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Windows 7 first look: More than just 'Vista, fixed'

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Windows 7 activation ... FAIL! Adrian Kingsley-Hughes: Microsoft's activation and Windows Genuine Advantage mechanisms do little to prevent piracy. Exhibit A: Windows 7 activation mechanism cracked weeks before the release of the OS.

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Report: Acer back-tracking on Android in August

Report: Acer back-tracking on Android in August John Morris: In response to reports that it had delayed its Android netbook, Acer told News.com that it wasn't discussing the timing of a dual-boot netbook. That sounds very different from what the company said last month, when it announced plans to release an Android-based Aspire One this quarter and predicted that "the majority of Acer netbooks will offer Android in the future."

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