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Channel news: TJX fined for breach; data leak kills VAR; Pfizer breached

TJX takes $118m hit over massive security breach $2.60 each for exposed credit card. [TheReg]

Data leaks kill medical IT contractor Company linked to hospital data leaks buried under fallout. [DailyTech]

Second security breach hits Pfizer Another screwup at Viagra manufacturer. [TheReg]

Virtualization events add options for Windows shops Virtualization expert John Palmieri reacts to shifting sands in the virtualization market and the benefits to Windows administrators. []

HDS, HP simplify high-end disk array pricing Users of the new USP-V disk array from HDS and the XP24000 disk array from HP will now pay less for attaching external storage, as well as capacity. []

Microsoft opens up Windows Live ID “Microsoft has announced the release of Windows Live ID Web Authentication. This means that WLID (formerly known as Passport) is now opened to third party websites to use as their authentication system.” [Slashdot]

Voice over WLAN improves a hospital’s communications A Voice over WLAN (VoWLAN) system was the solution to improving communications and response times for staff at one hospital, while boosting employee satisfaction. []

Iron Mountain CTO dishes on digital archiving plans Fred Engel, Iron Mountain’s new CTO of digital archiving, is tasked with integrating the company’s acquisitions, including a sneaky one it just made in document management. []

Sales of ink and laptops push HP past forecast Computer and printer maker Hewlett-Packard saw its fiscal third-quarter net income jump 29 percent on strong sales of laptop computers and printer ink. [NYT]

IBM and Sun to cooperate in technologies for servers The collaboration, which will enable Sun’s Solaris operating system to run on I.B.M. servers, will likely put pressure on competitor Hewlett-Packard. [NYT]

Dell to restate earnings after probe Dell Inc. executives have finally wrapped up a yearlong internal investigation into accounting problems at the computer company, and the mistakes could end up costing them as much as $150 million. [AP]

Sun Sparc defectors tap Transitive for Linux migrations Rather than port legacy Sun Solaris applications, IT shops are using binary translation software from Transitive to simplify their migration to Linux on x86. []

Ubuntu unplugs compromised servers Five out of eight systems riddled with bugs. [TheReg]

Niche e-tailers attract bargain hunters Think of a retail boutique with a very, very limited range of products and bargain basement prices. Now, put that on the Internet and you have the next big thing in online shopping. [Reuters]

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