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Microsoft dips after revenue misses expectations – CNBC

Thursday, April 27, 2017

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Microsoft’s Revenue Falls Short of Estimates – Fortune

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Microsoft on Thursday reported quarterly revenue that slightly missed analysts’ estimates, as robust demand for its cloud computing services failed to offset weak growth in its personal computing division. Shares of the world’s largest software company fell 1% to $67.62 in trading after the bell. Under CEO Satya Nadella, who took the helm in 2014, Microsoft has sharpened its focus on the fast-growing cloud computing unit to counter a prolonged…

It Took Microsoft Nine Months to Fix That Word Bug – Fortune

Thursday, April 27, 2017

To understand why it is so difficult to defend computers from even moderately capable hackers, consider the case of the security flaw officially known as CVE-2017-0199. The bug was unusually dangerous but of a common genre: it was in Microsoft software, could allow a hacker to seize control of a personal computer with little trace, and was fixed April 11 in Microsoft’s regular monthly security update. But it had traveled…

Thanks to Google, Cubans Are Getting a Much Faster Internet – NBCNews.com

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Google is about to change the internet browsing experience in Cuba in a big way. On Wednesday, the technology giant became the first foreign internet company to set up servers in the island nation. While it won’t do much to boost internet access in the country, it will speed up the experience for those who are already online. Google’s Cuban servers will be able to store popular content locally, making…

Why Microsoft’s profit boom is just beginning, according to Credit Suisse – CNBC

Thursday, April 27, 2017

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Hackers used Microsoft Word bug ‘for months’ – BBC News

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Image caption The bug was found in Microsoft Office software – and went unfixed for months A bug in Microsoft Word was exploited by hackers for months before it was eventually fixed, according to security researchers. The flaw allowed attackers to take control of a computer via malicious document files. The zero-day, or previously undetected, vulnerability was patched earlier this month. However, it has since emerged that Microsoft was told…

Microsoft calls takesies-backsies on Windows update – CNET

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Software bugs are messing with the latest major Windows 10 update. Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images Microsoft released a major update for Windows 10 about two weeks ago but will temporarily block access to the update for people who haven’t yet downloaded it, according to a company blog post this week. The problem? Apparently not all the bugs have been worked out. Computers using certain types of Bluetooth radios, for instance, haven’t…

Google launches in Cuba as first foreign internet company – Telegraph.co.uk

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Google has become the first foreign internet company to launch a service in Cuba, raising hopes of reform in one of the world’s most cut-off countries.  The internet giant opened a new data centre in Cuba yesterday where it will store information such as popular YouTube videos. In a move that indicates Cuba is opening its doors to modernisation and greater access to information, the on-island servers will make it easier for Cuban people to…

4 Annoying Email Subject Lines to Stop Using Immediately – Inc.com

Thursday, April 27, 2017

You know that first impressions are important, and that same rule holds true for email. Your subject line is the very first impression that your message makes. So, naturally, you want it to be a good one. Crafting an effective subject line can’t be hard, right? After all, it’s only a few small words. However, you probably know all too well that it’s not quite as simple as it seems….

Microsoft Word flaw took so long to fix that hackers used it to send fraud software to millions of computers – Telegraph.co.uk

Thursday, April 27, 2017

A flaw in Microsoft Word took the tech giant so long to fix that hackers were able to use it to send fraud software to millions of computers, it has been revealed. The security flaw, officially known as CVE-2017-0199, could allow a hacker to seize control of a personal computer with little trace, and was fixed on April 11 in Microsoft’s regular monthly security update – nine months after it was…

Hackers exploited Word flaw for months while Microsoft investigated – Telegraph.co.uk

Thursday, April 27, 2017

FireEye probed further, found the earlier Russian-language attacks, and warned Microsoft. The company, which confirmed it was first warned of active attacks in March, got on track for an April 11 patch. Then, what counts as disaster in the world of bug-fixers struck. Another security firm, McAfee, saw some attacks using the Microsoft Word flaw on April 6. After what it described as “quick but in-depth research,” it established that…

Can hackers get into your computer? – ABC15 Arizona

Thursday, April 27, 2017

What computer operating system are you using? Does it have the latest updates? No clue? That could be a serious problem. Recently, hacking tools used by the National Security Agency (NSA) were leaked. Hackers got that information and at least one security expert says they’ve hacked into at least 100,000 computers around the world. Apparently, hackers can use the “tool” to install something on vulnerable computers and take them over….

Internet providers are thrilled with the FCC’s plan for weaker regulations – The Verge

Thursday, April 27, 2017

FCC chairman Ajit Pai announced today that he’s proposing to do away with the regulatory classification his predecessor used to enact tough net neutrality rules. Instead of classifying internet providers as “common carriers” under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, they’ll instead be classified as “information services” under Title I. That’ll subject them to much more lenient oversight — and naturally, internet providers are happy to hear it. Comcast, Verizon,…

Hackers exploited Word flaw for months while Microsoft investigated – Reuters

Thursday, April 27, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO To understand why it is so difficult to defend computers from even moderately capable hackers, consider the case of the security flaw officially known as CVE-2017-0199. The bug was unusually dangerous but of a common genre: it was in Microsoft software, could allow a hacker to seize control of a personal computer with little trace, and was fixed April 11 in Microsoft’s regular monthly security update. But it…

Google just became the first foreign internet company to launch in Cuba – CNBC

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Despite hopes that Cuba would begin opening up its internet access following the re-establishment of diplomatic between the US and Cuba in 2015, Cuba still has the lowest level of internet connectivity in the western hemisphere. For most Cubans, the internet can only be accessed through 240 public access wi-fi spots dotted around the country. An hour of internet access costs roughly $1.50, which for Cubans earning the country’s average…

Microsoft Claims Shipping Giant Maersk as Big Cloud Win – Fortune

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Score one for Microsoft (msft) Azure in its battle for big, industrial cloud customers. Maersk (amkby), the world’s largest shipping company, says it will use Azure cloud services to fuel its IT modernization efforts. Such projects typically are called “digital transformation,” a fancy term that often simply refers to the automation and updating of manual or otherwise inefficient processes. Microsoft is battling Amazon Web Services, the leader in public cloud…

Google Chrome update will make THIS exclusive feature much, much better – Express.co.uk

Thursday, April 27, 2017

That’s because Google is reportedly set to solve this issue with a new upgrade to its Chrome mobile app which it says can make copying and pasting easier than ever. The new feature is called Copyless Paste, and has started rolling out to Chrome users on Android devices now, according to VentureBeat. The tool takes information from when you use Chrome, and transplant that over to other Google-made apps. For…

Internet firms are winding up for a fight on net neutrality – CNBC

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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Internet firms gearing up for a fight over ‘net neutrality’ – The Mercury News

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

NEW YORK — Internet companies are readying for a showdown with telecoms and a Republican-controlled government over a policy near and dear to their hearts: net neutrality. Net neutrality basically prevents broadband providers from playing favorites or steering users toward (or away from) particular internet sites. Under rules enacted during the Obama administration, the likes of Comcast and Verizon — which offer their own video services they’d very much like…