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Submission + - How the University of Michigan patched Heartbleed (

FrankPoole writes: Former University of Michigan Chief Security Officer Paul Howell talks with about how the school responded to Heartbleed and how he overcame challenges with assessment, patching and communication. Howell details his experiences, from the discovery of Heartbleed on April 7 to the final patching efforts, and explains why the university didn't order all users to change their passwords and how he had to convice the school's leadership that "the Internet is not melting."

Submission + - Cisco Spending Millions Of Dollars Secretly Purchasing New Juniper Products (

FrankPoole writes: According to a CRN investigative report, Cisco has been spending millions of dollars over several years to secretly purchase Juniper Networks' products, including new QFabric and MX series routers, for use in its "competitive analysis lab," where the products are tested and reverse engineered. According to the report, some of the Juniper products purchased by Cisco were still in beta and not yet commercially released. In addition, CRN discovered that a main source for Cisco to obtain these Juniper products was, ironically, a company called Torrey Point Group, a fast-growing VAR that was awarded Juniper's Part of the Year in 2011.

Submission + - Cisco Acquires Storage Maker Whiptail; EMC Alliance In Jeopardy? (

FrankPoole writes: Cisco's planned $415 million acquisition of storage vendor Whiptail is the latest in a series of moves that complicate the Cisco-EMC-VMware alliance. The networking giant issued a statement to CRN declaring "We have no current plans to expand into the broad based, traditional storage market." But addition of Whiptail is yet another sign that Cisco has apsirations of expanding its storage footprint — and that it's long-running alliance with storage leader EMC is starting to fray. Can VCE survive?

Submission + - HP Tried To Back Out Of Autonomy Acquisition (

FrankPoole writes: According to a class action lawsuit, HP tried to kill its planned acquisition of Autonomy after reviewing the software company's financial and questioning some of the figures and reporting. But HP discovered that it was too late — with just a few weeks before the deal was slated to close, HP executives discovered that U.K. law prevented the company from cancelling the Autonomy deal and walking away. The result? A disastrous acquisition that led to an $8.8 billion charge for HP.

Submission + - Lenovo To Drop Iomega Brand On Joint EMC Products (

FrankPoole writes: The Iomega brand name will soon be officially laid to rest. Lenovo and EMC, which jointly own the storage company, will replace the Iomega name on all NAS products with "LenovoEMC." Lenovo and EMC entered into a joint venture last year, with Lenovo buying partial ownership of Iomega. But because the company name is associated with cheap, consumer storage and ZIP drives, Lenovo is giving Iomega the boot.

Submission + - IBM In Talks To Sell x86 Server Business To Lenovo (

FrankPoole writes: According to CRN, IBM is in serious negotiations to sell its low-end x86 server business to Lenovo, which is looking to grow its server revenue. If the deal goes though, it will be the second time in 8 years that Big Blue has exited a major hardware business and sold the operation to Lenovo. IBM sold its PC business to Chinese computer maker in 2005.

Submission + - Chief WebOS Evangelist Rubinstein Leaves HP (

FrankPoole writes: CRN reports that Jon Rubenstien, the chief evangalist for WebOS and one of Silicon Valley's most renowned engineers, has left HP. Rubenstien, who helped design the iPod while at Apple, became expendable after HP made the mobile OS an open source project.

CRN spoke with new HP CEO Meg Whitman recently, who addressed Rubenstein's departure.
"I've got a lot of respect for Jon. But as you know, Palm didn't work out the way he had hoped. Obviously, the [TouchPad] tablets didn’t work out the way he had hoped. That team has been through a lot, as you might imagine," Whitman said.


Submission + - Zynga accused of cloning hit indie iPhone game Tin ( 1

FrankPoole writes: Indie iPhone game developer Nimblebit is accusing social games giant Zynga of ripping off its popular mobile title Tiny Tower. Nimblebit's Ian Marsh got word out about the similarities between Dream Heights and Tiny Tower with an image that's still making the Twitter rounds. The image is made up of screenshots showing how Dream Heights' interface and gameplay mechanics appear strikingly similar to Tiny Tower's.

Comment Re:Hold on... (Score 1) 591

Don't you know that taking a copy of something isn't stealing? Serious point: I've always wondered why more people simply don't walk right out of restaurants without paying. Food at a lot of big chain restaurants and trendy, expensive spots are way overpriced -- so why do people pay? It's not like there are doormen or video cameras. Why not just walk out the front the front door?

Submission + - 10 Tools To Speed Windows 7 (

FrankPoole writes: CRN's Test Center takes a look at 10 tools that speed up Windows 7. There are some usual suspects here, such Microsoft's own ReadyBoost and the ultra-obvious but effective Windows 7 defragmenter. But there's also some interesting offerings from Intel, AMD and Trend Micro, that will help the OS run significantly faster.

Submission + - Alleged Plot to Bomb IBM Facility Foiled (

FrankPoole writes: According to the Huffington Post, Swiss police recently arrested three people and charged them allegedly plotting to bomb an IBM facility near Zurich. Two men and a woman were pulled over near the facility by police, who reportedly discovered an explosive device in the vehicle. Why would these people want to blow up an IBM office? Apparently, this IBM location is a nanotechnology development facility, and the trio arrested have been linked to eco-terrorism.

Comment Re:Journalistic privilege (Score 1) 1204

I find it ironic that Nick Denton and the Gawker crew seem to constantly demean the mainstream press and term themselves as "bloggers" instead of "professional journalists" whenever they pull a stunt that's, well, unprofessional (see Gizmodo's CES remote control prank a few years back). So now Gawker's legal team will undoubtedly cry foul and try to hide behind the journalism protection laws? That's funny, Gawker. Truly funny.

Submission + - HP Moscow Offices Raided In Bribery Probe (

FrankPoole writes: HP's Moscow offices were raided Wednesday as part of a bribery investigation by Russian and German authorities. The news was first reported by The Wall Street Journal, which wrote that HP is suspected of allegedly paying out nearly $11 million in bribes to secure a major Russian government contract several years ago via a German subsidiary. Ironically, the contract was with the Prosecutor General's office of the Russian Federation, which will now play a role in investigating HP. While HP knew of the investigation as far back as December, the company did not disclose the information in any SEC filings. Instead, in its most recent quarterly report, HP states that in foreign nations "it is common to engage in business practices that are prohibited by laws and regulations."

Submission + - HP Moscow Offices Raided in Bribery Probe (

FrankPoole writes: The Wall Street Journal is reporting that HP's offices in Moscow were raided by Russian authorities on Wednesday as part of a joint bribery probe with German prosecutors who suspect the technology company used nearly $11 million in bribes to secure a major contract with the Russian government aganecy several years ago. The agency in question? The Prosecutor General's Office of the Russian Federation. According to the report, HP alledgedly used a German subsidiary to secure the contract and funneled millions of dollars in bribe money through shell companies around the globe. HP knew of the investigation as far back as December but failed to disclose the matter in their SEC filings. Instead, HP made a note in its most recent quarterly report that summed it up well: "In many foreign countries, particularly in those with developing economies, it is common to engage in business practices that are prohibited by laws."

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