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Posted by inet on 2005-11-24       Article Source : NewsFactor

Instead of targeting weaknesses in operating systems, those who write viruses and worms are increasingly targeting security applications themselves.
 
According to the annual Top 20 Vulnerabilities report issued by the SANS Institute, hackers have shifted their focus toward exploiting popular security products as a way to infect the PCs of unsuspecting users.

Some of the largest vendors in the industry have been targeted, the report noted, including Symantec, McAfee, Computer Associates, and Trend Micro.

The shift is cause

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Posted by iTech on 2005-11-24       Article Source : TechWeb News

SAP AG's second try to acquire a pricing and optimization vendor could prove fruitful. The purchase of a small company like Khimetrics Inc. puts the software vendor on a more even footing against rival Oracle Corp., and provides a slew of powerful analytic tools it will integrate into its platform. SAP said it intends to buy the privately held Scottsdale, Ariz. software vendor for an undisclosed sum. The transaction is set to close in January 2006.

The deal isn't going to boost

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-24       Article Source : TechWeb News

In submitting its Microsoft Office Open XML document format technology to the Ecma international standards body Tuesday, Microsoft hopes to find a solution to the open formats issue it has been contesting with the State of Massachusetts.
 
Ecma officials praised the action by Microsoft, as it was joined in the submission by Apple Computer, Barclays Capital, BP, the British Library, Essilor, Intel Corp., NextPage Inc, Statoil ASA, and Toshiba. Before the submission, Microsoft's Alan Yates told the Boston Globe that

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-22   

Shares of Wave Systems Corp. jumped Monday after Dell Inc. agreed to distribute Wave Systems' security software on its business computers equipped with trusted computing chips, or TPMs.
 
Shares of Wave rose 8 cents, or 11 percent, to close at 80 cents on the Nasdaq Stock Market.

As part of the licensing deal, Wave said it will receive a per-unit royalty based on Dell's shipment volumes of products equipped with its Embassy Trust Suite software. The software works with

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Posted by iTech on 2005-11-21       Article Source : AFP

US software titan Microsoft takes the computer game wars to the Japanese enemy with the North American launch of its next-generation     Xbox 360 console.
 
Unlike with its first foray into the competitive world of games hardware, Microsoft is stealing a march on arch-foes Sony and Nintendo by releasing the most powerful console yet well in time for the Christmas rush.

Neither Sony's new PlayStation3 nor the Nintendo Revolution is due to go on sale until next year, giving Microsoft

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Posted by inet on 2005-11-20       Article Source : TechWeb News

Microsoft this week released a plug-in for the rival Firefox browser so that users can validate their Windows systems prior to downloading software from the Redmond, Wash.-based developer's Web site.
 
Before the plug-in's release, customers were forced to use Microsoft's own Internet Explorer to run the ActiveX control required by Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) validation. Microsoft uses WGA to ensure that the copy of Windows running on the PC is legitimate; validation has been required since mid-summer to access any

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-19       Article Source : IDG NEWS SERVICE

Microsoft is announcing the release of a technical beta of the next major upgrade to its Office productivity suite, code-named Office 12.
 
The release will go to a maximum of 10,000 customer and partners, said Eric Brown, director of central marketing for Microsoft's Information Worker EMEA unit, speaking at a conference here this week. Different customers will do different levels of testing and deployment, Brown said. Office 12 will go to a broad public beta next spring, the company said.

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Posted by iMark on 2005-11-19       Article Source : Reuters

Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday said it was unveiling a test version of its next-generation Office suite, which the software giant is expected to launch in the second half of next year.
 
The technical beta release of the program -- code-named "Office 12" and to include word-processing program Word, spreadsheet Excel and other productivity tools -- was offered for testing to a limited number of customers, the company said.

Microsoft's Information Worker unit, which includes Office, accounted for $2.7 billion

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-18       Article Source : AP

Oracle Corp. has snapped up security-software specialists Thor Technologies Inc. and OctetString, continuing an aggressive shopping spree aimed at filling holes in its product lineup.
 
The latest acquisitions announced Wednesday by the world's second-largest software company are small compared to the size of some of Oracle's other recent deals, which have included an $11.1 billion takeover of PeopleSoft Inc. 11 months ago and a $5.85 billion agreement to buy Siebel Systems Inc. early next year.

Redwood Shores-based Oracle isn't

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-17       Article Source : AFP

Sony BMG announced it was recalling millions of music CDs with copy protection software that experts said could expose personal computers to viruses and hackers.
 
Sony BMG, one of the world's biggest music companies, said it was ending the use of the software provided by a third-party vendor and allowing consumers who purchased CDs to exchange them for similar items without the software.

The joint venture of Japan's Sony and German-based BMG reacted to a firestorm of protests and

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Posted by iMark on 2005-11-17       Article Source : TechWeb News

Microsoft's move to 64-bit operating systems for its servers should put a stop to rootkits, at least the current crop like the one that's plagued buyers of some Sony music CDs, company executives claim.

In a question and answer Tuesday at the Microsoft IT Forum now underway in Barcelona, Spain, Bob Muglia, senior vice president of the Windows server group, said that the company's 64-bit software addresses the security problem brought on by cloaking software.

"We put something called patch guard

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Posted by iMark on 2005-11-17       Article Source : InfoWorld

IBM Rational plans to enhance its application testing tools with support for Visual Studio 2005, Tivoli, and SAP.
 
Offerings announced Tuesday are to be built on the open source Eclipse tools platform. "What we're doing is continuing to invest in our automated software quality solutions," said Jeff Schuster, product manager at IBM software quality products.

IBM Rational Functional Tester, which has provided functional and regression testing for Java and Web applications, will offer functional testing of applications built with

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Posted by iTech on 2005-11-17       Article Source : NewsFactor

Microsoft announced a version of its desktop-search software geared toward enterprise users. The offering is specifically tailored to users who need to search through data that resides on multiple computers across a company's network.
 
Other players, such as Google, already have a firm hold on the enterprise-search market with appliances that can scan intranets, e-mail, and other data stores on business networks.

Microsoft did not offer extensive details about the level of access users will have to specific enterprise

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-16       Article Source : InfoWorld

Microsoft this week made available an updated beta release of its Windows Workflow Foundation technology. The beta version is built to work with the general release of the Visual Studio 2005 toolset, which was unveiled Monday.
 
The new beta also will function with a beta release of the Office 12 applications suite, to be released in a few weeks.

Windows Workflow Foundation is for building workflow-enabled applications on Windows. It provides the programming model, engine, and tools to quickly

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-12   

One day after hackers released malicious software that used controversial Sony copy-protection software to attack computers, Sony has decided to stop shipping the product, the company said today.
 
Sony has temporarily suspended the manufacture of CDs that contain the software called XCP (Extended Copy Protection) said John McKay, a Sony spokesperson.

McKay did not say when Sony planned to resume the use of XCP, but XCP's developers have previously stated they are in the process of writing new

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