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Big boy Satya Nadella: Size matters.

Microsoft is said to be ready to launch Windows 9 at the end of next month, with a preview download available soon. Code named Threshold, the new operating system is expected to finally fix our gripes with Windows. It's akin to Windows 7 after Vista. At least, that's the hope.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers wonder if Satya's plans measure up.

August 22, 2014 6:12 AM EDT
Jacob Creech

Spam spam spam spam. Spam spam spam spam. Wonderful spam.

For many users, iMessage is becoming an unusable cesspool of spam. Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is under fire for poor security design in iMessage, and for failing to react to the (inevitable) spam problem that has ensued.

smh. Why do we keep having to reinvent the wheel, every single freakin' time a new communications tool becomes popular? In IT Blogwatch, bloggers eyeroll furiously. Not to mention: Bloody Vikings

August 21, 2014 6:08 AM EDT
IDG

A lot of words, but what do they mean?

Microsoft has lost a key Board member. He's called Steve Ballmer -- you might remember him. Resigning his seat on the Board of Directors, Ballmer cited the pressure of his other commitments, but included some pointed warnings to his protégé, Satya Nadella.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers say the words that, while said, remained unsaid. Not to mention: developersdevelopersdevelopersdevelopers

August 20, 2014 6:24 AM EDT

Microsoft and HP: Ripping off the head of Chrome OS?

HP (NYSE:HPQ) seems almost ready to launch its low-cost Windows laptop. Vanguard of the next phase in Microsoft's battle against the ever-growing threat of the Google Chromebook advance, the HP Stream 14 has fairly decent specs at a dirt-cheap price.

We were expecting some sub-$250 units, but aggressive pricing like this is bound to make the market pay attention.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers watch the movie, but forget the popcorn.

August 19, 2014 6:05 AM EDT
Twitter

Twitter's experiment takes a dive.

Not satisfied to amble along a trail of user mistrust blazed by Facebook and OKCupid -- Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) is taking a shortcut to the land of user annoyance. Its inexplicable decision to retweet favorites is making users tweet about changes to favorites -- secretly hoping their tweets become retweeted Twitter favorites -- yet at the same time hoping their own favorites aren't retweeted for the same exact reason.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers think about it over and over again.

August 18, 2014 6:10 AM EDT
FOX

Tom's boss is watching every freakin' move.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is being told by President Obama and Senate-President Leahy that it needs to up its net-neutrality game. And now the grayest lady in the fourth estate has joined in the act.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers break out the popcorn, despite glitches when streaming the movie.

August 15, 2014 6:14 AM EDT
Artisan Entertainment.

MonsterMind: Hard to terminate.

Another day, another scary thing we learn about the NSA. In a recent interview, whistleblower Edward Snowden tells us to fuhgeddaboudit when the NSA gets its wires crossed. According to Snowden, even the best cable guy in the Universe is powerless when a nationwide Internet blackout is caused by the NSA!

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers hop in a hotwired car and head South.

August 14, 2014 6:08 AM EDT
USB 3.0 Promoter Group

Wake me up when the transition is all over.

The USB 3.0 Promoter Group has finalized the specs for connector Type-C. No, wait, don't close this browser tab yet! Apparently, Type-C is going to change your life. Not only will you be freed from the terrible conundrum of which way around to plug in your USB plug, but also both ends of the cable will be the same! Wow, that only took, what, 10 years?

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers cheer and jeer.

August 13, 2014 7:09 AM EDT

Here comes the wide-word to phones.

The chip company with the shouty name -- NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA) -- unveils amazing ARM benchmarks. The 64-bit "Denver" Tegra K1 will be faster than anything else, claims the company -- even rivaling PC performance. Thanks to clever just-in-time optimization, plus a plurality of pipelines, we may have some superfast hardware to play with, Real Soon Now.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers dribble with anticipation. Not to mention: Robin Williams' best movie (IMHO)

August 12, 2014 6:04 AM EDT
Wikimedia

Click bait, or hook, line, and sinking feeling?

The 17 Most Annoying People You Know on Facebook link to it. It is one of the All-Time Top 5 Websites Accused of Being Click Bait. It is chock-full of enlightening, unique content such as "Absurd Misheard Song Lyrics", "The Absolute Best Misheard Song Lyrics", "10 Of The All-Time Most Misheard Song Lyrics" and the incomparable "Check Out These Absurdly Funny Misheard Song Lyrics." If you guessed from the flood of literary regurgitation the unnamed website is Buzzfeed, then perhaps that is the reason VC firm Andreessen Horowitz recently invested $50 million.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers edit a file named /etc/hosts.deny.

August 11, 2014 6:12 AM EDT
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