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Channel news: VoIP risk threatens data; MSFT fixes Vista; Sun lays off; Apple unveils iMac

VoIP vulnerability threatens data VoIP vulnerabilities have now reached a level of sophistication that allows hackers to steal, view or delete data. []

Microsoft posts two major Vista fix packs for download Remember those Windows Vista reliability and performance fix packs — beta versions of which temporarily escaped to the masses last week? On August 7, Microsoft posted the final versions of the two packs for download. [All About Microsoft]

Sun Microsystems to reduce work force Server and software maker Sun Microsystems Inc. plans to cut an unspecified number of jobs as part of a new restructuring plan, according to a regulatory filing Tuesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. [AP] Shhhh! Pre-beta Vista SP1 is out there Over the past couple of days, there have been new reports of sightings of the pre-beta of Windows Vista Service Pack (SP) 1. The reported build number: 6001.16549 (longhorn_sp1beta1.070628-1825). I’ve asked Microsoft for comment. But given that “translucency,” not “transparency,” is the new Windows world order, I’m not expecting to hear much new. [All About Microsoft]

Apple unveils redesigned iMac The company unveiled a line of slimmer desktop computers on Tuesday, positioning it for the back-to-school and holiday shopping seasons. [NYT]

Programmer granted royalties from commissioned software Despite no copyright agreement. [TheReg]

Cisco profit up 25%; routers and switches in demand The company said its fiscal fourth-quarter profit climbed to $1.9 billion, or 31 cents per share, from $1.5 billion, or 25 cents per share, in the same period a year earlier. [NYT]

Ex-Brocade chief convicted in backdating case The case of a former Brocade Communications executive was the first stock options backdating case to go to trial. [NYT]

IBM, Novell unite to grab more of app server market In a deal with IBM, Novell will deliver and support WebSphere Application Server Community Edition as part of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. [eWEEK]

Oracle claims no Linux ulterior motive LinuxWorld: Mixed messages. [TheReg]

Lenovo in talks to buy Packard Bell Lenovo Group Ltd , the world’s third-largest maker of personal computers, is in talks to buy European PC maker Packard Bell BV from principal owner John Hui, the companies said on Tuesday. [Reuters]

FaceTime inadvertently exposes customer contact info Red faces over coding snafu at IM security firm. [TheReg]

Sybase mobility strategy gets rollingSybase CEO John Chen touts the progress of the company’s Unwired Enterprise strategy at TechWave. [eWEEK]

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