Linux, Open Source, & anti Microsoft news

May 2017
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Microsoft reportedly buys Israeli cybersecurity firm Hexadite

U.S. computing giant Microsoft is said to have acquired Israeli cybersecurity startup Hexadite for $100 million, the Hebrew language website Calcalist reported on Wednesday.  The deal, if confirmed, would be the latest in a string of Microsoft acquisitions of Israeli software companies, many in the field of cybersecurity.

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May 2017
23

Bankrupt school ITT pleads ‘don’t let Microsoft wipe our cloud data!’

The estate of bankrupt US trade school ITT Technical Institutes is today asking a court to stop Microsoft from erasing its cloud data.  In a filing to the US District Bankruptcy Court of Southern Indiana, the caretakers of the defunct for-profit university seek an order to bar the Redmond giant from wiping the contents of ITT’s Office 365 and webmail accounts for students, faculty, and administrators.

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May 2017
19

Microsoft Just Made a Big Bet on Africa

Microsoft believes the best way to win more business in Africa is by building giant data centers there.  The business technology giant said Thursday that it planned to open data centers in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa by 2018. By opening data centers in Africa, Microsoft will be able to more efficiently deliver its various services like Office 365 to users in the region.

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May 2017
16

While Microsoft griped about NSA exploit stockpiles, it stockpiled patches: Friday’s WinXP fix was built in February

When the WannaCrypt ransomware exploded across the world over the weekend, infecting Windows systems using a stolen NSA exploit, Microsoft president Brad Smith quickly blamed the spy agency. If the snoops hadn’t stockpiled hacking tools and details of vulnerabilities, these instruments wouldn’t have leaked into the wild, sparing us Friday’s cyber assault, he said.  Speaking of hoarding, though, it’s emerged Microsoft was itself stockpiling software – critical security patches for months.

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May 2017
10

Microsoft makes emergency security fix

icrosoft has released an urgent update to stop hackers taking control of computers with a single email. The unusual bug, in Microsoft anti-malware software such as Windows Defender, could be exploited without the recipient even opening the message.  Researchers working for Google’s Project Zero cyber-security outfit discovered the flaw at the weekend.

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May 2017
09

Google’s “Fuchsia” smartphone OS dumps Linux, has a wild new UI

Google, never one to compete in a market with a single product, is apparently hard at work on a third operating system after Android and Chrome OS. Unlike Android and Chrome OS, Fuchsia is not based on Linux—it uses a new, Google-developed microkernel called “Magenta.” With Fuchsia, Google would not only be dumping the Linux kernel, but also the GPL: the OS is licensed under a mix of BSD 3 clause, MIT, and Apache 2.0.

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