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Leaked Windows 10 preview build 9901 stripped naked

Before next month's expected consumer preview, we're able to see where Microsoft is going with the new features, in leaked build 9901. I got nobody left to believe...

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Can we really trust Apple's iTunes?

The locked-in nature of FairPlay was a by-product of industry fear, ultimately abandoned in favor of trusting music fans more.

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Microsoft sets Windows 10's consumer reveal for Jan. 21

Microsoft has scheduled more Windows 10 revelations for Jan. 21, 2015, sending invitations today to journalists, reviewers and bloggers.

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Salesforce introduces custom AppExchange storefronts

Salesforce today is introducing the AppExchange Store Builder, an easy way for customers to roll out a customized app store.

Microsoft starts accepting Bitcoin payments

Opening up to new payment options, Microsoft has started accepting Bitcoin payments on its Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox stores.

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Patch Tuesday updates aim for Exchange and Explorer flaws

Microsoft has rolled out its latest round of "Patch Tuesday" security fixes, with fixes for Internet Explorer and Exchange Server topping the list of programs needing attention by IT administrators.

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Microsoft's alt-OS strategy strikes loyalists as class warfare

Long-time Windows users may feel like second-class citizens as Microsoft continues to push its products and services onto alternate platforms, but the problem will clear up next year, analysts said.

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5 great free Windows tuneup utilities you need right now

Want a faster, cleaner, better-running PC? Then check out these five free downloads to clean up and speed up your computer.

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Microsoft throws away $315 million on failed Nook deal

Microsoft took a big loss on its 2012 investment in Barnes & Noble, getting less than half of its original upfront $300 million back when the two firms parted ways today.

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Microsoft slates 7 security updates for next week, resurrects Exchange fix

Microsoft plans to release seven security updates on Tuesday, three of them critical, to patch Internet Explorer, Windows, various pieces of the Office suite, and the SharePoint and Exchange server software.

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Apple faces trial in decade-old iTunes DRM lawsuit

A nearly 10-year-old class-action antitrust lawsuit accusing Apple of trying to monopolize online music distribution is headed to trial.

Good to know there are things you can count on

It's Monday morning, and this worried user calls the help desk because she's sure her email looks different from the screens she had when she left work last week.

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Microsoft Band customers get scrooged even before holidays start

Three days after saying stock of its new Band smart wristband would be replenished throughout the coming holidays, Microsoft changed course.

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Google to Apps users: Take time to protect your accounts

To get employees more involved in securing their Apps accounts, Google has simplified how they monitor log-in activity and configure security settings.

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Office 365's spam filter gets smarter with bulk mailings

Microsoft has refined how Office 365 handles bulk promotional emails from vendors like Amazon, eBay and Macy's.

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Why Apple's (RED) campaign is so important

Apple's latest campaign to raise money for AIDS treatment comes at a critical tipping point in the struggle against the disease.

Microsoft schedules OneDrive rollout for Office 365 ProPlus subscribers

Microsoft on Monday promised that Office 365 ProPlus subscribers would have access to OneDrive for Business, the company's enterprise-grade cloud storage service, by the end of January 2015.

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Apple strikes deal with China's UnionPay for App Store payments

Apple today announced it had struck a deal with UnionPay, China's most popular credit and debit card system, to accept payments for digital goods on its App Store.

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