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db4object has got a production-ready release of db4o 6.0 that it says is 10 times faster and 90% leaner on memory consumption than version 5. The new open source object database rev also supports a new server-side cursor technology for deterministic response times when querying multi-user client/server environments, which means more Java and .NET developers can take advantage of its object storage capabilities Solid Picks Up $5.3m Check Solid Information Technology, the originally Finish database house that jumped in to promise a high-end enterprise storage engine for MySQL when Oracle bought Innobase, has gotten $5.3 million in B round funding from existing investors Apax Partners and CapMan. The money is earmarked for pushing its new product. In the last two years it has expanded into China and Central Europe and claims to have grown 30%. The firm was recapitalized... (more)

Cisco Snaps Up Riverhead Networks for $39M

Cisco Systems announced on Monday that it has agreed to acquire a privately held developer of security technology for about $39 million in cash: Riverhead Networks, based in Cupertino, CA, employs 44 people.  The deal for the shares of Riverhead it does not already own is expected to close in the quarter ending next month, Cisco says. The deal augments its current portfolio of security products and services. Riverhead, founded in 2000, makes security technology that protects against denial of service attacks and other threats to corporate and telecommunications networks.   ... (more)

Linux Kernel Bug Found...and Quickly Fixed

Although "trivially" fixable - and already fixed - a "kernel-crasher" bug was discovered by Øyvind Sæther, a young Norwegian programmer, earlier this week. The exploit could be used, Sæther reported, to take down several "lame free-shell providers" servers. Stressing that hacking is an illegal activity in most parts of the world, Sæther posted several patches to 2.4 and 2.6 kernels designed to keep the exploit from crashing systems Although the bug doesn't give an attacker any other control of a Linux system than crashing it, Linus Torvalds was fast to act and had already fixed i... (more)

"Large-Scale Internet Attack" Warning Issued, Probably Nothing New Though

A story picked up off the Associated Press (AP) newswire last night telling of "a mysterious, large-scale, Internet attack against thousands of popular Web sites" has proliferated across the Net so fast and so widely that it has almost assumed virus-like proportions of its own. According to the report, the US Homeland Security Department in Chicago is studying the virus-like infection and trying to figure out how to impede the spread of the virus, which seeks to implant "hacker type software" onto the computers of all Web site visitors who go to infected or malicious Web sites. Bu... (more)

500 GB Hard Disk - World's Largest Ever - Being Launched By Hitachi in Q1

How would you like to be able to store 500 movies on your hard disk? Reuters is reporting that Hitachi - the first company in the world to deliver a 400-gigabyte, or billion byte, disk drive - is going to help you do just that, it says, with a new disk for storing massive quantities of data captured by personal video recorders. The new drive, said the company at the CES show in Las Vegas, the world's largest consumer electronics techfest, can hold 200 hours - half a terabyte, or more than 500 billion bits of data. Deskstar 7K500 will be the world's highest capacity 3.5-inch SATA h... (more)