NetFlash: Could your keyboard spy on you?

* Could your keyboard spy on you? * Microsoft adds IVR technology to VoIP hub * Microsoft may have multicore price edge * Sprint Nextel commits to mobile WiMAX * 3Com CEO exits after 7 months; former exec returns to take reins * Buzzblog: The uninvited guest * Today on Layer 8

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Could your keyboard spy on you?

Researchers say that small devices called “JitterBugs” could piggyback onto network connections to discreetly send passwords and other sensitive data over the Internet. Click here for details.

Microsoft adds IVR technology to VoIP hub

Microsoft Tuesday added yet another piece to the IP-based backend it is creating for real-time communications when it announced that its voice recognition technology would be folded into its forthcoming VoIP hub. Click here for more.

Microsoft may have multicore price edge

Microsoft could have an early advantage over competitors IBM and Oracle as some software companies begin shifting pricing to accommodate servers with multicore processors, analysts said. Click here for more.

Sprint Nextel commits to mobile WiMAX

Sprint Nextel Tuesday announced its plans to roll out a nationwide 4G wireless network based on the mobile WiMAX specification. The carrier appears to be the first wireless service provider in the United States to firmly plant its feet in the ground and state exactly how it will bring higher data transmission speeds to its mobile customers nationwide. Click here for more.

3Com CEO exits after 7 months; former exec returns to take reins

Scott Murray has resigned his posts as 3Com president and CEO after 7 months, finding the amount of time required to be in China to support the company's key partnership with Huawei to be too much of a time commitment away from his family. Click here for more.

Buzzblog: The uninvited guest

Juniper security researcher Michael Lynn, who last year was working for ISS when he incurred Cisco's wrath by revealing a vulnerability in its routers, chose to have some fun by crashing Cisco's invitation-only bash at last week's Black Hat conference. An account of the episode by my Network World colleague Ellen Messmer is being questioned by some, but Messmer's source is solid: She was standing behind Lynn when this happened. Click here for the scoop.

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