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The Chinese Are Coming! The Chinese Are Coming!

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By now you must have heard of Unit 61398 of the People’s Liberation Army: “an overwhelming percentage of the attacks on American corporations, organizations and government agencies originate in and around [their] white tower,” claims the New York Times, who were themselves recently owned by the 1337 h4ck3r5 of the...
The Chinese Are Coming! The Chinese Are Coming!

Petraeus e-mail affair highlights U.S. privacy law loopholes

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Because of the wording of an obscure 1986 federal law, the former CIA director -- and the rest of Americans -- receive less privacy protection than we would for love letters stored under a mattress. [Read more]...
Petraeus e-mail affair highlights U.S. privacy law loopholes

IronPearl Is Systematizing The Secrets That Have Helped Startups Like Wanelo, Lyft And Goodreads Grow

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If you build it, they will come, right? Not exactly. Growth is actually a lot more complicated than that. Getting users to discover your product, and then stick to it, is more of a rigorous science that uses lots of multivariate testing and traffic funnels. A pair of longtime investors...
IronPearl Is Systematizing The Secrets That Have Helped Startups Like Wanelo, Lyft And Goodreads Grow

Key executive exits Microsoft

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week in review Software giant loses its Windows boss, while Apple loses a patent foe. Also: Embarrassing e-mail goes to Washington. [Read more]...
Key executive exits Microsoft

Instagram sends reminder to users about policy changes

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The photo-sharing site, owned by Facebook, sends an e-mail to users to remind them the new terms of service and privacy policy go into effect Saturday. [Read more]...
Instagram sends reminder to users about policy changes
Google builds bigger crypto keys to make site forgeries harder

Apple adds Passbook-enabled gift cards to its store app

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People who receive a digital Apple store gift card via e-mail can add it to their Passbook app and use it at their local Apple retail store. [Read more]...
Apple adds Passbook-enabled gift cards to its store app

Ridiculous: SEC Boss Refused To Move Forward On Required Crowdfunding Rules To Protect Her 'Legacy'

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Earlier this year, the JOBS Act passed Congress with widespread bipartisan support, and was signed into law by the President. There were a few different pieces involved, but one that got plenty of attention was the opening up of crowdfunding for equity (i.e., owning actual shares in a company). In...
Ridiculous: SEC Boss Refused To Move Forward On Required Crowdfunding Rules To Protect Her 'Legacy'

Funambol gets $5.75M to fuel mobile carriers' cloud services

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Funambol just got a $5.75 million vote of confidence that it can help mobile carriers that want to challenge the likes of Apple’s iCloud, Google Drive and Microsoft’s SkyDrive. The later-stage funding round was led by previous investors HIG Growth Capital, Nexit Ventures and Castile Ventures. Funambol won’t just get the...
Funambol gets $5.75M to fuel mobile carriers' cloud services

A Surprising Winner Arose From The Instagram-Twitter Spat

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BABBAGE'S inbox was swamped one recent morning with hundreds of e-mail notifications. Various friends and acquaintances wanted to add him as a contact on Flickr, a photo-sharing service which once set the world ablaze but which had been all but extinguished for years. The reason for the sudden flurry, Babbage soon discovered,...
A Surprising Winner Arose From The Instagram-Twitter Spat
White House admits systems in Military Office were hacked
New e-mails reveal Feds not "forthright" about fake cell tower devices

HUGE WIN FOR GOOGLE: Antitrust Investigation May End This Week After Two Minor Concessions (GOOG, MSFT)

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(Updates with Fairsearch.org comment in ninth paragraph.)   Dec. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Google Inc. is poised to offer voluntary concessions that will end a 20-month U.S. antitrust probe of its business practices without any enforcement action being taken, two people familiar with the matter said. Google, which has been under...
HUGE WIN FOR GOOGLE: Antitrust Investigation May End This Week After Two Minor Concessions (GOOG, MSFT)

DHS Boss, In Charge Of Cybersecurity, Doesn't Use Email Or Any Online Services

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We've talked in the past about the problematic efforts to push for new cybersecurity regulations, especially when little to nothing has been done to show the actual problem. There has been quite a turf war over who would "own" cybersecurity within the federal government, with some wanting to give it...
DHS Boss, In Charge Of Cybersecurity, Doesn't Use Email Or Any Online Services

How patent trolling went mainstream

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Patent trolling has gone mainstream. Last year, small companies began receiving threatening letters from firms with inscrutable names, such as AdzPro LLC, AllLed LLC and GosNel LLC. The senders claimed to own a patent that covered the concept of scanning a document and then sending it by e-mail --something almost...
How patent trolling went mainstream

