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Microsoft beefs up Office Online

Microsoft is updating its Web-based Office Online suite, narrowing the features gap with the main Office 365 and Office 2013 suites installed on users' devices.

Rimini Street diversifies with cloud services for Workday, Salesforce.com

Independent Oracle and SAP support provider Rimini Street will now offer integration services for customers who want to adopt SaaS (software-as-a-service) offerings from the likes of Salesforce.com and Workday.

Canada halts online tax returns in wake of Heartbleed

Canada Revenue Agency has halted online filing of tax returns by the country's citizens following the disclosure of the Heartbleed security vulnerability that rocked the Internet this week.

Stung by file-encrypting malware, researchers fight back

Jose Vildoza's 62-year-old father was using his old Windows computer when a warning in broken English flashed on the screen: your files have been encrypted.

Dropbox diversifies beyond storage with photos, collaboration apps

Dropbox, the cloud storage and file sharing vendor, is expanding its scope into photo management and document collaboration.

With MongoDB 2.6, NoSQL database gets a speed boost

Working to keep its place in an increasingly heated competitive landscape, MongoDB has updated its namesake open-source NoSQL database system with considerable performance improvements, a new automated management module and stronger security tools.

Yahoo email anti-spoofing policy breaks mailing lists

In an attempt to block email spoofing attacks on yahoo.com addresses, Yahoo began imposing a stricter email validation policy that unfortunately breaks the usual workflow on legitimate mailing lists.

Security and quality are companies' top reasons for using open source

Why should you use open-source software? The fact that it's usually free can be an attractive selling point, but that's not the reason most companies choose to use it. Instead, security and quality are the most commonly cited reasons, according to new research.

Google touts extra encryption for Gmail, remains mum on other apps

Google recently trumpeted that it now encrypts Gmail messages while shuffling them among its data centers, an extra security layer aimed at thwarting government and criminal snoops, but didn't say if it applies this protection to its other applications.

SAP customers can't figure out firm's mobility strategy

It's been nearly four years since SAP got into enterprise mobility with the acquisition of Sybase, but many customers still don't quite understand its mobile product strategy, according to a new survey by the Americas' SAP Users' Group.

Twitter offers photo tagging and lets you upload a photo 'collage'

Twitter users on mobile devices can now tag people in photos and upload multiple images to form a collage.

Bitwig Studio on Linux: Will one top-tier app change the game?

The release of a highly anticipated music application on Ubuntu Linux could be a watershed event for the free OS.

Office for iPad could have security implications, both good and bad

Microsoft is widely expected to announce Office for iPad tomorrow, which could have both positive and negative security implications for businesses that use it, experts say.

'Innocence of Muslims' actress files contempt motion against Google

An actress in an anti-Islam movie trailer has filed for a contempt of court order on Google for its alleged 'near-total disregard' of an appeals court's order asking it to take down copies of the video from YouTube.

Open Compute Project chief Frankovsky quits Facebook

Open Compute Project Foundation leader Frank Frankovsky, who founded the project with colleagues at Facebook to help foster scalable data centers in large enterprises, has left the social-networking company for an optical storage startup.

Encrypted email service Virtru adds Office 365 compatibility

Virtru has added Microsoft's Office 365 and Outlook Desktop services to its list of compatible email platforms for its encryption product.

Big data funding spree continues

Venture capital firms continue to funnel big sums of money to big data startups. Hadoop player Cloudera announced $160 million in new financing, and analytics startup Platfora raised $38 million.

Google tightens HTTPS protections in Gmail in light of government snooping

Citing the need to protect users from government cyber-spying, Google has tightened Gmail's encryption screws by removing the option to turn off HTTPS.

Ex-Autonomy chief Lynch slams HP, CEO Whitman ahead of shareholder meeting

Hewlett-Packard's November 2012 decision to write off billions of dollars in connection with the acquisition of infrastructure software vendor Autonomy continues to dog the company as it prepares to face shareholders at an annual meeting Wednesday.

A peek into the licensing abyss, courtesy of Microsoft

Anyone who wants to see how convoluted Microsoft licensing can be should check out the company's Licensing How To blog, where officials answer questions from customers and explain policies, concepts and how to apply usage rules in specific scenarios.