Microsoft’s Sneaky “X” Move Tricks You Into An Upgrade.
Starting in December, the “Get Windows 10” pop-up left no upgrade alternatives, either it was: ““Upgrade Now” or “Start download, upgrade later.” Fortunately, the handy little “X” button was there for those who either didn’t want to upgrade or didn’t feel like dealing with a decision at the moment.
In a Machiavellian move, Microsoft sneaked in a pop-up update. The” X” button that most of us use to shut down annoying pop-ups now signals a “yes” for an automatic update to Windows 10.
Windows users called Microsoft to task over this nasty little piece of work, so a few days ago, MS relented, sort of. The X button, however, is still a stealth button for assent, but you get a reprieve via a second notification that according to Microsoft: “confirms the time of the scheduled upgrade and provides the customer an additional opportunity for cancelling or rescheduling the upgrade.”
PC World has tracked the iterations and has helpful avoidance maneuvers, but unfortunately, the affair leaves you thinking about Microsoft as less a trusted partner, than the Mafiosi hiding out in your machine.
It’s a pretty smarmy move, Microsoft. Are you listening? Sadly, not carefully enough.
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Linked-In Data from 2013 Breach
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Linked-In’s massive data breach put some 100 million users’ emails and passwords into the wild. On May 18, 2016, the professional-networking site said that more than 100 million members’ email and password combinations had just been posted online.
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Google Prevails over Oracle in Copyright Infringement Case
The jury found, however, that Google’s use of the APIs was that of “fair use.” At stake was some $9 billion.
While this may be contested yet again, the Google win does appear to set a precedent and reduce developer anxiety. It’s not game over, though, as Oracles says it will appeal.
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