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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.

Experts: Oracle password protection is weak

A hacker using few resources could exploit weaknesses in Oracle databases to recover passwords, two security researchers concluded in a recent paper.

Microsoft releases Works Suite 2006

Microsoft has released an updated version of Works Suite, its package of productivity applications aimed at home computer users, the company announced Thursday.

Microsoft consolidates shared source licenses

Microsoft said on Wednesday that it plans to consolidate the licensing terms for its Shared Source initiative under three license templates in an effort to simplify the program for developers.

O'Reilly: Network has become the platform

The open-source community is in the midst of a change, with the network increasingly becoming its own platform built on open source software, said Tim O'Reilly of O'Reilly Media on Tuesday.

Sun official says open source needs governance

The open-source software community is in a dilemma: How do you provide the most freedom to a diverse base of developers?

HP recalls thousands of laptop battery packs

HP has recalled around 135,000 lithium ion rechargeable battery packs worldwide after several melted or charred the plastic cases of laptops.

Phishing scams harder to pull off, group says

The number of days a phishing site remains online has dropped to an average of 5.5 days, a sign that countermeasures against fraudulent Web sites are being enacted with increased speed, according the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG), which monitors phishing trends and online crime.

Is security software the next battle for Microsoft?

Microsoft's moves into the security software market could be an agitator for more antitrust concerns over how it uses its market strength for other software offerings.

Novell aids open source desktop designers

Novell has announced it will release its research on desktop software designs to help open-source developers know what is appealing to end users.

Hitachi to expand work on vein-recognition systems

Hitachi Ltd. announced Tuesday it will expand its finger-vein authentication system business as interest in the technology grows.

UK hackers jailed over TK worm

Two British men who pleaded guilty to charges they helped create the "TK worm" were sentenced to prison Friday in Newcastle Crown Court. The worm infected thousands of computers, including two owned by the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD).

Microsoft issues service pack for Navision 4.0

Microsoft has released a service pack for Navision that adds a new portal to the suite of business management software.

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