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Report: UK spies captured millions of Yahoo users' webcam images
U.K. intelligence agency GCHQ captured and stored still webcam images of millions of Yahoo users including substantial quantities of sexually explicit material, the Guardian newspaper reported Thursday.
IDG News Service\Amsterdam Bureau

NSA's Alexander defends surveillance, but calls for better cybersecurity
U.S. National Security Agency director General Keith Alexander has called on Congress to pass new legislation focused on protecting the country's cyber assets while at the same time defending his agency's cybersurveillance programs.
IDG News Service\Washington Bureau (i)

Custom server market grows as established vendors struggle
The demand for customized servers is growing as buying trends change, with more companies designing servers in-house instead of buying from well-established vendors such as Hewlett-Packard or Dell.
IDG News Service\New York Bureau

Auditor: Warning signs in massive, Accenture-led Oracle ERP project
A major Oracle PeopleSoft ERP (enterprise resource planning) software project in California led by Accenture is running well over schedule and budget, according to the state's auditor.
IDG News Service\Boston Bureau

Factory scene changes for iPhone workers in China but their budgets are tight
The iPhone 4 and 4S may no longer be cutting-edge in the U.S., but here in Zhengzhou, China, the handsets are becoming popular among the very low-wage workers that build them every day.
IDG News Service\Beijing Bureau (i) CEO Benioff says company landing more big deals's rapid growth is now being fueled increasingly by large deals for its cloud software, according to CEO Marc Benioff.
IDG News Service\Boston Bureau

Wind River outfits VxWorks for 'Internet of things'
Wind River Systems has updated its widely used VxWorks embedded RTOS (real-time operating system) to make it ready for use on impending "Internet of things" systems.
IDG News Service\New York Bureau (i)

Microsoft upgrades iOS version of SkyDrive Pro
Microsoft has a new version of SkyDrive Pro's iOS app that has the cloud storage product's new identity -- OneDrive for Business -- and broadens its scope of users.
IDG News Service\Miami Bureau

Chrome users attack Google for zapping unsanctioned Windows add-ons
Chrome users are up in arms again, this time over Google's plan to automatically disable some browser add-ons, according to scores of messages posted to Google's support forum.
Computerworld (US)

IBM workforce cuts raise questions
IBM is laying off employees this week, a job action that began in a curious way, with the announcement with an agreement with New York to maintain minimum staffing levels in the state.
Computerworld (US)

British spy agency may have seen you naked in surveillance of Yahoo webcam chats
Another day, another revelation about intelligence agencies' ability to peer into your private life: The Guardian reported that GCHQ, Britain's surveillance agency, captured stills from Yahoo webcam chats between 2008 and 2010.
PC World (US) (i)

As Web's 25th anniversary approaches, 87% of U.S. is online
As the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web approaches, 87% of U.S. adults use the Internet, according to a Pew Research Center survey.
Computerworld (US)

Tip of the Hat: Google's Project Ara unmasked
Since disclosing last fall that an internal research team is developing an open hardware platform for creating highly modular smartphones, Google has offered few details of the effort, dubbed Project Ara.
Computerworld (US)

The 'Internet of things,' beyond the hype at Mobile World Congress
If you want to find out how the so-called Internet of things is shaking up the tech industry, Mobile World Congress in Barcelona is the place to be this week.
IDG News Service\New York Bureau (i)

Bloomberg clamps down with data-access policies after scandal
Financial data and news company Bloomberg has developed in-house access controls and embraced several other technological fixes after it emerged last year that the company's journalists had routinely accessed data on how Wall Street clients were using the company's computer terminals.
IDG News Service\Washington Bureau

Postini traps legitimate messages, creates Gmail delivery backlog
Google has been scrambling for more than 24 hours to unclog a queue of messages sent to Gmail users that its Postini email filter incorrectly labeled as spam and quarantined.
IDG News Service\Miami Bureau

EU could extend copyright levies to cloud services
Controversial rules to maintain copyright levies on mobile devices and potentially extend them to cloud services were passed by the European Parliament on Thursday.
IDG News Service\Brussels Bureau

Anglo American rolls out Box to 10,000 employees worldwide
Mining giant Anglo American has rolled out Box's file-sharing and collaboration platform to 10,000 employees worldwide, suggesting that Box's attempts to attract more large enterprise customers by bolstering its security features are starting to pay dividend.

FBI expects to roll out malware-analysis system to help businesses identify attacks
The director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said this week his agency plans to introduce a malware-analysis system later this year that will let businesses and the public, report newly identified malware attacks, upload malware samples and receive reports on them.
Network World (US)

Boeing's new smartphone will self-destruct in 3...2...
Aerospace and defense company Boeing this week rolled out the Boeing Black ? a heavily secured Android smartphone designed for use by the U.S. military and intelligence agencies, which ? no kidding ? will essentially self-destruct if tampered with.
Network World (US)

FTC: Identity theft is the plague of the country
The Federal Trade Commission today issued its annual look at what consumers in the United States are complaining about the most.
Network World (US)

UK man charged with hacking US Federal Reserve

IDG News Service\Washington Bureau

Google postpones add-on 'kill switch' for Chrome on Windows
Google yesterday gave Chrome extension developers another two months to register their work with the browser's online store, after which the company will throw a "kill switch" on most add-ons installed from other sources.
Computerworld (US)

'Free' apps may be violating EU consumer protection laws
Europe's app providers were Thursday warned by authorities that many of them are breaking consumer protection laws.
IDG News Service\Brussels Bureau

