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Gregg Keizer covers Microsoft, security issues, Apple, Web browsers and general technology breaking news for Computerworld.

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Google revs up Chrome, crushes bugs

Google on Thursday upgraded Chrome, improving the browser's start-up performance and patching two dozen security vulnerabilities.

PC prices must rise, not fall, to solve Windows 8's lousy start, analyst argues

The holiday slump in PC sales -- down 11% compared to 2011 -- means that PC makers must raise prices, not continue a race to the bottom, an analyst argued today.

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Hackers find another zero-day hole in Internet Explorer

An elite hacker group credited last year with having an inexhaustible supply of zero-day vulnerabilities was responsible for digging up and first using the newest unpatched bug in Internet Explorer (IE), a Symantec manager said.

Microsoft to patch Windows 8, but stays mum on IE zero-day fix

Microsoft will release seven security updates next week -- including one rated critical for Windows 8 and Windows RT -- to patch 12 vulnerabilities in Windows, Office, SharePoint Server and the company's website design software.

Smartphone, tablet users downloaded 1.76 billion apps after Christmas

Analytics company Flurry says 50 million devices were activated

Update: Windows 8's early uptake lags behind Vista's

Final online usage numbers for 2012 released Tuesday by a U.S. analytics firm confirmed that Windows 8 failed to match Windows Vista's uptake pace during its first two months.

Microsoft confirms zero-day bug in IE6, IE7 and IE8

Newer versions of IE, including 2011's IE9 and this year's IE10, are not affected, Microsoft said. It urged those able to upgrade to do so.

Windows 8's uptake falls behind Vista's pace

With just a week left in the month, Windows 8's usage uptake has slipped behind Vista's at the same point in its release, according to data from Net Applications.

Microsoft unveils future retail store plans

Microsoft on Wednesday revealed six locations for new retail stores it will open in early 2013, including four transformed from its holiday specialty stores, dubbed "pop-ups," that it established in October.

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Ransomware scammers push panic button with bogus claims

Cyber extortionists shilling "ransomware" have upped the ante by pushing users' panic buttons with claims that their malware will wipe hard drives, a security firm said Monday.

Mozilla caves on x64 Firefox development after uproar

Mozilla on Friday backtracked from a decision to suspend all work on a 64-bit version of Firefox for Windows, acknowledging that user criticism had changed its mind.

Windows 8 previews to go dark in 3 weeks

Microsoft's free previews of Windows 8 will expire in January, giving users about three weeks to upgrade to a paid copy or face hourly restarts.

Consumer Reports makes case for Windows 7 PCs

Windows 7 may be the better choice as a PC operating system on new systems than the just-released Windows 8, Consumer Reports magazine said this week.

Ousted Windows exec Sinofsky to teach at Harvard

Steven Sinofsky, the former Microsoft executive ousted as the head of its Windows group five weeks ago, yesterday said he would teach at the Harvard Business School this spring.

McAfee's business takes reputation beating after founder fled police

In the wake of his Belize neighbor's unsolved murder, John McAfee's lurch through the news damaged the reputation of his namesake, the security company McAfee Inc., a brand expert said Thursday.