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Mozilla defends in-app Firefox ads as financial necessity

Use of the so-called Directory Tiles that include ads will help keep Firefox free of charge and support Mozilla's ongoing projects, the chair of the Mozilla Foundation says.

Microsoft nudges us more firmly toward Windows 8

But extends end-of-sales date for business PCs running Windows 7 Professional

Apple's iTunes is almost as big as Microsoft's Windows business

Apple's revenue from music, apps and services equal 91% of what Microsoft made from the group that sells Windows to computer makers.

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Windows XP isn't the only software getting the knife in 8 weeks

Microsoft will also end support for Office 2003 and Exchange 2003 as well.

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Microsoft adds critical IE, XP fixes to Tuesday's patch slate

Two more updates boost the total for tomorrow to seven, including patches for Internet Explorer and Windows XP.

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Pwn2Own security contest offers $645,000 in prizes

This year's contest offers a grand prize of $150,000 that requires researchers to deal with Microsoft's EMET anti-exploit toolkit.

Microsoft patches next week even include Windows XP

Three of the four updates for Windows on Patch Tuesday will affect Windows XP, which is scheduled for retirement in April.

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Microsoft asks for help coaxing users to ditch Windows XP

As the countdown to Windows XP's cutoff continues, the company encourages users to help users to upgrade, but offers no discounts for the new OS.

Windows XP users reluctant to part, or to adopt Windows 8

The soon-to-be-retired Windows XP is gaining user share while adoption of Windows 8 and 8.1 stalls.

Google bets $2.7 million in Chrome hacking contest

After last year's semi-washout, the March security contest will again try to draw out exploits of the Chrome operating system.

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Microsoft loses money on every Surface tablet it sells

Microsoft's financial reports indicate it took a $39 million hit on its tablet sales during 2013's fourth quarter.

Email (and spam) retrieval moves to mobile gadgets

Two-thirds of "brand marketing messages" were opened in Q4 on a smartphone or tablet as another task flees the personal computer.

Intel will ditch McAfee name, refocus security products

Intel will transition its McAfee division to become Intel Security in 2014, putting space between it and the erratic founder of the 27-year-old security firm.

PC makers embrace Windows+Android, but the devil's in the details

OEMs asked for Dual OS devices, says Intel CEO, but will consumers want them?

Hackers easily hijack Windows crash reports, report says

Microsoft transmits a wealth of information from Windows PCs to its servers in the clear, claims a security researcher.