TechBytes: Patch to Block Hackers

In TechBytes: Bing Privacy, Apps For Your Earpiece, Sweathearts Tech Expressions

Jan. 20, 2010— -- Microsoft says it will release an emergency patch to fix Internet Explorer as soon as possible. The flaw in the web browser is believed to have allowed the Chinese hackers to launch a sophisticated cyber-attack against Google and more than 30 other companies. Microsoft typically releases software updates the first Tuesday of each month, but felt this issue required urgent attention.

Bing Privacy

Microsoft is also addressing privacy concerns about its search engine Bing. Responding to a request from the European Union, the company says it will now keep users' information from search results for only six months, down from 18. Microsoft says the change makes Bing a better choice for those worried about privacy. Rival Google keeps data for 18 months.

Apps For Your Earpiece

The Jawbone Icon is a new Bluetooth earpiece that lets you do more than just talk hands-free. Users can download a range of apps that do things like dictate text messages and read a website aloud."It's sort of a better investment for $100. Instead of just getting one device that doesn't change, every time you plug this into the computer, you add different apps to it to make it smarter and more functional," said Katie Boehret of the Wall Street Journal. She calls it the first smart earpiece that is living and breathing. The headset is available through Verizon Wireless or " .

Sweethearts Tech Expression

The popular Valentine's Day candy Sweethearts is getting a high-tech makeover adding phrases "Tweet Me" and "Text Me." The company that makes Sweethearts held an online contest to pick new messages. "Tweet Me" was by far the most popular. For those not interested in high-tech declerations of love on your candy, more traditional phrases such as "Puppy Love, "Sweet Pea", and "Love Me" will still be in rotation.

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