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  • IBM DB2 Joins Ranks Of Database Freebies
    DB2 Express-C runs on Windows or Linux and on 32- and 64-bit processors. The database can be used on systems with two processor cores and on AMD or Intel-based systems with up to two dual-core chips. Memory limit is 4 gigabytes but there is no restriction on database size.
  • Linux Kernel Developer Says No To GPL 3
    Linus Torvalds' claim that he won't put the Linux kernel under the next version of the General Public License could represent another fracture in a community once united for free software.
  • Microsoft's Uphill Battle
    Microsoft will have a tough time luring Mac-loyal designers to its Expression product line, but it may be able to force corporate defections.
  • IBM Goal: IM Interop Across The Board
    At Lotusphere, last week, IBM for the first time pledged client support to Linux and Macintosh for its Sametime realtime communications offering.
  • Corel Refreshes WordPerfect, Draw
    Corel continues to chip away at the Microsoft Office monolith. On Jan. 17, the vendor launched major new releases of its flagship Draw graphics suite and the venerable WordPerfect brand.
  • Burgum: MBS Hits Profit Sooner Than Expected
    Microsoft Business Solutoins posted a $10 million profit on sales of $242 million for the second fiscal 2006 quarter ending December 31. For the year-ago period it lost $17 million on sales of $207 million.
  • Microsoft Posts Five Percent Growth
    Software bellwether Microsoft expects revenue to be between $10.9 billion and $11.2 billion for the upcoming quarter and earnings per share of 32 to 33 cents. Revenue is expected to be $44 billion to 44.5 billion, the company said.
  • RIM Says BlackBerry Work-Around Ready If Needed
    Following the U.S. Supreme Court's rejection of the case, it appears the BlackBerry patent battle will be resolved in the U.S. District Court system. In the case of an injunction, Research In Motion says it's found a way to let customers keep using their BlackBerrys.
  • IBM Grabs CIMS Labs' Virtualization Tools
    Looking to strengthen its virtualization technology, IBM on Wednesday acquired CIMS Labs of Roseville, Calif., a maker of software that keeps track of a variety of IT resources, including servers, databases, e-mail and applications.
  • CA Earnings Rise Amid Restructuring
    CA's third quarter earnings for fiscal year 2006 nearly doubled thanks in part to cost cuts and a few large contracts, the Islandia, N.Y., vendor said late Tuesday.
  • VARs Should Think Outside the Box for DoD RFI
    Thanks to a month extension, contractors now have until early February to respond to the Defense Department's request for information (RFI) for a Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) system for devices. To earn the win, system integrators and solution providers should not only consider federal security standards and existing system permissions, but also the legacy hardware that's already in place.
  • Bill Gates' Spam Prediction Misses Target
    Still getting spam? Two years ago, Bill Gates predicted that spam would be a "solved" problem by now, a prognostication that, say most e-mail experts, was overly optimistic.
  • Microsoft's Expression Could Lure Corporate Defections From Mac
    As Microsoft unveils the first CTP of Expression Interactive Designer and fourth CTP of Graphic Designer, Web designers and developers say Microsoft could lure Mac shops to Expression with XAML support, collaboration needs, and simplification of UI and Web app development.

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