Microsoft Offers Reward for Information on Rustock

Jeffrey Meisner – 18 Jul 2011 8:00 AM Last month, I shared with you that the Rustock botnet has remained inactive since Microsoft and its partners took it offline on March 16th. Today, we take our pursuit a step further. After publishing notices in two Russian newspapers last month to notify the Rustock operators of the civil lawsuit, we decided to...

R.I.P. Microsoft Zune, 2006-2011

Bloomberg is reporting that Microsoft has finally decided to put an official end to its Zunemedia player line. “A person familiar with the decision” has informed them that Microsoft will not be putting out any new hardware in the line, and will be henceforward focusing on integrating Zune functionality with the Windows Phone 7 platform. Not exactly unexpected;...

Internet Explorer 9 utterly dominates malware-blocking stats

Internet Explorer 9’s dual-pronged approach to blocking access to malicious URLs—SmartScreen Filter to block bad URLs, and Application Reputation to detect untrustworthy executables—provides the best socially engineered malware blocking of any stable browser version, according to NSS Labs’ latest report. Internet Explorer 9 blocked 92 percent of...

Confirmed: Microsoft Will Announce Acquisition of Skype Tomorrow Morning

Confirmed: Microsoft Will Announce Acquisition of Skype Tomorrow Morning

The Wall Street Journal reported tonight that Microsoft–in what would be its most aggressive acquisition in the digital space–was zeroing in on buying Skype for $8.5 billion. Sources told BoomTown tonight that the deal for the online telephony giant is actually done and will be announced early tomorrow morning. The deal–which is being spearheaded in a closely...

Bill Gates Dumping Microsoft Shares By The Millions

Over the past 12 months, Chairman Bill has sold off 90 million shares in the company he co-founded. Does he think it’s become that bad an investment? By Paul McDougall ,  InformationWeek February 8, 2011 02:32 PM Maybe he’s not impressed with its tablet strategy. Microsoft chairman Bill Gates is continuing to sell shares in the company at a rate...