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Channel news: Sun’s new blade architecture; Microsoft threatens MVP

Sun launches new blade architecture Sun Microsystems is after a larger piece of the blade space with a new line of systems that will offer three choices of microprocessors, including the first Sun server to use an Intel chip since the two companies announced an agreement earlier this year. [eWeek]

Microsoft threatens its most valuable professional What’s the best way to attract a pile of threatening lawyers’ letters from Microsoft? Sell pirate copies of Windows? Write a DRM-busting program? Londoner Jamie Cansdale has just discovered a new approach. He had the temerity to make Redmond’s software better. [The Register]

Symantec releases raft of security, storage fixes In the past week, Symantec has patched several vulnerabilities affecting its storage and System Center security management products. [ChannelWeb] 

Google acquires programming toolmaker PeakStream Google has acquired PeakStream, a start-up that sells tools for writing software that can take advantage of multicore processors as well as graphics and gaming chips. [CNET]

Vendors seek unity on identity protocols Microsoft will participate in a meeting later this month with vendors and organizations that are backing several different identity management systems, an indication that cooperation between the software giant and its peers is improving. [NetworkWorld]

Channel role in Asia’s SaaS market is hazy Software-as-a-service, or SaaS, is growing very rapidly in
Asia with increased adoption and awareness. Yet, the role of the traditional IT channel in this new software ecosystem is still unclear, according to a study by Springboard Research and Channel Enablers. [Tekrati]

Mozilla plugs Thunderbird security hole Mozilla is certainly having a nightmarish security week. Late June 4, it released a security-fix Version of its Thunderbird e-mail client, after updating its Firefox browser, a Firefox Google toolbar extension and its SeaMonkey Web application suite — all within the last six days. [eWeek]

3PAR, NetApp hook up on new utility storage package Utility storage vendor 3PAR and NetApp announced June 5 a partnership to build a storage package that unites 3PAR’s InServ Storage Server with NetApp V-Series systems. [eWeek]

Firefox 3.0 may block sites fingered by Google Mozilla Corp. is considering adding a tool to Firefox 3.0 that would automatically block Web sites thought to harbor malicious downloads, but the company’s security chief refused to spell out details, saying Mozilla is “not ready to talk about the feature.” [Computerworld]

IBM settles SEC probe of options report An investigation of IBM Corp. by the Securities and Exchange Commission ended Tuesday without penalty, although the government found that the technology company misled analysts about employee stock-option expenses in 2005. [Associated Press]

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