California's Attorney General Bill Lockyer made good on his threat Wednesday
and brought criminal charges against former HP chairman Patricia Dunn and
four HP investigators.
HP CEO Mark Hurd was not charged. Neither was former HP general counsel Ann
Baskins. She resigned from the company minutes before she took the Fifth
Amendment to avoid testifying at a Capitol Hill hearing into the HP
pretexting scandal last Thursday.
However, the investigation is still open, an observation Lockyer made with
the same breath he used to say that there was currently no evidence that Hurd
was guilty of any wrongdoing.
Each of the five charged face four felony counts: wire fraud to obtain
customer records from a public utility (in other words pretexting);
unauthorized use of computer data; unauthorized use of personal information
(identity theft); and conspiracy to commit those crimes... (more)
In order to deliver expanded support options to companies running their
business operations on SAP applications and the SUSE Linux Enterprise
operating system, Novell and SAP announced an extension of their
long-standing relationship. In a move that will help meet the growing demand
for SUSE Linux Enterprise and provide support for the open source community,
Novell and SAP are planning to offer enhanced options for customers who
choose to run open source.
As part of this initiative, the companies will work together to enable SAP's
enterprise applications to work with SUSE Linux ... (more)
Steve Benfield discussed AJAX--what it is, why it's popular, what developers
can create with it--in an interview with SYS-CON.TV recently. Benfield is
VP/Strategy for ClearNova, which is based in the Atlanta area and focuses on
"rapid application platforms and expertise to help companies quickly deliver
robust web-based business applications."
The company's flagship product, ThinkCAP, is the company's way of addressing
what it calls "the absolute need to build systems quickly and
efficiently--without sacrificing functionality or openness."
Benfield was previously CTO of SilverStrea... (more)
Martin Taylor Stuart Cohen
It’s been widely reported this week that Microsoft’s Martin
Taylor contacted OSDL CEO Stuart Cohen to discuss Microsoft’s idea to
co-sponsor some research about the relative benefits of Windows and Linux.
The two did in fact meet at LinuxWorld Expo to discuss the matter. But Cohen
says he rejected the notion on the theory that some research house would run
up a 100-page report in which Linux positively glowed and Microsoft would put
a $100 million ad campaign into propagandizing the one-sentence shortcoming
found &nda... (more)
MySQL has done a native port of the commercial version of its open source
database, MySQL Network Edition 5, to the new SCO cut of OpenServer, aka
Legend, in hopes of widening its installed base and raking in some new
MySQL, which like Informix is faithful to the ANSI SQL standard, is after
SCO's 100,000 Informix-on-Open Server users. The alliance could turn out to
be a way for MySQL to steal a march on IBM, which has yet to certify Informix
on the proprietary new SCO Unix operating system.
SCO's VARs can probably make a lot better margin substituting MySQL for