What a week: top stories you may have missed

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Are your database servers protected by a firewall? Are you sure? See our report which suggests many organisations that think they are protected could be in for a rude awakening.

Meanwhile the Sky vs EDS's legal battle continues over a soured CRM deal. Sky said EDS misrepresented its abilities...

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Editor's highlights

Linux wins Nigerian school desktops back from Microsoft

Government thwarts supplier's plan to install Windows XP

Sky and EDS clash over "cutting edge" CRM system

EDS quotes Sky, it wanted the 'next quantum leap' in CRM

Capgemini to cull 20% of HMRC's Aspire IT staff

Aspire in restructure to cut HMRC's IT costs by 10%

Sainsbury's IT savings ahead of target

Online sales growth and reduced IT costs help profit growth

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Half a million database servers 'have no firewall'

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Cray shows off new Linux supercomputers

What would you do with 768 CPU cores?

MPs savage EU's Galileo sat-nav project

Best solution to scrap the scheme, Commons committee says

Tesco IT in a box at heart of US drive

UK retailer counts on standardised IT to break into new markets

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"Businesses make poor decisions, either due to a lack of knowledge or due to "business" reasons, i.e. not wanting to spend money. Both are unforgivable mistakes. If some businesses are doing nothing to protect their data by exposing their database to the Internet, then the headline is not alarmist enough."

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