CNET News Daily Podcast: Microsoft shakes up security

Microsoft says it will now offer its antivirus software for free; Psystar's legal claims against Apple get shot down; and Steve Ballmer wonders when everyone will stop asking him about Yahoo.

Microsoft is causing a stir in the security world by dropping the fee for its antivirus software. That might be great news for security in general. But if people come to expect the service for free, where does that leave the companies that focus solely on security? Reporters Ina Fried and Elinor Mills join me in the podcast studio to talk about it.

Also in this podcast: Psystar's countersuit against Apple is all but dead; start-up has designs on ditching the lithium in consumer gadget batteries; there's a new Internet in outer space; and Microsoft says--again--that it's moved on from its proposed takeover of Yahoo. When will the rest of the world give up on the idea?


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Today's stories:

Psystar antitrust claim against Apple dismissed

Ballmer: 'We are done' with Yahoo acquisition idea

Mac OS X Snow Leopard coming early?

RIAA win: Tennessee to police campus networks

Zinc fuel cell maker readies portable power

New Internet goes to space, comes back to Earth

Microsoft to offer free consumer security suite

Will Microsoft's antivirus move draw antitrust fire?

Microsoft to nix Office subscriptions

How Live OneCare changed the antivirus landscape

About the author

Jennifer Guevin is managing editor at CNET, overseeing the ever-helpful How To section, special packages, and front-page programming. As a writer, she gravitates toward science, quirky geek culture stories, robots, and food. In real life, she mostly just gravitates toward food.

 

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