May 28
VMware to Present at Sanford Bernstein Strategic Decisions Conference

PALO ALTO, Calif., May 28, 2010 - VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), the global leader in virtualization solutions from the desktop through the datacenter and to the cloud, today announced that Paul Maritz, chief executive officer of VMware, will present at the Sanford Bernstein Strategic Decisions Conference in New York City on June 2, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. ET/1:00 p.m. PT.
A live webcast will be available on the Investor Relations page at http://ir.vmware.com. The replay of the webcast will be available for one month.
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Hugh Pickens writes “Burglars and terrorists should be careful not to use Google Maps if they plan on committing crimes in the state of Louisiana. Nola reports that a bill approved 89-0 by the Louisiana House will require that judges impose an additional minimum sentence of at least 10 years on terrorist acts if the crime is committed with the aid of an Internet-generated ‘virtual map.’ The bill, already approved by the Louisiana Senate, defines a ‘virtual street-level map’ as one that is available on the Internet and can generate the location or picture of a home or building by entering the address of the structure or an individual’s name on a website. If the map is used in the commission of a crime like burglary, the bill calls for the addition of at least one year in jail (PDF) to be added to the burglary sentence. The House measure is now being sent back to the Senate for approval of clarifying amendments made by a House committee.”

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