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Microsoft Patches Three Products

Microsoft Corp. released four new patches designed to plug security holes in its SQL Server 2000, Exchange Server 5.5 and Metadirectory Services 2.2 software. Two patches covering a total of five vulnerabilities were issued for SQL Server 2000. Microsoft said attackers could exploit the most serious of the flaws to gain full control of unprotected systems that are running the database.

HP Cuts Off Dell From Selling Its Printers

Hewlett-Packard Co. said it will stop selling its printers to Dell Computer Corp., which was reselling the devices. HP, which competes more directly with Dell following its purchase of Compaq Computer Corp., said it acted based on expectations that Dell will enter the printer business itself. Dell said it will work with channel partners to get HP printers if users demand them.

Eli Lilly, Eight States Settle Privacy Case

Eli Lilly and Co. settled privacy complaints filed by eight states over last year's release of e-mail addresses belonging to nearly 700 subscribers to a Prozac mailing list. The deal requires the Indianapolis-based pharmaceutical maker to strengthen its data privacy protection procedures. Eli Lilly signed a similar settlement with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission in January.

Short Takes

Cisco Systems Inc. said it will buy full ownership of Ayr Networks Inc., a Palo Alto, Calif.-based developer of routing software in which Cisco now holds a minority stake. . . . Framingham, Mass.-based IDC predicted that worldwide IT spending will total $981 billion this year, up 3.7% from last year.

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