Hefty Microsoft August Patch Delivers 13 Security Fixes

The August patch is a bulky one as Microsoft released 13 fixes today.

'Shady RAT' Stole Sensitive Data for Years, Expert Says

A single command and control server conducted attacks against corporations and government agencies over the last five years.

Persistent Threat Attacks Traced to Chinese Servers

A security researcher reported a flaw in advanced persistent threat attempts used to steal intellectual property in recent high-profile breaches.

Safari 5 Places Second to IE 8 in July Stats

The browser wars took a new turn as Apple's Safari 5 browser gained ground in a July survey.

IE 9 Upgrades Can Save Millions, Study Asserts

Upgrading from Internet Explorer 8 to IE 9 can represent a cost benefit to organizations, according to a June Microsoft-commissioned study.

Why Microsoft Won't Dump Bing

Microsoft watcher Mary Jo Foley says that just like Ballmer, Bing isn't going anywhere. Here's why.

Google Goes Direct With Malware Warnings

Google this week announced that it will return a malware notice with search results for users deemed to have infected systems.

Microsoft Announces $250,000 Reward for Info on Rustock Ring

Microsoft today announced a cash reward of $250,000 to anyone providing information that leads to the criminal conviction of the Rustock botnet perpetrators. according to a blog post.

Microsoft Hohm Shutdown Blamed on Windows Embedded

The death of Microsoft's free consumer home power-monitoring service, Hohm, mostly resulted from its organization under the Windows Embedded Business segment, according to one of the developers on the project.

Microsoft Report: Rustock Botnet Infections Halved Worldwide

Microsoft today released new information on the Rustock botnet ring, showing decreased infection rates since law enforcement actions took place.

Sorting Out Microsoft's Mixed-Up Enterprise Search Strategy

Bing, SharePoint, Search Server and FAST: Redmond's hodgepodge of search solutions lacks a cohesive strategy, observers say, leaving enterprises confused and competitors primed to take advantage.

Microsoft Releases IE 10 Platform Preview 2

Internet Explorer 10 platform preview 2 was announced on Wednesday. Microsoft said this preview's main purpose is to demonstarte its HTML 5 test progress so far.

Google Releases Flash-to-HTML 5 Converter

Google Labs quietly released Swiffy yesterday, a development tool that allows SWF files (used in Flash elements) to be converted to HTML 5.

Google Under U.S. Investigation, Possible Antitrust Scrutiny

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is investigating Google's business practices, an announcement by the company acknowledged today.

Scareware Ring Allegedly Racked Up $74 Million

The FBI this week announced the arrest of two people suspected of being involved in a "scareware" scheme that extorted $74 million from about one million computer users over the last three years.

Google: Bypass IE and Admins With Chrome Frame

Google on Monday announced the availability of a test version of its Google Chrome Frame plug-in for Internet Explorer that installs without requiring administrative privileges.

Brand-Name Domains Cleared by ICANN

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers announced what President Rod Beckstrom called "one of the biggest changes ever to the Domain Name System" at the opening of its 41st annual meeting, being held in Singapore.

UPDATE: Microsoft's Skype Purchase Approved by U.S. Regulators

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission indicated on Friday that Microsoft received U.S. governmental approval to buy Skype, estimated at $8.5 billion.

Report: Windows 7 Use on the Rise, IE on the Decline

The use of Windows 7 at companies has more than doubled over the past year, but that hasn't meant correspondingly good news for Microsoft's sliding Internet Explorer browser market share, according to a study published this month by Forrester Research.

Microsoft Reports 'Success' on World IPv6 Day

Microsoft today pronounced World IPv6 Day to be a "success," reporting no incidents after enabling IPv6 access on some of its Web sites.

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