What's happening in the US - April 24 2014
At Net Conference, Calls for More Focus on Surveillance

Critics of the governing document at Net Mundial in Brazil want more discussion of NSA spying.


2014-04-23 13:24:42 Coding error protects some Android apps from Heartbleed

Some Android apps thought to be vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug were spared because of a common coding error in the way they implemented their own native OpenSSL library. FireEye scanned 54,000 Android applications in Google's Play store on April 10 to see which ones are vulnerable to Heartbleed. The flaw, publicly disclosed on April 7, is contained in OpenSSL, a code library used to encrypt data traffic.


2014-04-23 13:08:37 Team Behind Finnish Success Story Supercell Launches Nordic Startup Fund

They hope to give embryonic Nordic startups what their American counterparts in Silicon Valley receive: big investments with a long horizon.


2014-04-23 01:58:26 Dell launches virtual storage accelerator, aims to boost SAN performance

Dell released a new virtualized storage accelerator appliance called Fluid Cache for SAN on Tuesday, designed to help customers keep data-intensive applications working quickly under load. The announcement, which was made at Dell's Enterprise Forum in Germany, outlines a virtual appliance meant to eliminate some of the performance problems associated with using SANs for responsive, customer-facing applications. Fluid Cache uses the Flash memory inside a server to act as an I/O cache for SAN systems, boosting throughput.


2014-04-22 17:35:23 CloudFlare launches bug bounty program

CloudFlare started a bug bounty program on Monday, joining a host of companies that are turning to independent security researchers to spot bugs in their network. The San Francisco-based company runs a widely used global content delivery network that keeps copies of websites in various data centers in order to speed loading times and reduce bandwidth usage. It also offers security features.


2014-04-22 14:18:04 Web apps and point-of-sale were leading hacker targets in 2013

Web application attacks, cyber-espionage and point-of-sale intrusions were among the top IT security threats in 2013, according to Verizon's latest annual report on data breach investigations. The leakiest industry by far, in terms of confirmed incidents where data was exposed, was finance with 465 breaches. But the public sector suffered 175 such incidents, retail had 148 and accommodation dealt with 137 breaches.


2014-04-22 12:47:48 New compiler cranks up JavaScript from native code

At first, Emscripten sounds like the punch line to a tech joke: a compiler that converts C/C++ code into Asm.js, a subset of JavaScript that can then run via a Web browser or in the Node.js framework.


2014-04-22 11:00:00 GitHub Founder Resigns After Investigation

The company said the investigation, into gender-based harassment, found no evidence of illegal practices.


2014-04-22 00:26:27 As Netflix Earnings Loom, Here Are Three Topics On Minds of Investors

Netflix reports its first-quarter results after the bell on Monday. Here are some key topics on the minds of investors ahead of the report.


2014-04-21 20:25:32 10 Apps People Actually Want in a Connected TV

Apparently, TVs, video game consoles and media set-top boxes hooked up to the Internet really are catching on: A whopping 75 percent of connected TV users actually care about video apps.


2014-04-21 19:42:39 Samsung Is Developing Own Platform, Apps

Wonpyo Hong, president of company's Media Solution Center, discusses new music service, importance of software.


2014-04-21 18:04:16 Facebook’s Existential Crisis

Is Facebook's main service still relevant? An argument for why it feels fusty, and why Mark Zuckerberg seems to know it.


2014-04-18 12:00:50 Google to developers: We're sick of ugly design

Google readies its developer army for the upcoming I/O conference with new marching orders to focus on design when building apps and services.


2014-04-17 23:26:40 Future tech? America's not so sure

Pew researchers check in on US attitudes toward driverless cars, brain implants, robot caregivers, meat grown in labs, and of course, time travel.


2014-04-17 22:01:01 SAP reports strong growth in cloud amid slow overall revenue growth

SAP reported a strong growth in cloud revenue and fast adoption of its HANA platform in the first quarter, while its software revenue dipped from the same quarter in the previous year. The business software company said Thursday its revenue grew 3 percent to €3.7 billion ($5 billion), while its cloud subscriptions and support revenue grew 60 percent to €219 million in the quarter under IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards).


