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Google quashes 13 Chrome bugs, adds PDF viewer

Google on Thursday patched 13 vulnerabilities in Chrome as it shifted the most stable edition of the browser to version 8.

Scammers can hide fake URLs on the iPhone, says researcher

Identity thieves can hide URLs on the iPhone's limited screen real estate, says a security researcher.

Consumers vote Mac for laptop buying plans

More than a third of American consumers planning to purchase a laptop in the next 90 days will buy from Apple, a market research company said this week.

Office 2011 sales to slash prices up to 33 percent

Microsoft will cut the price of its Office for Mac 2011 suite by as much as 33 percent during a five-day "Black Friday" sale.

Microsoft's Ballmer kills call for break-up

Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer has dismissed a call to break up the company.

Microsoft explains missing Mac Office patches

Microsoft explained why it has not patched older versions of its Office for Mac, but would not disclose a release schedule for doing so.

Microsoft forgets to patch Mac Office 2004, 2008

While Microsoft patched security vulnerabilities in Office 2011 on Tuesday, it didn't do the same for the 2004 and 2008 versions of its Mac productivity suite.

iPhone edges out Android smartphones in reliability race

Apple's iPhone remains the most reliable smartphone, edging out hard-charging Android-based handsets made by Motorola and HTC, according to after-sale warranty provider SquareTrade.

Researchers sound alarm over critical Mac OS X bug

Security researchers say that Mac OS X contains a critical vulnerability that attackers could use to hijack Macs running OS X 10.5.

ITC takes Nokia's side in Apple patent battle

Apple has not proved that rival phone maker Nokia infringed Apple patents, the staff of the U.S. International Trade Commission said in a pre-trial memo.

Enterprises 'jazzed' about iPad, says analyst

Enterprises are "jazzed" about the iPad, an industry analyst said today, citing conversations with dozens of companies that are replacing notebooks with Apple's tablet.

Hackers exploit newest Flash zero-day bug

Adobe today confirmed that hackers are exploiting a critical unpatched bug in Flash Player, and promised to patch the vulnerability in two weeks.

Microsoft strengthens product activation on Mac Office 2011

Microsoft has implemented a product activiation process for Office for the Mac that's far more strict than that used for Windows users.

Mozilla delays Firefox 4 release until 2011

Mozilla today announced that it will delay the release of Firefox 4 until 2011.

Apple joins Google in counterattack against Paul Allen lawsuit

Google, Apple and other major vendors are moving to dismiss charges that each has infringed on patents held by a company owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.