IT news for April 15: Oracle plugs 41 holes; Mac clones; Google revolution

News to know for April 15, 2008, features stories about: Oracle security holes, green IT, Google revolution, Windows' pricing, PhysX, Apple updates, Mac clones, and much more.

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Notable headlines for Tuesday, April 15, 2008: Paul Mah: Security news roundup: Oracle announces bonanza of patches for 41 holes, older WordPress blogs succumbs en masse Paul Mah: Playing your part for a greener IT Jason Hiner: IBM expert explains the ROI story for SOA and talks new tools Toni Bowers: Did Google misuse non-compete agreements of DoubleClick employees? Justin James: Microsoft Evangelist Blain Barton discusses systems administration Jason Hiner: Sanity check: Will the Google revolution engulf IT departments? Ed Bott: Making sense of Windows' irrational pricing and licensing Robin Harris: 2.5" disks to become new standard in 2009 TechRepublic: 10 common mistakes to avoid when you're installing Linux software Christopher Dawson: My kid hates Linux. First my kid hates Linux, now I have to buy laptops with Vista Adrian Kingsley-Hughes: PhysX coming to GeForce 8/9 owners soon Larry Dignan: Is AOL a viable option for Yahoo against Microsoft?
AOL buys Sphere

AOL lands Verizon advertising deal Exclusive: Google App Engine ported to Amazon's EC2 Jason O'Grady: Mac clones to rise again? Paula Rooney: Iona exec claims open source unit won't be sold alone, bashes MuleSource Mary Jo Foley: Users prevail: Microsoft undoes forced move to Multimap Dennis Howlett: Google and still not a done deal Dave Greenfield: HD-Telephony: Hip or Hype? Ryan Stewart: Widevine and Microsoft team up for DRM on Silverlight

More money pouring into rich media; Move Networks adds more funding
Paul Miller: A Semantic view of the Wikipedia for Data idea Mobile Web: Over before it began? Heather Clancy: Keep your travel profile a little greener with Rearden Harry Fuller: Biofuel just got even more unpopular across the globe Microsoft touts media business gains with Silverlight Dennis Howlett: Project execution gets more social with Clarizen Jason Perlow: Zune + Yahoo! = Y!Phone
Kingsley-Hughes: Why I didn't buy an iPhone

Yet another academic against Wikipedia Google mapping spec now an industry standard Roland Piquepaille: A 2-billion-year window into the Earth Dennis Howlett: C'mon Oracle, more noise please Matthew Miller: Willcom D4 runs with an Intel Atom processor in a sleek form factor

Blockbuster sees media convergence; Offers to buy Circuit City. Techmeme CBS Interactive Opening Menlo Park Office; Big Acquisition Needed? Dana Blankenhorn: Moodle your way out of the education muddle Review: HP Pavilion a6400z Desktop PC (2.6GHz, 320GB HD, 2GB RAM) Andrew Nusca: Drool Alert: RED Scarlet 'pocket professional' mini camcorder Christopher Dawson: Innovative model brings fiber to rural Vermont Paul Murphy: Frustrations with development languages Nate McFeters: Security expert discusses a possible future for PCI-DSS... it's grim Dan Kusnetzky: Skytap and the test lab in the clouds BuzzMachine: The press becomes the press-sphere