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Microsoft Enlists Outside Aid for New IE7 Browser

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Microsoft has enlisted some outside help for one of the most anticipated new features of its updated web browser: the ability to alert people that they may be about to enter a fraudulent website.

It was announced today that Microsoft has retained the services of anti-fraud expert, LARRY ODOGWU of the Nigerian National Petroleum and Computer Security Corporation.

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Microsoft's Newest OS: Microsoft Debacle(tm)

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At first, the next generation of Microsoft's new operating system was going to be called "Longhorn." What? That didn't make sense; didn't sound very high tech either. Has Bill been doing too much line dancing or what?

Then they announced the new name would be "Vista" -- ahh a breath of fresh air perhaps? But apparently the boys in Redmond, in an effort to name their new, advanced OS, didn't notice there was another company in their same home town in the computer business for five years named "Vista."

As a result, may I humbly suggest to Microsoft that you name your new OS: Microsoft Debacle™. It would really cover all the bases if you think about it.

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Microsoft Patents Emoticons

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"Methods and devices for creating and transferring custom emoticons allow a user to adopt an arbitrary image as an emoticon, which can then be represented by a character sequence in real-time communication."

So does this mean if I type : ) and have it display I've violated their patent? Hey Microsoft, how about this emoticon: !

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Microsoft Bans "Democracy"

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As a poignant symbol of the priority of liberty in the world of capitalism, Microsoft's new Chinese internet portal has banned the words "democracy" and "freedom" from parts of its website in an apparent effort to avoid offending Beijing's political censors.

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Microsoft DNS Exploit Hits IE Users All Over

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While most of the Internet is using Unix-based DNS servers to handle hostname resolution, some companies and ISPs using Windows servers have been hit with a nasty attack that redirects .com addresses to special web sites that look for users running Internet Explorer and loads their systems with spyware and other malicious programs. Reason # 34,987,343 why you should be using Firefox and stay away from ISPs who are foolish enough to be running Microsoft servers for stuff like DNS.

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Microsoft Settles Infringement Case and "Loses" E-Mail Evidence

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Microsoft has agreed to pay Burst.com $60M in a settlement over Burst's claim that Microsoft entered into an agreement to learn about Burst's technology, cut them loose, then built the technology into their own media player, in defience of Burst's 37 patents. To add further irony, Microsoft failed to produce subpoena'd e-mail correspondence relevant to the case claiming the information was erased from all workstations, servers and backup files. Yea right.

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Why In The World Do People Put Up With Windows?

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[Faulty Products]
SFGate columnist, Mark Morford relays a number of personal horror stories over Microsoft Windows' never-ending array of bugs and vulnerabilities and ponders why consumers put up with this when there are better alternatives.

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Microsoft's AntiSpyware Tool Removes Internet Explorer

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[Humor]
Many Microsoft Windows users who downloaded the recently released AntiSpyware program from Microsoft, or had it installed through an automatic Windows update, woke up to a surprise. Unintentionally, the heuristics of the software detected Internet Explorer as spyware, and removed the program from their systems.

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Bill Gates Poses for Teen Beat, NOT

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[Vanity]
We got snookered by this one too... In the Too-weird-to-be-fake category comes the republishing of some pictures in "1983" where young programmer, Bill Gates supposedly posed for Teen Beat magazine.

In reality, this is a promo shot in 1985 taken to coincide with the release of Windows 1.0.

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Another Microsoft vulnerability: cursors and icon files

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CERT writes, "Microsoft Windows contains multiple vulnerabilities in the way that it handles cursor and icon files. A remote attacker could execute arbitrary code or cause a denial-of-service condition."

In other words, yet more vulnerabilities in core Widnows routines which make IE and other systems vulnerable to exploitation by visiting web sites which load these files. Be especially wary now of the favicon.ico files which most web sites load which give you those cute little icons next to the web address in your browser.. they can cause your computer to be compromised.

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