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Microsoft to strengthen IP protection

Moving to quell apprehension about patents, Microsoft will strengthen intellectual property (IP) protection for manufacturers and distributors using its software.

Microsoft reports two bugs, third identified

Microsoft is warning of two bugs in its software that could potentially give unauthorized control or access over a person's computer, while a third problem has been highlighted by a security research company.

Russian hackers sold exploit, analyst says

Security vendor Kaspersky Lab says that it appears two or three Russian hacker squads sold an exploit for the WMF (Windows Metafile) vulnerability that raised alarms in December.

Microsoft increases funding for computer training

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates announced Wednesday that the company will increase funding for a program that provides basic computer training and job skills to people in countries lacking those services.

Microsoft revamps blogging policy

After outrage from many of its own employees over its abrupt censoring of a Chinese blogger, Microsoft has formulated a new policy to deal with requests from a government that alleges posted material violates its laws.

Europe grants an extension for Microsoft

The European Commission has given Microsoft an additional month to comply with a part of its antitrust ruling that requires Microsoft to provide information allowing competitors' server products to interoperate with its software.

Kama Sutra worm programmed to overwrite data files on Feb. 3

Antivirus vendors are still warning of a rapidly-spreading worm that is carrying a potentially destructive set of instructions. The Nyxem worm -- also nicknamed the Kama Sutra worm -- is programmed to overwrite all of the files on computers it infect...

Bulgaria arrests eight for phishing operation

Authorities in Bulgaria arrested eight people last week who allegedly stole financial information using a variety of fake Web pages carrying Microsoft logos, netting the group at least $US50,000.

Microsoft to bolster Software Assurance program

Microsoft is planning several major changes to beef up features of Software Assurance, the company's maintenance and upgrade program that has been criticized for its expense and slow follow-up with new products.

Analyst: No effect from tardy XP service pack

Microsoft's plan to release a third service pack for Windows XP later than expected should not have much effect on sales of Windows Vista, the company's upcoming desktop upgrade, according to a market analyst.

Microsoft issues WMF patch for Vista OS build

Microsoft has issued a patch for a preliminary version of its Vista OS for the same graphics-rendering problem that raised concerns about current versions of the Windows OS earlier this month.

Attacks mounting on 'Million Dollar Home Page'

The wildly successful pixel-powered Web page of a British university student is coming under increasingly intense DDOS (distributed denial of service) attacks trying to knock down the profitable brainstorm.

Google sends invites for Analytics service

Google is starting to send invitations to customers who requested its Analytics service, after overwhelming demand caused the company to stop accepting new subscribers in November.

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First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

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