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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)

"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)

Operation Data Recovery Launched for Katrina Victims

Tugboat Enterprises, the maker of the new data rescue product Lifeboat, is offering complimentary Lifeboat Data Rescue programs and technical support for the program to individuals and companies whose computers were hit by Hurricane Katrina. The offer is extended as a part of corporate goodwill toward individuals and companies who are most affected. Operation Data Recovery is valid for anyone living in Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee or South Carolina. "When people are affected by this kind of natural disaster, it's important that we pull together. Hurricane ... (more)

"It's the End of Software," Declares SalesForce.com's Marc Benioff

"Oracle put Siebel investors out of their misery today," SalesForce.com's Marc Benioff (pictured) declared today to his employees and management team as Oracle agreed to buy Siebel for $10.66 a share. "We have been doing that for Siebel customers for years." SalesForce.com's announcement today at its Dreamforce even will accelerate that, Benioff said, adding: "It's the end of software." Benioff's anti-Oracle bias reverberated through his next words: "Client/Server software is being consolidated by Oracle just as mainframe software was consolidated by Computer Associates. Oracle's st... (more)

Adobe Introduces LiveCycle Policy Server 7.2

Adobe Systems has introduced Adobe LiveCycle Policy Server 7.2, an enterprise rights management (ERM) solution for protecting and controlling documents throughout their entire lifecycle, from creation, through distribution and collaboration, to archiving and destruction. Now, organizations can conduct critical business processes more securely by protecting a broad range of financial, government, and engineering documents or other files across multiple formats, including Adobe PDF, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Dassault Systèmes CATIA V5 files. “Collaboration is the h... (more)