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Short takes on this week's news

Internet Explorer flaw lets in hackers

Microsoft is investigating a new published flaw in the Internet Explorer browser, which reportedly allows hackers to take over users' machines. The security vulnerability has been reported by the French Security Incident Response Team (FrSIRT), which says the flaw is related to a piece of code that is included in Microsoft's Visual Studio software. FrSIRT said exploit code for the flaw is already circulating on the internet.

EMC Documentum 7.3 gets a dashboard

EMC, the information storage specialist, has enhanced its EMC Documentum eRoom Enterprise software to ease the way firms can manage data access and collaboration in the organisation. With version 7.3, users can take advantage of an automated dashboard facility for increased visibility across multiple workspaces where data is shared on a project or personnel basis. The dashboard allows users to see who is currently sharing a data workspace, and supports real-time communication.

IT spending set to grow worldwide by 5.9%

Worldwide IT spending will grow by 5.9% a year from 2005 to 2009, making it worth $1.3 trillion by the end of this period. Analyst IDC said that government, manufacturing and banking were the industries with the highest growth potential. "We remain optimistic about vertical market spending on IT," said Anne Songtao Lu, an analyst at IDC.

Discoverer 10g certified for applications suite

Oracle has certified its Discoverer 10g tool for use with the Peoplesoft Enterprise Performance Management 8.9 analytic applications suite. The database giant said the certification for EPM was part of its commitment to allowing Peoplesoft users to maximise their existing technology investments, while offering the benefit of Discoverer 10g's reporting and analysis capabilities.

Business priorities are key worry for managers

IT managers are most concerned about supporting business priorities, a survey from ICM Research has found. The study of 175 IT managers in the UK and Ireland found that while compliance and security are high on the IT agenda, day-to-day support of the business was the primary concern.

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