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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-11   

Despite difficult macroeconomic conditions, U.S. software makers are expected to post solid, if unspectacular, results for the third quarter.
 
Higher oil prices caused by hurricanes Katrina and Rita added extra complications to the seasonally soft quarter, and the future remains uncertain, with concerns that the sector could face weak spending in the fourth quarter, which could in turn lead to cautious IT budgets next year.

"Overall, the macro-environment was somewhat challenging for software vendors in the third quarter, but

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-11       Article Source : InfoWorld

Unifying its developer offerings for Windows, Borland Software on Monday will announce Borland Developer Studio, an environment that includes the latest versions of the company's Delphi, C++ Builder and C# Builder tools.
 
Featured are the 2006 versions of these three tools, with links to Borland's CalibreRM requirements management software, StarTeam change management, and Together modeling capabilities. Shipping late this year and formerly code-named Project DeXter, Borland Developer Studio is to be available in multiple versions based on the level of

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-11       Article Source : InfoWorld

Macrovision on Monday will unveil FlexNet Publisher 11, an upgrade to its software-licensing system that provides insights into license usage as well as the ability to transfer licenses.

Enterprises as well as hardware and software sellers use the product. It ships Nov. 30.

"For enterprises, [release 11] is going to provide them visibility into what they own and what they have left in terms of licenses available," said Daniel Greenberg, vice president of worldwide marketing at Macrovision. This visibility is provided

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-11       Article Source : InfoWorld

Mercury Interactive on Monday is upgrading its product suites with the aim of helping CIOs run IT like a business. After pouring $500 million into acquisitions and R&D, Mercury will roll out new versions of its software testing, real-time application monitoring, and IT governance suites.

Integration among the four suites, all referred to as "centers," is intended to help IT manage application change and performance lifecycles.

Among the products to be unveiled is Mercury IT Governance Center 7.0, the successor to

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-10       Article Source : InfoWorld

Fujitsu and Software AG on Monday announced a joint offering for managing integration components within a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). The CentraSite SOA repository enables maximum visibility and re-use of Web services components within and across organizations.

The first three products enabled with CentraSite are Fujitsu's Interstage Business Process Manager, which models, automates, and optimizes business processes; Software AG's Enterprise Information Integrator, which provides a single view of information to business users; and Software AG's Enterprise Service Integrator, an Enterprise Service Bus (ESB).

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-10       Article Source : InfoWorld

With its $200 million sale to BEA systems still in the works, Plumtree Software is continuing to churn out new products and features. The portal vendor this week will unveil new features and a new name for its portal software architecture, formerly known as the Plumtree Corporate Portal. Now dubbed Plumtree Foundation, the G6 version of the portal architecture features support for six OSes -- including     Linux and AIX -- enhanced developer tools, and a new Experience Definition function for creating separate user experiences

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-10       Article Source : AP

SEATTLE - Microsoft Corp. promises its software will make people better workers — more productive, more profitable, more able, as the company likes to say, to achieve their potential. Yet some wonder why the software behemoth isn't taking more of its own medicine.

As Microsoft hits 30, critics reel off a list of complaints that sounds like, well, a Microsoft commercial: stifling bureaucracy, frustrating miscommunication, different units working on overlapping technology without adequate cooperation. In short, the very ills Microsoft promises to

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-10       Article Source : Reuters

Foreign companies spent more than $500 million in acquiring 15 Israeli software firms over the past 12 months,     Israel's Manufacturers Association said on Sunday.

One of the largest deals took place in April, when manufacturing software maker UGS bought Israel's Tecnomatix Technologies for $228 million.

The Manufacturers Association said that, over the past decade, foreign companies have bought more than 30 Israeli software firms for about $6 billion.

It added that Israeli software firms have spent about $700 million over

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-09   

Nokia has signed a pact with Symantec to preinstall security software in the Series 60 Symbian-based smartphones.

Symantec Mobile Security for Symbian OS is designed to protect smartphones from mobile malware threats by automatically activating virus protection and closing vulnerable ports, providing a defense against viruses, worms and Trojans.

The software's AutoProtect feature runs continuously, searching for malicious code in text messages, e-mail files and files brought to the phone through Web access.

Integrated Security

The software also

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-08   

An unknown number of Computer Associates' (CA) products are reportedly vulnerable to a zero-day buffer overflow bug, a researcher wrote on a prominent mailing list Thursday afternoon. On Friday CA downplayed the problem, but said it would post patches in the next several days.
 
The researcher, only identified as "EMendoza," also published exploit code for the vulnerability, which conceivably could result in systems protected by CA products being hijacked, then controlled, from afar.

According to the same mailing list,

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-07       Article Source : Reuters

MUNICH - Microsoft Corp. launched a trust-building initiative on Thursday designed to show its commitment and progress to date in making its frequently attacked Windows computer operating system more secure from hackers.

Microsoft, which is moving increasingly into the territory of specialist security software companies such as McAfee Inc. and Symantec Corp., said it planned a string of product launches designed to combat cybercrime.

The world's biggest software company said it planned to release a preliminary, or beta, version by the

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-07       Article Source : InfoWorld

What a letdown. When word began circulating that Google and Sun Microsystems were poised to make a joint announcement, speculation abounded that Sun's StarOffice (or its lesser open source sibling, OpenOffice) had been somehow transformed into a Gmail-like suite that Google could deliver as a service. Microsoft, your Office fatware is history! The network computer lives!

The reality, announced at the Computer History Museum, in Mountain View, Calif., Tuesday morning, was barely an announcement at all. Only one concrete item: Sun has

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-06   

Some of the computer software industry's richest moguls may soon be dealing with a case of castle envy.

David Duffield, a billionaire who amassed most of his fortune by reluctantly selling PeopleSoft Inc. last year, has submitted plans for a 72,000-square-foot home that would eclipse the mammoth mansions custom-made for his more famous peers,     Bill Gates and Larry Ellison.

But Duffield's palatial vision may never be realized.

The project already is facing intense opposition from the neighbors who would have

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-06       Article Source : InternetWeek

NewsGator Technologies Inc. on Tuesday said it has acquired NetNewsWire, an RSS newsreader for the Mac OS X.
NewsGator, based in San Francisco, plans to integrate NetNewsWire into its own RSS platform. Brent, Simmons, creator of NetNewsWire, will work for NewsGator as a product architect.

The NewsGator Online platform aggregates and synchronizes RSS feeds for viewing on the Web, mobile phones, televisions and email clients, such as Microsoft Outlook. Among the company's recent acquisitions is the FeedDemon newsreader for the

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-05       Article Source : The Associated Press

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - Google Inc. took a step toward challenging Microsoft Corp.'s dominance of computer software with the announcement Tuesday of a collaboration agreement with Sun Microsystems Inc.

The move could lead to Google offering next-generation word processing, spreadsheet and collaboration tools that would take on Microsoft's industry-leading Office suite of software.

But for now its significance may be mostly as a symbolic shot across Microsoft's bow, signaling Google's intention of attacking the world's biggest software company head on.
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