When it comes to ethical actions that go beyond slick marketing and corporate mission statements, Microsoft might be outperforming some of its rivals in the tech space. Microsoft, Adobe, eBay, T-Mobile and Salesforce were a few of the tech companies that made Ethisphere’s annual unranked list of the world’s most ethical companies. These companies have been recognized for their “real and sustained ethical leadership” across various industries. Google, whose “don’t be evil” motto and highly visible social good activities...

Apple may have sold more than 500,000 iPad 2 tablets as consumer demand left retailers bereft of the device on its debut weekend, even as rival computer makers ready more than 100 would-be competitors. Piper Jaffray and Deutsche Bank analysts said Apple may have sold half of a million units. Other estimates ran higher, with Ticonderoga Securities and Wedbush Morgan Securities saying Cupertino-based Apple may have sold closer to 1 million units of the iPad 2. Stores run by Apple, Target and Best Buy sold out, analysts said, while online...

AUSTIN, Texas — Microsoft announced that it will release the latest version of its Internet Explorer Web browsing software free online late on Monday (0400 GMT Tuesday). “Things are about to change,” Microsoft corporate vice president Dean Hachamovitch said at a press conference at the South By Southwest Interactive technology festival in Texas. “We took a dramatically different tack.” Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) will be available for download in 30 languages at beautyoftheweb.com. “It’s a really good...

In the unlikely event that you wish to upset the delicate balance of your shiny new iPad 2, the news from over the weekend is that it can be jailbroken, and soon you’ll be able to do the same. Twitter user @comex posted this photo showing a white iPad 2 with Jailbreak-only software Cydia running. Jailbreaking, for the uninitiated, means breaking past Apple’s all-encompassing walled garden of software and services using unauthorized software that you won’t find on the iOS store. A jailbroken device allows access to various...