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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Microsoft releases 13 security patches, eight critical

Microsoft releases 13 security patches, eight critical
The baker's dozen of security patches includes 12 new ones that address flaws in apps including Internet Explorer and Word, plus a re-release of a patch first issued in March.

Security Bytes: Vista under the hackers’ microscope
Microsoft will show off Vista security at the upcoming Black Hat confab. Meanwhile, RSA’s stock option grants are under scrutiny and a report shows spyware on the rise.

Podcast: Security Wire Weekly
This week News Editor Eric Parizo has all the details on Microsoft's mammoth June patch release, and SANS Internet Storm Center Chief Research Officer Johannus Ullrich explains why the state of information security is as frightening as ever. Plus, a new threat to Yahoo Mail users and why one researcher says cheap computers could cause more malware attacks.

MBA worth the effort, but doesn’t guarantee IT stardom
Midmarket CIOs at the CIO Decisions Conference last week in Carlsbad, Calif., weigh in on the issue of whether you need an MBA to succeed in IT these days. The verdict: It’s nice, but not critical for the job. Upward mobility is another matter.

Easing growing pains with a CRM-VoIP cocktail
Challenged by a spate of mergers, an agricultural lender converged voice and data to leverage its CRM solution and differentiate itself from the competition.

Oracle extends CRM with hosted call center acquisition
Oracle will extend its Siebel Contact On Demand application with the acquisition of Telephony@Work, a provider of IP-based software infrastructure.

Sun blade servers on tap for this summer
Sun Microsystems will roll out blade servers code-named Andromeda this summer. The company has been absent from the blade market since its initial blade offering ran into heat issues and was discontinued.

Cisco looks ahead with services aggregation vision
A Cisco executive outlines the networking giant's vision of services aggregation.

New mind-set, developers drive open source into Christian Science Monitor
As the Christian Science Monitor has shown, getting open source prevalent throughout an organization often requires a new way of thinking and maybe a few new like-minded developers as well.

Could Dapper Drake give Ubuntu a last laugh in Linux server space?
Could dapper little Linux distro Ubuntu have what it takes to take a spot in the Linux server market? One analyst firm thinks it does, but only if handler Canonical Ltd. steers clear of the practices of Red Hat and Novell.

CA buys MDY for records retention management
CA expanded its archiving capabilities with MDY, which offers a centralized records and retention management interface for all types of data.

At Tech Ed: Visual Studio Team System aims at DB crew
A new edition of the Visual Studio Team System aimed at database developers and administrators publicly debuted at TechEd.

Is improved Windows virtualization worth the wait?
Windows admins at Microsoft’s TechEd conference say they might wait for the software giant to catch up with VMware before testing large-scale virtualization projects.


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