Microsoft debuts online enterprise services; NSF funds 'mind-reading' technology

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The iPhone gets a VoIP tryout; researchers say the Storm malware may be the world's "most productive" virus, with infections at more than 1 million PCs (05:21).

MICROSOFT DEBUTS ONLINE ENTERPRISE SERVICES

Microsoft on Monday pulled out of incubation its online enterprise services around Exchange, SharePoint and Communications Server and introduced a free document storage and collaboration Web site that begins to answer challenges from Google.

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NSF FUNDS 'MIND-READING' TECHNOLOGY

The National Science Foundation is funding research that could enable computers to respond to your levels of frustration or boredom. In other words, we're talking about "mind-reading" technology.

AT&T ACQUIRES INTERWISE FOR $121 MILLION

In an effort to expand its IP business services, AT&T has agreed to pay $121 million to acquire Interwise, which specializes in Web conferencing.

LINUX-BASED EXCHANGE REPLACEMENT ON TAP

Messaging vendor PostPath Monday added a variety of client options and upgraded the mobile support in its Linux-based replica of Microsoft Exchange server.

EBAY DESKTOP APPLICATION IN PUBLIC BETA

EBay Monday is releasing a free desktop application that makes it easier for buyers to keep track of items and submit bids.

ALL CHANGE AT APPLE LEGAL

Apple's senior legal beagle Donald J Rosenberg (senior vice president, general counsel and secretary) has left his post after just 10 months on the job.

NORTEL NAMES NEW CFO

Nortel this week named a new CFO to replace Peter Currie, who resigned in April.

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BUZZBLOG: MIT TRIES TO PUT THE PRANK BACK IN 'HACKING'

As the 25th anniversary of what was perhaps the most famous of all MIT pranks nears, the university’s chancellor has seen fit to remind students that it’s not a prank if someone loses a limb or the SWAT team shows up. And it should go without saying in this post-9/11 world that a re-enactment of 1982’s “ballooning” of the Harvard-Yale game would not be recommended.

TODAY ON LAYER 8, WE WONDER, IF A COMET AND A HURRICANE RUN INTO EACH OTHER IN SPACE, WOULD ANYONE HEAR IT?

NASA said one of its satellites captured the image of a solar hurricane ripping off the tail of a passing comet. The resulting collision saw the complete detachment of the plasma tail of Encke's comet which was traveling within the orbit of Mercury, NASA said. The comet is only the second repeating, or periodic, comet ever identified, and has the shortest orbital period -- about 3.3 years -- of any known comet. Halley's Comet was the first.

TODAY AT CISCO SUBNETjust in Europe. Now that 3Com has been rescued, shouldn't we give it another chance? IP routing expert Jeff Doyle talks IPv6 transition and operational reality. Plus: Convicted hacker reveals why it is so easy to steal from networks.

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