Friday, August 11, 2006

Vista upgrade coupon rumor spreads ... Blogger unblocked (again) in China ... Cisco acquires Nuova

Today's IT News Audio Update
U.K. bans laptops from carry-on luggage ... Software can help detect liquid explosives ... IBM makes another SOA buy


HIGHLIGHTS

News: Microsoft Vista upgrade coupon rumor spreads
News: Google's Blogger service unblocked (again) in China
News: Intel causes Q2 chip inventory spike: iSuppli
News: Cisco acquires Nuova through data center investment
Unix Tip: Using Indexed Arrays in the Korn Shell
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NEWS UPDATES

Microsoft Vista upgrade coupon rumor spreads
Unusual patterns in demand for motherboards lend weight to reports that well-known PC vendors will ship computers with free upgrade coupons for the Windows Vista OS (operating system) in the fourth quarter, say analysts. But the truth remains elusive.

Google's Blogger service unblocked (again) in China
Google Inc.'s free Web log service, Blogger, is once again accessible from Beijing without the use of a proxy server, indicating that apparent government efforts to block the site have been lifted.

Intel causes Q2 chip inventory spike: iSuppli
Semiconductor inventories soared to their highest level in years during the second quarter, but the trouble is mainly in the PC sector and namely with chips from Intel Corp., according to market researcher iSuppli Corp.

Cisco acquires Nuova through data center investment
Cisco Systems Inc. will acquire an 80 percent stake of data center company Nuova Systems Inc. through a $50 million investment, the networking company said Thursday.

Software detects difference between shampoo, explosives
Guardian Technologies International is in talks with the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to use its PinPoint image analysis software in conjunction with airport X-ray machines to tell the difference between explosives and organic items such as shampoo, clothes and food in carry-on baggage, according to a company executive.

Wall Street Beat: M&A news underscores trends
Earnings and acquisition news from Andrew Corp., Brocade Communications Systems Inc. and Cisco Systems Inc. this week underscored competitive trends in the storage, networking and telecommunications markets.

Juniper to restate earnings due to options timing
The shadow of the options-backdating scandal lengthened over Juniper Networks Inc. with the company's announcement Thursday that it will restate some past financial results.

Rambus delays filings due to options investigation
In a Thursday filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, (SEC) Rambus said it will not make the Aug. 14 deadline for filing its second quarter results. It will miss the deadline because an audit committee looking into irregularities in stock option grants had not completed its review.


UNIX TIP

Using Indexed Arrays in the Korn Shell
By Sandra Henry Stocker

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