ReVu.Me collects team input on the fly
It's a common scenario: you have a document on which you need to get input from a team. After circulating it via email or the cloud, you gather comments piecemeal from various email threads, copy revisions, and maybe even phone calls. By the end you need a flowchart to keep it all straight.
PC World (US) (i)

Help! Most enterprises turn to consultants when using the cloud
Customers using the cloud overwhelmingly turn to professional service consultants to execute or plan out projects, according to a report from Technology Business Research.
Network World (US)

EU Internet survey finds widespread blocking, fueling net neutrality issue
A quarter of European Union Internet users have experienced content blocking a survey revealed on Thursday.
IDG News Service\Brussels Bureau

YouTube ordered to remove controversial 'Innocence of Muslims' video
An appeals court in the U.S. has ruled that YouTube should take down the controversial "Innocence of Muslims" video that sparked off violence in many countries in 2012, reversing a district court's denial of an injunction against the video sharing site and and its owner Google.
IDG News Service\Bangalore Bureau

Windows 7, XP vulnerabilities rose in 2013, security firm finds
The number of vulnerabilities found in Microsoft's Windows 7 and XP operating systems doubled last year over 2012, with the highest number of flaws reported in Windows 8, according to new research from Secunia.
IDG News Service\Sydney Bureau

Server market revenue down 4.4 percent in Q4
Even as server shipments went up, revenue in the market declined in last year's fourth quarter, as demand for higher-end systems remained weak, according to research firm IDC.
IDG News Service\Beijing Bureau

Some users take a dim view of the Web, survey finds
The information management system known as the Web turns 25 this year. Its birthday, however, may not be celebrated by everyone.
IDG News Service\San Francisco Bureau

Samsung tops in Android enterprise usage
More than half of Android devices being used in the enterprise are made by Samsung, according to a report from mobile device management company Fiberlink that surveyed more than 250,000 devices worldwide.
Network World (US)

Box looks to boost security by hiring ex-Symantec CEO
Online file sharing and cloud content management service Box has hired former Symantec CEO Enrique Salem to serve as special advisor to the firm.

Samsung's Knox 2.0 makes container and BYOD app security easier to use
Samsung has greatly enhanced the practicality of its Knox smartphone and tablet security system, adding the ability to deploy apps from Google Play and offering a dedicated KNOX Marketplace for business-class software.

Intel kills SSD overclocking, unleashes its fastest-ever consumer drive
Intel won't be releasing an SSD whose performance can be customized by overclocking after all. Instead, it announced plans today to overclock a new flagship drive and begin selling that in March.
Computerworld (US)

Security researchers urge tech companies to explain their cryptographic choices
Fourteen prominent security and cryptography experts have signed an open letter to technology companies urging them to take steps to regain users' trust following reports over the past year that vendors collaborated with government agencies to undermine consumer security and facilitate mass surveillance.
IDG News Service\Romania Bureau

LCD cartel fines reduced by E.U. court
The General Court of the European Union has slightly reduced fines imposed on LG Display and InnoLux for taking part in a cartel that fixed prices of LCD panels.
IDG News Service\Amsterdam Bureau

STMicro could enable touchless gesture control of smartphones
Using an infrared laser, ST Microelectronics' new proximity detector for mobile phones can measure distances to within a centimeter or two.
IDG News Service\Paris Bureau

Cloud security concerns are overblown, experts say
Security concerns should not deter enterprises from using public cloud technologies when it makes business sense.
Computerworld (US)

US government seeks to hold phone data beyond five-year limit
The U.S. government has asked a secret surveillance court to allow it to hold telephone metadata for a period beyond the current five-year limit, for use as potential evidence in civil lawsuits regarding the collection of the data.
IDG News Service\Bangalore Bureau security slip allowed unlimited password guesses
A gaping hole in's mobile application, now fixed, allowed hackers to have an unlimited number of attempts guessing a person's password, according to security vendor FireEye.
IDG News Service\Sydney Bureau (i)

Security firm discloses Apple iOS 'malicious profile' vulnerability impact on MDM
At the RSA Conference today, security start-up Skycure plans to disclose a vulnerability in Apple iOS devices that can impact mobile-device management (MDM) systems running on them.
Network World (US)

Diablo III's 2.0.1 update might as well be a sequel to Diablo III
Let's pretend for a second that Diablo III never came out. It's early May, 2012--a sunny day with just a hint of summer in the air. You're so excited for Diablo III. You don't know yet that the always-online is going to melt the servers into ash for the first few weeks after launch, rendering the game unplayable. And you certainly don't know that the end-game is going to be a tedious grind, with loot doled out at a painfully slow pace.
PC World (US) (i)

Experience the crazy trailer for the first film made for the Oculus Rift
I talk a lot about the Oculus Rift VR headsets and its video games. After all, it's my job to write about video games, and the Rift is the most exciting thing to happen to the medium since someone said, "Hey, why don't we work in polygons instead of 2D sprites?"
PC World (US) (i)

Baidu's growing research, marketing costs keep Q4 profit flat
China's leading search engine, Baidu, reported flat profit growth for the fourth quarter as the company continued its spending spree on research and product promotion.
IDG News Service\Beijing Bureau

Microsoft deal delivers 'free' 100GB of OneDrive storage
If you're the type of person who can never have too much cloud storage, Microsoft just added a nice deal: 100GB of OneDrive storage as a Bing Reward offer.
PC World (US)

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