Stories by Jeremy Kirk

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Microsoft wins appeal in Uniloc patent case

Microsoft will not have to pay $388 million to a security software company for infringing on a patent, U.S. District Judge William Smith ruled Tuesday.

Barrelfish OS will speed up future multicore systems

Without a radical change in the way much of it is written, software, sadly, just can't go much faster anymore.

Android modder attempts to outmaneuver Google

The creator of a popular souped-up version of Android thinks he's found a way to avoid a further tussle with Google over distribution of the company's mobile applications.

Russian cybergangs make the Web a dangerous place

Russian cybergangs have established a robust system for promoting Web sites that sell fake antivirus software, pharmaceuticals and counterfeit luxury products, according to a new report from security vendor Sophos.

Microsoft set to fire up Dublin data center

Microsoft has opened up for business its new Dublin data center, a massive 550,000-square-foot facility dedicated to serving primarily European customers.

Facebook, Nielsen to ask users about display ads

Facebook is partnering with Nielsen on using a system that gathers feedback about whether online display ads are influencing Web users.

Microsoft buys software to bolster its core ERP product

Microsoft is buying technology from four of its partners in order to bolster its Dynamics AX ERP (enterprise resource planning) product with commonly needed functions across various industries, according to a senior company executive.

Soon to sink, Pirate Bay's torrents come ashore

The old news kiosk in the center of Weimar, Germany, doesn't sell newspapers any more, but you can find pointers to plenty of other media there.

Powerful tool to scour document metadata updated

A Spanish company has released an upgraded version of a powerful software application that can be used to perform intelligence gathering on a company's Web site and network.

Google plans to offer micropayments service to media owners

Google is promoting a payments system to the newspaper industry that would let Web surfers pay a small amount for individual news stories, an idea that could help publishers struggling with the impact of the Internet.

Skype bungles software upgrade for the iPhone

Take a deep breath: Skype isn't working so great on the iPhone right now. But a fix should be available by Wednesday evening in Apple's App Store.

Small English town outpaces others in likely online fraud

A town in England with a modest population of 10,000 or so has chalked up the highest percentage of online transactions flagged as fraudulent by a U.K. security analyst.

European banks warned: brace for rise in cash machine fraud

Banks are likely to see cash-machine fraud rise unless steps are taken to improve their cash-machine infrastructure, the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) has warned.

Apple ships vulnerable Flash version with new Mac OS

Mac users may be surprised that versions of Apple's latest operating system, Snow Leopard, also installs an older version of Adobe System's Flash player, potentially putting them at a higher security risk.

U.K. government looks to smart ticketing for transport

The U.K. aims to have a plan by the end of this year that lets people use their mobile phones or smart cards to pay for travel across England's public transport system.