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Microsoft

Submission + - Windows 8 Tells Microsoft About Everything You Install, Not Very Securely (nadim.cc)

x0d writes: "Windows 8 has a new featured called Windows SmartScreen, which is turned on by default. Windows SmartScreen’s purpose is to “screen” every single application you try to install from the Internet in order to inform you whether it’s safe to proceed with installing it or not. There are a few serious problems here. The big problem is that Windows 8 is configured to immediately tell Microsoft about every app you download and install.
This problem can however get even more serious: It may be possible to intercept SmartScreen’s communications to Microsoft and thus learn about every single application downloaded and installed by a target."

Google

Submission + - Google Points Finger at Microsoft, Nokia (wsj.com)

x0d writes: "Google Inc. said it filed an antitrust complaint Thursday in Europe
arguing that Microsoft Corp. MSFT -0.51% and Nokia Corp. are using proxy companies
to brandish patents and hurt the prospects of Google's Android mobile-phone software to the advantage of Microsoft's technology.
The Internet-search giant alleges that Microsoft and Nokia have entered into agreements that enable entities such as Canada-based Mosaid Technologies Inc. to legally enforce their patent rights and share the resulting revenue."

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