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Identity specification gains speed, group says

The Liberty Alliance Project, a consortium of companies and organizations that works on standards for federated identity, announced Monday that products from several major companies have passed recent interoperability tests using the specification it backs.

Microsoft says it won't support SAML 2.0

Microsoft will stick by the set of protocols it has picked for identity federation, a concept that includes single sign-on (SSO) for several different Web portals and secure transfers of data between partnered businesses.

Vista security an issue at show

Microsoft has placed security as one of the top selling points for the Windows Vista OS, due out at the end of next year. But exactly how much more secure Vista will be than its predecessors is a point of concern here at the Microsoft IT Forum 2005 in Barcelona.

Microsoft updates plans for 64-bit computing

Microsoft fleshed out its road map for transitioning customers to 64-bit computing and unveiled updates to several of its management and server products at its IT Forum 2005 conference in Barcelona on Tuesday.

Private equity firm to buy Serena Software

Silver Lake Partners, a private equity firm, will acquire Serena Software in a US$1.2 billion deal, the two announced Friday.

Yahoo drops out of AOL bidding

Yahoo scuttled talks to take an interest in America Online (AOL) after learning the proposed terms of the deal, a company spokeswoman said Thursday.

Microsoft works on tune ups for Visual Studio

Microsoft will issue service packs next year for both Visual Studio 2003 and Visual Studio 2005, its package of tools for developers.

Survey: Security concerns over IP convergence

As viruses and malicious software bloom, senior executives across a range of industries see security as their top concern in implementing converged Internet Protocol) (IP) networks, according to a joint study released by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and AT&T.

Microsoft release targets enterprise database market

In a product launch hailed as one of the biggest in the company's history, Microsoft officially released SQL Server 2005 on Monday, its first upgrade of the database software in five years in a heated enterprise market.

Amazon plans to sell online access to books

Amazon.com plans to offer two programs next year that will allow customers to buy digitized books and portions of them in combination with its traditional, mail-order book service.

Microsoft moves to digitize British Library

The scanning race has started: Microsoft announced an agreement Friday to scan 25 million pages from the British Library's collection that will eventually be made available on its MSN Book Search site next year.

Microsoft patches break some Web sites

Two patches released by Microsoft earlier this year for its Internet Explorer browser may cause some Web sites not to load properly.

Nortel earnings hit by restructuring

Nortel Networks reported Wednesday an increase in revenue for the third quarter but an overall loss, citing restructuring costs and a penalty stemming from a refiling of the company's tax returns.

OASIS committee to tackle Semantic Web services

A prominent Web standards organization announced Tuesday the creation of a new committee to study how the idea of semantics and the Semantic Web can be applied to service-oriented systems.

Red Hat sees virtualization as route for 2006

Red Hat said Tuesday that the next version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, due for release in late 2006, will include a server virtualization capability integrated into the OS.

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