BMC buys MQSoftware, bolstering middleware management

BMC on Monday said it has bought MQSoftware, maker of middleware that helps companies monitor the performance of IBM's WebSphere MQ software, as well as other platforms. Terms were not disclosed.

Written by Chris Kanaracus11 Aug. 09 06:52 closes, says Twitter partly to blame

The link shortening service was shutdown by operator Nambu Network on Sunday after the company failed to find a buyer for the service.

Written by Martyn Williams10 Aug. 09 11:40

Twitter continues to battle DDoS attack

More than two days after experiencing a complete outage as a result of a distribute denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, Twitter and other social networking sites such as Facebook are still battling a surge in traffic related to the attack. Twitter has taken some steps to mitigate the spike in traffic and ensure that the site is not knocked offline again, but some of those steps are having an impact on third-party tools that link to Twitter through API's (application programming interface).

Written by Tony Bradley10 Aug. 09 10:00

Report: Nortel CEO on his way out

Nortel Networks' CEO Mike Zafirovski will leave the troubled provider of telecommunications equipment in the coming weeks, The Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday, citing anonymous sources.

Written by Juan Carlos Perez10 Aug. 09 08:33

Windows 7: the good, the bad, and the unknown

For most people who are considering moving to Windows 7, October 22 is D-Day. On that date Microsoft's newest operating system lands on store shelves, both as a shrinkwrapped upgrade and preinstalled on new PCs. For some folks, though, D-Day has already arrived. Microsoft has issued the final RTM (release to manufacturing) version of Windows 7 to large companies that buy Windows via volume licenses, as well as to IT pros who belong to its Technet service. The Windows Vista era is officially drawing to a close--although you could argue that it never really quite started--and the Windows 7 one is under way.

Written by Harry McCracken08 Aug. 09 09:08

Digg voting platform lets users vote on ads

Digg announced a new ad voting platform this week. Digg has established itself as a provider of community consensus for content. With this new system, users can vote for or against Web ad content. The more votes an ad gets, the less the advertiser will have to pay for placing that ad. Conversely, ads that are voted down will be more expensive and eventually price themselves out of the market.

Written by Tony Bradley08 Aug. 09 06:49

Will future iPhones rat you out?

Remember that old saying the customer is always right? Well, in the future that saying might be "the customer is always right, unless their iPhone says otherwise." A patent filed by Apple has been uncovered for a "customer abuse detection system" that would allow technicians to tell if you've been too hard on Apple devices like your iPhone or iPod.

Written by Ian Paul08 Aug. 09 03:28

Windows 7 bug is no showstopper

Microsoft released the RTM version of Windows 7 yesterday to the Microsoft technical community. The initial excitement quickly turned to sensational headlines about a "showstopper" or "critical" bug that may put a damper on the Windows 7 excitement and cause people and businesses to shun the new operating system as they did Windows Vista. Those headlines are the very definition of FUD (spreading fear, uncertainty, and doubt).

Written by Tony Bradley08 Aug. 09 03:25

Battle of the bots ups the spam count

Shortened URLs remain a key strategy of spammers, prompting an overhaul of shortened URL services on the Internet.

Written by Computerworld Staff07 Aug. 09 14:38

NBN will cause a social tipping point: Senator Kate Lundy

The National Broadband Network (NBN) will give the Government the incentive it needs to invest in the digital sector, according to ACT Senator Kate Lundy who spoke at a Wikimedia event in Canberra today.

Written by Dahna McConnachie07 Aug. 09 12:50

Tech.Ed sold out

Microsoft’s annual IT professional meet, Tech.Ed, sells out a month before the event

Written by Computerworld Staff07 Aug. 09 11:53

Facebook confirms DoS attack same day as Twitter

Popular social-networking site Facebook was hit with a DoS (denial-of-service) attack Thursday, but the attack did not appear to be as severe as one that crippled Twitter the same day.

Written by Elizabeth Montalbano07 Aug. 09 05:45

NBN headquarters could be distributed between cities

An indication that the headquartering functions for the National Broadband Network (NBN) could be distributed between vying major cities has been welcomed by industry representatives.

Written by Daniel Bishton06 Aug. 09 16:50

Open source Xen a 1-Stop for transport IT company

Sydney-based transport industry data interchange and portal provider 1-Stop Connections has migrated most of its core infrastructure to virtual servers and iSCSI SANs to reduce its infrastructure requirements and management complexity.

Written by Rodney Gedda06 Aug. 09 14:24
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