Lawsuit against Microsoft over worker no-poaching deals dismissed

From ComputerWorld: A lawsuit against Microsoft that charged it with entering into restrictive hiring agreements with other companies has been dismissed by a court in California, with the judge declaring that the employees had waited too long to file the suit.

And then there were two: Another dangerous Dell root certificate discovered

From InfoWorld: The plot thickens: After Dell confirmed that one of its support tools installed a dangerous self-signed root certificate and private key on computers, users discovered a similar certificate deployed by a different Dell tool.

The second certificate is called DSDTestProvider and is installed by an application called DSD (Dell System Detect). Users are prompted to download and install this tool when they visit the Dell support website and click the "Detect Product" button.

Microsoft's Windows 10 November update screwed up some users' privacy settings

From PC World: People who updated to the latest Windows 10 update may want to double-check their settings. Microsoft revealed Tuesday that it took the previous update (which was released on November 12) down from the Internet the day before because of a problem that reset some users' privacy settings when installed.

The bug reset settings on affected devices to make it easier for advertisers to track users across applications, and allow devices to share users' information with wireless gizmos like bluetooth beacons that don't explicitly pair with a PC, tablet or phone.

Google will donate every time you use Android Pay this holiday season

From CNET: Feeling festive and philanthropic this holiday shopping season? Use your Android phone to buy gifts and everything else through the end of the year and Google will donate money in your honor.

One dollar from every transaction paid for through Android Pay will go to special needs education programs in the US through the charity Google will donate a total of one million dollars from now through the end of 2015.

As an added bonus, Google's doubling the donation to $2 for every purchase if you use Android Pay on Black Friday, November 27.

Dell computers shipping with potentially dangerous root certificate authority

From InfoWorld: At least some Dell laptops are shipping with a trusted root certificate authority pre-installed, something that those who discovered the CA are comparing to the Superfish adware installed on Lenovo machines that left them open to man-in the-middle attacks.

Microsoft blames layoffs for drop in gender diversity

From PC World: Microsoft has blamed a drop in its workforce's gender diversity on the thousands of layoffs it made to restructure its phone hardware business.

This year, women made up 26.8 percent of Microsoft's total workforce, down from 29 percent in 2014, the company reported Monday. Microsoft employed 5,701 fewer women this year compared to last, versus 5,316 fewer men.

Apple said to plan Apple Pay launch in China by February

From CNET: Apple Pay may make its debut early next year in China, the biggest smartphone market in the world.

Apple's electronic-payments service is expected to launch in China in February, according to The Wall Street Journal. Sources told the newspaper that the Cupertino, California, tech giant has struck deals with China's big four state-run banks that will allow Apple Pay users to link their local bank accounts to the mobile payments service.

Apple representatives did not respond to a request for comment.

Toshiba's new chip to usher in wireless charging at wired speeds

From ComputerWorld: Toshiba America Electronic Components (TEAC) today announced what it says is the industry's first single-chip wireless power receiver (RX) that can operate at 15 watts and is compliant with Qi v1.2, the wireless charging standard.

Compared to TEAC's previous wireless power chips, the new TC7766WBG triples the amount of power that can be received without increasing the chip's size.

Half of all enterprises to start Windows 10 rollouts in the next year

From PC World: Half of all enterprises will have at least started their roll-outs of Windows 10 by January 2017, according to a Gartner report released Monday, suggesting the OS is on track for rapid adoption.

The prediction is based on significant interest that Gartner analyst Steve Kleynhans has seen during conversations with clients about their plans. While enterprises are known for taking their time with software updates, Kleynhans says they're moving fast with Windows 10.

Microsoft yanks Windows 10 November upgrade from download site

From ComputerWorld: Microsoft last week stopped offering Windows 10's November upgrade as a disk image, shutting down the route many had used to skip the wait as the company slowly rolls out the refresh via Windows Update.

The .iso files are still available, but when downloaded using Microsoft's Media Creation Tool, they now install the original July 29 edition of Windows 10, not the November upgrade as they did earlier.


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