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Below is an excerpt from the BBC News website:

Web 2.0 ‘neglecting good design’

Hype about Web 2.0 is making web firms neglect the basics of good design, web usability guru Jakob Nielsen has said.

He warned that the rush to make webpages more dynamic often meant users were badly served.

He said sites peppered with personalisation tools were in danger of resembling the "glossy but useless" sites at the height of the dotcom boom.

Research into website use shows that sites were better off getting the basics right, said Mr Nielsen.

Describing Web 2.0 as the "latest fashion", Mr Nielsen said many sites paying attention to it were neglecting some of the principles of good design and usability established over the last decade.

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Microsoft race to cover up a security loophole

Microsoft have said a team of engineers has been working “around the clock” to fix a security loophole in Internet Explorer 7 that enables cyber criminals to gain access to a users PC by directing it to infected websites.

A security ‘patch’, will be made available at 6pm this evening (17/12/08) from Windows Update and will close the loophole.

Security experts, Trend Micro said around 10,000 websites have already been affected, mostly in China, but there is potential for hackers elsewhere to take advantage of this flaw.

It is estimated that about 0.2 per cent of Internet Explorer users had already visited one of the websites designed to exploit the security flaw. Internet Explorer is used by around 70 per cent of web users, meaning that millions of people could potentially be targeted by hackers.


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