This rebus directs you to a 7 letter word. If you solve this, you might be able to solve
What is the word?
It is related to Word
Start with something you use with your laptop or desktop
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So I thought the answer was:
UPDATE But now I understand the answer is
Explanation Part 1 (bear with me):
The positions correlate to the locations of keys on the keyboard (per hint 2), and the color denotes the locations, which was a little hard to decipher, except orange was clearly "0" as the zero key clearly is on upper part of the keyboard and is the larger button on the number pad. Similarly the "ALT" key is the only key in two places like the indigo rectangle in the approximate location. And from there I was roughly able to approximate the location of the other keys in relation to those two from there.
And the result from part 1:
When put in order of the colors (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet) is o03bc ALT x.
Which I found very confusing until... Explanation Part 2 UPDATED:
I realized the ALT X was hint. If you take the 03bc (ignoring the "o"), highlight it, and press ALT + X (in Microsoft Word, per Hint 1), it converts those characters into the Unicode character "μ" (the Greek letter MU, which is also the symbol for a MICRON). If you then add the "o" back on you end up with "OMICRON" which is a new variant of COVID-19 which is... "BAD NEWS" (eg: the title). And "bad news keeps coming in" because we keep getting new variants of COVID. Nice one, @DrD.
It ties into It's a small word after all!:
μ (MU) is the correct answer to the puzzle you mentioned. I didn't realize this at fist (because I didn't even look at the link), so I questioned if μ was the right character, but this confirms it.
Possible error in image:
There are 6 rows on a keyboard and the first row contains the "F Keys" not the number line (as shown in the image). I suppose you could consider it separate as there is typically a gap in between the number line and the F Keys. Either way, it proved only a minor stumbling block.
Defense on calling it a rebus:
While on the surface, it might seem not to be a rebus, when you consider the colors correlate to key locations and the key locations REPRESENT a Unicode character which when converted and adding the "o" back in you arrive at the word "OMICRON", I would consider it of the spirit of a rebus puzzle. The letters were merely masked with colors to indicate order, which added a little fun challenge. In short the image converts to the Rebus "o03bcALTx".
Great puzzle! Thanks!
(this is totally rough and really impulsive so please don't downvote if you disagree because I came online on Puzzling SE after a almost a year of inactivity)
Is the answer
Windows ... which obviously is a 7 letter word.
The other puzzle you linked to has mu as the answer, I related the first letter of (m)u to (M)icrosoft who also happens to make Word (which is one of the hints) as well as the Windows Operating System we all know and love. Moreover we use it with our laptop and desktop as an OS thus relating it to the second hint.
10 Squares in the answer (windows 10) , 7 different colours (windows 7) ( with some repeats as the OP said). It all adds up to Windows. Also bad news keeps coming in could refer to Windows 11 which I personally find to be heavily bugged and trash right now.
(edited from previous)