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Novell Fills EMEA Slot Novell, which has been moving its senior management around, has named Volker Smid, who's been serving as GM for Central Europe for the last 18 months, president of Novell EMEA. He succeeds Tom Francesese who was tapped to run worldwide sales in October. Ho, Ho, Ho: Intel to AMD Lehman Brothers, which thinks that AMD is capacity-constrained, also thinks that Intel may be aggressively pricing products and quotes China-based Commercial Times, which cites PC OEMs as its sources, as saying that Intel may again cut prices on its P4s by better than 60% on January 21. Lehman, acknowledging that Intel has not confirmed the story, believes the "pricing environment for MPUs is one of the most crucial variables impacting AMD" and attributes Intel's aggressiveness to "AMD's margin shortfall in 3Q06 - and remains a risk that we acknowledge the company has li... (more)

Sasser: Microsoft Offers Removal Tool, Seeks Worm Source

A recent increase in malicious activity on the Internet, including the development of attack tools and exploit code, has resulted in an automated attack against computer users in the form of a worm identified as "W32.Sasser.worm" ("Sasser"). Through this worm, the attacker is attempting to exploit systems that are not protected against the Local Security Authority Subsystem Service (LSASS) vulnerability, which is mitigated by the use of a firewall and fixed in Microsoft Security Update MS04-011 on April 13, 2004. There is additional malicious activity in the form of variants of a... (more)

"MSBlast.B" Creator Faces 18 to 37 Months in Prison

According to US attorney John McKay, the 19-year-old Minneapolis man who pleaded guilty yesterday to being the author of the MSBlast-B worm infected more than 48,000 PCs last summer. The attorneys defending the man, Jeffrey L. Parson, dispute that figure - but McKay will press for as serious a sentence as he can, saying that since the damage to individual computer users is very real, the penalties should also be very real. Parson, who was arrested last August, is scheduled to be sentenced in Seattle before U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman on November 12. He faces 18 - 37 months... (more)

Netscape 8.0 Released; Browser Now Includes Phishing/Virus/Spyware Protection

"Netscape 8.0 is designed for the millions of online users who are searching for a safer and better browser," said Netscape General Manager Jeremy Liew, as America Online today announced the launch of the all-new Netscape 8.0. Version 8.0 "automatically adjusts safety and security settings to help protect users as they explore the Web," he explained. Based on Firefox 1.0.3, Netscape 8.0 seamlessly and automatically switches between the rendering engines used by the Firefox and Internet Explorer browsers to help ensure maximum compatibility on known/trusted sites and maximum safety ... (more)

Bryan Shumsky Joins Revelation Software as a Senior Software Developer

Revelation Software announced that Bryan Shumsky joined the company as a Senior Software Developer. Bryan's focus will be on the firm's connectivity tools and network products. Revelation President and CEO Mike Ruane said, "We are very happy to have Bryan on board. He is unique in that he has both low level language experience as well as multivalue experience." Mr. Shumsky joins Revelation from Via Systems, Inc. where he served as Director of Engineering for the past 11 years. During his tenure at Via Systems, Bryan created and developed the ViaODBC and WebWizard products as we... (more)