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News Analysis: Google emerges as a top tech firm, but shows its vulnerable side, as it beats Microsoft for a 5 percent stake in AOL’s business.

The network infrastructure security vendor plans to recruit 38 partners in the next six months and eventually move all sales to the channel.

The company, which offers products and services related to business continuity and disaster recovery, seems to have tapped into a burgeoning market at the right time.

Despite advantages in price (it’s hard to beat free) and, often, greater capabilities, many companies are still reluctant to use anything but commercial anti-spam software.

Despite the cautionary tale of Hurricane Katrina, many companies are still unprepared for Rita. VARs and backup vendors step up (sometimes for free) to help out.

Open-source anti-spam applications that use statistical analysis can pick out spam much more accurately than Bayesian filters, once they get enough training.

Microsoft Technology Partners say the company’s reorganization plan will help it focus on current business challenges, but shouldn’t have any effect on their relations with the software giant.

MSN stands to emerge as a development platform emphasizing services, analysts say, while the Server and Tools group remains solid.

Opinion: If the computer giant doesn’t move towards true innovation, it could become a dinosaur.

Opinion: Microsoft’s new interactive designer is a heavyweight contender, but is it really battling Flash?

3Way Networks said on Tuesday that it has developed a short-range “3G” network for military applications.

The temptation for many VARs is to set their sights on big customers. But the SMB market has huge opportunities for resellers, especially in security and e-commerce.

There is a lot of opportunity in RFID installations, but most potential customers are going slowly, often as slowly as the pressure on them allows. But storage and IM security is growing, and vendors need VARs to help sell them.

The chip maker’s new processor architecture takes a hard look at power as a way to make room for multiple processor cores on each chip.

Consultant: Growth-oriented, Indian service providers may eclipse old-school outsourcers beset by infrastructure costs.

With emphasis now on dual-core chips, manufacturer reduces cost of single-core processors by 20 percent or more.

Opinion: Intel’s getting ready to roll out a new architecture, and will finally offer a common platform for desktops, laptops and servers. Is Intel trying to build another Camry, or will it end up with just another Yugo?

Updated: The chip maker will discuss a new processor architecture in between details on new initiatives for desktops, notebooks, servers and even health care at its Intel Developer Forum.

Microsoft’s next OS will tax PC graphics, analysts say, and systems with integrated graphics might not display the Aero Glass interface.

CEO Steve Ballmer discusses plans for an enterprise version of Windows Vista and a premium version of Office 12.

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