The Digest: Windows 10 release date… and 4 other things people are talking about today

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Microsoft exec sees autumn release for Windows 10 | Reuters

“Microsoft expects to have its new Windows 10 operating system on the market by autumn 2015, slightly later than previous comments had suggested. Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner told Japanese news service Nikkei on Wednesday that the new system would be released ‘early next fall’. Microsoft has not publicly set a firm timetable for the release of Windows 10, but only last week suggested the possibility of an earlier release.”

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Law targets child abusers soliciting images online | BBC News

“A new offence is to be created to stop paedophiles soliciting explicit photos from children on mobiles or online. Sexual communication with a child will carry up to two years in prison. A Downing Street summit will hear that monitoring agency GCHQ and the National Crime Agency will get powers to target abusers sharing internet content.”

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Sony hackers demand cancellation of the ‘movie of terrorism’  | Neowin

“Dilemma for Sony continues as the hacking group, #GOP (Guardians of Peace) now demands to halt the release of The Interview – a comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco. The movie is reportedly controversial among North Koreans because it features a plot by the CIA to assassinate their country’s leader, Kim Jong-un. Even though analysts still suspect North Korea of backing the hacking group, a diplomat from the country has denied North Korea’s involvement in the issue but also claimed the origin of the attack to be the ‘righteous deed of supporters and sympathisers’.”

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Google to kill News service in Spain due to new law | Engadget

“Google News for Spain will be nothing but a memory after December 16. The tech titan has announced that it’s shutting down the service in the country, half a month before what’s dubbed as the ‘Google tax’ law takes effect on January 1. This law, which the parliament passed in October, will require Google to pay websites for publishing any part of their content (even if it’s just a headline) on its News page. Instead of paying up, the company has chosen to kill the service completely.”

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Latest iOS update comes to iPhones and iPads | ITProPortal.com

“Apple has published a new version of firmware for its mobile devices – iOS 8.1.2. The latest upgrade will patch a few known, but lesser bugs, including the bug that removed ringtones bought over iTunes from devices.”

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Stuart O’Connor