A surprise hit among V3.co.uk readers this week was the news that Oracle is dropping the OpenOffice application suite from its commercial software offerings, and handing the code to the open source community.
Oracle said it will now concentrate its open source efforts on MySQL and Linux, where it is more likely to get corporate and government support, although it’s unclear whether the software giant will still invest in OpenOffice.
Also popular this week was news of Microsoft’s drive to improve the company’s engagement with the security industry, by urging staff to report any bugs they find in third-party software.
Redmond appears in our top 10 again in the form of the beta availability of its Office 365 offering which was announced this week.
Other top stories included a new report by McAfee which found that 80 per cent of critical infrastructure firms have been hit by denial-of-service attacks in the past year, and the news that a Ministry of Defence security error led to data on nuclear submarines being exposed on the web.
V3.co.uk readers were also keen to read about SAP acquisition rumours, Alcatel-Lucent’s intention to sell its telecoms business, and the Motorola Xoom review, while news that the FBI is cracking down on several gambling sites also proved a hit.
Oracle drops OpenOffice from commercial software portfolio
Company hands project back to the community
Microsoft tells staff to report flaws in third-party software
Company discloses bugs in Chrome and Opera in new spirit of openness
Alcatel-Lucent shaping up to sell telecoms business
HP touted as a front runner
MoD blamed for nuclear submarine information leak
Simple copy-and-paste blunder reveals confidential report on how nuclear subs cope with incidents
Critical infrastructure firms hit by DoS attacks and extortion
McAfee research paints worrying picture for organisations such as utilities
SAP denies acquisition rumours
Co-chief executives argue that HP will not buy SAP
FBI moves against PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker
Agency shuts down three of the most popular online poker services
Microsoft Office 365 beta now available to download
Cloud-based service works with smartphones for creation and collaboration on the move
Motorola Xoom review
Honeycomb 3.0 tablet has plenty to offer businesses as a viable alternative to the iPad 2
Apple finally updates Safari to deal with fake Comodo SSL certificates
Update also patches flaws in Safari and iOS
New Vikendi map adds snow, snowmobiles and new aural and visual twists
Faults and bad weather ground SpaceX, Blue Origin, Arianespace and United Alliance
New regulation expected to cut greenhouse gas emissions by about 17 million metric tonnes between 2020 and 2050
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