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Web Security Journal: There's been a flurry of discussion this week among Internet and Web standards heavy-hitters around WebSocket, the new communications protocol supported in Chrome 4 and Safari 5. What was the main issue? Is there some kind of fundamental security vulnerability with the WebSocket (WS) protocol? John Fallows: When surfing the Web, our browsers may communicate with Web servers via HTTP proxies that deliver many benefits, such as providing previously cached Web content more efficiently than repeatedly contacting the target server. These proxies may be either explicitly configured at the browser or they may form part of the general network topology to intercept the communication path implicitly. Securely encrypted Web communication cannot be intercepted by such proxies. Members of the Hypertext Bidirectional (HyBi) IETF Working Group recently comp... (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)

GoAhead Software Announces SelfReliant 5.0

GoAhead Software, the expert in building integrated middleware for highly available systems, announced the availability of GoAhead SelfReliant 5.0 - Early Access Release, its carrier-grade, application ready high availability software platform. The newest release offers implementation of the Service Availability Forum (SA Forum) Application Interface Specification (AIS). The SA Forum's AIS is an open standard that allows developers to write application software that is portable across different vendors' implementations of high availability middleware. SelfReliant provides continu... (more)

HP Accused of Spying on Dell

According to ex-HP VP of business development and strategy Karl Kamb, a guy HP fired in 2005 and is suing, HP paid the former president of Dell Japan Katsumi Iizuka for Dell's printer plans - product configurations, specifications, target costs, pricing estimates, third-party manufacturers and suppliers and introduction dates. This was allegedly in 2002 before Dell started peddling its own printers and threatening HP's very profitable corner on that marketplace. It was also seven or eight years after Iizuka left Dell. Iizuka didn't take the money directly but had it handled by a ... (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)