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Aug 27 2007   7:20AM GMT

Channel news: Acer buys Gateway; IBM, Siemens take on Microsoft



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Taiwan’s Acer to buy Gateway, become No.3 PC maker Taiwan’s Acer said on Monday it will buy Gateway for $710 million, creating the world’s No.3 PC maker, as Acer doubles its presence in Gateway’s lucrative but highly competitive home market. [Reuters]

IBM Turns to Siemens for Help in Taking On New Microsoft Tools IBM last week announced that it will license parts of Siemens AG’s OpenScape software to add unified communications capabilities to its Sametime instant messaging and webconferencing software. Analysts said the move is an effort by IBM to bring Sametime, part of its Lotus Notes messaging and collaboration suite, up to par with Microsoft Corp.’s Office Communications Server (OCS) 2007. [Computerworld]

Microsoft WGA servers are fixed, but no word on what went wrong Microsoft has fixed whatever caused a massive worldwide outage of its Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) system that seemed to last just under 24 hours. So far, however, company officials aren’t commenting publicly on what happened. [All About Microsoft]


IBM To Offer iSCSI Storage With New Array IBM on Tuesday is planning to unveil its first entry into the iSCSI storage space, with an iSCSI version of its entry-level DS3000 family of arrays. [ChannelWeb]

Sprint, Samsung bet on WiMax high-speed technology Sprint Nextel Corp., which recently said it would spend up to $5 billion on a mobile high-speed wireless standard by 2010, said it had awarded the New York WiMax market to Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. [Reuters]

Chinese Seek to Buy a U.S. Maker of Disk Drives A Chinese technology company has expressed interest in buying a maker of computer disk drives in the United States, raising concerns among American government officials about the risks to national security in transferring high technology to China. [New York Times]

Source: Major Apple event on September 5th Apple’s new line of iPods will indeed be introduced in September, in line with recent speculation and rumors. But the announcement will not be happening mid-to-late September. The company plans to drop the bomb on us with a major unveiling during the first week of September—specifically, September 5. [Ars Technica]

Ingram Offers HaaS Financing For VARs Ingram Micro has added its first formal financing initiative for hardware-as-a-service (HaaS) solutions offered through its Seismic managed services program. [ChannelWeb]

Users: Outage No Reason to Abandon Skype Although millions of users were angry, analysts say the outage is unlikely to cause customers to hang up on the service. [Associated Press]

Solar powered Wi-Fi? Solis Energy says ‘why not?’ Someday, you might hook into the Internet through solar power. Orlando, Fla.-based Solis Energy has created a portable, uninterrupted power supply for Wi-Fi routers that harvest their energy from the sun, according to Robert Reynolds, CEO of the company. [CNET]

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