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McDonald's Signs Deal for IT Support

McDonald's Corp. plans to outsource management of the IT infrastructure that supports its North American operations to Affiliated Computer Services Inc. Dallas-based ACS said the seven-year contract includes the fast food chain's mainframes, servers, end-user systems and help desks. ACS valued the deal at $219 million. An undisclosed number of IT workers will transfer from McDonald's to ACS.

IBM Buys Candle, Adds System Tools

IBM said it has agreed to buy Candle Corp., a vendor of tools for managing mainframes and other servers, for an undisclosed price. IBM's Tivoli Software unit already sells mainframe management tools, but the company said it's committed to supporting El Segundo, Calif.-based Candle's Omegamon product line. The acquisition is expected to be completed by midyear, IBM said.

Via E-mail, Gates Gives Security Plan

Bill Gates, Microsoft Corp.'s chairman, sent a group of users who subscribe to an e-mail list a 3,500-word message that detailed the company's plan to better secure its software. Gates also noted that Microsoft will begin a series of regional security training events this week. The company had already announced most of the initiatives.

Microsoft Expands VoIP in Win CE 5.0

Microsoft also said its upcoming Windows CE 5.0 operating system will provide expanded voice-over-IP capabilities, including VoIP support for dual-mode cellular and wireless LAN devices. In addition, Microsoft today will announce the formation of an RFID vendor council.

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