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Morning Extra: IE8 Woes, NASA Room Named After Colbert, Conficker C


Because we can't always cover all the great news in depth, we here at Switched have started a new AM feature, which recaps other important stories we may not have hit earlier in morning. Welcome to our third edition of the Switched Morning Extra.

Folks Downgrading from Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) to IE7
Released last week, Microsoft's much ballyhooed Web browser update saw a drop in users over the weekend. Users who say many Web pages aren't coming up properly, among other glitches, downgraded to Explorer 7, which may account for the lower numbers. Meanwhile, Google Chrome is said to be so secure that hackers are staying away from it, so is it time for the rest of us to make the switch? [From : Information Week]

New NASA Space Station Room Will Be Named After Stephen Colbert
After asking his viewers to write-in his name and submit it to NASA's online space station room-naming contest, Stephen Colbert won out. The new room at the international space station will be called 'Colbert.' Looks like TV + Internet = World domination. [From: AP/USA Today]



Group of Security Experts Working on April Fool's Day Conficker C Threat
Thanks to a $250,000 bounty being offered by Microsoft, a group of security experts from IT companies such as CA and Enigma is working finding and disabling Conficker C, a malicious worm program that is set to activate itself fully on April 1st. No, it's not a joke. [From: CNN]

Video Game Conference Feels Recession's Bite
More folks are staying home and playing video games (instead of spending money), but the Game Developers Conference running this week in San Francisco is seeing a drop in attendance, and a gloomier overall mood, thanks to lower development budgets and industry layoffs (like the 1,000 folks being cut from EA's 'Madden' series). Even so, Americans spent $21 billion on video games last year, and sales are up so far for 2009. [From: AP/Detroit News]

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