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Channel news: TJX data surfaces; Dell’s SMB play; Symantec told-you-so

TJX, Polo data surfaces in credit card bust After more than $75 million in bogus credit card charges, several Cuban nationals in Florida have been arrested with more than 200,000 credit card account numbers, many of which came from the TJX and Polo Ralph Lauren data breaches, according to U.S. Secret Service officials. [eWeek]

Dell introduces new small-business PCs Dell Inc. is launching a new line of notebook and desktop personal computers called ”Vostro” that are aimed at small businesses with 25 or fewer employees. [Associated Press]

Dell looks to entice SMBs with new services Dell wants small businesses to know that it can offer more besides low-cost PCs. At an event here to promote Vostro — a new line of desktops and notebooks specifically designed for businesses with one to 25 employees — Dell executives also rolled out new services designed for small-business customers. [eWeek]

Symantec told-you-so on Patch Tuesday Symantec has claimed some bragging rights over rival Microsoft by finding a vulnerability in Windows Firewall that backs up a warning the security firm made a year ago. The company found a way to escalate network privileges via a smallish hole in Vista’s networking stack — a potential problem the company predicted in July 2006 — that Microsoft patched yesterday. [Computer Business Review Online]

JPMorgan now not so sure about an iPhone Nano So that report on Monday from JPMorgan Chase, the one about the supposed iPhone Nano? The financial gurus have decided to rethink that one. [CNET]

Microsoft promises partners a ‘feeding frenzy’ on new software next February Microsoft Corp. officials said Tuesday that the software vendor plans to release updated versions of Windows Server, SQL Server and Visual Studio at the same time early next year. [Computerworld]

Microsoft begins carving out a voice channel Microsoft Tuesday added a voice specialization to its Information Worker competency and said it’s recruiting partners with the skills to deploy unified communication solutions. [ChannelWeb]

Ambitious Google not setting any limits on business deals, acquisitions Is there any business Google won’t get into? The planned acquisition of e-mail security service provider Postini is just the latest example of Google expanding beyond its core business of selling advertising related to online search. [Network World]

Utilities tap broadband-over-power-line technology Utilities view broadband over power line (BPL) services not only as an enabler of new revenue but as a benefactor of internal operations as well. Indeed, several utilities researched by Newton-Evans in the first quarter do not want to be in the telecommunications services business, but do want to gain the benefits of BPL for their internal use in remote asset management, monitoring and network control. [Network World]

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