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IT channel headlines for Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009

Google plaintiff, Microsoft share attorney -- the company that sued Google claiming the search giant used anticompetitive means to kill competition -- shares a legal connection with Google's uber-foe, Microsoft. Rick Rule, outside counsel for, also represented Microsoft in its epic antitrust battle with the U.S. Department of Justice.

The company alleged in its suit that Google initially supported's business-to-business search service that connects buyers and suppliers of industrial products, but then deemed it a competitive threat and raised its search ad rates by 10,000% without notice., which launched in December 2005, said at one point it was investing about $500,000 per month in advertising keywords on Google's search service.

The suit was filed Tuesday in the Southern District of New York.

Telecom services go open source

Hoping to speed service creation for telecom service providers in a converged IP network, CIMI Corp. is demonstrating a prototype of its ExperiaSphere open source next-generation network (NGN) services architecture, according to Extreme Networks, the project's first open partner, provides technical support and testing for connecting ExperiaSphere to its EPICenter management interface using standard XML.

Microsoft holds the line on custom support price

Microsoft's custom support agreements will cost the same in 2009 as they did in 2008. These pacts, which cover technology that has aged out of Microsoft's standard support programs, typically increase in price year-over-year, according to The custom support offerings cover such legacy products as Windows NT and Exchange Server 5.5.

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