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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)

Expanded Relationship Furthers SAP's Commitment to Open Source Community

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)

ClearNova's Steve Benfield Discusses AJAX

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)

OSDL' s Cohen Rejects Microsoft Offer

        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 Teams with SCO

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 revenues. 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 Inform... (more)