Linux vendors to rally behind desktop standardMore than a dozen technology companies, including IBM, Red Hat and Novell are planning to support a new integrated server and desktop Linux standard that will be unveiled at next week's Linux Desktop Summit by the Free Standards Group. Click here for more.Cisco sets up R&D lab at Hanoi universityCisco Friday said it has teamed up with Hanoi University of Technology to open an R&D lab in Vietnam. Click here for more.Sprint Nextel picks up another affiliateSprint Nextel Thursday announced that it is buying UbiquiTel for $1.3 billion. Click here for more.CA offers free database mgmt. toolCA is making available a free distributed database management product that could help administrators manage multiple, heterogeneous databases across their networks. Click here for more.The hunt for a new phone: Motorola and SamsungIn this week's Cool Tools video, Keith Shaw's quest to find a replacement for his 3-year-old cell phone takes him to the Motorola and Samsung booths at CTIA. Watch now.Bad karma surrounds e-mail authentication plansThis week's powwow of e-mail heavyweights in Chicago returned the IT community's attention to the issue of e-mail message authentication, but the messaging community has too little to show for a year's worth of work, some say. Click here for more.Tech Update: 802.11s extends wireless outdoorsAn IEEE technical group is working to develop the 802.11s standard for wireless LAN mesh networking. At last month's plenary session, the group announced the baseline document for the standard. Click here for more.Today on Layer 8, TGIF:Apple's busting at the seams; shocker - college kids still downloading music with abandon; the latest technology date escape; and Google Maps Ghostbusters; all this today and more at your home for not-just-networking newsRemember to check this week's Weekend Edition at NetworkWorld.com - with the cartoon, the best of Layer 8, the top five blog posts and much more.For news updated throughout the day, go to Network World's NetFlash news page.