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Today's Tech: Kaspersky confirms its own operating system and ITPP compares the Surface with its likely competition

Kicking off with a pretty exciting update, Russian security firm Kaspersky has confirmed that it is in the midst of developing its very own operating system (opens in new tab). The platform, which will presumably offer enhanced levels of protection, will be geared towards securing key infrastructure and information systems - critical level TK used to control the likes of nuclear power stations, transportation control facilities and telecommunications systems. The KL OS is "highly tailored, developed for solving a specific narrow task," wrote Eugene Kaspersky. It won't be used "for playing Half-Life on, editing your vacation videos, or blathering on social media," he added. There's no word yet on when it will arrive, but it's likely make a splash when it does.

In the aftermath of O2's latest outage, the centralised user database (CUDB) provided by Ericsson has been scrapped (opens in new tab). The ambitious service was deemed to be at fault for each of the separate incidents, which occurred in July and October, and is to be replaced by "a proven alternative solution" that could be provided again by Ericsson (which will continue to work with O2) or an entirely different firm. A sum of £10 million has been earmarked for the search, with O2 desperate to regain consumers' confidence in the network.

(opens in new tab) (opens in new tab)Virgin Media today announced that it will be extending the public's access to its free underground Wi-Fi network (opens in new tab) to the end of the year, when the service provider had originally planned to end the period of free access with the conclusion of London 2012. The change of mind will be music to the ears of London commuters travelling through eligible train stations during the final months of the year. Since the service's inception at the end of May, the network has been used by over 660,000 people.

Following on from Monday's news, EU watchdogs have given Google four months to revise its privacy policy or else risk facing disciplinary action (opens in new tab). The US tech giant came under fire for pooling data collected on users across all its services, including YouTube, Gmail and the Google+ social network, in a bid to improve its targeted advertising. The company has been told to provide users with clearer information about what data is being collected and for what purpose, as well as to give them more control over how the data is combined.

Finally, with barely over a week to go until Microsoft's Windows 8 and Surface tablet launch, it just wouldn't be right to deprive you of another dose of what's happening. ITProPortal has been building up to the eagerly anticipated arrival of both the software and more daring hardware venture, and Des Athow has been assessing the latter today, particularly with regard to the price revelations that emerged this week. For £399, the Windows RT version of the Surface will take the market dominating iPad head on, but is this really a fair comparison? (opens in new tab) Des puts aspects of each device head-to-head and evaluates the value for money behind the Surface offering, reaching some potentially surprising conclusions.

Aatif is a freelance copywriter and journalist based in the UK. He’s written about technology, science and politics for publications including Gizmodo, The Independent, Trusted Reviews, Newsweek, and ITProPortal.