MyPref remembers specific things you like, and tells you where to find them

venturebeat.com
So you’re visiting a new mall — what if you could just glance at one app to see if your favorite stores, or those jeans you’ve been dying to buy, are nearby? MyPref, an iPhone app that remembers products and brands that you like, aims to do just that....
MyPref remembers specific things you like, and tells you where to find them
European Commissioner "almost 100% certain" to reject Google's antitrust proposals

U.S. Federal Law Enforcement Says It's Impossible to Wiretap iMessage Conversations

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CNET has obtained a 'sensitive' U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency document that says it is impossible for law enforcement agencies to eavesdrop on iMessage conversations, even with a court order, because of Apple's "secure end-to-end encryption". The memo appears to be aimed at informing DEA agents that while they may have...
U.S. Federal Law Enforcement Says It's Impossible to Wiretap iMessage Conversations

Crave Ep. 116: Bubba Watson's BW1 hovercraft golf cart

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This week, we take a ride in a hovercraft golf cart, play an e-mail guitar, and pay a huge amount for a "Star Trek" phaser rifle. [Read more]...
Crave Ep. 116: Bubba Watson's BW1 hovercraft golf cart

LivingSocial Hacked -- More Than 50 Million Customer Names, Emails, Birthdates and Encrypted Passwords Accessed

allthingsd.com
LivingSocial, the daily deals site owned in part by Amazon, has suffered a massive cyber-attack on its computer systems, which an email — just sent to employees and obtained by AllThingsD.com — said resulted in “unauthorized access to some customer data from our servers.” The breach has impacted 50...
LivingSocial Hacked -- More Than 50 Million Customer Names, Emails, Birthdates and Encrypted Passwords Accessed

Leahy scuttles his warrantless email surveillance bill

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After public criticism of proposal to allow government agencies to warrantlessly access Americans' e-mail, Senator Patrick Leahy says he will "not support" such an idea at next week's vote. [Read more]...
Leahy scuttles his warrantless email surveillance bill
Retail: Groupon Journeys Offshore for Customer Service

Google announces e-mail money transfers for Google Wallet

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At its annual Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco on Wednesday, Google made announcements that will expand Google Wallet far beyond its tap-and-go NFC roots. [Read more]...
Google announces e-mail money transfers for Google Wallet

Comment voting working, getting expanded

arstechnica.com
It has been a week since we introduced comment voting on Ars, and the consensus among the staff, readers on Twitter, and a handful of people who have reached out to me by e-mail is that it's working. And by "working," I mean "improving discussions on the site." In the...
Comment voting working, getting expanded

Exclusive: Yahoo Connections SVP Shashi Seth Is Out

allthingsd.com
According to multiple sources close to the situation, Yahoo Connections SVP Shashi Seth is leaving the company. CEO Marissa Mayer sent an e-mail earlier today saying the last day for one of the top execs of the company would be tomorrow. As I reported last night, rumors of the former...
Exclusive: Yahoo Connections SVP Shashi Seth Is Out

Adobe releases emergency patch for Windows and OS X systems

www.pcworld.com
Adobe recently released an emergency update for Flash Player on all platforms after two zero-day bugs were discovered in the wild targeting Windows and Mac OS X computers. The vulnerabilities allowed hackers to hijack both Windows PCs and Macs. Adobe recommends all users to update their systems as soon...
Adobe releases emergency patch for Windows and OS X systems

Report: NSA, FBI collecting content from Google, Facebook, other services

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The U.S. National Security Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation have access to servers at Google, Facebook and other major Internet services, collecting audio, video, e-mail and other content for surveillance, the Washington Post reported on Thursday.The surveillance is taking place under a classified program called PRISM, which was...
Report: NSA, FBI collecting content from Google, Facebook, other services

Kwikset Kēvo transforms your smartphone into your smart key of the future

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This embed is invalid In what is a breakthrough move toward my dream of a fully automated home, UniKey has built a smart door lock like something delivered by someone from the future. We have all found ourselves with our hands full fumbling for the right key to our front...
Kwikset Kēvo transforms your smartphone into your smart key of the future

Critical Infrastructure Systems Seen as Vulnerable to Attack

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A computer security company wanted to see how many people working in companies that run the nation's critical infrastructure would respond to an e-mail that could potentially introduce malware into their computer. The hit rate was enough to make you shudder....
Critical Infrastructure Systems Seen as Vulnerable to Attack

Ubuntu phones to come with a terminal--prepare your command line skills

arstechnica.com
The Ubuntu phone operating system will come with a terminal application. That's right: experienced users will have access to the full power of the Linux system running underneath the phone's shiny graphical user interface. While Ubuntu phone code hasn't been released publicly yet, it seems that development will take...
Ubuntu phones to come with a terminal--prepare your command line skills
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