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News to know: Oracle; Apple iPad; Bing's Spring; Hacking Windows 7

Oracle earnings, more Pwn2Own fun, Bing's Spring Fling and the Apple iPad's savior complext with magazines and newspapers are the key items to watch today.
Written by Larry Dignan, Contributor on

Oracle earnings, more Pwn2Own fun,  Bing's Spring Fling and the Apple iPad's savior complext with magazines and newspapers are the key items to watch today. You can get the day’s rolling postsvia Twitter,RSS, oremail.

Here's a look at the themes to watch for Friday, March 26, 2010:

Oracle posts solid third quarter, but Sun's health still a mystery. Oracle’s fiscal third quarter earnings had a little bit of everything: The Sun Microsystems integration is going well; Exadata is a hit; SAP took its lumps; and the bottom and top lines topped Wall Street expectations. For good measure, Oracle threw in a dividend. The problem: A stub quarter limited the insight on Sun's hardware business. Oracle's fourth quarter outlook was in line to slightly better than expected.

The print media types are all over Apple's iPad. Magazines see it as a savior and the Wall Street Journal will charge you $17.99 a month for iPad access. My conundrum: Why would I pay $17.99 for an iPad Journal app when I could ju

st go to the site on the browser. I subscribe to WSJ.com and enjoy it, but decline to be nickel and dimed for Kindle access, Blackberry apps and other assorted channels. Techmeme has the round up of the hopes and dreams of publishers. Speaking of the iPad, here are five lessons Apple can learn from Amazon.

Is there anything that wasn't hacked at Pwn2Own? Jumping through a series of anti-exploit roadblocks, Dutch hacker Peter Vreugdenhil pulls off a CanSecWest Pwn2Own victory, hacking into a fully patched 64-bit Windows 7. I feel so safe now.

Microsoft began rolling out its spring refresh of its Bing search engine. The software giant focused on a bevy of user interface changes. Here's the gallery tour.

Meanwhile...a Microsoft pilot program should allow more large enterprises to bring their Windows Server enterprise agreements to Amazon Web Services' cloud computing services.

We leave you with Jason Perlow's tour of the Ubuntu Lucid Lynx 10.04 LTS Beta1:

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