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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.

Google disputes Harvard fellow's pollution estimate

The carbon footprint of a search query is nowhere near the estimate concluded by a Harvard academic, Google said late Sunday.

New Microsoft ads stress savings derived from software

Microsoft's latest ad campaign will try to convince businesses that software can save them money even in a turbulent economy.

Major software companies sued for patent infringement

Twenty-two major software and security companies are being sued for alleged patent infringement by a little-known entity now controlling the two patents in question.

Vietnam pushes open-source software for government use

The Vietnamese government will move to several open-source applications by the end of next year as the country also tries to reduce the use of pirated software.

Data breaches rose sharply in 2008, says study

More than 35 million data records were breached in 2008 in the U.S., a figure that underscores continuing difficulties in securing information, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC).

Weak demand causes Intel to cut Q4 forecast

Intel expects fourth-quarter revenue for fiscal 2008 to fall 23 percent compared to a year prior due to weaker demand for computer processors, the company said Wednesday.