Notable headlines:Security is front and center: A fifth MS Word zero-day? Oracle DB rootkit for sale in exploit pack.
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In my pre-Demo 07 wanderings at the hotel in Palm Desert, CA, I ran into Gaurav Dhillon, the co-founder and former CEO of Informatica, an enterprise data integration company. His new venture, jaman.
Google is upgrading its Mini search appliance this week, adding in some of the features from its higher end Google Search Appliance. The base $1,995 pricing, for a 50,000 document store, makes it more palatable to the broader SMB market.
PayPerPost, a company that pays bloggers to write about products, will announce new tools for advertisers to target high-end bloggers, disclosure "badges" to better identify sponsored posts, a Firefox toolbar and new video categories. PayPerPost CEO Ted Murphy said those items will be launched next week.
Plenty of launch-time reading:Mary Jo Foley wants to know: Where are the killer apps?Ed Bott counts three killer features.
Symantec plans to acquire Altiris for $830 million ($33 per share) in cash. Altiris brings IT asset management into the Symantec portfolio as the company continues to reach out beyond its security roots.
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While Oracle and Sun are going after Red Hat Linux with lower pricing models for support and service, MySQL is making pricing a move to attract customers to its open source database. The company announced MySQL Enterprise Unlimited, claiming that customers who have Oracle, SQL Server, Sybase or DB2 Enterprise License Agreements (ELAs) can save over $1 million.
Notable headlines:Net pioneer predicts overwhelming botnet surge.Adobe: Make room for Photoshop Lightroom.
A Forbes story lobs a bombshell, reporting a 'rumor' of a takeover bid of SAP by Oracle, which reputedly drove SAP's stock price up a modestly. "There's talk that Oracle will bid $38.