Carrier IQ, a startup heavily bruised last fall by harsh criticism of its handset diagnostic software, today announced it’s hired a high-profile lawyer as its Chief Privacy Officer.

According to a news release, Magnolia Mansourkia Mobley, a CIPP and former Verizon executive, will be tasked with quickly broadening the company’s focus on consumer privacy.  She also was named the company’s General Counsel.

Microsoft released seven bulletins fixing 23 vulnerabilities in their patch Tuesday announcement today. The Redmond, Wash., software giant rated three of the bulletins as ‘critical,’ all of which could lead to remote code execution, and the remaining four as ‘important.’

In an attempt to clear the cybersecurity air, the United States and the People’s Republic of China agreed Monday to work in tandem to prevent future cyber threats. Meeting at the Pentagon, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and General Liang Guanglie, China’s Minister of National Defense, insisted the two nations should be seen as equals and according to Guanglie, “build a new state-to-state relationship that’s not a stereotype of two major powers predestined for conflict.”

The PHP Group on Tuesday is planning to release another new version of the scripting language that’s designed to address, again, the remotely exploitable flaw that came to light last week. That bug, which requires no authentication, was supposed to have been fixed in new releases pushed out on May 3, but they didn’t completely address the problem.

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