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Obama selects tech veteran for top cybersecurity post

Howard Schmidt was named as the White House's cybersecurity coordinator on Tuesday, a job that was reportedly difficult to fill as the U.S. strengthens its computer security defense.

Microsoft fixes Office 2003 document lockout bug

Microsoft has fixed a problem in Office 2003 that prevented the software from opening documents saved using its access control technology.

Microsoft, Google unveil climate change Web apps

Microsoft and Google have built Web applications designed to highlight environmental problems coinciding with the climate change negotiations in Copenhagen that run through Friday.

Company sued by Google had a profitable year

Pacific WebWorks has had a very profitable year despite a raft of complaints from its customers, a class action suit filed against it in Illinois and now a civil suit from Google filed on Monday.

Google sues over work-at-home schemes

Google filed a lawsuit Monday against a U.S. company it alleges runs work-at-home scams that unnecessarily charge people's credit cards and spoof Google's brand name.

Google goes with HTML5 over Gears

Google will end Gears, an open-source plug-in project it launched two years ago to allow Web applications to function even when a computer isn't connected to the Internet, according to a statement from the company.

Google tweaks News indexing to placate publishers

Google said Tuesday it is changing how it grants access to news stories through its search engine to give publishers more control over how much content people can see for free.

Facebook kills regional networks in privacy revamp

Facebook will soon make major changes to the social-networking site's privacy settings as it tries to make it easier for users to know what personal information and photographs they're sharing.

UK hacker granted short extension in extradition case

The U.K. government will give a British hacker a short extension to challenge an extradition order to face trial in the U.S.

IBM's analytics center focuses on financial services

IBM has opened a business analytics center in London to focus on services for the U.K.'s financial sector, which drives a major portion of the nation's economy.

Researchers develop 3-D squeezable input device

A team of researchers has developed a squeezable mouse-like input device that gives three-dimensional control to its users.

Latest Microsoft patches cause black screen of death

Microsoft's latest round of security patches appears to be causing some PCs to seize up and display a black screen, rending the computer useless.

Europe extends antiterrorist data-sharing deal with US

Europe's Council of Ministers extended a controversial program on Monday that hands over information on international financial transactions to the U.S. for antiterrorism purposes.

'Godfather of Spam' sentenced to four years in prison

One of the most notorious U.S.-based spammers was sentenced to more than four years in jail on Monday for a scheme that used spam to manipulate stock prices in order to make a profit.

Facebook worm spreads with a lurid lure

Some Facebook users have been infected with a worm after clicking on an image of a scantily clad woman, which then redirects the victims to a pornography site, according to security researchers.