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[February 12, 2013]

AME Info, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, technology briefs

Feb 12, 2013 (AME Info - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- VMWARE ACQUIRES VIRSTO TO BOOST GROWTH: VMware Inc. has acquired Virsto Software as part of a strategy to boost its storage portfolio and its desktop virtualisation business, Dow Jones has reported. US-based Virsto provides software designed to reduce the cost and complexity of storage for desktop-virtualisation and cloud-computing efforts. "We believe that the acquisition of Virsto will accelerate our development of storage technologies, allowing our customers to greatly improve the efficiency and performance of storage in virtual infrastructure," said John Gilmartin, VMware's vice president of storage and availability.

ORACLE TO RELEASE MORE JAVA PATCHES SOON: Oracle has said more patches are to be released for Java SE this month, the first of which is set to arrive February 19, PC World has reported. The company said its latest patch did not include a 'small number; of fixes that had been planned for inclusion, as a result of the hastened release. Oracle, however, did not say how many more patches will be released this month.

JORDAN TOPS REGION WITH 19 NEW TECH STARTUPS IN 2012: According to a report by Discover Digital Arabia, Jordan has ranked first among Arab countries in 2012 in terms of number of startups in the field of internet and technology, Jordan Times has reported. The country continued to lead for the second consecutive year with the number of investments registered in 2012 in the sector hit 19 new startups, compared with 38 in the previous year, creating between 1,500 to 2,000 jobs, the report said. "There is a good ecosystem in Jordan for supporting startups and entrepreneurs compared to the rest of the region," said Jawad Abbassi, founder and general manager of Arab Advisors Group. "There is a good marketing for startups and entrepreneurs in Jordan, which helps attract investments to support the entrepreneurs." ADOBE RELEASES CROSS-PLATFORM EMERGENCY FLASH PATCH: Adobe has released an emergency update for its Flash Player to fix two zero-day threats, Cnet has reported. The vulnerabilities currently are being exploited "in the wild," says Adobe's blog on the patches. According to the Kaspersky ThreatPost blog on the pair of zero-days, one attack targets "aerospace and other manufacturing companies" by tricking people into opening a Microsoft Word document with malicious Flash content embedded in it. The second zero-day targets Firefox and Safari on Mac OS X by tricking users into visiting web sites hosting malicious Flash content, and it aims at Windows users by way of a Microsoft Word attachment delivered via e-mail. The updates affect all versions of Flash on Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android.

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