Stories by Paul F. Roberts

Microsoft, Novell defend partnership, promise details

Executives from Microsoft and Novell defended their controversial business agreement to collaborate and promote integration between Windows and Novell's SUSE Linux operating systems on Wednesday, saying that Microsoft's sales organization is now the biggest channel for SUSE Linux and that the deal will help, not hurt the prospects of Linux in the enterprise.

Suits swarm on 'Web 3.0' conference

Tim Berners-Lee has been talking about the <i>next</i> World Wide Web almost since the first World Wide Web, which he's credited with inventing, took off. Indeed, Berners-Lee first articulated his vision for a next generation Web in 1998, when he called for a standards-based system for tying together all the different kinds of information that companies and consumers now wrestle with. "Semantic Web" is the term he came up with to describe what the next version of the Internet will look like. It's not great branding, as Berners-Lee, himself, has admitted, and some folks have just slapped the label "Web 3.0" on the whole endeavour.

Web 2.0 Expo draws startups, superstars

If anyone knows about the potential of what has been dubbed "Web 2.0" it's the folks over at O'Reilly Media. Heck, company founder Tim O'Reilly himself coined the phrase back in 2003 to describe the emergence of a new generation of Web-based business models in the wake of the dot-com collapse. And if this week's first-ever Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco is any measure, the Web 2.0 phenomenon is on track to exceed expectations.

OASIS advances SOA standards

OASIS, the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards, said on Wednesday that it was launching a new effort to simplify the development of standards-based SOA applications, according to an OASIS statement.

SMB - BLACK HAT - Lawsuits, patent claims silence talk

A planned talk on RFID security by a security researcher has been pulled from this week's Black Hat Federal security conference after secure card maker HID claimed the talk violated the company's patent rights and threatened to take legal action against Chris Paget, the researcher, and IOActive, Paget's employer, if the talk went forward.

Avaya to add VOIP to Google Apps

Avaya said on Thursday that it will develop communications solutions for small business that combine Google's updated Apps Premier Edition suite of Web applications with its own IP telephony technology.

SMB - Cisco going open source with NAC client

As it develops the next generation of network security infrastructure, Cisco Systems is planning to cease development on its network admission control (NAC) client, the Cisco Trust Agent (CTA), and submit the source code for the software client to the open source community, Bob Gleichauf, CTO of Cisco's Security Technology Group, told InfoWorld.

RSA - Cisco's transformation still work in progress

Cisco Systems used the RSA Security Conference in San Francisco to trumpet its transformation from "packet pusher" to "infrastructure" company, unveiling a string of product updates that unify its diverse security portfolio on Monday.

Hackers target hole in BrightStor

Antivirus firm Symantec warned Friday that exploit code is circulating for a known security hole in Computer Associates' BrightStor ARCServe Backup software, which provides data backup and restore for a variety of operating systems including Windows, Netware, Linux, Unix, and Mac.

Vista hole opens door to 'shout hacking'

The honeymoon ended early for Microsoft's Vista operating system, after word spread Wednesday about a flaw that could allow remote attackers to take advantage of the new operating system's speech recognition feature.

Sony settles with FTC on rootkit fracas

More than two years after a security researcher first called attention to Sony BMG's use of a stealth program to enforce digital rights management on its music CDs, the company reached a deal with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission over the incident, the FTC announced on Tuesday.

Microsoft exec touts Software Factory downloads

Microsoft has had more than 100,000 downloads of its Software Factories software development technology since it debuted six months ago, S. "Soma" Somasegar, corporate vice president of the Microsoft Developer Division, said in his blog.

Brightcove lands US$59 million in venture capital

Internet TV startup Brightcove announced Wednesday that it has raised more than US$59 million in venture capital that it plans to use to expand and solidify its lead as a provider of Internet TV content.

Cisco warns of vulnerabilities in NAC product

Networking equipment vendor Cisco Systems issued an advisory to customers Wednesday about two serious vulnerabilities in its Cisco Clean Access software, a network access control product.