If you read the headline for this article with some confusion, you're probably not alone. After all, Microsoft announced last year that it was closing down its Windows Live Messenger service, and it spent a great deal of time and effort transitioning users to Skype instead.

But while the rest of the world moved to Skype, Windows Live Messenger - even now, still popularly referred to by its previous name, 'MSN Messenger' - lived on in China, where it was operated in partnership with a local third-party company.

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The last year has been aggravating for many retail customers when it comes to privacy. In June, Dominos Pizza was hacked and no one can forget the 40 million credit card numbers stolen from Target as well. Now it has been revealed that an additional company has been targeted with malware and/or hacked.

UPS, the company known throughout the world as a delivery company and for its motto, "What can brown do for you?", revealed that malware was found in 51 stores across the United States.

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The wait is almost over. Following weeks - months, in fact - of intense speculation about its next wave of devices, Apple today sent out invitations to a press event scheduled for September 9, at which it is expected to launch its new wearable device and iPhones.

Of course, Apple isn't revealing everything just yet - its invites feature nothing but a close-up crop of the company's logo, the date and a teasing statement: "Wish we could say more."

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Microsoft and Sony have been going head-to-head with their next-generation consoles, the Xbox One and the PS4, in recent months. So far, the PS4 is the front runner, after Sony announced that it has sold 10 million consoles, while Microsoft has been much quieter with its sales figures; at its last earnings call it did not separate out Xbox 360 and One sales, all we know is 1 million consoles were sold.

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The latest company to join in the price reductions is Dropbox, one of the most popular and well-known online storage providers around. Until recently, the company charged $9.99 a month for 100GB, and the largest storage option available was 500GB - half that of some of its biggest rivals.

Today, Dropbox announced that it is overhauling its paid service, Dropbox Pro, introducing a single flat-rate offering that replaces the various storage tiers that were previously available. Priced at $9.99 a month, Dropbox Pro now includes 1TB of storage - ten times the previous amount at that price.

Along with the new pricing, new features have been added to Dropbox Pro, including:

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Back in 2004, Munich, Germany decided that they were going to switch to Linux (specifically, LiMux) as their primary operating system and drop Microsoft's Windows operating system. At the time, the decision was said to be cheaper, more reliable and politically correct for the city and this would be the on the same scale as the Berlin Wall falling for politics but for IT.

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NVIDIA’s recently released Shield tablet might be classed as “The ultimate tablet for gamers” but many customers who have purchased the device since launch have notice that the casing  is beginning to crack around the edges.

According to users on the official Shield forums, the cracks tend to appear after using the device, although some have noticed cracks appearing right after opening the box. The majority of cracks are on the four corners of the device, though they can appear anywhere around the frame.

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Under the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998, site owners must take special and often time-consuming precautions when dealing with users under the age of 13. As such, most mainstream websites have adopted a sweeping ban on all minors under the age of 13, barring access (at least in theory) to young children. But Google may soon seek to crush this policy, as their initiative to deploy a "child safe" version of Google services for kids --

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On the second Tuesday of August, Microsoft unleashed its traditional 'Patch Tuesday' releases but also pushed out some new features for Windows users as well. Unfortunately, a small subset of the Windows user base has been hit with some serious issues and now we are starting to learn a few more details about the issue at hand.

According to Microsoft's support website, the security update had various issues and it could cause Windows not to boot in some cases; the company has stopped distributing the release through Windows Update as well as its website.

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Microsoft has announced new apps coming to the Xbox One, including the first ever Reddit app designed for TV, named ReddX.

The ReddX app looks quite impressive, especially considering this is version 1.0, and there’s no doubt that fans of the Xbox One and Reddit will be thrilled with it. Here are some of the features coming to the console via the ReddX app:

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