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End of Windows XP poses big problems for China

Beijing, Apr 9 (EFE).- Microsoft stopped offering technical updates on Wednesday for Windows XP, creating problems for users around the world and especially in China, where two of every three computers uses the popular operating system. An estimated 60 percent to 70 percent of the computers in China use Windows XP, well above the 27 percent figure for the world as a whole. Computers running on Windows XP can still be used, but Microsoft will no longer provide security patches for the software, leaving the devices vulnerable to attacks by hackers and viruses.

End of Windows XP poses big problems for China

Beijing, Apr 9 (EFE).- Microsoft stopped offering technical updates on Wednesday for Windows XP, creating problems for users around the world and especially in China, where two of every three computers uses the popular operating system. An estimated 60 percent to 70 percent of the computers in China use Windows XP, well above the 27 percent figure for the world as a whole. Computers running on Windows XP can still be used, but Microsoft will no longer provide security patches for the software, leaving the devices vulnerable to attacks by hackers and viruses.

Justice Department wary of Bitcoin, Attorney General says

By Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Justice Department will have to be creative in order to make sure criminals do not use virtual currencies such as Bitcoin to secretly move funds, Attorney General Eric Holder said on Tuesday. The scrutiny at the highest levels of the Justice Department comes at a time when investors have flocked to the currencies but recent incidents have called into question their long-term viability.

Microsoft ends support for Windows XP, urges shift to newer software

Microsoft Corp. has ended its support for Windows XP, terminating security updates and technical support for the operating system first sold 12-1/2 years ago. Support ended Wednesday in Japan, with Microsoft calling on Windows XP users to migrate to newer operating systems, including Windows 8.1. The company provided its last security updates before ending support.

Microsoft ends support for Windows XP, calls for early shift

Microsoft Corp. is ending its support for its Windows XP operating system, including security measures against viruses, on Wednesday and called for an early migration to newer operating systems. The company is terminating its support after providing its last security update program for Windows XP and will continue to promote users to switch to other operating systems such as Windows 8.1.

Spotify's Top 10 most viral tracks

The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Mar. 31, to Sunday April 6, via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify. UNITED STATES 1. The Black Keys, "Fever" (Nonesuch Records) 2. Big Scary, "Twin Rivers" (Barsuk Records) 3. Sylvan Esso, "Coffee" (Partisan Records) 4. 3LAU, "How You Love Me" (Casablanca Records) 5. Tune-Yards, "Water Fountain" (4AD) 6. Bleachers, "I Wanna Get Better" (RCA Records)

Spotify's Top 10 most viral tracks

The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Mar. 31, to Sunday April 6, via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify. UNITED STATES 1. The Black Keys, "Fever" (Nonesuch Records) 2. Big Scary, "Twin Rivers" (Barsuk Records) 3. Sylvan Esso, "Coffee" (Partisan Records) 4. 3LAU, "How You Love Me" (Casablanca Records) 5. Tune-Yards, "Water Fountain" (4AD) 6. Bleachers, "I Wanna Get Better" (RCA Records)

Rhapsody grows to 1.7 million paying subscribers, boosted by Telefonica deal

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Music subscription service Rhapsody International says its paying subscribers have grown 63 per cent to 1.7 million over the past year. The gains came primarily from partnerships with mobile phone carriers abroad, according to Chief Financial Officer Ethan Rudin.

Big push into gaming brings out Amazon's gentler side

By Malathi Nayak and Deepa Seetharaman SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc, a company known for its ruthless drive, is courting the free-wheeling coders and dreamers of the gaming industry with a lighter touch as it seeks to break into an arena now dominated by Apple and Google. The online retailer, infamous for undercutting rivals and pressuring suppliers, hopes that making nice with game developers will help it build a vibrant app platform on its new Fire TV and gain ground in an area where it severely lags the competition.

Analysts: End of XP could cause operational and security problems for industry, consumers

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Microsoft will end support for the persistently popular Windows XP on Tuesday, and the move could put everything from the operations of heavy industry to the identities of everyday people in danger. An estimated 30 per cent of computers being used by businesses and consumers around the world are still running the 12-year-old operating system. "What once was considered low-hanging fruit by hackers now has a big neon bull's eye on it," says Patrick Thomas, a security consultant at the San Jose, Calif.-based firm Neohapsis.
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