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Security experts laud Apple for following Microsoft, others on two-factor authentication

Sometimes called two-step verification, it is a more demanding method of locking an account than a password-only process.

Microsoft's cash-for-apps pitch to devs smells like desperation

Microsoft yesterday kicked off a promotion that rewards Windows 8 and Windows Phone developers $100 for each app that they publish in the company's app stores.

Microsoft discontinues Office 2010 sales, some retailers jack up prices

Some sellers have raised the price of Office 2010's lowest-cost multi-license package after Microsoft discontinued retail sales of the suite.

Microsoft will auto-install Windows 7 SP1 on consumer PCs starting Tuesday

Microsoft will start automatically pushing Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) to customers on Tuesday as a last-ditch move before it drops the original 2009 edition of Windows 7 from support next month.

IDC joins 'ditch Windows RT' bandwagon

Microsoft's two-pronged OS push into tablets -- Windows RT and Windows 8 -- confuses customers, and the company should focus on the more robust Windows 8, an IDC analyst said today.

Who's 'Scroogled' now? Hotmail, Outlook.com out for 15 hours

Microsoft Wednesday said it restored full service to Hotmail and Outlook.com about 15 hours after the online mail sites went partially dark.

IDC: iOS will surrender top tablet spot to Android in 2013

Aggressive sales of smaller tablets triggered a revised tablet sales forecast today by IDC, which upped its projections by 11 percent for 2013 and said Android would supplant Apple's iOS as the dominant operating system this year.

on techhive.com

ModernMix runs Modern apps on the Windows 8 desktop

A Michigan developer last week started selling a $5 utility that lets Windows 8 customers shun the new Modern UI by running apps on the classic desktop.

Mozilla again rejects porting Firefox to iOS

Mozilla won't be building Firefox for iOS unless Apple changes its rules, a company executive said Saturday.

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Pwn2Own hacking contest winds down after paying a record $480K

A day after researchers hacked Chrome and Firefox at the Pwn2Own contest, Google and Mozilla patched their browsers Thursday.

Microsoft slates IE, Windows, Office updates for next week

Microsoft today announced it will deliver seven security updates next week, four of them rated "critical," to patch Internet Explorer, Windows, Office, SharePoint Server and the Silverlight media software.

Researchers rake in $280K at Pwn2Own hacking contest

Research teams Wednesday cracked Microsoft's Internet Explorer 10 (IE10), Google's Chrome and Mozilla's Firefox at the Pwn2Own hacking contest, pulling in more than $250,000 in prizes.

EU fines Microsoft $732 million over browser ballot debacle

European Union antitrust officials today hit Microsoft with a $732 million fine for failing to live up to a 2009 settlement that requires it to offer Windows users a choice of alternate browsers.

Report: EU to hit Microsoft with 'large fine' Wednesday

European antitrust regulators will reportedly slap Microsoft with a "large fine" Wednesday for failing to live up to a 2009 settlement that requires it to offer Windows users a browser ballot.

Google squashes 10 Chrome bugs as $100K Pwn2Own hacking prize looms

Google today patched 10 vulnerabilities in Chrome, just two days before the start of Pwn2Own, a hacking contest that has $100,000 in prize money waiting for the first researcher to crack the browser