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AVG notes rise in number of malicious Web sites

Web sites rigged with malicious code are becoming more numerous by the day, but the time those sites are online is declining, according to new research from security vendor AVG Technologies.

ICANN ponders ways to stop scammy Web sites

The overseer of the Internet's addressing system is soliciting ideas for how to fix a problem that is enabling spammers and fraudulent Web sites to flourish.

British UFO hacker's extradition case to be reviewed

A British hacker who sought to find evidence of UFOs on U.S. military computers has another chance at avoiding extradition after a court ruling Friday.

Microsoft: Zune revenue dropped by 54 percent

Microsoft's fourth-quarter revenue from its Zune platform dropped by US$100 million, a decline of 54 percent on a year earlier.

After McColo takedown, spam surges again

Spammers have regrouped and are finding ways to send more junk mail despite recent efforts by security experts.

Seagate releases new firmware for broken hard drives

Seagate has now released new firmware for all models of hard drives affected by a software flaw, the company said Thursday.

Sophos may lay off up to 5 percent of staff

Security vendor Sophos plans to lay off up to 5 percent of its staff, the company said Thursday.

Microsoft to cut 5,000 jobs as net income falls

Illustrating current economic woes, Microsoft had a disappointing second quarter, with revenue dropping in its important Windows operating system business.

Seagate to issue fixes for troublesome hard drives soon

Seagate will issue fixes soon for faulty firmware that is causing several models of the company's hard drives to freeze, it said Wednesday.

AMD to cut 1,100 jobs and slash salaries across company

Chip maker Advanced Micro Devices will shed 1,100 more jobs and cut salaries as it tries to reduce costs in a tough economic environment, the company said Friday.

Symantec releases patch for application delivery program

Symantec and the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team are warning about a serious vulnerability within the company's AppStream product, used for steaming applications from a central server to thin-client desktops, though a patch has been released.

Project turns geodata collection into a party

Some map makers have found a way to draw people to their detail-oriented field: have a party.

Google prunes unpopular services from its portfolio

Google will either shut down or stop supporting several free Web-based services as it retrenches its engineering resources.

Harvard academic refutes Google carbon footprint story

A Harvard researcher said on Tuesday that a British newspaper misquoted his research covering the carbon footprint caused by running Web sites.

AVG acquires behavioural detection security company

Czech security company AVG has completed a deal to acquire Sana Security, which specializes in detecting malicious software based on its behaviour.