Microsoft woos hobbyist, child programmers

Microsoft is hoping to lure hobbyist programmers and young children to the Windows platform through a Web site and forthcoming version of Visual Studio aimed at making Windows development easy and fun, a company spokesman said.

Music download sales more than triple

The market for music downloads from the Internet tripled in value during the first half of this year and now account for 6 percent of total record industry sales, a sign of how fast online delivery of music is catching on.

Lycos to test new social networking service

After pulling the plug on its Circles social networking service, Lycos is taking another swing at this market, testing a new service imported from its South Korean parent company Daum Communications.

ARM unveils new Cortex chip core for mobile devices

Processor designer Arm's latest core design, the Cortex A8 processor, could be the core that allows ARM and its partners to expand their products beyond mobile phones and into the future digital home, company executives said Tuesday.

Blu-ray support hinges on disc copy, says Intel

Intel, which last week expressed support for the HD-DVD format for high-definition video discs, is open to also supporting the rival Blu-ray Disc format should its backers commit to allowing the copying of content from discs onto home multimedia serv...

Kaspersky laid low by antivirus software hole

Kaspersky Lab has been hit by a security bug affecting a wide range of its antivirus products. The bug isn't limited to a particular platform, and can be exploited through several common protocols to take over a protected system.

Firefox advocacy site hacked again

For the second time in three months, a security breach has shut down the marketing Web site used to promote the Firefox browser. Late Monday, members of the Spread Firefox community were notified that their site had been hit by atta...

Google, Sun team up on software, Web-based apps

Google and Sun Microsystems on Tuesday unveiled a collaborative effort to promote Sun's open-source software, a move that will make it easier for users to freely obtain Sun's Java Runtime Environment, the Google Toolbar and the product...

Microsoft adds native PDF support to Office 12

Microsoft is adding native support for PDF (portable document format) in the next version of its office productivity suite, code-named Office 12, which is expected to be available next year.

Online safety threats lurk in instant messages

By now you know to be leery of e-mail attachments, even when they seem to come from a friend or colleague. These days, however, you also have to be careful of IM attachments and links -- because the virus writers are already there, too.

SAP's VC arm invests in wiki company

SAP Ventures, the venture capital arm of German enterprise applications vendor SAP, has invested in social communications and wiki company Socialtext, the U.S. startup announced Friday. Socialtext specializes in software and support for enterprises l...

Sun faced with StarOffice 8 challenge

Sun Microsystems has worked to improve the compatibility of its StarOffice application suite with Microsoft's Office, but it still faces an uphill climb as it tries to entice corporate users to consider the new version released on Tuesday.

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