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Study: Viagra spam is profitable, but margins are tight

One of the most notorious networks of hacked computers used for sending spam could be generating as much as US$3.5 million per year peddling drugs such as Viagra, according to new research.

Seagate: Enterprise SSD to be released next year

Storage manufacturer Seagate will release its first SSD (solid-state drive) for enterprises by the middle of next year, CEO Bill Watkins said on Tuesday.

Microsoft: Data shows Vista more secure than XP

Microsoft's latest security report shows that the number of new vulnerabilities found in its software was lower in first half of the year than the last half of 2007, with the Windows Vista OS proving more resistant to exploits than XP.

Google introduces service-level guarantee for its Apps suite

Google is offering a service-level agreement for a version of Google Apps, a move that may provide some comfort to enterprises spooked by a long Gmail outage and a buggy Apps portal last month.

Access vendor GridSure uses patterns to remember PINs

A British startup has developed an authentication system that requires users to remember a pattern on a grid of numbers rather than a PIN (personal identification number).

OpenOffice.org issues critical patches for older versions

OpenOffice.org has released two patches that repair older versions of its open-source office productivity suite.

ICANN delays shutting down spammy Estonian registrar

The overseer of the Internet's addressing system said on Wednesday it will delay shutting down a dodgy Estonian domain registrar pending a review.

Vendors, analysts to work on antivirus testing standards

Software vendors are meeting later this week to discuss how to improve antivirus product tests, now often regarded as flawed or incomplete.

Russia blocks Google online advertising acquisition

Russian regulators will not let Google buy a local online advertising company, halting a $140 million deal agreed to in July.

Symbian releases free application development tool

Symbian released a free tool on Tuesday that lets developers see how their code performs on the mobile operating system.

Arm releases application profiling tool for Symbian OS

Chip designer Arm Holdings released on Tuesday its first application profiling tool for the Symbian OS.

UK slows down plan for sweeping electronic surveillance

The British government is slowing down a proposal that would give law enforcement sweeping power to collect electronic data as a measure to prevent terrorism.

Microsoft's Fast Search charged with fraud in Norway

Norwegian police on Thursday charged Fast Search & Transfer with accounting fraud, an enterprise search company bought by Microsoft in January for US$1.2 billion.

UK appeals court rejects encryption key disclosure defense

Defendants can't deny police an encryption key because of fears the data it unlocks will incriminate them, a British appeals court has ruled.

Google will appeal German copyright decisions

Google will appeal two German court decisions that found it violated copyright law by showing thumbnails of works by two artists in search results, the company said Tuesday.