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IBM to offer virtual training for start-ups

IBM is to give developers at start-up companies access to virtual workshops on Big Blue hardware and software. Although the company is specifically targeting developers in Brazil, China, India and Russia, its peers elsewhere in the world will also be able to access the courses from their desktops, according to IBM executives.

Novell to open Linux R&D center in Beijing by year end

Novell is to open a Linux research and development center in Beijing by the end of this year, according to a company spokesman. The center will focus on three main areas: Linux on the desktop, international and localization issues and high-performance computing Linux including carrier-grade Linux, he said.

Scyld Software's Becker on Linux, clustering, grid

More work needs to be done on Linux at the operating system level, grids will have limited appeal, and there will be a mass movement to embrace clustering software among organizations large and small. These were some of the conclusions and predictions of Don Becker, cofounder of the Beowulf clustering project and a significant contributor to the Linux kernel, as he attended the LinuxWorld show in San Francisco last week

Hacker found guilty in massive data theft case

A Florida man was found guilty of stealing data from customer information management company Acxiom Friday. The prosecution estimates that Scott Levine and his defunct bulk e-mail marketing firm stole more than 1.6 billion customer records by hacking into an Acxiom server.

Intel moves up delivery date for 'Paxville' processors

Intel is planning to release its dual-core, hyperthreaded Xeon and Xeon MP processors, known under the "Paxville" code name, later this year in advance of the original delivery date of 2006, the company announced Monday. The chip giant said the move was possible due to the development of the Paxville processors being ahead of schedule.

HP to resell Emulex HBAs with its blades

Hewlett-Packard Co. is reselling Fibre Channel host bus adapters (HBAs) from storage networking company Emulex Corp. across its entire family of blade servers, the two companies announced Monday. As users adopt the smaller form factor servers, they are increasingly interested in attaching their blades to SANs (storage area networks), according to both firms.

Google provides opt-out for publishers

Google will stop scanning copyrighted library books for several months to give publishers a chance to inform it which of their books they do and don't want scanned, the company announced last week.

Amazon resolves patent lawsuits to tune of US$40m will pay out US$40 million to Soverain Software to settle two lawsuits alleging patent infringement, the online giant revealed in a filing on Thursday with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Funambol announces initial funding

Open-source mobile application server vendor Funambol has secured US$5 million in venture capital (VC) backing, the US company announced Monday. Funambol plans to use the money to hire more engineering and sales staff, according to the startup's chief executive officer.

IBM offers starter pack for grid computing

IBM plans to unwrap a bundle of software, hardware and services called Grid and Grow at the LinuxWorld show in San Francisco. The company hopes the bundle will act as a starter pack for mid-size and large companies wanting to move into grid computing, according to an IBM executive.

VMware opens up its virtualisation software

Virtualisation software vendor VMware is teaming up with a host of leading IT companies to work on open virtualisation standards, the company announced Monday. As part of those efforts, VMware will provide its partners with access to its VMware ESX Server source code and interfaces under a program it's calling VMware Community Source.

GPL 3 likely to appear in early 2007

The next version of the GPL (General Public License), GPL 3, is likely to appear in early 2007, according to a board member of the Free Software Foundation (FSF) who is working on drafting the future release.