Google Chrome Browser to Start Blocking Certain Web Advertising

News Items, Software Events, Software Releases
Google Chrome Browser to Start Blocking Certain Web Advertising All Google Chrome Browser users starting on February 15, 2018, your Chrome browser will start blocking ads that don’t meet the standards set by the Coalition for Better Ads. The idea is to improve the browsing experience of web users by getting rid of the worst of the annoyances that they generally object to. These annoyances include ads that provide auto-playing video with audio, ads that block the site you’re trying to reach and ads that cover large areas of the screen.  I am not sure how this will handle something like CNN.com that is famous for putting up some of the worst possible ads.  Even if you hover over the ad it sometimes will automatically start. Remember that CNN as well…
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Skype nasty security bug without a massive code rewrite

Microsoft Development, Software Events
Skype nasty security bug without a massive code rewrite There is a major flaw or simply a bug within the Skype application during the update process.  The security of your system can allow an attacker to gain system-level privileges to a vulnerable computer. You can review the comments by clicking this link Skype's home-grown updater allows escalation of privilege to SYSTEM In simple terms the bug can allow an unprivileged user to the full SYSTEM level rights thus granting them access to every corner of the operating system.   Microsoft, which owns the voice and video-calling service, said it will not fix the flaw any time soon since the bug would require too much work and man-time. Possible turning off Skype updates Bug located by security Kanthak Security researcher Stefan Kanthak found…
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Will Facebook have a Dislike button or not is the question

Software Events
Will Facebook have a Dislike button or not is the question ? Facebook is testing a dislike button with certain users, effectively creating the “dislike” button.  This has been something in the making for the past 3 to 4 years with various users wishing that they could put that on a posting if they disliked the contents.  The test appeared for several users on Thursday in the comment section of posts within Facebook groups and on old Facebook memories content. The feature appears to give users the ability to down rank certain comments. This is the first time Facebook has tested anything similar to a “dislike” button and it could theoretically allow for content that’s offensive or relevant to be pushed to the bottom of a comment feed. This does…
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Microsoft is releasing a new version of Windows 10 S for the enterprise

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Microsoft is releasing a new version of Windows 10 S for the enterprise Back in May, Microsoft announced Windows 10 S, a version of Windows 10 Pro that is locked down to the Windows Store. Most of the other Pro features remain, such as Hyper-V. When it was announced, it was squarely aimed at educational customers, but yesterday at Ignite 2017, the company announced that a range of Windows 10 S PCs are coming aimed at businesses, or more specifically, frontline workers. Microsoft said that it will be targeting the broader enterprise use case in the future, but for now, it's focused on the frontline worker. With that in mind, the firm is working on a new version of Windows 10 S that's based on Enterprise, aptly called Windows 10 Enterprise in…
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Fortune’s List of the 10 Most Powerful Women in Information Technology

Software Events
Fortune's List of the 10 Most Powerful Women in Information Technology Each year for the past two decades, Fortune Magazine has released its list of the Most Powerful Women in the world. The list, which includes 51 women, is based in part on the success of their businesses. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has been credited with provided the operational leadership that has helped drive the social network’s growth since founder Mark Zuckerberg hired her in 2008. Facebook’s 57 percent ad revenue growth in 2016, coupled with Sandberg’s support for women’s health and immigration reform made her one of the most powerful women in the world. IBM CEO Ginni Rometty has been facing some challenges with slumping revenue, but she is still regarded as one of the most successful chief executives…
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