Skype vulnerability exposes poor security in web application. Who will trust Skype now?

Today there are reports of a breathtakingly bad vulnerability in Skype, that allows anyone to hijack another person’s account simply by knowing the email.

Password resets have now been disabled, fixing the problem temporarily, but it remains inexcusable.

It is basic security practice that ownership of an email address must be validated with

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aQuantive may be Microsoft’s biggest acquisition failure. Have there been good ones? A look back.

Today’s news that Microsoft  is writing off $6.2 billion from the useless acquisition of aQuantive in August 2007 gives me pause for thought.

How bad is this company at acquisitions? Particularly those under CEO Steve Ballmer’s watch. He became CEO in January 2000.

Microsoft acquired Danger in February 2008 for $500M. Small relative to

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