-Oxley Act, SOX, benefits, costs. [eWEEK]

Firefox update fixes bug brace Booby trap link bug defused. [TheReg]

Ingram to offer service warranties to VARs Ingram Micro is offering resellers another way to make sure they’re not leaving services and warranty contract dollars on the table with the launch of its Ingram Micro Product Protection plan on Tuesday. [ChannelWeb]

SOA expansion sends user scurrying for management tools Web services can grow quickly once an initial application is complete and can become a major IT headache without management practices and tools, as Dutch insurance company Unive discovered. []

Here’s the list of fixes in those new Vista fix packs An AeroXP post this morning listed hot fixes for Windows Vista provided in two new Knowledge Base postings. A number of those fixes seem like they are the same ones expected to be part of Vista SP1. The AeroXP post is gone now. Poof! So if you wanted the list of what’s in there, here it is. [All About Microsoft]

Sybase focuses on security in new release Sybase improves data security and manageability in the latest version of Adaptive Server Enterprise. [eWEEK]

Microsoft Works to become a free, ad-funded product Microsoft’s next version of its small-business/home productivity suite, due imminently, will be free and ad-funded. Microsoft Works 9.0 — which will be the new product’s name, if Microsoft opts to stick with its current nomenclature — still isn’t a subscription service.[All About Microsoft]

Airwaves auction may free cell phone use A pivotal airwaves auction to be conducted early next year will enable people to buy the cell phones they want, not just those offered by their service providers, the nation’s chief telecommunications regulator has promised. [AP]

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