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Flessner to Leave Microsoft Post

Paul Flessner, who helped Micro¿soft Corp. develop SQL Server 2005, plans to resign. Flessner, vice president of the data storage and platform division, will leave on Jan. 1 to pursue personal endeavors, a spokeswoman said. He will continue to work part time. Ted Kummert, a corporate vice president who heads the security, access and solutions division, will assume Flessner’s responsibilities.

EMC Buys Storage Software Maker

EMC Corp. has agreed to acquire Avamar Technologies Inc. for $165 million. Avamar makes software that helps companies ensure that they back up each data segment only once, a proc¿ess known as deduplication. Avamar uses EMC Clariion servers as a target for disk-based backups and EMC Centera servers for long-term archiving, according to EMC.

Vendors to Create Battery Standard

A group of laptop vendors and battery manufacturers plans to announce a standard for making safer lithium-ion batteries by June 15, 2007, said IPC, the Association Connecting Electronics Industries. The vendors, including Apple Computer Inc., Fujitsu Ltd., IBM and Toshiba Corp., hope the standard can help them recover from a series of massive battery recalls. The standard will cover all forms of rechargeable lithium-ion cells, IPC said.

Sun Ships New NetBeans Version

Sun Microsystems Inc. has released NetBeans 5.5. The latest version of its open-source Java integrated development environment adds a Java Persistence application programming interface and a Java API for XML Web Services 2.0 tools. It also includes a graphical user interface builder code-named Project Matisse.

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