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posted in May 2006

Microsoft Names Vista Browser IE7+

5/30/2006
The new moniker will denote Vista-only features in that operating system's browser, including protected mode, parental controls, and better network diagnostics--all of which are missing from the Windows XP version.

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Microsoft Adds 'Ultimate' Office To Lineup

5/26/2006
The new version will sell for $679 in retail channels and include all the applications scheduled to ship within Office Enterprise 2007, the top-end corporation version to be available only to volume license customers.

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Vista Guidebook Back Online

5/25/2006
A 300-page product guide can be downloaded in either Word format or the original XML Paper Specification format, which Microsoft touts as a replacement for Adobe's popular PDF.

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Hundreds Collared In Global Net Scams

5/24/2006
Police arrested more than 560 people in the past 15 months in "Operation Global Con," charging them with bilking nearly 3 million people out of more than $1 billion in schemes including bogus investments, fake lotteries and sweepstakes, and phony credit cards.

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Microsoft Working On Word Patch

5/22/2006
The Microsoft Word bug first surfaced last week, when numerous security companies said an active exploit was using an unpatched vulnerability in Word 2003 and Word XP to drop a backdoor Trojan onto a limited number of PCs.

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Blue Security Gives Up, Spammer Wins

5/17/2006
The anti-spam venture embroiled in a denial-of-service attack that brought down millions of blogs two weeks ago has closed shop. One observer wonders why Blue Security wasn't better prepared.

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Apple Fixes Firmware, Leaves Users Confused

5/17/2006
Although Apple said the update was to System Management Control firmware, it was up to MacBook Pro users to figure out that SMC is the specialized controller that manages thermal and power conditions and is in charge of running the portable computer's fans.

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Justice Clears Microsoft Of Vista Complaint

5/15/2006
Federal investigators have closed the case on a complaint filed earlier this year about Vista's "first boot" process, saying Microsoft allows OEMs to customize the operating system and to promote third-party middleware.

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Video Games Add $18 Billion To U.S. GNP

5/11/2006
A new study counts direct sales' contribution to the gross national product, as well as ancillary services including a portion of high-definition television sets and part of broadband Internet revenues.

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Rootkit-Spreading Spyware Shop Shuts Down

5/11/2006
ContextPlus, which spread spyware and adware, including software that hijacked searches and programs that leveled systems with pop-up ads, has posted a message on its Web site saying it's out of the business.

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Exploit Out For Exchange Bug

5/11/2006
Symantec isn't sure if the Immunity exploit against the Exchange calendar targets the same vulnerability that Microsoft already patched, or if it's an attack against a new zero-day bug.

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Hacker's Work Plagues PCs Two Years After Arrest

5/10/2006
Named the worst worm of 2004 by some anti-virus firms, the Netsky worm is still the No. 1 reported virus in the world, according to Sophos. Its 18-year-old creator, meanwhile, got off lightly with a suspended sentence and 30 hours of community service.

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Microsoft To Replace Counterfeit Office

5/3/2006
Microsoft confirmed Wednesday that it will offer free replacement copies of its Office application suite for people whose versions were tagged as counterfeit--if they can prove they bought the bundle with the best intentions.

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Ballmer: "Big, Bold Bet" Needed To Beat Google

5/2/2006
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer tries to rally the company's employees in an email that defends the company's investment strategy -- and that mentions Google by name as the driving force behind projects such as its nascent online-advertising network.

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Apple Wins $.99 iTunes Tussle

5/2/2006
Apple Computer Inc. on Tuesday said it had renewed contracts with the four largest music labels, a move that will likely keep prices on its iTunes Music Store at $.99.

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Smarter Spam Could Mimic Friends' Mail

5/1/2006
The next generation of spam-sending zombies would scan E-mail in the user's inbox, mine it for information and writing patterns, then crank out realistic-looking replies to real messages, researchers warn.

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