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Microsoft releases its first-ever iPhone application

Microsoft's first-ever iPhone application is a slick photo viewer with a browsing capability that handles a large number of photos on a mobile device screen.

Wikipedia censorship case sends 'confusing' message

While the fracas over the censoring of a Wikipedia page in the U.K. has somewhat subsided, the case has imparted a confusing message to Internet users about what is considered an indecent image, according to one legal expert.

Chinese team mistakenly released unpatched IE7 exploit

Chinese security researchers mistakenly released the code needed to hack a PC by exploiting an unpatched vulnerability in Microsoft's Internet Explorer 7 browser, potentially putting millions of computer users at risk -- but it appears some hackers already knew how to exploit the flaw.

Wikipedia article censored in UK for the first time

For the first time, U.K. Internet service providers have censored a Wikipedia article, one that includes an album cover image of a naked and possibly underage girl.

AT&T to cut 12,000 employees through 2009

AT&T will lay off 12,000 workers through 2009 as the company reorganizes and faces a tough economic environment, the company said Thursday.

Firefox users targeted by rare piece of malware

Researchers at BitDefender have discovered a new type of malicious software that collects passwords for banking sites but targets only Firefox users.

Pentagon hacker tries one more time to avoid extradition

A British systems administrator who hacked into U.S. military computers in 2001 and 2002 will have another chance to make his case of why he shouldn't be extradited to the U.S.

Apple quietly recommends using antivirus software

I'm a Mac. You're a PC. But we both need antivirus software.

Microsoft and Yahoo dismiss report of search deal

Microsoft and Yahoo have dismissed a report that they're once again in discussions to sell Yahoo's online search business for $20 billion.

Estonian ISP cuts off control servers for Srizbi botnet

An Estonian ISP that temporarily hosted the command-and-control servers for the Srizbi botnet, responsible for a large portion of the world's spam, has cut off those servers, according to computer security analysts.

UK bans Apple 3G iPhone advertisement

The U.K.'s advertising regulator banned a video advertisement for Apple's 3G iPhone, saying Wednesday that the ad exaggerates the phone's speed and is misleading.

Researchers find vulnerability in Windows Vista

An Austrian security vendor has found a vulnerability in Windows Vista that it says could possibly allow an attacker to run unauthorized code on a PC.

ISO publishes Office Open XML specification

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has published the specification for a Microsoft-created file format that caused bitter debate during its path to become an international standard.

Amazon, Capgemini partner on application development

Consultancy Capgemini and Amazon.com will offer application development and hosting services using Amazon.com's infrastructure, the companies said on Tuesday.

HP defies economic slide with strong fourth quarter

Hewlett-Packard saw a sharp increase in fourth quarter revenue and expects a profitable fiscal 2009 despite a gloomy global economic scene.