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Small drives cross performance threshold.
AOL phisher faces up to 101 years in prison.

Inside MySpace.com's IT: Booming traffic demands put a constant stress on the social network's computing infrastructure. Yet, MySpace developers have repeatedly redesigned the Web site software, database and storage systems in an attempt to keep pace with exploding growth - the site now handles almost 40 billion page views a month.

In the it's a scary IT world department: Oracle plugs 51 security flaws; Attack code out for 'critical' Windows flaw; Google plugs account hijack holes. Vista Aims to Stop Hackers' Social Engineering Ploys.
Vendor health checkup:

Intel beats lukewarm expectations. Analysts: Expect Lower Intel Margins.
Rackable sees 4Q miss; stock shellacked.
Symantec's bad day: Profit warning and persistent zombie attacks.
Wipro Says 3Q Profits Jump 40 Percent.

A first look at the world’s thinnest Pocket PC Phone.
Philly flushes Oracle out of water bill project.

Steve Jobs, Under Options Cloud, Is Apple's $20 Billion Asset

Flash Player for Linux Now Available for Download.
MySpace Moves to Give Parents More Information.
President signs pretexting bill into law.

IE 7 reaches 100 million users.

Retail IT roundup:

CIO: Help my software vendors are squeezing me.

New Balance to launch item-level RFID pilot.
MySpace, meet the mall (and a lot of backend IT customization).
Is this the store of the future?

Netflix offers service to allow subscribers watch movies and television shows on their PCs. Techmeme discussion.
Sun takes aim at Red Hat with Solaris 10.
What will the 'father of WebSphere' do at Microsoft?
Is SOA too much for the IT department?
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes' MacBook Pro chronicles.
BlackBerry Pearl now in white.
Google No longer links to MapQuest, Yahoo maps
Atop TV Sets, Basic Black Boxes Face Competition.
Food for thought: Bigger isn’t better — for carnivores.

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