2014-04-17 18:30:11 One of the First Mentions of Apple in the WSJ

This 1978 personal-finance article will make you feel like a pioneer, if you were alive then. It refers to a hot product -- "so-called personal computers" -- and has what we believe is the first mention of Apple Computer in the WSJ.


2014-04-17 14:45:57 Twitter Goes After a Facebook Cash Cow

The social network will begin offering "app install ads," which prompt smartphone users to try new games and other apps. The category has been a lucrative franchise for Facebook.


2014-04-17 14:01:02 Windows XP's retirement turns into major security project for Chinese firm

Microsoft may have retired Windows XP, but one of China's leading security vendors is trying to keep the OS threat-free, and rolling out protection software to hundreds of millions of users in the nation. On April 8, Microsoft officially ended support to the OS, meaning that Windows XP users will no longer receive security updates from the company. In preparation, Chinese security vendor Qihoo 360 has been developing its own free "XP Shield" software for Chinese PC users.


2014-04-17 12:55:32 IBM profit falls 21 percent on weak hardware sales, workforce writeoffs

Falling hardware sales and the cost of layoffs hit IBM's profit hard in the first quarter, sending it down 21 percent from a year earlier. Sales also fell, sliding 4 percent from last year's first quarter to $22.5 billion.


2014-04-17 12:34:58 Learning to Code: The New After-School Activity

Learning to code is the new after-school activity in Hong Kong. Michelle Sun, a former Goldman Sachs technology analyst founded First Code Academy and talks about her plans to educate young students about why coding is just as important as learning Mandarin.


2014-04-17 10:14:13 SAP Lifted by Cloud Services

SAP's sales and profit rose in first quarter because of growing demand for German business-software maker's Internet-based applications.


2014-04-17 07:56:43 Three's a charm? Windows 8 patches could pave multiple paths to Windows 9

Trying to piece together the puzzle created by Microsoft's new patching policy, I was struck by an intriguing thought.


2014-04-16 20:11:03 Oracle identifies products affected by Heartbleed, but work remains on fixes

Oracle has issued a comprehensive list of its software that may or may not be affected by the OpenSSL (secure sockets layer) vulnerability known as Heartbleed, while warning that no fixes are yet available for some likely affected products.


2014-04-16 16:51:54 Intel sells more tablet chips but profits still fall

Intel shipped 5 million processors for tablets in the first quarter, but profits fell as PC sales remained weak. Net income for the quarter ended March 29 was $1.9 billion, down 5 percent from a year ago, Intel said on Tuesday. Revenue increased 1 percent to $12.8 billion.


2014-04-16 12:44:04 Mt. Gox reportedly dumps rebuilding plans in favor of liquidation

Shuttered Bitcoin exchange has asked a Tokyo court for permission to liquidate, citing the complexities in such a rehabilitation process, the Wall Street Journal reports.


2014-04-16 11:07:40 Tech giants want Steve Jobs' personality out of wage-fixing suit

Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe Systems argue that the Apple co-founder’s temperament should not be fair game in the upcoming class-action trial.


2014-04-16 01:33:27 Intel Says It's Profiting From the 'Internet of Things'

What Silicon Valley calls the Internet of Things is a pretty recent entry in most technology glossaries. But Intel says it's already a profitable and growing business.


2014-04-15 22:04:57 Ubuntu chases after Red Hat with OpenStack and Docker bundles

Even if Canonical hasn't remade the consumer desktop with Ubuntu or made much of a dent with Ubuntu as a phone or tablet OS -- at least, not compared to the way Google has with both Android and Chrome -- there's no denying the presence


2014-04-15 20:37:46 VMware preps public cloud-powered disaster recovery as a service

Continuously available recovery is typically thought of as a luxury that only larger businesses can afford, since they're the ones who can fork over the cash for a separate data center.


2014-04-15 17:44:11 Facebook Requires Users to Install Separate Messaging App

The social network is removing messaging from its smartphone app, requiring users to install a separate piece of software to restore the feature. Facebook says the strategy will speed up the user experience.


2014-04-15 17:00:04
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