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*In response to the unanimously passed U.S. Senateoutsourcing bill on August 5th and remarks made by the American senatorsponsoring the bill, India’s largest social network SMS GupShup polled theirusers via SMS on the topic. Over 3500 users responded to the question ofwhether America’s growing anger at Indians taking their jobs was justified. InBangalore, the IT capital of the country and where India’s leading IT firmInfosys is located, 46 per cent of those who responded felt that Indians weretaking jobs away from Americans, giving them just cause to be angered. A randomsample of the respondents from Bangalore who said “Yes” were called and askedfor their opinions on the subject. Most of the responses reflected a high levelof self-confidence and a distinct air of nonchalance about America’s latestmeasures to curb outsourcing.

*Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC) reports that strange stories of celebrities' deaths resultingfrom plane crashes or car accidents have suddenly erupted in the spam ring. Theintention of distributing such false news is to spread viruses using HTML orzipped attachments. This is one more in a series of recent virus attacks seenin the last few weeks. In one of the campaigns seen, spammers are using subjectlines showing that a celebrity has died. Examples included Beyonce Knowles, Jay-Z. Justin Timberlake and Miley Cyrus. In the message it adds that the celebrityhas died along with 34 other people when their plane carrying the group on atrip crashed into a mountainside while approaching the airport. For furtherdetails, recipients are asked to open the malicious attachment. Upon openingthe zipped attachment named “[REMOVED]Hot,” we find an executable. Themalicious content is detected as Trojan.Zbot by Symantec antivirus products. Spammers are knownto create curiosity with their spam messages so that users become interestedand make an attempt to open and perhaps even install the executable. Usingbrand names such as well-known news agencies or using a celebrity's name givesthe spammers much needed credibility in order to gain the recipients' trust.Users should follow standard practices of not opening any suspicious links orattachments received in unsolicited email or from an unexpected source.

*WhipTail Tech, manufacturer of enterprise solid-stateSAN appliances, has announced the addition of Al Monserrat, seniorvice-president of worldwide sales and services for Citrix Systems, to its boardof advisors. Monserrat is a technology thought leader and industry veteran thatbrings with him more than 14 years of executive-level IT experience. In this role,he will help guide the future direction of WhipTail. Monserrat leads the globalCitrix sales and services organization, which comprises approximately 2,200Citrix professionals and 4,500 channel and distribution partners worldwide.Since joining Citrix in February 2000, Monserrat has led all functions withinthe sales and services organization including North American sales, theworldwide channel organization, sales strategy, sales operations, and Citrixconsulting services. He has also been responsible for emerging product saleswith focus on identifying and executing new routes to market for new products,as well as defining sales strategies for building, incubating and integratingnew sales teams for acquired products.

New Products

*Eurocom has added XTU and XMP support into its newPanther 2.0 super-notebook. The new Eurocom Panther 2.0 utilizes Intel XTU andXMP technology to increase the frequency of memory and processors for improvedperformance. Intel’s XTU (eXtreme Tuning Utility) is an application that allowsfor manual performance tuning, stress testing and system monitoring. XMP(eXtreme Memory Profile) allows for manual tuning of frequency, latency andvoltage parameters of memory. Intel XMPis a performance-packed expansion of the standard DDR3 memory specification. Thebenefit of XTU and XMP to Eurocom customers is that it gives them the abilityto customize their memory and processor to offer the best performance for theirneeds, whatever they may be. Withpredefined memory optimizations built into Intel XMP, overclocking on thePanther 2.0 is easy right away. A userno longer is required to manually customize their Eurocom notebook; XTU and XMPoffer simplified processor and memory overclocking to optimize performance. ThePanther 2.0 is the newest model from Eurocom to stand atop its line of MobileWorkstations. It utilizes a 300 Watt ACadapter, which enabled Eurocom engineers to incorporate the most capablecomponents on the market into a Mobile Workstation. Eurocom added a 6 core Intel i7 or Xeon5500/5600 processors, NVidia Quadro andAtiRadeon Mobility modular VGA technology and up to 4 physical drives(mechanical or SSD) with over 3TB of storage and choices between RAID 0/1/5/10.

*EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC) has announced theavailability of new capabilities for its market leading EMC CLARiiON and EMCCelerra midrange storage platforms to meet those requirements. Through new EMCUnisphere management software, EMC enables storage administrators to performcommon tasks with 90 per cent fewer clicks. Unisphere is integrated with VMwarevCenter to also make life easier for VMware administrators. EMC unified storageintegrates out-of-the-box with VMware vSphere and VMware vStorage APIs forArray Integration (VAAI). FCoE is also built into these midrange arrays. NewBlock Data Compression reduces storage capacity requirements by up to 50 percent, and new FAST Cache performance optimization technology enablesapplications to run twice as fast, and is fully automated – no administratorintervention required. Additionally, customers will benefit from new FCoEsupport built into EMC CLARiiON and EMC Celerra unified storage systems for acomplete Ethernet storage solution. Native FCoE fulfills EMCs commitment todeliver customers a non-disruptive path to exploiting the advantages of FCoE,while continuing to offer online upgrades to FCoE for existing CLARiiON andCelerra customers. Native support helps customers minimize infrastructure costsassociated with multiple Fibre Channel HBAs and multiple NICs, consolidates cabling,and improves savings associated with power and cooling expenses dramatically.

*Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ:CHKP) recently announced its new Multi-Domain Management software blades –Global Policy and Security Domain – that deliver virtual security management tobusinesses of all sizes. The newsoftware blades enable businesses to segment their security management intovirtual domains while consolidating their hardware infrastructure. In addition,the new software blades allow for stronger and better security with thedeployment of consistent global policies across all domains. Key features andbenefits include centralized monitoring for all gateways and multi-domainsystem components in a single management console, increased managementflexibility and accuracy with enhanced role-based administration and granularcontrol, increased efficiency with consistent global policies across domains,and reduced hardware investment and overall lower total cost of ownership.

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