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 Gregg Keizer

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posted in April 2006

Vista To Handcuff Firewall

Microsoft plans to turn off half the firewall in Windows Vista when the new operating system ships later this year. The reason: It doesn't think most users need all the firewall's functionality or can handle its management.

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Microsoft Unveils Repatched Patch

As promised, Microsoft Tuesday released an updated edition of its April 11 MS06-016 security bulletin, but it will only be offered to users if the conflicting HP or NVIDIA software is detected, Microsoft has said.

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Oracle Bug Exploit Loose

The exploit, which targets one of the Oracle Database 10g bugs, escalates privileges of existing users to give them total access to the database. Installing the available patch is critical, security experts say.

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Opera 9.0 Enters Beta

Among Opera's new features are "widgets," small Web-based applications similar in function to the same-named applets in Mac OS X and to Yahoo's Widget Engine.

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Vista Upgrades May Be Slowed By Graphics

A pair of software industry analysts argue that the graphics requirements called for in Windows Vista, Microsoft's forthcoming operating system, will be a barrier for end users. Consumers will wait until they need new hardware to get the operating system, they say.

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Sprint Tracks Kids Via GPS Cell Phones

Dubbed "Family Locator Service," the $9.95-per-month service relies on Global Positioning System technology to pinpoint up to four cell phones, then maps their location on a PC or a parent's own cell phone.

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Microsoft Fixes 14 Flaws

Three of the bulletins were tagged as "critical," one as "important," and the fifth as "moderate"--the last being Microsoft's second-from-the-bottom alert.

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Europeans Dismiss GoDaddy's .EU Complaints

GoDaddy's CEO says the registration process for the new .eu top-level domain name was badly mismanaged. The Europeans flatly dismiss the charge. Meanwhile, the dustup hasn't slowed the "land rush" for .eu domains.

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Microsoft Launches Linux Site

Sponsored by Microsoft's Open Source Software Lab, the site will offer blogs and other content on the company's efforts to support Linux and Unix and help them interoperate with Windows.

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Firefox Jumps 10% Bar

Firefox has broken the 10% market share barrier by jumping a quarter percentage point from February to March, a Web analytics company said this week.

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Claria Announces Yahoo Deal, New Tech

The adware maker says its new tool, called PersonalWeb, anonymously recognizes users' unique interests based on Web surfing patterns and organizes their content, news, and information on a customized home page.

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