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Report: HP board deciding whether to fire CEO Apotheker

Bloomberg today is reporting that an unnamed source tells it that the Hewlett-Packard board is considering whether to fire controvesial CEO Léo Apotheker after less than a year on the job. Apotheker succeeded Mark Hurd, who was fired over an accounting-and-personnel scandaland who succeeded the controversial Carly Fiorina.

Microsoft previews Windows 7 client OS

Due to an editing error, the fifth paragraph of the story, "Microsoft previews Windows 7 client OS," posted Tuesday, contained an incorrect reference to Microsoft's pricing policy for some client applications. The company says there will be no charge for these features. The story has been changed and corrected on the wire, and the fifth paragraph now reads:

Zend mixes PHP and AJAX for rich internet apps

With the release last week of an upgrade to its software development framework for PHP, Zend Technologies is mixing in client-side AJAX capabilities with server-side PHP functionality.

CIOs warn that hosted software is not a panacea

Shifting to a hosted software model can cut corporate IT costs and ease administration and upgrades, but managers must prepare corporate users for its significant effect on work processes and job roles, said CIOs sitting on a panel at Computerworld's SaaSCon conference in Santa Clara, California, this week.

Zend to run on WS2008

PHP tools vendor Zend has announced that its Zend Core product will run on Windows Server 2008, providing parity between Windows Server and Linux in running PHP.

Microsoft responds to 'Save XP' petition

A Microsoft spokesperson Thursday acknowledged InfoWorld's <a href="">petition effort</a> asking the company to keep Windows XP for sale indefinitely rather than drop the popular OS from most sales outlets <a href="">on June 30</a> as planned.

Will Oracle fuse BEA into Fusion?

Market share and technology, a sometimes unbeatable combination, is the raison d'etre behind Oracle's acquisition of BEA, say several industry analysts. What Oracle wanted was access to the high-quality, large installed customer base that BEA owned. The high-end customers who use middleware for the most demanding applications are owned by either BEA or IBM, so this acquisition inches Oracle closer to IBM's scale, says Yefim Natis, a Gartner vice president. If the acquisition is approved by the US Securities and Exchange Commission, it will still put Oracle in second place behind IBM as the leading application infrastructure vendor.

30,000 ask Microsoft to save Windows XP

Thirty thousand people have now signed InfoWorld's <a href="">"Save XP" petition</a>, which was launched four days ago. Roughly half were from the U.S. and the rest from other countries.

What the enterprise can learn from consumer technology

Today&#8217;s corporate end-users are far more tech-savvy than their productivity with IT tools indicates. After all, screen-deep in instant messages, widgets, and elaborate consumer web applications, they&#8217;re proving themselves well-versed in the production and distribution of content as facilitated by the consumer Web 2.0 craze. Yet to utilise this hidden expertise in an enterprise setting requires a deeper understanding of what draws end-users to these technologies and how these consumer technologies are reshaping end-users&#8217; technology expectations in the workplace.

Symantec secures SMTP

The latest version of Symantec Corp.'s gateway messaging security product, Symantec Mail Security for SMTP 4.0, sits in between an SMTP mail server and the Internet, providing spam blocking, content filtering, and virus protection. Blocked messages never touch the mail server, dramatically reducing the impact of Internet worms and mass mailings on the network. The new version supports both blacklists and lists of trusted domains. Priced starting at US$15 per user, with volume discounts available.