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Google Corrects Gmail Security Flaw

Google said Wednesday it has fixed a problem in its widely used email program that allowed hackers to break into peoples Gmail accounts to read messages and pose as legitimate email users. Security researchers in Spain exposed a flaw in the way Google authenticates its users, allowing the breach in the system that counts more than 5 million users. The process for exploiting Gmail was posted to a hacker web site.

Microsoft + AOL = ?

MSNBC staff and news service reports that Microsoft is being seen as the lead suitor for a stake in Time Warner Inc.’s Internet unit America Online. Time Warner is looking to sell a stake in AOL and Microsoft is in the fray along with Google Inc.

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China reportedly shuts down blog

AP Reports that Chinese authorities have blocked a pro-democracy Web log after it was nominated for a freedom of expression award by a German radio station, a press freedom group said Thursday. The blog, titled Wang Yi’s Microphone, dealt with “sensitive subjects” and was maintained by a teacher from Sichuan province, Paris-based Reporters Without Borders said in a statement. Read the full story here …