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It may not be certain any longer whether or not Google will complete an IPO this year, but it now looks certain to be entering the free e-mail market. Offering better anti-spam software than Yahoo Mail and Hotmail and other rivals, and throwing in 1GB of storage, Google is aiming - once the preview has been tweaked - to launch "Gmail" later this year. "Unlike other free webmail services, Gmail is built on the idea that users should never have to file or delete a message, or struggle to find an email they've sent or received," Larry Page, Google co-founder and president, told the Financial Times (FT). The FT comments: "This is Google's latest step in its push away from being a mere search engine towards taking on the world's biggest Internet portals, following moves into news and Froogle, a comparative shopping tool." The preview registration for GMail is here. "If a Go... (more)

Advanced Networked Storage Comes to Massachusetts Students, Courtesy of EMC

EMC Corporation is donating its market-leading EMC CLARiiON networked storage systems and software to six Massachusetts schools. The storage solutions, says the Hopkinton, MA-based company, will provide Commonwealth math and science students with an opportunity to work with advanced technology used by many of the world's largest companies and government agencies. According to the official news release: Schools in Franklin, Hopkinton, Milford, Upton, Westborough and Worcester will deploy more than five terabytes of the award-winning EMC CLARiiON information storage systems. Five t... (more)

Charter Communications Chooses webMethods Portal

webMethods has announced that broadband communications company Charter Communications is deploying its webMethods Portal to bring together internal Web-based applications, tools and Web sites. The goal of this aggregation is to bring various Web applications and related tools into a single Web interface. Moreover, this will allow the creation of an internal document repository.   By streamlining systems, webMethods says a company's efficiency can be improved. With Charter Communications, employees will ... (more)

Windows Server 2003 SP1 Released

Microsoft has released its highly anticipated Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1. The release is primarily a security update; however, it sets the stage for Microsoft's 64-bit Server 2003 release. Service Pack 1 goes beyond the typical service-pack rollup of hot fixes, security patches and critical updates by addressing core security issues. It is designed to effectively reduce the attack surface of Windows Server 2003, protect system services with stronger default settings and reduce server privileges. Service Pack 1 includes the latest Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 enhanc... (more)

ISC Collaborates with U.S. State Department

The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2, the non-profit international leader in educating, qualifying and certifying information security professionals worldwide and currently celebrating the Year of the Information Security Professional, today announced it has developed a new Certification and Accreditation Professional (CAPCM) credential in conjunction with the U.S. Department of State and has begun offering certification exams. The first exam was held on July 13, 2005 for State Department and other invited government employees. There are... (more)