Windows 10: Watch out for Microsoft’s new way of doing release notes

Many Windows users don’t even bother looking at Microsoft’s Windows release notes, but those who do often pay close attention. 

For those users who do rely on information about Microsoft’s operating system, the company is preparing improvements to Windows release notes, the Windows update history pages, and informational articles. 

Reflecting Microsoft’s shift to the Microsoft 365 bundle for Windows 10, Office 365 and management tools, Microsoft is now merging the support.office.com and support.microsoft.com sites into a unified support site. 

Users should be able to find support and troubleshooting resources for Microsoft 365 more easily when using a search engine, according to Microsoft. Additionally, consolidating the two sites helps Microsoft quickly publish new articles and update existing ones. 

These changes will be rolling out in the coming weeks, the company says.    

Microsoft is also reformatting the structure of its URLs for Windows 10 release notes, giving the KB (knowledge base) article

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Cisco security warning: Patch Webex Teams for Windows and surveillance camera now

Cisco has released security updates for high-severity security flaws affecting Webex Teams for Windows, its Identity Services Engine, and Video Surveillance 8000 Series IP Cameras. 

In this month’s first round of security updates from Cisco, the most serious vulnerability addressed is a remote code-execution (RCE) and denial-of-service (DoS) bug affecting its Video Surveillance 8000 Series IP Cameras.

The flaw, tracked as CVE-2020-3544, has a severity rating of 8.8 out of 10, on par with similar RCE and DoS flaws it disclosed in August affecting the Video Surveillance 8000 Series IP Cameras. 

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Both sets of vulnerabilities were reported by Qian Chen of Qihoo 360 Nirvan Team and both concern flaws in the Cisco Discovery Protocol, a Layer 2 or data link layer protocol in the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) networking model. 

Similarly, both are due to “missing checks when an IP camera processes

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5G regulation failures are a threat to UK’s national security

The current regulatory situation for network security is “outdated and unsatisfactory” and lacks sufficient clout to stop network operators from prioritising profit over the UK’s national security, a report compiled by the parliamentary Defence Committee has warned.

The report said that while the decision to force the UK’s operators to purge their networks of Huawei was a step in the right direction, the goal of completing this by 2027 should be brought forward by two years, and it urged the government to take all necessary steps to minimise any delays, and to consider compensating operators if the deadline is moved forward.

“Protecting the public and preserving our nation’s security are among the principal responsibilities of government,” said committee chairman Tobias Ellwood. “The decision to embed a technology that compromises this would constitute a gross dereliction of these duties.”

The committee said its inquiry had found “clear evidence” that despite its

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App Annie: users downloaded 33B new apps, spent $28B in apps in Q3, up 20% YoY, and spent 180B+ hours in apps every month of July, Aug., and Sep., up 25% YoY (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)


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App Annie: users downloaded 33B new apps, spent $28B in apps in Q3, up 20% YoY, and spent 180B+ hours in apps every month of July, Aug., and Sep., up 25% YoY  —  Mobile usage continues to remain high amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, which has prompted social distancing measures and lockdown policies … … Read More