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Tech Round-up: 2/4/13-2/8/13

by on February 8, 2013

Here are some of the technology stories that caught our eye this week:

Dell announced a $24 billion buy-out deal to go private, leading InfoWorld to speculate that the company might eliminate its consumer products in favor of building out its enterprise product portfolio.

There were critical patches released by Adobe and Oracle. The Adobe Flash Player update addresses two vulnerabilities that could cause a crash and allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. Moved up from its original February 19th release date, Oracle’s Java update fixes more than 50 security vulnerabilities.

On the security front, Blue Coat’s security blog discussed why phishing is the overlooked mobile threat; Microsoft and Symantec teamed up to take down the two-year-old Bamital botnet that hijacked online searches; and InfoWorld explained how this week’s data breach of the Energy Department is the latest in the department’s spotty security history.

Microsoft released a preview of its new sign on experience, which lets users sign on only once to access products like Windows Azure and Office 365. GigaOM used the preview as proof that Microsoft finally understands how enterprises use the cloud.

With the release of the Microsoft Surface Pro, Network World shared everything businesses needed to know about the tablet.

After a Forrester survey predicted that 200 million workers will be lining up for a Windows tablet, CNET wondered whether Apple would start making an iPad Pro.

Network World shared the newest additions to the Cisco SDN family, including a 40G switch, controller, and cloud gear for data centers. On its blog, Cisco explained the new products’ impact on enterprise and SP infrastructure strategies.

InfoSecurity reported that Juniper acquired Accumuli’s Webscreen DDoS mitigation technology.

Riverbed appointed Jeff Pancottine as Senior Vice President and General Manager of its Stingray application delivery business unit.

Finally, Trend Micro announced that BlackBerry will use its app scanning service to scan apps for malware.

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