Microsoft set to patch IE, Windows, Office next weekMicrosoft is set to release five security patches for its products next Tuesday, including a highly anticipated Internet Explorer fix that will address a bug that hackers have been exploiting over the past two weeks. Along with the critical IE patch, Microsoft will repair three other issues in its Windows operating system, as well as an unspecified problem in Office that is rated moderate. Click here for more.Researchers seek to save VoIP from security threatsWith VoIP starting to live up to some of the hype, university researchers are looking to ensure that the technology's momentum in corporate and residential markets won't be ruined by myriad security threats. Click here for more.San Francisco picks Google, Earthlink for Wi-Fi planGoogle has come another step closer in its quest to become a Wi-Fi wireless LAN service provider in San Francisco. Click here for more.Scientists build high-energy batteries using virusesScientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the U.S. have figured out a way to use viruses to build ultrathin lithium-ion batteries that pack three times the normal energy level for their weight and size, they said this week. Click here for more.Weekend EditionRemember to visit NetworkWorld.com Friday through Sunday for the Weekend Edition, where you'll find the latest cartoon; this week's The Good, the Bad and the Ugly; the best of Layer 8; hot discussion topics and more.Update: Cisco phases out 1700, 2600 and 3700 series routersCisco is retiring three of its multi-service router platforms, including the 2600 - one of the most widely deployed WAN products for enterprise branches and mid-size businesses. Click here for details.Today on Layer 8, now heading for Amen Corner:How to really get attention for your site; Dell defends outsourcing; MSN search croaks for a bit; and McDonald's new online venture; all this today and more at your home for not-just-networking news.For news updated throughout the day, go to Network World's NetFlash news page.