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Yahoo Rejects 'Erratic' Microsoft Search Bid

Yahoo's management on Saturday rejected an offer from Microsoft and investor Carl Icahn to buy Yahoo's Internet search ad business.

Microsoft Denies Yahoo Version of Failed Talks

Microsoft today described its own version of events concerning Friday's failed talks with Yahoo's management, which were focused on a renewed effort to buy Yahoo's search ad business.

ISO/IEC Officials Allegedly Advise Rejecting OOXML Appeals

Microsoft's Office Open XML (OOXML) document format, which was technically approved in April as an international standard (ISO/IEC 29500), may be on its way toward surviving an appeals process -- the last challenge to its legitimacy as a standard.

New Prefetching Scheme Saves Computing Time, Energy

Most desktop computers today, when not in use, power down their hard drives to save energy. While this may be very green, it also incurs minor, though sometimes frustrating, delays.

Greene Out at VMware

In a move that sent shock waves across the virtualization market, VMware's board of directors announced that Diane Greene, the company's co-founder, president and CEO, will be replaced by Paul Maritz, a 14-year veteran of Microsoft and head of EMC's Cloud Division.

Massive Patch Coming for DNS Vulnerability

Major vendors of domain name system (DNS) servers are making an unprecedented coordinated release of patches for what is being called a fundamental flaw in DNS, a core element of the Internet.

PDF Now ISO Standard

The International Organization for Standardization has approved the PDF as a standard format for electronic documents.

Data Breaches Up in First Half of 2008

Reported data breaches increased sharply in the first six months of 2008, jumping 69 percent compared to the same period last year, according to a study by the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC).

Most Network Data Sits Untouched

Statistically speaking, most data on enterprise networks rarely gets accessed after it is written to network storage, according to researchers from NetApp Inc. and the University of California (UC). Evidently, we are too busy writing new data to go back over old data.

Microsoft Expands SharePoint Learning Kit, Partners With Houghton

At the NECC 2008 conference in Texas this week, Microsoft unveiled an addition to its SharePoint Learning Kit (SLK), a suite of tools deigned for helping developers build education solutions.

Microsoft Issues Version 1.0 Protocol Documentation

Microsoft updated documentation on protocols used in some of its core applications today.

SharePoint Takes Center Stage at Catalyst Event

The Burton Group put the spotlight on Microsoft's SharePoint Server 2007 product on Thursday at its Catalyst Conference 2008 event.

Hyper-V Made Available

Microsoft's first major push into the virtualization space officially kicks off today, as Hyper-V has been released to manufacturing (RTM).

VMware Pioneers Decouple Dynamic Analysis

Researchers at VMware have pioneered a novel technique in dynamic analysis, one that separates the running program from the analysis tool, by use of virtual containers.

UPDATE: Windows XP's Death Is for Real, Microsoft Official Explains

Microsoft is really serious about this Monday, June 30, being the end date for selling Windows XP licenses with new computers -- so serious that Senior Vice President Bill Veghte wrote a letter clarifying some the details.

Microsoft Open XML Converter Arrives for Mac

Microsoft has released Open XML File Format Converter for Mac 1.0, a file translator that allows users to open, edit, and convert Open XML files created in Office 2008 for Mac or Office 2007 for Windows for use in earlier versions of the suite, including Office 2004 11.4 and Office v. X 10.1.9 or later.

Survey: Many Microsoft Patches Are Going Uninstalled

The results of an online test conducted by U.K. anti-virus firm Sophos found that more often than not, PC users don't install Microsoft's monthly patches.

Linux Developers Condemn Binary Drivers

A group of developers has signed a statement condemning binary-only Linux modules, which it argues can wreak havoc on Linux deployments, particularly because without the source code available, their negative influence can be hard to trace.

Tech Spending Hit by Subprime Mess

The subprime meltdown that has roiled the financial markets since last fall will negatively impact the amount large investment houses, banks and brokerages will spend on IT overall -- and on software development projects in particular -- in the coming years.

Bloomberg Launches Windows Mobile App

Customers of Bloomberg LP's real-time market data who have long been receiving feeds on their BlackBerrys can now receive them on their Windows Mobile-based devices, thanks to a recently completed development effort.

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