WinInfo Daily UPDATE, January 22, 2004

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- palmOne Reorganizes Around Smart Phones
- Bagle Virus: The Next Sobig.F?

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==== 1. In the News ====
by Paul Thurrott, [email protected]

palmOne Reorganizes Around Smart Phones
Citing slowing sales of traditional PDAs as the primary reason, Palm OS device-maker palmOne says it will cut its workforce by about 12 percent and concentrate its energies on smart phone devices. In an attempt to return to profitability by 2005, the company will lay off about 100 employees, dropping its total number of employees to 740, and continue working to integrate Handspring, which the company purchased last year. palmOne recently reported a quarterly loss of $4.1 million, which was less than analysts had feared.
"We intend to maintain our lead in the handheld-computer category with new, innovative solutions while we shift more investment toward the higher-growth smart phone category," Todd Bradley, palmOne president and CEO, said. "The Handspring acquisition continues to deliver synergies, and tough but strategic decisions coupled with operational discipline enable us to reduce overall spending. We are committed to delivering growth and profitability, and these actions will move us closer to those goals."
Although palmOne's products are still the best-selling PDAs, the company is meeting increasing competition from major players in the Pocket PC camp, such as HP and Dell. Because customers are increasingly looking for connected PDAs and smart phones, palmOne purchased Handspring in October, primarily for Handspring's Treo smart phone product line. palmOne currently sells the Treo 600 and will soon offer an updated model, the Treo 610, directly to consumers and through major cell phone carriers.

Bagle Virus: The Next Sobig.F?
A potentially devastating virus emerged last week, threatening to unleash the kind of widespread disruption the PC industry experienced last year with Sobig.F. But the Bagle.a virus, alternatively called Beagle and Bagel, petered out rather quickly this week after infecting hundreds of thousands of computers, according to security experts. The virus is categorized as a mass-mailing virus, which means that it replicates by spreading through email attachments.
But Bagle.a might be just the first in a series of related electronic attacks, and experts from Network Associates and Symantec are warning their customers to be on the lookout for permutations of the virus, which might be more virulent. The original versions of Sobig, for example, caused few problems, but Sobig.F was the fastest-spreading computer virus of all time, affecting millions of systems in September 2003. Bagle.a expires next week, leading some experts to believe that newer strains will materialize in a short period of time.
Bagle.a appears in email messages as an attachment and does nothing to hide the fact that it's up to no good. The body of the email looks like this:

Test =)
(random characters)
Test, yep.

The attachment is always 15,872 bytes and can be renamed to virtually any name. For more information and removal instructions, visit the McAfee Web site.

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