Android Lollipop Nears 10 Percent Market Penetration After Half a Year in the Wild

From DailyTech: The slow pace of updates to bring users to the latest and greatest version of Google Inc.'s (GOOG) Android -- the world's most used mobile operating system -- is a well documented and much discussed problem. The slower adoption cycle ultimately stems from the fact that Google does not push new versions of Android directly to customers, but rather waits for device OEMs and carriers to take up its generalized update packages and roll them out to end users.

Lollipop (Android 5.0 and 5.1) is no exception.

Microsoft expands Office 2016 for Windows public preview to consumers, more business workers

From InfoWorld: Microsoft today launched a broader-based public preview of Office 2016 for Windows, expanding on the March sneak peek that was available only to subscribers of select business-grade Office 365 plans.

The new desktop suite includes Access, Excel, Lync, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher and Word. It can be downloaded and installed by any consumer, whether they currently have an Office edition or Office 365 subscription or not, and by business workers whose companies subscribe to an eligible Office 365 plan that has Pro Plus as part of the deal.

Netflix open-sources security incident management tool

From PC World: Netflix has released under an open-source license an internal tool it developed to manage a deluge of security alerts and incidents.

Called FIDO (Fully Integrated Defense Operation), the tool is designed to research, score and categorize threats in order to speed up handling of the most urgent ones.

Netflix started developing FIDO four years ago after finding it took from a few days to more than a week to resolve issues that were entered into its help-desk ticketing system, the company wrote in a blog post Monday.

Sprint holds onto No. 3 spot in wireless -- but at a cost

From CNET: Sprint remains the third largest major carrier in the US due to subscriber gains for two quarters in a row. But the company's aggressive promotions to attract new customers have put it in the red.

Sprint on Tuesday reported it added a total of 1.2 million new customers during its fourth fiscal quarter, which ended March 31. This compares to a loss of 383,000 customers in the same quarter a year ago. In its third fiscal quarter, Sprint added 967,000 new customers.

Microsoft Quietly Kills Windows Media Center, Hypes Xbox One as Replacement

From DailyTech: Introduced in 2002, Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) Windows XP Media Center Edition (MCE) was billed as a tool that would turn your Windows PC into a digital video recorder (DVR) and media hub. The star of the show was the titular Windows Media Center (WMC), which Microsoft had developed in the earlier half of the last decade under the codename "Freestyle."

Last Friday Microsoft announced that after more than a decade in the books, it was killing off the once prized product.

Mozilla: It's HTTPS or bust for Firefox

From InfoWorld: Mozilla is on a mission to make encryption on the Web ubiquitous, but the cost could prove too high to pay.

In a blog post made last week, Firefox Security Lead Richard Barnes declared that Mozilla would be "setting a date after which all new features [in Firefox] will be available only to secure websites."

Without a secure connection, some features in Firefox would be disabled entirely, "especially features that pose risks to users’ security and privacy."

Security researchers poke holes in Google's anti-phishing Chrome extension

From PC World: For the past several days security researchers have raced to demonstrate that phishing protections added by a new Google Chrome extension can be bypassed with ease.

The Password Alert extension, developed by Google and released Wednesday, is designed to alert Chrome users when they input their Gmail passwords on websites that don’t belong to Google and are therefore part of phishing attacks.

By Thursday, an information security consultant named Paul Moore had already devised a method that attackers could use to block the extension’s alerts.

Facebook's opens its free Internet platform to other online services

From PC World: Facebook’s has opened its free Internet access platform to any low-bandwidth online service that meets its technical guidelines for running on basic phones.’s goal is to provide underprivileged people in Asia, Africa and Latin America with access to select online services without mobile data charges.

However, it ran into trouble in India where it was criticized by local net neutrality activists for creating “walled gardens” that provide free access only to a few preferred content providers and services, including Facebook.

Facebook aims to host full news stories, will let publishers keep ad revenue, says report

From CNET: Facebook wants to publish news articles and other content from sites like The New York Times and National Geographic directly on the social network. And in return, it's offering to let those third-party publishers keep all the revenue from some of the ads associated with their content.

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