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It's only a matter of time before malicious hackers start exploiting a critical Windows vulnerability via booby-trapped Web pages or Office Word or PowerPoint documents. by Ryan Naraine

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Since Windows 7 launched on October 22, my e-mail inbox has been deluged with questions, comments, and pleas for help. I can't possibly reply to them all personally, so I thought I would answer some of the most interesting questions here.

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The developer of the Facebook app for iPhone has quit the project in a protest of Apple's review process. Apple needs to lift the App Store kimono a little or risk losing other top talent. by Jason D. O'Grady
According to analyst reports, the volume of enterprise data doubles every 18 months - and a lot information is inaccurate, duplicated or out-of-date and needs to be managed.
Google CEO Eric Schmidt talks about whether the company ever regrets its "do no evil" policy, and how the definition of "evil" changes as Google grows. by Larry Dignan
Dell announced the new Inspiron Zino HD mini desktop PC, an $229 Windows-based machine that targets the living room and the Mac mini. by Andrew Nusca
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Dell on Tuesday announced the launch of three new workgroup printers, including what it says is the world's fastest single-function letter-size color laser printer. by Andrew Nusca
Electronic book readers like the Amazon Kindle and the Barnes and Noble Nook may be poised to take the holiday shopping season by storm, but the new Intel Reader announced earlier this week promises to give the gift of reading to those with vision- or reading-related disabilities. by Janice Chen
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