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Apr 20 2007   6:38AM GMT

Channel news: Update deflates BlackBerry; Web 2.0 is unseen threat

Brein Matturro Profile: Brein Matturro

“Insufficiently tested software” caused BlackBerry failure The installation of an insufficiently tested piece of software set off a chain reaction that eventually cut off BlackBerry service. [NYT]

Bulletin: Internet is risky: Staff use of Web 2.0 is unseen threat, survey says Companies underestimating leak risk. [TheReg]

March of progress? Dell is bringing XP back Amid significant customer demand, the computer maker said on Thursday that it has returned to offering the older Windows version as an option on some of its consumer PCs. [CNET]

Art of the deal:  U.S. Joins kickback case against HP, Sun The government has joined in a whistle-blower case filed against Hewlett-Packard, Sun Microsystems and Accenture over improper payments connected to government contracts. [NYT]

Sun injects NetBeans into Ubuntu Spreading the word. [TheReg]

Apple plugs 25 security holes Patch dispatch. [NYT]

Big money in little screen…?  Google, Microsoft and Yahoo have trained their sights on cellphones as the next great battleground in the Internet search wars. [NYT]

…but Nokia earnings fell nearly 7% in first quarter First-quarter earnings dropped nearly 7% as expanding sales of low-end models in emerging markets pushed down its average selling price. [NYT]

… profits up 69% at Google, exceeding expectations The company’s core search and advertising business continued to outpace that of Microsoft and Yahoo. [NYT]

Google draws privacy complaint to FTC Three public interest groups are expected to ask for a government investigation into issues posed by Google’s DoubleClick acquisition. [CNET]

Critical flaws found in Nortel VPN routers Nortel Networks warns of a trio of serious vulnerabilities in its VPN routers that could enable remote attackers to compromise devices and gain unauthorized network access. [ChannelWeb]

AMD posts $611 million loss In response, AMD plans to slash spending and reduce headcount but vows no major change in its technology plans or already announced products. [Computerworld]

Lenovo plans to lay off 1,400 The personal computer maker Lenovo Group said it would lay off 1,400 workers and move jobs to emerging markets to better compete with faster growing rivals. Lenovo, which leapt onto the world stage in 2005 when it bought the PC operation of I.B.M. for $1.25 billion, said it would cut a net 650 jobs worldwide. An additional 750 positions will be moved to Brazil, China, India and
Slovakia, countries with lower labor costs that are close to Lenovo’s suppliers and manufacturing operations. [NYT]

Ballmer: SaaS to have a major impact on businessess Microsoft is expecting Web 2.0 and software-as-a-service (SaaS) to “have as profound an impact on the business market as on the consumer market,” said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, in an address to a group of 80 or so Microsoft-identified “IT Pro community leaders” on the Redmond campus on April 18.
[All About Microsoft]

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