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Passport to get Web services stamp

Microsoft this summer will lay out a plan to make its .Net Passport authentication service more Web services-friendly.

Cisco Wi-Fi phone due in June

Cisco Systems intends to introduce a portable Wi-Fi phone in the next few months, adding its stamp of approval to the emerging business technology.

Flaw bugs Office 2000 customers

A software slipup in Microsoft’s latest update to Office 2000 results in the application repeatedly asking some customers to register the program.

Court blocks security conference talk

A pair of students were blocked by a state court from presenting information at a Georgia security and hackers’ conference on how to break into and modify a university electronic transactions system.

Windows gets tough on spam, viruses

Microsoft on Monday will detail a future version of Windows that will make it easier to detect and isolate viruses.

Week in review: Windows cracks

Microsoft revealed some of its coveted Windows source code as part of an effort to stave off open-source competitors, but a backdoor leak at the software maker released a different type of code that is sure to please pirates.

Judge refuses to dismiss Siebel suit

A federal judge on Thursday declined to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that software maker Siebel Systems overstated its earnings by concealing stock options granted to its founder and chief executive.

The judge in San Mateo, Calif., set an Oct. 6 trial date for the lawsuit against Siebel, filed last year by the Teachers’ Retirement System of Louisiana, which had invested in Siebel stock.

Oracle inks homeland security deal

Oracle has signed a deal to supply the Transportation Security Administration with call center software and other information technology infrastructure.

Microsoft sets Office bundling terms

Microsoft will not include InfoPath and OneNote as part of the Office System suites sold at retail or installed on new computers, the company will disclose Wednesday.

HP asks kids to design calculators

Hewlett-Packard on Monday announced a contest aimed at allowing elementary, middle school and high school students to help plan features for the company’s next generation of calculators.

Amdocs buys defunct CRM firm

Software maker Amdocs has paid $5 million to purchase the assets of Xchange, a former contender in the customer relationship management software market.
The cash acquisition, announced Wednesday, gives St. Louis-based Amdocs a set of programs from Xchange for streamlining marketing campaigns. The deal also calls for Amdocs’ Clarify division to support about 100 Xchange customers, including Allstate, Staples and Fidelity. Ten former Xchange employees will become part of Amdocs’ staff.