CSHARP123 writes "More information related to Illicit Phrama ads that cost Google about $500 million was revealed by WSJ earlier today. According to the article, even Larry Page knew about the illicit operations and did not put an end to it. Federal officials approached Google with evidence of its employees' wrongdoing in mid-2009. After two years of negotiation, Google agreed to pay $500 million to settle the allegations and ward off criminal charges against the company" Link to Original Source top
DOJ Investigates Google, Apple, and others in Info
CSHARP123 writes "The Department of Justice launched an investigation into the "No Poaching" agreement between Apple and Google in 2010, but details of the case were only made public for the first time yesterday. TechCrunch was the first to sift through the documents, and has uncovered some ostensibly incriminating evidence against not only Google and Apple, but Pixar, Lucasfilm, Adobe, Intel, and Intuit, as well. According to the filings from the US District Court for the Northern District of California in San Jose, these companies did indeed enter "no poach" agreements with each other, and agreed to refrain soliciting employees. The documents also indicate that they collectively sought to limit their employees' power to negotiate for higher salaries." Link to Original Source top
CSHARP123 writes "WSJ's anonymous sources indicates that MS and Nokia casually considered to bid on Research in Motion Ltd (RIM). The talks outcome is not clear. The Journal suggests that this wasn't anything more than a simple idea that came up at one of the regular meetings between senior executives from all three companies — perhaps it could have even been just a casual talk—but one wonders how does Microsoft and Nokia executives think to profit on this take over. May be RIM provides a good backdoor entry for MS in the enterprise space for its Windows Phone 7. Recently, Amazon was also considering to bid on RIM. It is interesting to see who will gobble up RIM." Link to Original Source top
CSHARP123 writes "The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is warning users to “stand up” for their freedom to install free software as Microsoft prepares its Secure Boot feature of Windows 8. Previously Mathew Garrett a Redhat employee speculated about how OEMs can restrict linux installations. Microsoft cleared up the confusion. But now the FSF is organizing a petition-signing campaign over the use Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) as a replacement for the conventional PC BIOS. People like Ross Anderson, Professor of Security Engineering at the University of Cambridge Computing Laboratory also writes in his blog about the increased lock-in if this succeedes." Link to Original Source top
Microsoft pays money to Samsung and Nokia for Mang
CSHARP123 writes "Ballmer opened up the company's coffers to Nokia and Samsung for a holiday blitz of Mango marketing. Hold onto your hats though, it's no carte blanche access to Redmond's Gringotts. According to a report on Mobile Magazine, inside sources claim MS has set aside £28 million (about $44 million) for the endeavor, with about £20 million of that reserved for Nokia's first Windows Phone 7.5 handset. This joint marketing effort is reportedly a broader extension of the cooperative agreements all parties agreed to, ensuring future WP devices get the media saturation they deserve. Samsung is also due to unveil a major Christmas ad push for the Omnia W with an estimated £8m spend. May be this is what Samsung gets for making a deal on Patents to cover Android OS? Not a bad deal for Samsung" Link to Original Source top
Microsoft thinks IE9 blocks more malware then Chro
CSHARP123 writes "In a move that’s sure to raise some eyebrows, Microsoft today debuted a new web site designed to raise awareness of security issues in web browsers.
When you visit the site, called Your Browser Matters, it allows you to see a score for the browser you’re using. Only IE, Chrome, or Firefox are included—other browsers are excluded. Not surprisingly, Microsoft’s latest release, Internet Explorer 9, gets a perfect 4 out of 4. Latest versions of Chrome or Firefox do not even come close to the score of 4. Even though the web site makes it easy for users to upgrade to latest version of their choice of browser, Roger Capriotti hopes people to choose IE9 as it blocks more malware compared to Chrome or Firefox." Link to Original Source top
Microsoft clears up Linux confusion over Windows 8
CSHARP123 writes "Redhat employee Matthew Garrett speculated that OEM machines that ship with copies of Windows 8 may lock out support for Linux installations. Garrett highlighted Microsoft’s new Secure Build OEM requirements for Windows 8 systems. Microsoft chose to directly respond to confusion surrounding its Windows 8 Secure Boot feature on Thursday.
