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Microsoft says RIP Windows XP AutoRun

"Microsoft has finally decided to push out a Windows update that should stop attempts to exploit AutoRun - a feature of its operating system that fires up any program once a USB or CD is inserted into a computer. In recent years hackers have increasingly turned to AutoRun, which permits programmers to deliver instructions via Autorun.inf files to run programs without first gaining user permission.

Google Offering $20K for Chrome Pwn2Own Hack

"CanSecWest takes place on March 9 and as usual, there’ll be the annual Pwn2Own hacking contest. However, this year there’s a new platform on the block -- Google’s Chrome OS -- and the search giant is happy to encourage participants to give it all they’ve got. ZDNet reports that Mountain View is offering a prize of $20,000 for the first person to crack its Chrome OS notebook via a vulnerability and sandbox escape in the Chrome browser."

Video Quality Tested: GeForce Vs. Radeon In HQV 2.0

"We’ve used the HQV benchmark version 1.0 for a few years now, and have only recently adopted the newer 2.0 version for some of our reviews. The latest build is far more complex and demanding than the original benchmark, but the raw scores don’t mean much unless you understand how to interpret them. Because of this, we’re taking our readers through a step-by-step explanation of the HD HQV Benchmark, version 2.0.

Google: Bing copied our search results

"Search outfit Google accused Microsoft’s Bing of copying Google’s search results. Apparently, Google’s engineers set up random results for certain terms. Among them was ‘hiybprqag’, a gibberish word pointing to a Los Angeles theater seating plan. Google said that their results started appearing in Bing within few weeks. Google officially stated that they do not mind honest competition but obviously had a thing or three to say about Microsoft."

Microsoft Makes Chrome Play H.264 Video

"Chrome users will be able to play H.264 video — thanks to Microsoft. The software giant today unveiled the Windows Media Player HTML5 Extension for Chrome, which will let users of the Google browser play H.264 video after it was dropped from Chrome over licensing issues.

Internet Explorer 9 RC May Arrive in February

"Friday Microsoft reportedly sent out media invites for an Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) event taking place in San Francisco on February 10, indicating that the Release Candidate (RC) of IE9 has been delayed from its previously targeted January 28 launch. Although unconfirmed, the company is expected to reveal IE9 RC during the press event, sporting built-in support for GPUs, HTML 5 and a number of new enhancements including location privacy.

AMD Catalyst 11.1a Hot-fix Promises 35% Boost

"Nvidia's resurrection of the Ti badge with the Geforce 560Ti has heated up things in the upper-mid end graphics card segment, and AMD seems to be feeling the burn. This has been met with frantic efforts from the AMD camp in the form of price cuts (Radeon HD 6950) and cheaper variants as well as ramped up versions of existing 6 series of graphics cards. AMD has also released the Catalyst 11.1a hotfix that promises massive performance improvements as compared to the Radeon HD 6800 and 6900 series of graphics cards."

Web Tool On Firefox To Deter Tracking

"Mozilla Corp. plans to add a do-not-track feature to its Firefox Web browser, which could let users avoid having their actions monitored online. The announcement makes Firefox the first Web browser to heed the Federal Trade Commission's call for the development of a do-not-track system. The Wall Street Journal reported last year that Mozilla was exploring the development of such a system."

Scientist develop way of spotting flashers

"Boffins fed up with people getting their kit off on chat sites have developed a new algorithm that will allow sites to nip the nudity in the bud. Video chat services such as Chatroulette which randomly link the webcams of people who visit the site have been doing well but it has been plagued by people who want to show their genitals... Now Xinyu Xing at the University of Colorado at Boulder and a few pals have come up with a "flasher detection" algorithm that spots the offenders, allowing them to be kicked out.

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