Hyperthreading hurts server performance, say developers

Intel had stated that hyperthreading's performance advantages would show once threaded software became available, but it appears that in some cases the opposite is true This sounds rather surprising because hyper threading is supposed to increase performance. However, both SQL Server and Citrix Terminal server show marked permance decrease which returns to normal on disabling HT. Read the full ZDNet Report

Google Corrects Gmail Security Flaw

Google said Wednesday it has fixed a problem in its widely used email program that allowed hackers to break into peoples Gmail accounts to read messages and pose as legitimate email users. Security researchers in Spain exposed a flaw in the way Google authenticates its users, allowing the breach in the system that counts more than 5 million users. The process for exploiting Gmail was posted to a hacker web site.

Microsoft + AOL = ?

MSNBC staff and news service reports that Microsoft is being seen as the lead suitor for a stake in Time Warner Inc.'s Internet unit America Online. Time Warner is looking to sell a stake in AOL and Microsoft is in the fray along with Google Inc.

China reportedly shuts down blog

AP Reports that Chinese authorities have blocked a pro-democracy Web log after it was nominated for a freedom of expression award by a German radio station, a press freedom group said Thursday. The blog, titled Wang Yi's Microphone, dealt with "sensitive subjects" and was maintained by a teacher from Sichuan province, Paris-based Reporters Without Borders said in a statement. Read the full story here ...