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  • Wall Street Beat: Hardware hits headwinds, software picture clears up

    While hardware and components makers face economic hurdles, the picture for software is getting brighter, according to earnings reports from major vendors and mid-year market research polls.

  • The worst security snafus of 2012 – so far

    Could things really be this bad? From the embarrassing hack of a conversation between the FBI and Scotland Yard to a plethora of data breaches, security snafus have ruled the first half of 2012. Here's a look at some of the worst snafus month-by-month.

  • Google Nexus 7 pre-order buyers miffed retailers selling Android tablets first

    Those who pre-ordered Google Nexus 7 tablets directly from the Google Play Store in late June are getting testy about reports that some retailers are already selling the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) tablets this week.

  • Acer to offer free Windows 8 upgrades on some ultrabooks

    Acer is offering a free upgrade to Windows 8 on some ultrabook models, saying it will refund the upgrade fee being charged by Microsoft on certain Windows 7 PC models purchased by buyers.

  • Parallels investigates claims of Plesk vulnerability following wave of website hacks

    Virtualization and automation software developer Parallels is investigating claims that attackers are using a previously unknown vulnerability in its Plesk Panel product to compromise Web hosting servers and infect websites with malware.

  • U.S. Mac sales slump in Q2, says IDC

    Apple sold fewer Macs in the U.S. during the second quarter than it did in the same period a year earlier, its first decline in three years.

  • Online Android forum hacked, user data accessed

    Android Forums, an online forum for Android users, was the target of a hacker attack which could have led to user information including passwords getting compromised, its operator said on Thursday.

  • Passwords leaked from Yahoo: Boozy, preachy, angry -- and easy

    For 333 people who used "ninja" as a password for Yahoo Mail or another Web service, Thursday was the day their fleet-footed, black-clad cover was blown.

  • NewsGator to integrate its SharePoint add-on with Yammer

    NewsGator will integrate its social networking add-on for SharePoint with Yammer, the company announced Thursday.

  • Oracle to release 88 security fixes

    Oracle is planning to deliver 88 security fixes next Tuesday for a wide range of its products, according to a pre-release announcement posted to its website on Thursday.

  • Windows 8 Update: IDC says Windows 8 stalls PC sales

    Anticipation of Windows 8 devices coming out this fall has predictably led to sluggish sales of PCs in the past quarter as customers wait to decide whether they want in on the new operating system, according to an IDC report.

  • Lenovo close to grabbing PC supremacy from HP

    If Chinese-based computer manufacturer Lenovo keeps moving at its current pace, the company will surpass Hewlett-Packard as the world's largest PC maker by the beginning of 2013, industry analysts say.

  • Microsoft launches its own angel fund

    Microsoft has launched Bing Fund, an angel fund with an incubator program that will make Microsoft resources available to startups and potentially provide it with acquisition targets in the future, Microsoft said in a blog post.

  • Indian firm sets up shop in Fargo, N.D.

    Mahindra Satyam, like many other India-based offshore firms in recent years, is expanding its presence in the U.S.

  • Yahoo confirms theft of 450,000 unencrypted passwords

    Yahoo has confirmed that 450,000 unencrypted usernames and passwords were stolen Wednesday from one of its services, although it downplayed the threat.

  • Survey finds ERP software project overruns 'distressingly common'

    It is "distressingly common" to see ERP (enterprise-resource-planning) projects involving Oracle, SAP and Microsoft Dynamics software end up taking longer than customers anticipated, according to a new survey.

  • Update: Yahoo's massive data breach includes Gmail, Hotmail, Comcast user names and passwords

    Yahoo today confirmed a breach of its network, saying that not only Yahoo user names and passwords were stolen yesterday but also "other company users names and passwords." Yahoo said the data stolen is related to "an older file from Yahoo! Contributor Network (previously Associated Content)," the Web farm and multimedia content company it acquired two years ago for $100 million.

  • Privacy groups question NTIA's focus on mobile privacy transparency

    The U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration's first step toward developing a consensus on mobile privacy standards may be the wrong step, privacy advocates said.

  • Artema Hybrid point-of-sale devices can be hacked remotely, researchers say

    Artema Hybrid, a point-of-sale (PoS) terminal manufactured by U.S.-based VeriFone Systems, is vulnerable to attacks that could allow cybercriminals to steal payment card data and PIN numbers or alter transactions, according to security researchers from German security research firm Security Research Labs (SRLabs).

  • Analysts: New backup-restore feature in Windows 8 welcome, but could be better

    A new file backup feature in Windows 8 that Microsoft trumpeted this week will help users protect their data but it is incomplete and far from unique, according to analysts.