Chinese hackers switched targets to U.S. experts on Iraq

Computerworld | July 8th, 2014 A sophisticated Chinese hacker group that had been stealing information from U.S. policy experts on nearby Southeast Asia suddenly changed targets last month to focus on the Middle East — Iraq, in particular — security researchers said Monday. The group, called “Deep Panda,” switched from exploiting one area of expertise …

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Samsung, Intel, Dell team on IoT connectivity standards

By Agam Shah, IDG News Service | July 8th, 2014 The Open Interconnect Consortium will establish security, authentication and communication standards. Some top hardware companies have established a new Internet of Things consortium to create standards so that billions of devices can connect to each other. Intel, Samsung and Dell are among the founding members …

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Microsoft adds Yammer to more Office 365 editions

By Juan Carlos Perez, IDG News Service | July 7th, 2014 After bundling it with Office 365 Enterprise plans, Microsoft is now adding it to school and midsize business editions. Microsoft will bundle Yammer with more editions of Office 365, adding the enterprise social-networking product to the suite’s editions for schools and midsize businesses. Existing …

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Google’s Larry Page talks of killing the 40-hour work week

By Sharon Gaudin, Computerworld | July 7th, 2014 In an interview, he takes on unemployment and the anger between tech-haves and have-nots. Google co-founder and CEO Larry Page said we may someday see more part-time work weeks than we do today. Page and Google co-founder Sergey Brin held a sit-down fireside chat with Vinod Khosla, …

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NSA defends collecting data from U.S. residents not suspected of terrorist activities

By Jaikumar Vijayan, Computerworld | July 7th, 2014 Spokeswoman says spy agency has long said some of the data it intercepts belonging to non-suspects. The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) Monday defended its data collection practices amid revelations that almost 90% of the data it sweeps up involves ordinary Internet users not suspected of crimes. …

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Why Cisco, Intel, and Qualcomm are funding IoT startups?

By Colin Neagle, Network World | July 7th, 2014 Cisco, Intel, and Qualcomm play a significant role in the growth of the Internet of Things startup world. Internet of Things startups have had little trouble finding seed money lately, with overall venture capital surpassing the $1 billion mark in 2013 alone, according to CB Insights. …

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You don’t know Docs from Drive: Google’s productivity apps, explained

By Christopher Null, PC World | July 7th, 2014 Follow our guide to determine which Google service offers what, and which one is best for you. Google’s recent upgrades to Drive have made clear the company’s going head-to-head with Microsoft on productivity services. Unfortunately, in its efforts to emulate the industry standard, Google’s made its …

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39 New Local Growth Deals to Improve Superfast Broadband in England

By Mark Jackson, ISPreview UK | July 7th, 2014 The Government has today announced an investment of £6bn to help fund the first wave of 39 new Growth Deals with businesses and local authorities across England, which among other things will also bring new money to build new homes and improve the coverage of superfast …

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Latest Snowden leak: Most data NSA collects is from non-targets

PC World | July 6th, 2014 Newly leaked documents show a large percentage of electronic communications intercepted by the NSA is from ordinary Internet users not suspected of wrongdoing, according to a new report from the Washington Post. The Post bases its assessment on the results of a four-month-long investigation and examination of 160,000 email …

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London’s Tech City Still Suffering a Lack of Superfast Broadband

By Mark Jackson, ISPreview UK | July 4th, 2014 The government’s plans for Shoreditch’s Tech City have been criticised by Labour MP Meg Hillier after it was claimed that around a third of local businesses, not to mention many homes, are still without access to high-speed broadband, while the £3,000 Connection Voucher (“Super-Connected Cities“) scheme …

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Terabyte boost of OneDrive for Business starts

By Gregg Keizer, Computerworld | July 4th, 2014 Microsoft begins putting additional storage in Office 365 users’ accounts. Microsoft has begun rolling out the one terabyte of storage it promised to users of OneDrive for Business two months ago. OneDrive for Business, previously called SkyDrive Pro, lets employees store, share and sync work documents. Most …

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West Yorkshire Name Phase 2 Rollout Areas for BT Fibre Broadband

By Mark Jackson, ISPreview | July 4th, 2014 The £21.96m Superfast West Yorkshire project in England, which is working to roll-out BT’s “high-speed fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) network to cover 97% of local homes and businesses (708,000 premises) by the end of Autumn 2015, has started the second phase of its local deployment. There’s also some …

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New tools let IT admins cut the cord to manage mobile users

By John Cox, Network World | July 3rd, 2014 The new version of MobileIron’s management software gives mobility to IT administrators, and segments and segregates admin privileges. The new release of MobileIron’s software for managing mobile devices and data helps IT staff themselves be more mobile and lets management tasks be grouped and segregated to …

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UK Government Targets 100% Superfast Broadband Coverage

By Mark Jackson, ISPreview | July 3rd, 2014 The Government’s Communications Minister, Edward Vaizey (MP), has today told the House of Commons that the money they’ve already allocated should “give us the figure we need to get to 100%” (coverage of superfast broadband connectivity). We remain to be convinced. At present the £1.2bn Broadband Delivery …

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UK Could Fall Behind Ireland as Vodafone Rollout 1Gbps FTTB Broadband

By Mark Jackson, ISPreview | July 3rd, 2014 According to ComReg, the Irish telecoms regulator, 43% of fixed broadband customers in Ireland receive sub-10Mbps speeds. But all that could change after Vodafone teamed up in a 50:50 Joint Venture with state-owned electricity firm ESB to splash €450m (£358m) on a nationwide roll-out of 1000Mbps capable …

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Microsoft boosts anti-snooping protection in Outlook.com, OneDrive

By Juan Carlos Perez, IDG News Service | July 1st, 2014 The consumer webmail and cloud storage services will now be protected with new encryption. Microsoft has added encryption safeguards to the Outlook.com webmail service and to the OneDrive cloud storage service, in part to better protect these consumer products from government snoops. “Our goal …

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