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Jun 7 2007   7:33AM GMT

Channel news: Linksys’ new channel program; House passes spyware bill

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Linksys mirrors Cisco with new partner program Linksys is following in the footsteps of its parent, Cisco Systems, with a revamped channel program that adds technology specializations for partners focused on small businesses. The program is slated to be unveiled Wednesday. [ChannelWeb]

Net firms lose in House spyware vote Over objections from Internet companies and online advertisers, the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a bill touted as an antispyware measure, a move that sets the stage for a political showdown in the Senate later this year. [CNET]

Online shoppers will pay more for privacy People are willing to pay more to buy items from online retailers who make their privacy policies clear, a new Carnegie Mellon University study showed. [Press Esc]

LG Electronics signs pact with Microsoft South Korea’s LG Electronics Inc. has signed a patent cross-licensing agreement with Microsoft Corp. covering a variety of hardware and software products, the companies said Thursday. [Associated Press]

Sun CEO says Apple shifting to Solaris file system Sun Microsystems president and CEO Jonathan Schwartz, speaking at a company event, said that Sun’s ZFS file system will be “the” file system for Apple’s upcoming Leopard version of Mac OS X. Apple will announce this, he said, at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference June 11-15 in San Francisco. [eWeek]

Dell to exit LCD television business Dell Inc. is leaving the LCD television business to focus on its core PC products amid an ongoing company overhaul by founder Michael Dell, Taiwan media reported on Thursday. [Reuters]

Cisco’s Linksys One brings SMB-focused gear tied to services After more than a year-and-a-half delay, Cisco this week launched its Linksys One offering, aimed at providing small businesses with packaged routing, switching, voice, wireless and security gear tied to managed services. [Network World]

Vendors virtualize Microsoft environments Software vendors this week at TechEd are taking the opportunity to update their application virtualization products to support Microsoft environments including
Vista. [Network World]

Canonical refines mobile Ubuntu Linux At the Computex trade show in Taiwan, the company announced particulars of a mobile version of Linux, Ubuntu Mobile and Embedded Edition. The first full release of the software, which will permit video, sound and full-featured Internet browsing, is due to arrive in October. [CNET]

Microsoft delivers test build of new tool for building line-of-biz apps Microsoft released a first Community Technology Preview (CTP) build of “Acropolis,” a set of components and tools for building line-of-business, portal-style .Net applications. [All About Microsoft]

Gartner: Portal, process and middleware market on the rise The market for portal, business process and middleware applications rose 16 percent in 2006, according to a new report from Gartner. [eWeek]

Zango zapped in first part of PC Tools legal battle Adware company Zango has lost the first part of its legal battle to stop antimalware company PC Tools flagging its software as potentially troublesome adware. [Computerworld]

IRS moves to close tax shelter after IBM uses it to save $1.6 billion For the second time in 12 months, the government has moved to block a tax shelter that had been aimed at converting billions of dollars of corporate profits, on which taxes have yet to be paid, into profits that will never be taxed. The move by the Internal Revenue Service came two days after International Business Machines said that it used the technique to avoid paying $1.6 billion in income taxes. [New York Times]

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