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Microsoft Announces New Mobile OS

Microsoft on Monday announced its next-generation mobile operating system Windows Phone 7 Series, which will bring together the Zune multimedia experience and Xbox Live gaming to mobile phones worldwide. Manufacturers have already begun building phones featuring Windows Phone 7 Series with plans for release by the 2010 holiday season, according to Microsoft. Manufacturers on board…
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IBM shows US Air Force Value of Cloud Computing

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – IBM said Thursday it has been enlisted by the US Air Force to show how defense and intelligence networks can safely soar into the online software "cloud." "Our goal is to demonstrate how cloud computing can be a tool to enable our Air Force to manage, monitor and secure the information…
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Data Breaches Cost Over $200 per Customer Record

The cost of a data breach increased last year to $204 per compromised customer record, according to the Ponemon Institute's annual study. The average total cost of a data breach rose from $6.65 million in 2008 to $6.75 million in 2009. The Ponemon Institute based its estimates on data from 45 companies that publicly acknowledged…
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Google Investigating Employees in China

The Guardian is reporting that Google China is investigating its staff about The Incident. ""We're not commenting on rumor and speculation. This is an ongoing investigation and we simply cannot comment on the details," a Google spokeswoman said. Security analysts told Reuters the malicious software or malware used in the attack was a modification of…
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Best Buy “Optimization” Harms Performance

The Consumerist deconstructs the appalling 'optimization' service that Best Buy has been pushing on consumers in recent weeks. The retailer charges 40 bucks to give you a slower PC and makes bizarre claims that it makes it go 200% faster. 'We ran the 3DMark 2003 graphics benchmark on each laptop, comparing optimized and non-optimized settings.…
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Google Docs to Allow Storage of Any File Type

Google is opening up its Docs hosted office productivity suite so that users can store any type of file in it, giving the popular software-as-a-service product an important online storage component. The functionality will be rolled out over the coming weeks to all Docs users, both the ones who use the stand-alone suite as well…
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MagicJack to Launch Service for Cell Phones

Ymax, the inventor of the magicJack, told attendees at the recent Consumer Electronics Show that it will develop a consumer femtocell that will allow consumers to place cell-phone calls without using their minutes. The unnamed femtocell will be priced at about $40 and be available during the second quarter, a company spokeswoman said Monday. Femtocells…
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TSA Security Leaks- TSA Blames Bloggers

While the government investigates how an alleged terrorist was able to bring a bomb onto a U.S.-bound plane and try to blow it up on Christmas Day, the Transportation Security Administration is going after bloggers. Steve Frischling and Chris Elliott both wrote about a directive to increase security after the incident, and both were served…
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Word Works Around the Court

Microsoft has just started offering something of a patch for its extremely popular Word software, allowing it to comply with the recent court ruling which banned the software giant from selling copyright infringing versions of the word processing product which contained a custom XML feature. Kevin Kutz, Microsoft’s director of public affairs, said in a…
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