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posted in August 2006

OpenOffice Suite Gets Font Freebies

8/31/2006 Premium can be downloaded from the SourceForge Web site, but is available only for Windows. A native Mac OS X version of the suite will be previewed in France in September.

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Amazon: Office 2007 To Ship In January

Amazon's pre-order listings for various Office 2007 editions indicate that the software will be released Jan. 30, 2007, the same day the online retailer has slated for Windows Vista's availability.

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Anti-Spyware Group Targets AOL 9.0 As 'Badware'

8/28/2006, which is backed by Google, Sun, and Lenovo, says AOL's client software is "badware" and that users should avoid installing the program because it interferes with computer use and relies on deceptive information practices.

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Microsoft Nixes IE Repatch, Chides Researcher

The company has decided to hold off on issuing a revised MS06-042 patch because of some technical issues, but it's blasting a security researcher for what it calls "irresponsible" disclosure of the severity of the bug. That researcher, in turn, is accusing Microsoft of "lying" to IT shops and pointing the way to the exploit.

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Microsoft Delays 11 Patches To Push One

The company has made delivering the patch for the vulnerability cited in security bulletin MS06-040 its highest security priority, letting other patches slide until later, a program manager confirms.

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Firefox 2.0 Delayed Until October

There are approximately 40 bugs in the under-construction Firefox 2.0 Beta 2, and about 100 that need to be addressed before the final version goes out the door, Mozilla says.

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No SA 'Make Goods' From Microsoft, Says Gartner

The research company urges Microsoft to accommodate corporations that bought into its Software Assurance program with the expectation of being able to upgrade free to the next version of Office and Windows. For many clients, those versions are expected to ship after their SA plans expire.

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Experts Ratchet Up Windows Worm Warnings

The bug in question is one of 23 patched Tuesday by Microsoft. It affects all currently supported versions of Windows, can be exploited without end users needing to do anything, and according to some security watchers, rivals the bug that led to 2003's destructive MSBlast attack.

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New Trojan Disguises Malicious Traffic

The Trojan installs itself as an Internet Explorer helper object, waits for the user to enter information in specific Web site forms--particularly for online banking sites--then zaps the stolen data back to the attacker.

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