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Forrester Research released a new study this week that warned of some potential upgrade hassles for business users looking at Office 2010, due out by June of this year. by Mary Jo Foley

A word of warning to those of you who rely on hardware-based encrypted USB flash drives. Security firm SySS has reportedly cracked the AES 256-bit hardware-based encryption used on flash drives manufactured by Kingston, SanDisk and Verbatim. by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
A prominent anti-spyware researcher is calling on Google to sever its ties with an advertising partner that covers popular sites with pop-up PPC advertisements promoting those same sites. by Ryan Naraine
Microsoft's first Patch Tuesday for 2010 will be very light: A solitary bulletin addressing a vulnerability that is rated critical only for Windows 2000 users. by Ryan Naraine

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For some reason that only the gods of the blogosphere can explain, an old Windows trick took on new life this week. Even Steven Sinofsky got into the act, sending along his own list of secret 'God mode' shortcuts to CNET's Ina Fried. But that's not all.
Human error, a failure to conduct database searches, weak information technology and process problems contributed to a security failure that allowed Nigerian national Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to sneak an explosive device onto a Northwest flight Christmas Day, according to a White House review of the terrorist attack. by Larry Dignan
After the no-show and no mention of Windows Mobile 7 at the Consumer Electronics Show CES this week, Microsoft officials have begun touting the Mobile World Congress MWC event in mid-February in Barcelona as the place that Windows Mobile 7 will finally be on public display.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke says it is scandalous how long it takes for a individual or company to get a patent, stating that it takes almost 3 years before an application is even looked at and another year before a decision is even made. by Doug Hanchard
The reality of cloud computing as it exists today already offers significant potential to IT departments that want to cut costs, lighten their infrastructure footprint, and adopt agile new technologies. Whether it's private clouds or public ones, all signs point towards it being one of the top new approaches for 2010.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer may not have shared many (any?) new tidbits about Microsoft futures, but he did whip through a lot of stats during his Consumer Electronics Show CES keynote on January 6.
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At CES 2010 in Las Vegas, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer takes the stage and highlights some of the key devices and technologies the company will be launching in the coming year. He demos a new slate PC from HP running Windows 7 as well as some new Windows Mobile phones.

At Google's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., Google VP of Product Management Mario Queiroz and Android Senior Product Manager Erick Tseng demo the new Google Nexus One smartphone, or as he calls it, "superphone."

At CES 2010 in Las Vegas, Microsoft came with a few surprises. This skit with Seth Meyers of Saturday Night Live was one.

At Google's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., Senior Product Manager Erick Tseng demos Google Earth for Android. The new app mirrors the Google Earth application on the desktop. The app also supports the voice features in Google Earth, searching for geographic locations like "Mount Fuji."

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