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1) Adobe Reader 9.3 patch addresses critical JavaScript security issue - 01/16/2010
Usually on a Patch Tuesday, the discussion turns to Microsoft; but amid a very light round of Windows fixes, it's Adobe in the spotlight today. Last month, a serious and potentially easily exploitable vulnerability was found in a JavaScript API call, DocMedia.NewPlayer -- a situation where an intentionally crafted PDF file could invoke the call, deallocate the memory allocated when the media player is generated, and then execute the code in that de-allocated memory, without need for privilege.

2) Microsoft will Open Outlook .PST Format - 01/12/2010
The Microsoft Office Interoperability team on Monday announced that it would make the Outook .PST file format – which stores email, calendar entries, and contacts – accessible to third-party developers. The move means that other software, both on the client and on servers, will be able to access and manipulate the data using any programming language.

3) How 3D Video Will Impact Our Storage - 01/12/2010
At the Storage Visions conference, I heard a number of interesting presentations on the future of storage, ranging from the storage and bandwidth requirements of 3D to issues in content distribution to some new products designed to deal with the changing business.

4) The Word of the Decade is 'Google' - 01/11/2010
The American Dialect Society has voted for the 2009 word of the year and for the word of the decade. And the results are, drum rolls please, Tweet and Google. Tweet has been awarded the title of 2009 Word of the Year and Google has been nominated Word of the Decade.

5) Windows 7 Is the Fastest Selling OS Ever - 01/11/2010
With Windows 7, Redmond-based software giant Microsoft delivered on the promise of developing an operating system that would be better that XP and Vista – even if they reportedly had to draw inspiration from Mac OS X to come up with its looks. According to Craig Beilinson, Director of Marketing with Microsoft’s Entertainment and Devices Division, Windows 7 is “by far the fastest selling operating system in history.”

6) Firefox 3.6 RC1 Available for Download - 01/11/2010
Last week we were reporting that the Mozilla Foundation is working on the first Firefox 3.6 RC1 builds. We start the week with great news for all the Firefox fans out there: the Mozilla Foundation has officially released Firefox 3.6 RC1 (Release Candidate 1). The browser is available for download for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux users, free of charge of course. If you already have Firefox 3.6 Beta installed, you should receive an automatic update notice.

7) Will a service pack for Windows 7 rock up anytime soon? - 01/11/2010
Analysis Eagle-eyed bloggers who, it seems, have nothing better to do with their time then to scan Microsoft’s Windows 7 underbelly, recently discovered a Registry Key that points to service pack 1 of the operating system.

8) Microsoft ends Windows and Office 2007 rental restrictions - 01/11/2010
Microsoft has tweaked Windows and some Office 2007 licenses so people who rent PCs to customers - like internet cafes and business centers - can do so legally.The company has introduced the Rental Rights license for Office Professional Plus 2007, Office Standard 2007, and Windows across the globe following international trials last year.

9) Microsoft joins IE SVG standards party - 01/11/2010
The prospect of standards-based vector graphics support being added to Internet Explorer is in the air. Microsoft has applied to join a World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Scalable Vector Graphics working group, IE senior program manager Patrick Dengler has blogged.

10) Firefox 3.6 RTM delivery in Q1 perceived as delay - 01/09/2010
Way back last August, the Mozilla organization's developers set their sights on November 2009 as a release timeframe for Firefox 3.6, the latest round of functionality improvements to the most popular cross-platform Web browser. That date had been unofficially bumped forward to December, but that was before the release of the earliest betas to the general public slipped past the original mid-October release window -- it ended up going live just before Halloween.

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