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Channel news: States can’t touch VoIP; no change in PC sales

Court backs FCC over states in VoIP case A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld a decision by the Federal Communications Commission that barred states, including Minnesota, from regulating Internet-based phone services. [AP]

Gartner: Look for little change in worldwide PC shipment, revenue Worldwide PC shipments are forecast to total 255.7 million units in 2007, a 10.5% increase from 2006, while PC revenue is projected to reach $213.7 billion, a 4.6% increase, according to the latest forecast by Gartner. [Teknorati]

IDC Report: Virtualization Cannibalizes Server Sales IDC’s new report indicates that multicore and virtualization will cost the x86 market more than 4.5 million shipments and $2.4 billion in customer spending between 2006 and 2010. Overall, x86 shipments that were once projected to increase 61% by 2010 are now facing just 39% growth during that same period. [NewsFactor Network]

Palm purchased by Friday? Nokia, Moto among potential owners, it’s said. [TheReg]

Alaska and Dell team on $38bn bungle When storage specialists attack.  [TheReg]

Explaining a Vista ban  The National Institute of Standards and Technology has put a moratorium on using Windows Vista, but that’s business as usual, says agency’s CIO. [CNET]

Microsoft continues to fine-tune Vista licensing Microsoft is offering users who purchase one Vista license — full or upgrade, purchased either at retail or via a PC-preload deal — the right to buy multiple additional copies at 10% off retail price per copy. At its heart, the promo is just as much, if not more, about fighting piracy as it is about spurring
Vista sales.

Measuring Vista’s true security muscle will take time Researchers are digging through the Windows Vista code right now, and when they find flaws we’ll hear about it. But it’s the ones we don’t hear about that should keep us up at night. []

Symantec says fixing licensing portal top priority Company officials say help is on the way as fallout continues from the merger of Symantec and Veritas ordering systems last November.[]

T.J. Maxx parent company sued in credit card hack probe Major shareholder files lawsuit seeking documents related to an incident that left customer information vulnerable. [CNET]

Sun hires top Linux developer to market Solaris Sun Microsystems Inc. has hired one of the best known developers of Linux software to market its Solaris operating system as it seeks to improve ties to the open-source community. [Reuters]

Apple makes biggest move yet into living rooms Apple Inc. made its biggest move yet into the living room on Wednesday by starting shipments of the Apple TV box, a gizmo that lets people take music, photos and video stored on a computer and play them on a television screen. [Reuters]

SOA specs SCA and SDO headed for OASIS and the JCP The Open SOA group has finally found a standards body homes for its two key specifications, Service Component Architecture (SCA) and Service Data Objects (SDO) at OASIS and JCP.[]

The size of a paperback and most of the functions of a real PC Hoping to put a PC in every purse, Samsung has upgraded its Q1 line of tiny 1.7-pound portable computers. [NYT]

Windows applications in Ubuntu with a seamless desktop A step by step tutorial on how to set up Windows applications to work seamlessly with the new Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn. [ via Digg]

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