Extreme swallows Brocade’s data center networking business for $55M

Extreme Networks continued to amass a nice nest of data center technology saying today it would buy Brocade’s data center networking business will be sold to Extreme for $55 million in cash from its current owner Broadcom.

Broadcom bought Brocade last year for about $5.5 billion but has since sold off Brocade’s Ruckus Wireless Wi-Fi business for $800 million to Arris International and now the data center networking business to Extreme.

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Extreme swallows Brocade’s data center networking business for $55M

Extreme Networks continued to amass a nice nest of data center technology saying today it would buy Brocade’s data center networking business will be sold to Extreme for $55 million in cash from its current owner Broadcom.

Broadcom bought Brocade last year for about $5.5 billion but has since sold off Brocade’s Ruckus Wireless Wi-Fi business for $800 million to Arris International and now the data center networking business to Extreme.

+More on Network World: When the Internet Engineering Task Force meets this week in Chicago it will have a new chair – Cisco Fellow Alissa Cooper +

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Congress to US citizens: Want online privacy? Pay up!

Tuesday’s congressional vote to repeal U.S. restrictions on broadband providers doesn’t mean that online privacy is dead. Consumers will just have to pay for it.

The coming repeal, which President Trump is expected to sign into law, paves a clearer path for broadband providers to sell customers’ internet browsing history and other online data, without their consent.

Privacy advocates are worried. Imagine corporate giants snooping on your internet activities, and then bombarding your PC, phone and TV with targeted ads.

However, the privacy rule rollback might have an opposite effect too. Expect broadband providers and other internet services to emerge offering online privacy protections — but at a price.

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Copying Snapchat shows Facebook’s lack of innovation

Facebook’s latest moves take yet another page from Snapchat, and the company may need to figure out how to become innovative again.

Playing catch-up with competitors is a good thing but it doesn’t replace Facebook building new features that users can’t get anywhere else.

“Facebook needs to understand what their second act is going to be,” said Zeus Kerravala, an analyst with ZK Research, who added that copying Snapchat shows Facebook’s own lack of innovation. Otherwise, he said, “they’ll eventually start losing users — and their whole value is tied up in the size of the community.”

A few eyebrows were raised when Facebook announced yesterday it was adding a few new features to its apps.

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How to fend off cyberattacks and data breaches

According to research conducted by Symantec, the number of cyberattacks against small businesses (companies with fewer than 250 employees) has been steadily growing over the last six years, with hackers specifically targeting employees (phishing). And while distributed denial of service, or DDoS, attacks are still a leading form of cyber warfare, ransomware and malware attacks, targeting users of smartphones and internet of things (IoT) devices, as well as PCs and systems running on Macs and Linux, are also a big threat to small businesses.

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Trojan source code leak poised to spur new online banking attacks

The source code for a new Trojan program that targets banking services has been published online, offering an easy way for unskilled cybercriminals to launch potent malware attacks against users.

The Trojan is called Nuclear Bot and first appeared for sale on underground cybercrime forums in early December for $2,500. It can steal and inject information from and into websites opened in Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Google Chrome and can also open a local proxy or hidden remote desktop service.

These are all features commonly seen in banking Trojans, as they’re used by attackers to bypass the security checks of online bank websites to perform fraud. For example, the proxy and remote desktop functionality allows hackers to initiate rogue transactions through the victims’ browsers after they have been tricked into providing the second authentication factor.

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UK ISP BT Cuts 200Mbps and 300Mbps Ultrafast FTTP Broadband Prices

BT’s Consumer ISP division has started to push their ultrafast 200-300Mbps Fibre-to-the-Premise (FTTP) based broadband packages (Infinity 3 and 4) a bit by reducing the monthly prices for new subscribers and adding a Reward Card (MasterCard) worth £125. Openreach’s roll-out of native ultrafast FTTP technology is slowly starting to pick-up the pace (435,000 premises passed) […]

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Samsung announces DeX dock for new Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus smartphone

Samsung introduced a docking device called DeX on Wednesday that will work with its next-generation smartphones also announced today at a New York event — the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus.

The big question for Samsung will be how many workers and companies decide to buy the DeX. It is designed to let an employee access apps, edit documents and browse the web and videos when his or her smartphone is inserted in the dock and is connected to a larger display, keyboard and mouse.

DeX is a small, hockey puck-shaped device that is about four inches in diameter. When a user presses it in the middle, a cradle pops up. A user can cradle an S8 smartphone via USB Type C and can plug in a full-sized keyboard and mouse as well as a larger display through an HDMI port. DeX allows fast wireless charging and even has a built-in cooling fan.

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Samsung Introduces Galaxy S8 and S8+, featuring Infinity displays

Samsung today unveiled the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ at an event in New York City. Both models feature the curved Infinity Display found on the Galaxy Note, marking the first time since the Galaxy S6 Edge was released that there won’t be a flat version of Samsung’s flagship smartphone.

The Infinity Display isn’t as dramatically curved as the display on the original Galaxy S6 Edge, which included more interactive features directly on the edges. Instead, the Infinity Display features slightly tapered sides, with an unobtrusive, fly-out menu that can be customized.

The Galaxy S8 features a 5.8-inch Quad HD+ Infinity Display with a resolution of 570ppi, while the Galaxy S8+ has a 6.2-inch Quad HD+ Infinity Display with a resolution of 529 ppi. Both devices house 4GB of RAM and an Octa core processor — but upon release, processors might differ depending on region or carrier.

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