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May 21 2007   7:08AM GMT

Channel news: Customers blanche at cost of green IT; Microsoft reorg shows change for Tools business

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Tech customers baulk at cost of going green Customers are not yet ready to pay extra for green products in spite of growing concern for the environment, technology, media and telecoms executives told an industry summit this week.  [Reuters]

Microsoft reorgs again Microsoft is tweaking its internal reporting structure, yet again. This time, in what seems like a curious move to this Microsoft watcher, Microsoft is moving its Server and Tools business under its Office business.

HP switches key to CERN’s LHC project As part of CERN’s network upgrade, some 2,000 tape and disk servers are connected via Hewlett-Packard’s ProCurve switches. [eWEEK]

Google, Salesforce in talks to form alliance: WSJ Google Inc. and Inc. are in talks for an alliance that could help them compete better against Microsoft Corp. , the Wall Street Journal reported on its Web site on Monday. [Reuters]

Symbian malware escapes Russia Cash from chaos [TheReg]

Avis to offer wireless internet gear Avis Rent A Car System is offering customers a wireless Internet service to use in its rented cars, hotel rooms and other places a traveler might go. [AP]

Microsoft pays $6b for online ad company Microsoft Corp., not wanting to get left behind rivals in an online advertising boom, agreed to pay $6 billion in cash to acquire aQuantive Inc. on Friday, a leading agency for Internet ads which also has powerful technology that serves display and banner ads to other Web sites. [AP]

Pat Helland 2.0 rejoins Microsoft  Former Platform Architect Pat Helland — who spent the past couple of years over at helping the company with its service-oriented-architecture (SOA) strategy — quietly rejoined Microsoft in early March. [AllAboutMicrosoft]

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