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IT Channel News Briefs, Jan. 2

Today's headlines: Zune outage ends Microsoft's year; Vyatta debuts open source router

Eclipse of Zune embarrasses Microsoft

The year did not end well for Microsoft. On New Year's Eve, customers reported widespread outages of the Zune player, meaning they could not access or play their music. All 30-gigabyte devices were affected, Microsoft acknowledged. While hardly mission critical, the outage was widely reported and happened on the eve of Microsoft's big Consumer Electronics Show (CES) push. The Zune is Microsoft's attempt to unseat the iPod as the consumer music player of choice.

Vyatta introduces open source router, security appliance

Vyatta Inc., the Belmont, Calif., open source networking startup, has introduced its third networking appliance in less than nine months, each with more power and features than its predecessor, according to
Vyatta, known for open source software that can turn x86 servers into networking gear, sees its new family of appliances as a low-cost alternative to pricier networking gear from such vendors as Cisco Systems Inc.

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