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What you need to know about the Microsoft and Yahoo Search deal

With the deal signed and ink drying, you may be wondering about the details behind the historic Microsoft and Yahoo search agreement, which may finally begin to put some pressure on Google’s dominance in search. We break it down for you. The Basics Yahoo will adopt Microsoft’s new Bing search engine. Yahoo will take over premium search advertising on both Yahoo! Search and Bing....

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Windows 7 is finished and has been released to manufacturing

Microsoft today announced that Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 have hit the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) milestone. The software giant still has a lot of work to do, but the bigger responsibility now falls to OEMs that must get PCs ready, Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) that are testing their new apps, and Independent Hardware Vendors (IHVs) that are preparing their new hardware....

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EU Vista users won’t have the ability to upgrade to Windows 7

Europeans will not be able to directly upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 7. Microsoft yesterday detailed upgrade paths from old Windows editions to its upcoming Windows 7 OS, and confirmed that UK Vista users will need to do a clean install of Windows 7. Microsoft is expected to ship special versions of Windows 7 to European customers, but the versions will need a...

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Apple demands Microsoft stop its Laptop Hunters ads

Kevin Turner, Microsoft’s Chief Operating Officer, told partners during his Worldwide Partner Conference keynote not only about the upcoming Microsoft Stores this fall to be placed near Apple stores but also about how Apple’s lawyers wanted Microsoft to take down their Laptop Hunter ads. Here’s the story he told (keep in mind that it’s coming from a Microsoft executive): And so we’ve been running...

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Microsoft Hohm beta debuts

Microsoft took the wraps off a new Web service dedicated to managing energy use. Called “Hohm” (presumably, a play on the combination of “home and “Ohm”), the product will take advantage of smart grid data on energy use when it’s available. Even when it’s not, however, Hohm will allow users to input their own details and share the results of their efficiency efforts, adding...

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Details on Software Assurance for Windows 7

No, Windows 7 did not release to manufacturing yesterday, a fact that was once again repeated by Microsoft to Betanews late yesterday. As blogger Ed Bott accurately pointed out, those who drew conclusions about the multitude of zeroes in the build number were not taking into account the more esoteric meanings such numbers have historically held within Microsoft. So yesterday’s news of volume licensing...

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First TraceMonkey vulnerability calls for Firefox 3.5.1

Developers on the “Shiretoko” track for Mozilla’s new open source Firefox 3.5 Web browser now have very good reason to expect a ship date for the first round of bug fixes and vulnerabilities. A very big vulnerability has turned up in just the wrong place: a public site for posting exploits. The problem is a new permutation of an old exploit technique that, ironically,...

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Google improves labels, discusses spam trends

The first of the month always brings a bountiful harvest from Google’s blogging troops, and two posts yesterday pointed us to some nifty changes to Gmail’s labels features and passed along some cheerful numbers concerning spam levels as measured by the company’s Postini group. With one notable exception, those who rely even moderately on Gmail’s labels ought to like where things are going. The...

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Firefox 3.5 performs at 251% the speed of 3.0

For a good part of Tuesday, the Web Standards Project’s Acid3 testing server was offline. With it went 25% of our browser performance testing capacity, which kept us from being able to publish our initial Mozilla Firefox 3.5 performance index as originally planned. As Acid3 started coming back, browsers were posting curiously low scores (for instance, Opera 10 Beta below 100%) that led us...

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Comcast becomes first WiMAX seller

Last year, Sprint and Clearwire consolidated their WiMAX businesses in the Clear 4G wireless network, which was partly funded by investments from Google, Intel, and cable companies Time Warner, Bright House Networks, and Comcast. Today, Comcast officially became the first Clear reseller among the investors, launching its “High Speed 2go” WiMAX subscription service in Portland, Oregon. The cable company announced that there will be...