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Gregg Keizer covers Microsoft, security issues, Apple, Web browsers and general technology breaking news for Computerworld.

Opera is Facebook's best browser play

Facebook may acquire Norwegian browser maker Opera Software, developer of the Opera and Opera Mini browsers for desktops and mobile phones, according to a report by U.K.-based technology website Pocket-lint.

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Flashback click fraud campaign was a bust

The hackers in charge of the Flashback botnet managed to generate $14,000 from their click fraud campaign, but have not been paid.

Google releases Chrome 19 with tab sync and bug fixes

Google released Chrome 19, patched 20 vulnerabilities in the browser, and doled out $16,500 in bug bounties and rewards to independent researchers.

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Adobe's security chief praises Apple for Flash-crippling move

Adobe's head of security applauds Apple's move to block outdated versions of his company's Flash Player.

Microsoft pitches SkyDrive over iCloud to Mac Office users

Microsoft is pitching its SkyDrive online storage service to Office for Mac users, saying Apple's iCloud offering is "not enough."

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Security vendor: Snow Leopard users most prone to Flashback infection

Of the Macs that have been infected by the Flashback malware, nearly two-thirds are running OS X 10.6, better known as Snow Leopard, Russian antivirus firm Dr. Web says.

Mozilla to kill Firefox 3.6 by auto-upgrading old browser

Mozilla will give Firefox 3.6 the coup de grace next month by automatically upgrading users of that 2010 browser to Firefox 12.

Microsoft pulls Office for Mac 2011 upgrade

Microsoft last Friday pulled a major update for Office for Mac 2011 from its upgrade servers, acknowledging bugs that have corrupted some users' Outlook databases.

Flashback botnet not shrinking, huge numbers of Macs still infected

Contrary to reports by several security companies, the Flashback botnet is not shrinking, according to the Russian antivirus firm that first reported the massive infection.

Mozilla blocks Java in Firefox for some Mac users

Mozilla this week began blocking outdated versions of a Java plug-in in Firefox for some Mac users after calling the threat posed by the Flashback malware "evident and imminent."

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Flashback Mac botnet shrinks, says Symantec

The number of Macs infected with the Flashback malware has plummeted in the last few days, antivirus vendor Symantec said today.

Mac security software sales jump in wake of Flashback

Sales of Mac security software have jumped since the news broke last week about a massive malware infection of Apple computers.

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Security experts: 600,000-plus estimate of Mac botnet likely on target

Security experts today could not confirm claims by a little-known Russian antivirus company that more than 600,000 Macs have been infected with a zero-day-exploiting Trojan, but they said the number was within reason.

In-store iPad availability beats online

The wait for a new iPad ordered online from Apple stretches one to two weeks, but in most cases customers can walk into a company store now to buy a tablet.

Google ends Chrome search rank penalty period

Google has released Chrome from the penalty box and reinstated the browser's PageRank after a 60-day self-imposed sentence over a rule-breaking marketing campaign.