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Nokia takes aim at Apple with touch-screen phone

Finnish phone maker Nokia launched its first touch-screen phone on Thursday, intending to one-up Apple's iPhone on features and be competitively priced.

Ballmer: Microsoft will soon release 'Windows Cloud' OS

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer revealed a few details on Wednesday of a forthcoming operating system that will help developers write Internet-based applications.

Prominent Web sites found to have serious coding flaw

Two Princeton University academics have found a type of coding flaw on several prominent Web sites that could jeopardize personal data and in one alarming case, drain a bank account.

Enterprises overpay for antivirus software, says analyst

Enterprises continue to pay too much for security software -- while the software vendors aren't doing enough research to keep up with fast-changing threats on the Internet, a Gartner analyst said Monday.

Security risks rise as smartphones become smarter

As wireless devices become more numerous within businesses, their convenience will be counterbalanced by an increasing potential for security problems, according to a Gartner analyst.

New industry group takes aim at 'net pollution,' piracy

A group of technology and entertainment heavyweights is undertaking a public relations campaign to dissuade consumers from illegal file sharing, something the group calls "net pollution."

Alcatel-Lucent loses $1.5B award in Microsoft patent suit

Alcatel-Lucent lost another round against Microsoft last week in a continuing court battle over patents for the MP3 digital music format.

Yahoo launches long-awaited display ad platform

Yahoo rolled out part of a new advertising platform on Wednesday that's intended to streamline how digital ads are bought and placed across the Web.

IBM threatens to leave standards bodies

IBM is threatening to leave organizations that set standards for software interoperability because of concerns that their processes are not always fair.

Google shows Android running on a phone in Europe

Google provided a glimpse of its Android operating system running on a mobile phone for the first time in Europe on Tuesday, in a limited viewing ahead of its imminent launch.

Australia in list of countries lagging behind in supplying speedy broadband

Broadband speeds in the U.K., Italy and Australia and many other countries are barely keeping pace with the demands of Web-based applications and video services, whose bandwidth needs are expected to only rise, according to a new survey.

RIM launches first BlackBerry flip-phone

Research In Motion (RIM) diversified its BlackBerry line Wednesday by introducing a "flip" or clamshell model, a popular form for mobile phones.

Symantec emphasizes speed with latest Norton releases

Symantec's latest security software in its consumer Norton line installs in less than a minute and uses much less memory, two key improvements the company sees as keeping its products competitive.

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HP extends laptop battery life to 24 hours

Hewlett-Packard (HP) will release a laptop next month that can run for to 24 hours using a high-capacity battery -- but only if it's running Microsoft's Windows XP operating system.

Researchers build malicious Facebook application

A team of researchers have built a malicious Facebook program an experiment to demonstrate the possible dangers of social networking applications.