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Password leaks: LinkedIn, Last.fm, eHarmony
The cause of the breaches was not important, as such. What happened, happened, and millions were left frustrated and angry at the lack of communication from the companies. What was the fact that these companies failed to 'salt' user passwords -- a method of additional encryption security -- which would have made it far more difficult to crack. While the passwords that were leaked were illegible to the human eye, running it past a password cracker showed how easy simple, less secure passwords were to crack.
Too soon to tell: Windows 8
Microsoft's latest operating system remains in a bit of a rut: it was criticized left, right and center by analysts, reviewers and the general public alike -- yet Microsoft has sold 40 million licenses to date, which is a massive increase from the 4 million licenses sold in the first three days of the software launching. In just one month alone, that's a 900 percent increase on sales.
But for the business case user, we have yet to see some definitive figures. According to ZDNet's own research, around three-quarters of 1,200 IT buyers have no plans to deploy Windows 8, but half may reconsider it in the future. While many are updating their home PCs and space machines, the general consensus is that the software is not yet ready for the enterprise. That should be a worry to Microsoft as that's where the bulk of its revenues come from.
- Read more: Does Windows 8 belong on business desktops?
Too soon to tell: Google vs. the FTC over search results 'cooking'
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has already slammed Google with a $22.5 million fine this year after the search giant was found to have bypassed the security and privacy settings of Safari browsers in order to serve up its Google '+1' button in advertisements. (Google paid off the fine in about 5 hours, according to the firm's second quarter sales earnings.)
But the FTC has yet to dish out its verdict on whether or not the search company 'cooked' its search results to favor its own products and services over rivals. In October, the FTC was 'close' to announcing a formal antitrust probe into Google, but since then, nothing. Kaput.
However, a recent report suggests the FTC may be looking to settle instead of launching a fully-fledged antitrust suit its way. At this point, it seems like huff-and-puff from the federal regulator and now it's backing down because it could lose the case. Whatever happens, we won't see any resolution to this case any time soon, let alone this year.