On July 20, Microsoft will kick off its marketing blitz for Windows 10, ahead of the next-gen operating system's official consumer launch on July 29. The company said today that it plans to 'celebrate the role' that five million Windows Insiders have played in helping to develop the new OS, with special Windows 10 events in 13 cities around the world.

In the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, Microsoft Stores will also "celebrate the launch of Windows 10". Over 110 stores across these markets will engage in launch-day promotional activities - but some of them will also get extra treats.

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After embarrassing itself publicly by putting its users at risk, Samsung has finally decided to try and address the Windows Update issue, by releasing a patch that re-enable default Windows behavior.

Samsung found itself in hot water this week when it was discovered that its own software acted more like malware than bloatware. That’s because the company’s own SWUpdate - software that updates Samsung machines with drivers and programs - disabled Windows Update, essentially leaving users less secure.

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Ellen Pao - and Reddit's administrators in general - have been under fire over the past week due to the decision to fire Victoria Taylor, the moderator of Reddit's hugely popular AMA subreddit, where the masses can interact with and interview celebrities and famous personalities, including Bill Gates and Barack Obama.

Taylor facilitated these events and while the reasons behind her termination have not been divulged, some suggest that it was because of Reddit's management wanting to monetize AMAs more aggressively, something that Taylor had objected to.

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Facebook Messenger has slowly been expanding and has become quite a robust tool for communication for personal and business use. With competition from the likes of Skype and WhatsApp, it was only a matter of time that Facebook would open up its popular messenger service to a wider user base. Today, Facebook announced that it will allow users access to Facebook Messenger service without a Facebook account.

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BlackBerry and Google have entered into a partnership to improve the enterprise security features of Android and develop better device management for the platform.

It hasn't been long since the leak of an Android powered smartphone from BlackBerry and now we have news that the company has formed a partnership with Google to improve Android's security features.

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a statement this last week stating its intentions to fine AT&T Mobility -- the 2nd largest mobile carrier in the United States. The fine is the result of an FCC investigation that found evidence that AT&T misled customers and enforced severe speed throttling to customers who fell in a certain data usage bracket.

The story started back in 2007 when AT&T began offering unlimited data plans that it eventually discontinued. Four years after this in 2011, AT&T began throttling the service of people who remained grandfathered on these unlimited plans.

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AppleCare+ subscribers will now be able to get a replacement for their iOS device's battery when its charge retention drops to 80 percent.

After sales service is a serious business and many companies have been offering free replacements for components as part of promotions in recent times. Apple has also been replacing certain components for AppleCare+ subscribers even after the standard warranty period of the devices expires.

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LastPass officials warned Monday that attackers have compromised servers that run the company's password management service and made off with cryptographically protected passwords and other sensitive user data. It was the second breach notification regarding the service in the past four years.

No, cryptographically scrambled passwords are not hard to decode.

In all, the unknown attackers obtained hashed user passwords, cryptographic salts, password reminders, and e-mail addresses, LastPass CEO Joe Siegrist wrote in a blog post.

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Facebook undeniably is that one website on the Internet where everyone gets connected; friends, family, enemies, ex-lovers, or even strangers can cross their paths on the famous social networking website. And over time, the website has grown, introducing Messenger, an "On This Day" throwback feature, and even a 'legacy contact' that gives someone control of your Facebook account after you die.

But apparently, these improvements are nowhere near to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's dreams and plans about the said social networking website.

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The United States Navy is seemingly looking to buy exploits and vulnerabilities, be they zero-day or otherwise, found in popular consumer software made by Microsoft, Adobe, Google, Apple and others.

It’s no secret that security researchers and cyber criminals often buy and sell exploits online. Researchers usually sell their findings back to companies in bug-bounty programs, while criminals usually sell their knowledge to other criminals who can then exploit the unpatched vulnerability.

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