Microsoft’s Security Products Will Block Adware By Default Starting On July 1

As of July 1, the company’s security products will immediately stop any adware they detect and notify the user, who can then restore the program if they wish. Currently, when any of Microsoft’s security products (including Microsoft Security Essentials and Microsoft Forefront) detects a program as adware, it will alert the user and offer them a recommended action


Threshold Revealed: Microsoft Talks the Future of Windows

Microsoft on Wednesday confirmed my previous reports that it would ship a Windows update that brings back the Start menu as an option and lets users run Modern apps on the Windows desktop in floating windows.


NASA must immediately cease contact with Russia

that this move comes less than a month after NASA administrator Charles Bolden assured the public that the situation in Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula wouldn’t disrupt space cooperation between the United States and Russia


Hackers Turn Security Camera DVRs Into Worst Bitcoin Miners Ever

But it also tries to earn a little scratch for its creators by mining bitcoins, a processor-intensive activity that would probably slow down any infected DVR.


Windows 8.1 Update 1 Review

Update 1 matters, and is the clearest indication yet that Microsoft remains committed to listening to feedback and writing the wrongs of the original release of Windows 8.


Boxee.tv hacked.

Hackers posted names, e-mail addresses, message histories, and partially protected login credentials for more than 158,000 forum users of Boxee.tv, the Web-based television service that was acquired by Samsung last year, researchers said.


UTC Network Engineer Wins Contest

Christopher Howard, UTC Network Engineer, wins the Grand Prize for Intermapper’s Ultimate Probes Challenge.

 

“The contest was to write a probe for InterMapper.  InterMapper is what
we use to monitor all of our switches/routers/wireless access points/etc
on the network.  It can’t monitor every device under the sun out of the
box, but it does include the ability to import probes.  The probes are
just plugins that add support for other devices.  I wrote one to monitor
the number of users connected to our wireless controllers.  The images
show the data that we can get from InterMapper after the probe was
imported into the software.”

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“We needed a way to watch the number of users connected to our wireless. Usually a large drop in the number of wireless users indicates a problem. This probe allows us to chart the number of users and visually see if everything is ok or if there is an issue to investigate.”

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Microsoft Has Big Plans For Bing’s Entity Engine

In the early days, search was about helping to find more, but now, he argues, “it’s moved from ‘find more’ to ‘know more.’”


How Dropbox Knows When You’re Sharing Copyrighted Stuff

What was going on? Was Dropbox suddenly doing something sketchy? Were they suddenly lurking around their users folders, digging for copyrighted material hiding amongst personal files?


Facebook’s plans to deliver internet to everyone

“Today, we’re sharing some details of the work Facebook’s Connectivity Lab is doing to build drones, satellites and lasers to deliver the internet to everyone”