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SWIFT To Implement New Security Program After Recent Hacking

May 25, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Uncategorized

The SWIFT secure messaging service that underpins international banking announced that it will launch a new security program as it fights to rebuild its reputation in the wake of the Bangladesh Bank heist. The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT)’s chief executive, Gottfried Leibbrandt, told a financial services conference in Brussels that SWIFT will launch a five-point plan later this week. Banks send payment instructions to one another via SWIFT messages. In... 

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Twitter Blocks Intelligence Agencies Access To Tweet Analytics

May 10, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Uncategorized
Twitter Blocks Intelligence Agencies Access To Tweet Analytics

Twitter has prohibited a data-mining firm from providing analytics of real-time tweets to U.S. intelligence agencies, according to a Wall Street Journal report, quoting a person familiar with the matter. Twitter, which provides Dataminr with real-time access to public tweets, seems to be trying to distance itself from appearing to aid government surveillance, a controversial issue after former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden revealed that the government was collecting information... 

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Twitter Troubles Continue, Misses Revenue Estimates

April 28, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Uncategorized
Twitter Troubles Continue, Misses Revenue Estimates

Twitter Inc  disappointed investors once again with first-quarter results that revealed stagnant revenue growth as the microblogging service struggles to grab new users amid efforts to improve its complicated interface with several new features. Twitter’s user base grew modestly to 310 million monthly active users in the quarter ended March 31 from 305 million in the fourth quarter, above analysts’ expectations. But investors were let down by the revenue miss since outlining a turnaround... 

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New Point-of-Sale Malware Steals Credit Card Data, Sends Over DNS

April 22, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Uncategorized
New Point-of-Sale Malware Steals Credit Card Data, Sends Over DNS

Security researchers have uncovered a new memory-scraping malware program that steals payment card data from point-of-sale (PoS) terminals and forwards to attackers using the Domain Name System (DNS). Dubbed Multigrain, the threat is part of a family of malware programs known as NewPosThings, with which it shares some code. However, this variant was designed to target specific environments. That’s because unlike other PoS malware programs that look for card data in the memory of many processes,... 

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Priceline’s Booking.com To Allow Hotel Reservations For Cuba

March 22, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Uncategorized
Priceline’s Booking.com To Allow Hotel Reservations For Cuba

Priceline Group has agreed with Cuba to make Cuban hotel rooms available to U.S. customers through subsidiary Booking.com, becoming the first U.S. online travel agency to sign a deal with the island, a Booking.com executive said. The deal comes on the first full day of U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Cuba and on the heels of U.S. hotel firm Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide’s agreement with the Cuban government to manage and market three Havana hotel properties. Booking.com would... 

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Samsung 4K Blu-ray Players Already Hit The Streets

February 10, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Uncategorized
Samsung 4K Blu-ray Players Already Hit The Streets

According to a post by USA Today, the Los Angeles area retailer began selling the Samsung UBDK8500 on February 5th for $397.99. The device is available in-store only, so we are expecting locals to rush in over the weekend and grab the player quickly as retailers are not expected to begin selling them for another few weeks. In January, we wrote that Samsung’s UBDK8500 would begin arriving early to New York City-based Internet retailer B&H Photo Video as well as Crutchfield.com. Both sites are... 

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Mobile Shopping Scores Big During Holiday Season

January 11, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Uncategorized
Mobile Shopping Scores Big During Holiday Season

Shopping from mobile devices increased by a whopping 59 percent during the U.S. holiday shopping season, data from analytics firm Comscore Inc showed, as consumers were lured by attractive deals and shipping options. Shoppers spent a total of $12.7 billion through smartphones and tablets beating Comscore’s forecast of $11.7 billion, the company said. “If there is an underlying takeaway from this holiday season, I think it will be remembered as the one where ‘mobile ate brick-and-mortar,”... 

