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Skype users don't buy outage explanation

Ebay's explanation for last week's failure of its Skype communication service has left many users still wondering what caused the worst outage in Skype's five-year history.

Researchers: Hack will help kill HD DVD copy protection

The recent release of software that can be used to decode encrypted HD DVD and Blu-ray movies is the first step toward making the encryption standard used by these next-generation video players obsolete, Princeton University researchers said Monday.

Dell snaps up Alienware

Dell Inc. has agreed to purchase high-performance PC vendor Alienware Corp., the two companies announced Wednesday.

McAfee to boost SiteAdvisor for e-commerce, messaging

McAfee is planning enhancements to its recently acquired SiteAdvisor software that will allow the Web-rating application to block inappropriate Web sites, offer safety ratings for online transactions and rate Web links that appear in e-mail and insta...

Microsoft warns of HP patch problem

Users of Hewlett-Packard printers, scanners and cameras may be experiencing some problems after installing Microsoft's latest round of security patches, released late last week. The problems, which concern a Windows operating system patch numbered MS...

New sites let users find and report phishing

Security vendors are launching two Web sites aimed at helping people report and avoid phishing attacks. The Phishing Incident Reporting and Termination Squad (PIRT) is as a volunteer effort designed to take down phishing sites, while CipherTrust's Ph...

Security flaws fixed in Firefox update

Mozilla has released a new version of its Firefox browser containing critical security updates. Version 1.5.0.1 of the browser, released Wednesday, also contains a number of "stability" fixes to address problems causing the browser to gum up the perf...

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