IBM agrees to buy Cognos for $5B; Verizon defends redirecting traffic; Google sued over search patent

IBM agrees to buy Cognos for $5B

IBM has agreed to buy business intelligence software vendor Cognos for around $5 billion in cash.

Verizon defends redirecting typo traffic

Verizon is standing by its program of redirecting typo traffic to their company’s own search page, and claims that the redirects are valuable ways to help their users search the Internet.

University sues Google over distributed search patent

Google has been sued by a university and a start-up company in the U.S. for allegedly infringing on a patented technology to run its online search service.

MySpace problems began days before Alicia Keys hack

The widely reported problems with pop singer Alicia Keys' MySpace profile have been cropping up on the social networking site for the past ten days and are likely to continue, a security expert said Friday.

Intel launches power-efficient Penryn processors

Intel on Sunday launched its long-awaited new line of power-efficient microprocessors, codenamed Penryn, designed to deliver better graphics and application performance as well as virtualization capabilities.

Hacker pleads guilty to creating botnets

A hacker has pleaded guilty to infecting hundreds of thousands of computers with malware in order to steal money from Paypal accounts. He could spend 60 years in prison and face a $1.75 million fine.

International body names 2007’s most creative technological efforts

What do a giant computer in Venezuala, a Japanese kimono clearinghouse, an Irish healthcare-rating system and an American political-financing watchdog group all have in common?

Virus database tracks vendor performance

A new online malware database details the latest virus outbreaks from around the world, and shows which antivirus tools were able to block the threats and which ones failed to detect them.

Verizon, Level 3 share $1.8B telecom contract

Verizon Business and Level 3 Communications will share a multibillion contract to provide local telecommunications services to U.S. federal agencies in the Washington, D.C. area.


LAN switch security: What hackers know about your switches with Cisco's Christopher Paggen

Contrary to popular belief, Ethernet switches are not inherently secure. Security vulnerabilities exist all over the place. Did you know that there are vulnerabilities in the control plane protocols like STP and CDP? There are holes in the data plane protocols too. Christopher Paggen is prepared to tell you how to avoid these problems. Paggen is a technical marketing engineer for Cisco focusing on high-end firewalls. Join us for a live chat Tuesday Nov. 13 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST, where you can ask him about configuring and securing switches, firewalls or anything else you want to talk about.


Buzzblog: 'When the patient is a Googler'

An orthopedist’s essay with that headline looks to make the point that patients who rely more on their Web browsers than their doctors are likely to be ill served by both. It’s a valid point, but the doctor so savages the patient he puts forth as Exhibit A – a 40-something Mom with a 3-year-old – that he’s likely to send even more skeptics of medicine scurrying to the ‘Net.

Today on Layer 8, where we hope these Reaper aircraft never have a gyroscope problem near our building:

The U.S. Air Force is reporting its satellite-controlled unmanned Reaper aircraft has made its first precision bomb strike in Afghanistan. The strike was launched Nov. 7 from the Creech Air Force Base in Nevada. The remote pilot released two 500-pound laser-guided bombs, destroying the target and eliminating the enemy fighters, the Air Force said.

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