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Late Monday Google said that the bug that ate multiple copies of people's Gmail Sunday in multiple Google data centers - erasing years of e-mails, attachments, folders, chat logs, all-important contact lists and personalized settings - was created by an otherwise unidentified defect in a storage software update and that the only thing that ultimately saved the situation was old-fashioned tape back-ups. Google engineering VP and 24x7 site reliability czar Ben Trenor explained: "Imagine the sinking feeling of logging in to your Gmail account and finding it empty. That's what happened to 0.02% of Gmail users yesterday, and we're very sorry. The good news is that email was never lost and we've restored access for many of those affected. Though it may take longer than we originally expected, we're making good progress and things should be back to normal for everyone soon... (more)

Google Ends the Google Apps Free Lunch

Google last week canned the cloud-delivered Google Apps that have been free for individuals and businesses groups of 10 users or less. All businesses of any size will now have to pay $50 a person a year, or $5 a month per person, for the premium Google Apps for Business service. Until last year only companies with more than 50 users had to pay. Google said the millions of people who currently use the free version will continue to get it free. The subscription-only switch just applies to new customers who will get more bang for their buck than the free version offered. Google clai... (more)

Microsoft Contributes to Open Source CMS Project

Microsoft has signed a Joomla! Contributor Agreement (JCA), and there's some of its code in the Joomla! 1.6 trunk. That's Joomla! as in GPL project and, according to Microsoft, the second-biggest PHP application in the world. It's a MySQL-based open source content management system (CMS) used worldwide to create and manage web sites that lets myriad add-ons be plugged in, stuff like blogs, wikis, document management and image galleries. Microsoft's been helping get the thing up on its Web Platform Installer and run better on its IIS web server, which opens up more opportunities fo... (more)

Icahn Lashes Out at Dell Board & Dell Himself

After joining with Southeastern Asset Management in signing an open letter to Dell’s special board committee – which is wrestling with Michael Dell’s offer to pay $13.75 a share, 10 cents more a share, to change how the stockholders vote on his leverage buy-out offer is counted – telling the special committee he expected them to tell Michael Dell “no” – activist investor Carl Icahn wrote another open letter to Dell shareholders characterizing Michael Dell as a “whining” “sore loser” and major corporate “liability” and castigating the Dell board for “making a mockery of what lit... (more)

Metrowerks Launches Toolkit for Linux PDA

Metrowerks, a Motorola subsidiary, has launched a development toolkit for Sharp's Linux-based Zaurus PDA. Dubbed CodeWarrior Development Studio for Sharp Application Development 1.0, the IDE is supposed to let developers write code on a Windows system and deploy the apps directly on the Zaurus. Metrowerks and Sharp jointly created the toolkit. Developers can write applications in Qt, the Java 2 Platform Mobile Edition and other standard programming languages. The toolkit includes a GNU compiler, linker and assembler utilities within the Trolltech Qt Designer, CodeWarrior Debugger... (more)