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Military files left unprotected online The military calls it “need-to-know” information that would pose a direct threat to U.S. troops if it were to fall into the hands of terrorists. It’s material so sensitive that officials refused to release the documents when asked. But it’s already out there, posted carelessly to file servers by government agencies and contractors, accessible to anyone with an Internet connection. [Associated Press]

IBM looks to one-up HP and Sun with virtualization features on Unix An upgrade to IBM’s Unix server operating system enhances security and virtualization capabilities, while providing continuous application availability even during planned downtimes. AIX 6, announced Thursday, is the first version of AIX to be released in a public beta, a move IBM says demonstrates its desire to win customers away from competitors HP and Sun. [Network World]

EMC storage gear getting major upgrades EMC on Monday is expected to announce enhancements to its major storage systems that will include higher capacities, greater energy efficiency, and additional security and availability features. During a Webcast on Monday, the company is expected to introduce a high-end Symmetrix DMX-4 storage system, and enhancements to its mid-range Clariion array, its Celerra network-attached storage (NAS) box and its content-addressable Centera storage system. [Network World]

Ohio: Stolen device contains 859,800 IDs A stolen computer storage device contained more than twice the number of taxpayers’ identifications than had been previously reported, Gov. Ted Strickland said Wednesday, but he emphasized there is still no indication the data have been compromised. The names and Social Security numbers of 561,126 people who had not cashed state income refund checks were on the device, as well as 14,874 people who did business with the state, according to an ongoing review of the information it held. [Associated Press]

Microsoft’s ‘Cloud OS’ takes shape Microsoft is in the early stages of a plan that will see virtually its entire lineup of underlying Internet services opened up to developers. [CNET]

Israeli security firm reports huge spike in PDF spam Israeli security firm Commtouch Software Ltd. is warning of a massive surge in Portable Document Format spam over the past 24 hours. According to estimates by the company, about 10% to 15% of all spam over the past day or so has been in the form of PDF messages. [Computerworld]

Study: U.S., Japan have best IT environments The U.S. and Japan have the top national environments for their IT industries to grow and flourish, including intellectual property protections and IT infrastructure, according to a study released by the Business Software Alliance (BSA). [Computerworld]

GlassHouse Technologies acquires RapidApp Storage consultant GlassHouse Technologies announced July 11 that it will acquire RapidApp, a Chicago-based company that provides infrastructure services and support for enterprise and midmarket companies. [eWeek]

Lenovo quietly selling Linux-compatible laptops Lenovo seems to have a love/hate relationship with Linux. Last year, it began offering its high-end T60p ThinkPad laptop with SLED (SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop) 10. This year, the company is releasing its newest high-end laptop, the T61p ThinkPad, and once more, while it runs desktop Linux, the company isn’t overly eager to let the world know about it. [eWeek]

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