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Trend Micro, the security firm best known for its PC-cillin anti-virus software, has acquired UK-based email encryption firm Identum. Terms of the deal, announced Monday, were undisclosed. Identum's email encryption technology will be rolled into Trend's existing portfolio of content and web-security products under the Trend …

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And the boy in black is talking some slack.........

Identum had an interesting proposition but never really got motoring in the short time they were about. The Marlow posse might make some headway with it in their own client base I suppose, beyond that it's debatable.

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More products to boycott!

Trend Micro - the new SCO - who want to collect a tax on all virus scanned e-mail...

http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquirer/news/2008/02/12/trend-micro-boycotted-clamav

Acquisition = More products to keep not using and explicitly recommend not using!

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Mathematical Monopolies

Not only is Identum a "spin out" from a university, meaning that everyone involved was probably funded by the taxpayer before they skimmed off the cream and took it all private, but then...

"Private Post is built upon patent-pending technology"

Specifially, this:

http://l2.espacenet.com/textdoc?DB=EPODOC&IDX=GB2434947&F=19

So it's all about academics betraying the very principles of academic inquiry by getting their hands on illegitimate instruments of "intellectual property": software and process patents.

I guess they'd be good bedfellows with the despicable Trend Micro.

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Grow up

Trend Micro may have upset a few of you in the free software arena, but for those of us in the real world where protection to a corporate network is vital then they do a job as well as anyone. At least they work to integrate products unlike the losers at Symantec and McAfee who just slap it in a new box and call it integrated. Baracuda are not exactly blameless in this and having tried to use their product I fail so see why they are even still in business.

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@Grow up

"Trend Micro may have upset a few of you in the free software arena, but for those of us in the real world..."

The "free software arena" and the real world are one and the same, didn't you know? Free software provides most of the infrastructure of the Internet, in fact. (Especially if you include permissively-licensed stuff that vendors are able to fork and close.) What did you think was out there? A big Microsoft Exchange server installation running all the e-mail on the planet? NetBEUI broadcasts to find www.google.com and the like?

There's nothing wrong with providing a business around software, but there is a lot wrong with people filing bogus claims on stuff they've thought of and then taxing everyone else who strays near their turf. But I suppose "growing up" to people like you is about pretending to be all businesslike (flaunt that "corporate" thing as if we're impressed), and letting the likes of Trend Micro dip into your wallet whether you're using their stuff or not.

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