Top IT news stories of the week

Who made the headlines

  • Cisco revises service prices: Cisco is adjusting prices on some of its services with changes coming into effect from May 1. According to a statement to partners and sighted by ARN, the vendor is increasing prices on technical services for select end-of-sale products, to offset the rising cost to support these types of devices. Cisco refused to comment.
  • Analyst - Optus' Internet filter participation shocking and disappointing: Leading analyst and director of Buddecomm, Paul Budde, has expressed surprise and disappointment at Optus’ decision to join the Federal Government’s controversial Internet filtering trial.
  • Partners enthusiastic over Oracle's play for Sun: Australian partners have praised Oracle’s decision to purchase Sun Microsystems for $US7.4 billion. Red Rock Consulting, CEO, Jonathan Rubinzstein, said it was the most interesting acquisition Oracle had made so far and had the potential to change the enterprise market.
  • Google stimulus not everybody’s cup of tea: Google’s announcement that it has introduced a $75 AdWords credit incentive for new SMB clients has been met with a tepid response. IDC analyst, Jean-Marc Annonier, considered the promotion to be a positive step but was concerned that Google had missed the point.
  • Bluechip boosts components offering: The distributor has added Asus graphics cards and motherboards along with Hong Kong-headquartered vendor, Manli Graphics, to its portfolio. Bluechip sales and marketing manager, Wesley Wong, said the company wanted to offer a wider range of products for whitebox builders.
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