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IN THE NEWS: HOW TO NOTIFY CUSTOMERS ABOUT DATA BREACHES

WASHINGTON (AP) — Everyone seems to agree that customers should be told if a place they do business with is the victim of a data hack. But there's no agreement on how to go about letting people know about such breaches. Most states already have laws that require retailers to warn customers that data has been swiped. But there are wide differences in those laws. In one state, customers have to be told right away — but in other states, that isn't so. And since customers may not live in the state where a company's headquarters are located, the rules may vary. Attorney General Eric Holder has joined the call for a national notification standard. But it's unlikely lawmakers will be able to reach consensus on that this year.

IN THE NEWS: UKRAINE CYBERSPY ATTACKS

LONDON (AP) — The battle between Russia and Ukraine is also being waged on the electronic front, as well as on the political front. A British-based defense contractor say Ukraine computers were repeatedly attacked by sophisticated cyber-spies — just as tensions between pro-Russian and Western-leaning factions escalated in recent months. BAE Systems says Ukrainian computer systems have been targeted by at least 22 attacks since January. While BAE didn't identify the source of the attacks, it suggests they originated in the time zone where Moscow is located. Meanwhile. a German company says the espionage software has "Russian roots."

ON THE WEB: SAMSUNG LAUNCHES FREE MUSIC SERVICE

CYBERSPACE (AP) — Got milk? For Samsung, it's a musical question, rather than a dietary one. Samsung has unveiled a new free music service for its phones — a service it says is a step up from apps already on the market. The service — called Milk Music — includes more than 200 stations and 13 million songs. Samsung claims it's extremely fast, easy to use and easily tweaked to fit an individual customer's tastes. Milk enters an already crowded field of music streaming services, including Pandora, Spotify and Apple Inc.'s iTunes Radio.

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Online:

Samsung Milk Music site: http://www.samsung.com/us/showcase/milk

IN STORES: MICROSOFT ENDING SUPPORT FOR WINDOWS XP SOON

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — The end is near — for those computers still running Microsoft's XP operating system. As announced earlier, Microsoft will soon end support for the operating system it first rolled out in 2001. That means there will be no more technical support or security updates for the operating system. Microsoft says the date XP is dead in its eyes is April 8. Those who are using XP are being asked to go a special Web site to get information on how to upgrade their systems. Microsoft is urging users to step up to Windows 8. It is more stable than previous versions of Microsoft's operating systems. But because it's designed to work with touch screen computers, laptops and tablets, some users have complained it's difficult to navigate.

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Online:

Microsoft site: http://www.microsoft.com

Info on Updating XP systems: http://www.AmIRunningXP.com

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<<CUT *017 (03/10/14)>> 00:09 "and be productive"

Greg Sullivan, director, Microsoft Windows

Microsoft Windows director Greg Sullivan says Windows will stop providing technical support and security updates to Windows XP next month.

<<CUT *018 (03/10/14)>> 00:08 "beginning next month"

Greg Sullivan, director, Microsoft Windows

Microsoft Windows director Greg Sullivan says as of April 8 Microsoft will end support for Windows XP.

<<CUT *019 (03/10/14)>> 00:10 "do about it"

Greg Sullivan, director, Microsoft Windows

Microsoft Windows director Greg Sullivan says customers should go to a new Web site to find out how to transition from Windows XP.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

Oscar Gabriel can be reached at ogabriel@ap.org.

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