Net neutrality a key battleground in growing fight over encryption, activists say

By Stephen Lawson, IDG News Service | July 18th, 2014 Both carriers and government now have an interest in how users keep their online lives private. Plans to favor some Internet packets over others threaten consumers’ hard-won right to use encryption, a digital privacy advocate says. Activists and tech companies fended off efforts in the …

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Business Agility Drives Cloud Adoption

By Thor Olavsrud, CIO | July 18th, 2014 Companies adopting cloud computing most aggressively say that business agility — not cost — is the primary driver of adoption. Companies moving aggressively to adopt cloud computing are winning competitive advantage by reducing complexity and increasing business agility, according to a recent study by Harvard Business Review …

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Google Ponders Building a Fibre Optic Broadband ISP Network in UK Cities

By Mark Jackson, ISPreview UK | July 18th, 2014 Internet giant Google appears to be probing the British broadband market for a partner to help build their own 1000Mbps capable Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) network, which is despite previously stating that they had no plans to ever take the Google Fibre service outside of the USA. At …

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Just wave your smartwatch to board this train

By Tim Hornyak, IDG News Service | July 18th, 2014 Sony’s FeliCa smartcard chip is getting ready for wearables. If you’re holding out for that multi-functional smartwatch of your dreams, Sony is working to add contactless payments to wearables with a new chip. The electronics giant’s FeliCa Networks subsidiary is modifying its FeliCa contactless card …

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Jesse Jackson demands Twitter release employee diversity data

By John Ribeiro, IDG News Service | July 18th, 2014 Jackson said black underrepresentation in tech companies cannot be explained by a lack of technical skills. U.S. civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson has called on Twitter to release its employee diversity information, which its Silicon Valley peers such as Google, Yahoo, LinkedIn and Facebook …

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Twitter and Facebook see a bright future for in-the-moment spending

By Zach Miners, IDG News Service | July 17th, 2014 If you’re an impulse buyer trying to reform your ways, Facebook and Twitter are not on your side. Both companies said Thursday they were working on new services to let their users either make purchases directly from their feeds or gain instant access to deals …

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Why ‘123456’ is a great password

By Antone Gonsalves, CSO | July 17th, 2014 New research shows that “123456” is a good password after all. In fact, such useless credentials from a security standpoint have an important role in an overall password management strategy, researchers at Microsoft and Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, have found. [The 25 worst passwords of 2013: “password” …

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Apple Gets Serious About Social, Adds Familiar Functions to iMessage

By Matt Kapko, CIO | July 17th, 2014 Apple’s most popular app will be getting its biggest overhaul to date when the company releases iOS 8 in the fall. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Apple has been flattering competitors for years. The company has famously copied, redesigned and reimagined many more products …

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Enterprises increasingly look to the private cloud

By Sharon Gaudin, Computerworld | July 17th, 2014 Companies interested in moving to cloud computing are increasingly choosing a private cloud for the increased security and, often, compliance features instead of the public cloud, according to a recent survey. “Companies have noticed that the public cloud only goes so far,” said Allan Krans, an analyst …

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MIT may have just solved all your data center network lag issues

By Jon Gold, Network World | July 17th, 2014 New Fastpass system opts for counter-intuitive central processing architecture. A group of MIT researchers say they’ve invented a new technology that should all but eliminate queue length in data center networking. The technology will be fully described in a paper presented at the annual conference of …

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Facebook tests ‘buy’ button to let users make purchases from their feeds

By Zach Miners, IDG News Service | July 17th, 2014 Users can buy products directly from their news feeds from select advertisers. Facebook is testing a “buy” button that lets users make purchases directly from their news feeds. A limited number of small and medium-sized businesses in the U.S. are involved in the test, with …

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FBI: Google’s driverless cars could be lethal weapons

BBC | July 17th, 2014 Driverless cars could be lethal weapons, according to the FBI Driverless cars, such as those being developed by Google, could be lethal weapons, the FBI has reportedly warned. An internal report, obtained by the Guardian, said the vehicles could be "game changing" for law enforcement. The report noted criminals using …

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Ofcom Moot New Broadband ISP Switching Process for KC and Virgin Media

By Mark Jackson, ISPreview UK | July 17th, 2014 The UK communications regulator has launched another mini consultation (Call for Input) on the long road to introducing their new broadband and phone switching process, which once live could now be expanded to more fixed-line operators than just those operating off BT’s national copper telecoms network …

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Juniper boosts DDoS Secure appliance to mitigate UDP-based amplification attacks

By Ellen Messmer, Network World | July 17th, 2014 DDoS mitigation filters can be applied closer to attack’s source. 09:35 am | Juniper Networks has added a new way for its anti-DDoS appliance to mitigate what’s known as massive UDP-based amplification attacks that typically work by exploiting compromised servers of different kinds to both spoof …

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Survey: Corporate security thwarted by dialog failure between IT dept. and management

By Ellen Messmer, Network World | July 17th, 2014 The survey also shows many want total security-product overhaul to counter advanced persistent threats. So talk to me! That s what security professionals should be doing with business management executives, but the problem is, it isn’t really happening, according to a Ponemon Institute survey of over …

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Chromebooks beyond the cloud: Everything Chromebooks can do offline

By Brad Chacos, PC World | July 17th, 2014 From productivity to playtime, offline Chromebooks aren’t the useless hunks of plastic that they used to be. Born as pure conduits to the web–showcases for Gmail, Drive, and other Google cloud services–Chromebooks have struggled to shake a bad reputation. The basic complaint is that Chromebooks become …

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Google bug-hunting Project Zero could face software developer troubles

By Antone Gonsalves, CSO | July 17th, 2014 Google’s launch of a bug-hunting initiative has raised concerns over how the company will handle conflicts with vendors unable to patch software before Google’s deadline for reporting vulnerabilities. Tussles with software developers are sure to occur during Google’s effort, announced Tuesday, to find zero-day vulnerabilities before they …

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Greater Manchester UK Begins BDUK and BT Fibre Broadband Rollout

By Mark Jackson, ISPreview UK | July 17th, 2014 The £15m Get Digital Faster project, which is working with the EU and Broadband Delivery UK office to extend BT’s “fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) network to a further 45,000 premises in the Greater Manchester (England) area by March 2016 (900k+ have already been passed), has finally upgraded …

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Three UK Bring WiFi to London Underground and Refresh SIM Only Plans

By Mark Jackson, ISPreview UK | July 17th, 2014 Mobile operator Three UK has signed an agreement with Virgin Media that will enable their customers to access the cable operators WiFi wireless Internet network at 137 London Underground stations for free, just as Vodafone, EE and O2 already can. The provider has also refreshed their …

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