Tony Mangefeste on Microsoft’s Ecosystem team revealed that Microsoft is working closely with its OEM partners to improve the security experience of Windows. “Microsoft supports OEMs having the flexibility to decide who manages security certificates and how to allow customers to import and manage those certificates, and manage secured boot,” says Mangefeste. ”We believe it is important to support this flexibility to the OEMs and to allow our customers to decide how they want to manage their systems.” Mangefeste believes the customer is ultimately in control of their PC. “Microsoft’s philosophy is to provide customers with the best experience first, and allow them to make decisions themselves. We work with our OEM ecosystem to provide customers with this flexibility.”" Link to Original Source top
Internet Explorer 9 and 10 now fully pass Acid3 te
CSHARP123 writes "Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 and 10 browsers both pass the infamous Acid3 test thanks to changes by its authors. Google employee Ian Hickson and Opera employee Håkon Wium Lie both announced changes to the Acid3 test on Saturday. The changes will allow more browsers to pass the test and focus on allowing the specs to change according to what’s best for the web. ”As the Web matures, we have made a concerted effort to improve the precision of Web technology specifications,” said Hickson. More information on changes can be found at https://plus.google.com/107429617152575897589/posts/JdHnqpuUER4#107429617152575897589/posts/JdHnqpuUER4" Link to Original Source top
CSHARP123 writes "The feature is a hybrid between start from cold boot and waking up from a hibernated state. This feature is called fast startup mode. More information on Buidling Windows 8 blog from Gabe Aul, director of program management in Windows. There is video as well on the blog which shows windows starting up in less than 10 seconds." Link to Original Source top
CSHARP123 writes "The Indian rupee will now have its own symbol, joining the club of other international currencies namely, the U.S. dollar, British pound sterling, euro and Japanese yen. The new Indian rupee symbol, selected from among five shortlisted symbols, has been designed by an IIT post-graduate Udaya Kumar. The symbol is a cross between the Roman letter R and its Sanskrit equivalent. Thus far, the Indian rupee has been denoted by 'Rs' or 'Re' and the same abbreviations are used by countries like Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka , all of whose unit of currency is rupee." Link to Original Source top
CSHARP123 writes "The 5,500-year-old one-piece shoe antedates Stonehenge by a millennium and precedes every loafer, mukluk, wader, clog, bootee, stiletto, wingtip, mule, Oxford and cross trainer anyone has ever seen, according to Ron Pinhasi, a lecturer in prehistoric archaeology at University College Cork in Ireland. The right-footed, undecorated shoe — today it would be a size 5 — probably belonged to a woman, but we cannot be certain; it could be a man with small feet. More info can be cound here" Link to Original Source top
CSHARP123 writes "An estimated 222 million records were exposed in 2009 in a wide range of data breaches. Many occurred in banking and government systems (systems which arguably do need to retain a significant amount of personal data), but more than half were disclosures by businesses, many of whom only retain private information because current technology gives them no choice. If convenience features like automatic "click once"-style payments are to be offered by these companies, they have to retain information about my name, address, credit cards, and so on.
The U-Prove system is designed to be a solution to this problem. It was put together by respected cryptography researcher Dr Stefan Brands. He created a company to develop and market U-Prove, Credentica, which was bought by Microsoft in March 2008. With U-Prove, identity information can be used securely, and private data can be safely shared to those parties that need it, without leaking more information than is required.
Here is the link to Microsoft's announcement" Link to Original Source top
CSHARP123 writes "Business Week is reporting, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer may give the world a sneak peek at Windows Mobile 7 next week during a press conference at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Ballmer is scheduled to meet with reporters at 9 a.m. Eastern Time on Monday to discuss Windows phones, according to a Microsoft statement.
Here is the link for Ballmer hosting Windows Phone Conference" Link to Original Source top
CSHARP123 writes "Windows Mobile 7 may have been quietly pushed back to 2011, talks with partners may have revealed on Sunday. Representatives from Microsoft, as well as partners like HTC and NVIDIA, reportedly don't expect to see the new phone OS until Mobile World Congress next year. It's unknown what the alleged delay might be from the commonly accepted schedule, which would have Microsoft show the OS at this year's MWC and ship it before the end of 2010." Link to Original Source