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Microsoft is issuing five security patches for Windows and the Office productivity suite today, including a critical fix for the widely publicised CreateTextRange vulnerability in Internet Explorer. The Internet Explorer fix comes more than two weeks after the vulnerability was discovered. Two unofficial patches from security firms have been available to plug the hole for more than a week, but Microsoft has warned users not to deploy them.

Microsoft releases fix for Internet Explorer

Microsoft is issuing five security patches for Windows and the Office productivity suite today, including a critical fix for the widely publicised CreateTextRange vulnerability in Internet Explorer. The Internet Explorer fix comes more than two weeks after the vulnerability was discovered. Two unofficial patches from security firms have been available to plug the hole for more than a week, but Microsoft has warned users not to deploy them.

Iceland Foods upgrades its datawarehouse

Food retailer Iceland Foods has upgraded its datawarehouse to streamline operations across merchandising, supply chain, finance and marketing. The retailer is using a 5Tbyte Teradata datawarehouse in a bid to increase the value of operational, customer and financial information. The upgrade is expected to support the business for the next five years and allow Iceland to roll out new analytical applications.

Salesforce.com service suffers global downtime

Last Friday Salesforce.com users were left without service as the company faced problems with its software-as-a-service system. Worldwide users were affected for at least an hour and North American users faced a four-hour outage. Salesforce.com blamed the downtime on a cache server overload and apologised online.

South Wales Police in data management deal

South Wales Police has signed a multimillion-pound contract with Atos Origin to deliver a new information management system that promises more efficient processing of crime data. The deal will see the consolidation of existing policing systems into a single record management system called Niche RMS.

NCC CIO groups get new managing director

Nick Kirkland has taken over as managing director of National Computing Centre's senior IT executive groups CIO Connect and the Impact Programme. Kirkland, who took up the role last week, has been IT director of Penguin Books and IS general manager for Sony UK. Most recently he has been working as group vice-president of Gartner Executive Programme, a group for high-level executives.

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