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Justice Department Investigating Uber Data Breach

December 22, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Uncategorized
Justice Department Investigating Uber Data Breach

The U.S. Department of Justice is pursuing a criminal investigation of a May 2014 data breach at ride service Uber, including an reviewing whether any employees at competitor Lyft were involved in the episode, sources familiar with the situation said. Earlier this year, Uber revealed that as many as 50,000 of its drivers’ names and their licence numbers had been improperly downloaded. An investigation by Uber determined that an Internet address potentially associated with the breach can be... 

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Twitter Has New Way To Reach Non-active Users

December 14, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Uncategorized
Twitter Has New Way To Reach Non-active Users

Twitter Inc said it was testing a feature to show advertisements to people who read tweets without logging in, as it looks to make good on its long-time ambition to monetize non-active users. The company said the feature will help it cash in on an additional half a billion people each month, pushing its shares up as much as 7.8 percent to $26.21 on Thursday – their biggest percentage gain in two months. The promoted tweets and videos will be available on Twitter’s desktop website, particularly... 

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Facebook Sees Monthly Users Swell To Over 1.5B

November 6, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Uncategorized
Facebook Sees Monthly Users Swell To Over 1.5B

Facebook sailed past another milestone, reporting Wednesday that its base of monthly active users surpassed 1.5 billion for the first time. Facebook crossed the 1 billion monthly user mark in September 2012, so it’s taken about three years to add the last half billion. It took just over two years to amass the half billion before that. For comparison, Twitter has about 320 million monthly users. Facebook announced the figure with its earnings results for the third quarter, which came in better... 

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Drone Carrying Drugs Crashes

October 29, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Uncategorized
Drone Carrying Drugs Crashes

A drone carrying drugs, a mobile phone, hacksaw blades and other contraband was found crashed in an Oklahoma prison yard on. Officers patrolling the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester noticed the drone lying upside down inside prison grounds after it apparently crashed after hitting razor wire that guarded the facility. The officers found a package of illicit material that had been suspended from the drone by fishing line. It included two 12-in. hacksaw blades, a cell phone, a cell-phone... 

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SSD Market Growing At A Faster Rate Than Expected

September 24, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Uncategorized
SSD Market Growing At A Faster Rate Than Expected

A new report into the SSD market has concluded that it is getting bigger faster than David Cameron in a butcher’s shop. Beancounters transparency say that the global Solid State Drive (SSD) market was valued at US$15.1 billion in 2014 and is expected to reach US$229.5 billion by 2022. Asia Pacific was the largest revenue contributor in 2014 and accounted for 57.0% of the global solid state drive market. The higher performance requirement in enterprise applications and consumer mobile devices... 

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Internet Growth Rate Slowing, According To U.N. Study

September 22, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Uncategorized
Internet Growth Rate Slowing, According To U.N. Study

Growth in the number of people with access to the Internet is slowing, and more than half the world’s population remains offline, the United Nations Broadband Commission said on Monday. Internet access in rich economies is reaching saturation levels but 90 percent of people in the 48 poorest countries have none, its report said. The access growth rate is expected to slow to 8.1 percent this year, down from 8.6 percent in 2014. Until 2012, growth rates had been in double digits for years. “We... 

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Did Mars Have Continents?

July 20, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Uncategorized
Did Mars Have Continents?

Now researchers have found that silica-rich rock much like the continental crust on Earth may be widespread at the site where Curiosity landed on Mars in August 2012. “Mars is supposed to be a basalt-covered world,” study lead author Violaine Sautter, a planetary scientist at France’s Museum of Natural History in Paris, told Space.com. The findings are “quite a surprise,” she added. Sautter and her colleagues analyzed data from 22 rocks probed by Curiosity as the six-wheeled... 

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Box Integrate Microsoft’s Office Online With Its Storage Service.

June 19, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Uncategorized
Box Integrate Microsoft’s Office Online With Its Storage Service.

Box followed competitor Dropbox to integrate Microsoft’s Office Online with its cloud storage service. “Today, we’re introducing Box for Office Online, making it easier than ever for our customers to create and manage their Word docs, PowerPoint presentations and Excel spreadsheets securely from anywhere and on any device, right from Box,” said David Still, Box’s chief of mobile products, in a post to his company’s blog. Like the ties between Dropbox and Office... 

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