Here are today’s notable headlines. You can get News To Know via email alert and RSS daily:Christopher Dawson: Are you sure you don't just want to use Ubuntu?
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Research by a piracy-prevention consultancy, reports Silicon.com's Sylvia Carr, shows that software ranks second among the most popular categories of counterfeited goods, and that Microsoft is the top IT brand to be pirated.
Microsoft is fiercely competitive, but the field is more challenging. Microsoft is competing with Google on search via its Bing effort and Apple in the mobile market. Meanwhile, the software giant is positioning its wares for cloud computing with software and services. The company's two cash cows---operating systems and the Office productivity suite---are performing well.
These were the most widely read blog posts this year from across ZDNet's blogosphere.
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