NetFlash: Battle lines drawn over 'Net neutrality

* Battle lines drawn over 'Net neutrality * Microsoft patches Excel, Office bugs * CA reels in disaster recovery, backup vendor; Opsware set to buy Creekpath Systems * AARP advances Web services * User response positive to Sun's Opteron push * Buzzblog: YouTube & politics: A match not yet made * Today on Layer 8

Battle lines drawn over 'Net neutrality

As the U.S. Congress argues the pros and cons of 'Net neutrality, many companies doing business on the Internet say their very futures may be at stake. Click here for more.

Microsoft patches Excel, Office bugs

Microsoft Tuesday released its monthly round of security patches, fixing a number of widely reported bugs in its Excel and Office products. Click here for more.

Acquisitions: CA buys XOsoft; Opsware to buy Creekpath

CA Tuesday morning announced that it has acquired disaster recovery and backup specialist XOsoft. CA reels in disaster recovery, backup vendor

Opsware Tuesday announced it had entered into an agreement to acquire storage management vendor Creekpath Systems for about $10 million in a deal expected to close early next month. Opsware set to buy Creekpath Systems

AARP advances Web services

SOA opens up new business opportunities for the AARP, says app architect Brian Coyle. With Web services, AARP cuts the development time needed for integration between its core membership back-end application and a business partner's front-end membership application from months to nil. Click here for more.

User response positive to Sun's Opteron push

Users have given the thumbs-up to Sun's announcement this week of two Opteron servers, saying Sun "is getting back to what they used to be good at." Deni Connor explains in her Servers Newsletter.

Buzzblog: YouTube & politics: A match not yet made

Washington Post media critic Howard Kurtz discovered YouTube yesterday in a blog entry headlined "The Video Revolution," where he attempts to make the case that the white-hot clip-sharing site is on the verge of becoming a major player in politics. Click here for more.

Today on Layer 8, where there's not a critical flaw to be found:

Inside Microsoft's 'iPod killer'; Dell starts corporate blog, hilarity ensues; schools see money in cell phones; and Congress considers banning Internet gambling; all this today and more at your home for not-just-networking news.

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