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Mozilla unblocks Microsoft add-on for Firefox

Mozilla has now unblocked a Microsoft add-on thought to pose a danger due to a software vulnerability, but a second add-on remains blocked, the organization said on Sunday.

Ericsson courts online publishers with mobile payments

Ericsson will soon launch a platform designed to let consumers buy online content such as news stories with the charge billed to their mobile phone rather than other payment methods, such as a credit card.

Hacked Facebook apps lead to fake antivirus software

New applications are turning up on Facebook. Unfortunately, some of them are fake antivirus programs.

Friendster partners on micropayments platform

Friendster will soon implement a micropayments platform for virtual gifts and games, seeking to bring in new revenue from southeast Asian countries where the social-networking site is popular.

UK investigates online pricing, behavioral advertising

The U.K.'s competition authority launched two studies on Thursday that will probe behavioral-advertising pricing strategies and if some pricing practices could potentially mislead consumers.

Delta Air Lines sued over alleged e-mail hacking

Delta Air Lines is being sued for allegedly hacking the e-mail account of a passenger rights advocate supporting legislation that would allow access to food, water and toilets during long delays on the tarmac.

Google to send detailed information about hacked Web sites

In an effort to promote the "general health of the Web," Google will send Webmasters snippets of malicious code in the hopes infected Web sites can be cleaned up faster.

Web gurus reveal how to attract and keep users

Anyone who is building a Web-based community, whether it be a social network or other application, faces the same initial hurdle as sites such as Digg did: getting those first few regular users can be quite difficult.

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.