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  1. Alibaba's UC Browser found leaking users' dataThu, 21 May 2015 23:30:16 -0700
    A mobile browser owned by Chinas Alibaba Group contained privacy risks that could have exposed users personal data, according to a security group.The flaws were found in UC Browser, a third-party app thats been expanding in popularity across the globe, and has over 100 million daily active users. Last year, Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group acquired UC Browsers parent company.The Citizen Lab at the University of Torontos Munk School of Global Affairs investigated the mobile browser, and found that it was sending user data unencrypted, or with not enough encryption. This included transmitting phone numbers and device serial numbers, in addition to user search queries and geolocation data.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here More...
  2. Freelance hacking site vows to clean up dodgy listingsThu, 21 May 2015 23:30:13 -0700
    Charles Tendell is trying to repair a reputation problem for his website, Hackers List.The site debuted in November and quickly drew high-profile attention, including a front-page story in the New York Times. Its an online marketplace where people can list computer-security related jobs for bidding and match them with the right hacker.It has been criticized as amateurish since forums where such deals are made are password-protected and generally hard to find for regular Internet users. It has also raised concern since many projects up for bidding appear illegal.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here More...
  3. Leaked database of Adult Friend Finder still onlineThu, 21 May 2015 20:00:12 -0700
    Adult Friend Finder, one of the largest online dating sites, may have been breached more than two months ago, and the sensitive filesinclude names, ages, email addresses, zip codes and moreare apparently still online.British broadcaster Channel 4 reported Thursday that the website had been breached, although information regarding the breach had been trickling out in a low-key way for some time.FriendFinder Networks, a California-based company that owns Adult Friend Finder and other dating websites, said in an advisory that it has contacted law enforcement and is investigating.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here More...
  4. ICANN chief to leave office early, may miss key transitionThu, 21 May 2015 17:55:11 -0700
    The ICANN leader who kicked off the Internet organizations move away from U.S. government control will leave his post early, possibly before the transition is finished.Fadi Chehad, who became president and CEO of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers in September 2012, will step down in March 2016, ICANN announced on Thursday. He is leaving for a new career in the private sector, outside of the domain name industry, the group said. Chehads term was to have lasted until June 2017.Chehads biggest job at the helm of ICANN, which coordinates the Internets DNS (Domain Name System) and Internet Protocol addresses, has been to shepherd its transition away from U.S. control. ICANN operates under a contract from the U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), which is scheduled to expire in September.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here More...
  5. Microsoft begins to update Outlook.com with add-ins, Clutter, moreThu, 21 May 2015 17:21:00 -0700
    Microsoft began rolling out a slew of updates to selected users on Outlook.com on Thursday, including plug-ins or add-on apps soon to come from Uber and PayPal. Some of the new changes have appeared in the preview of Office 2016, such as simplified sharing from OneDrivewhere users send a link to a file that lives in the cloud, rather than downloading and emailing the file to a friend or colleague. In general, however, the new Outlook app represents Microsofts shift to Office 365, both in infrastructure as well as the look and feel of the site. Outlook.coms revamped Calendar app.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here More...
  6. Google to change Maps search system after offensive White House resultsThu, 21 May 2015 16:42:00 -0700
    Google said Thursday it would make changes to its Maps search system after racist search terms brought up the White House among their top results.In Google Maps, some queries containing racist terms against African-Americans listed the White House and other surprising places among their top results. Google apologized and said it was working on a fix, but it had little else to say about what was causing the results to appear or how the company would fix the issue.Now Google is providing more information. The company has begun to update its ranking system to address a majority of the searches in question, by building on a previous algorithmic change that was developed for Google Search, Google said in a blog post.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here More...
  7. US Senate leader to push for vote to renew NSA phone dragnetThu, 21 May 2015 15:50:14 -0700
    The U.S. Senate on Thursday failed to move forward on efforts to extend the section of the Patriot Act that the National Security Agency has used to collect millions of domestic telephone records.Congress is facing an effective deadline of this weekend to extend the phone records collection section of the antiterrorism law, with Section 215 of the Patriot Act expiring June 1 and lawmakers scheduled to take a weeklong break after finishing business this week.On Thursday, Senators were wrestling with three alternatives: allow the Patriot Acts records collection program to expire, extend the program with no new limits, or pass a House of Representatives bill that aims to end bulk records collection but allows the NSA to search phone and business records in a more targeted manner.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here More...
  8. Chromebook craze won't abate this yearThu, 21 May 2015 15:00:00 -0700
    Googles effort to add features and push Chromebooks into more hands is working, with shipments of the low-cost laptops expected to jump 27 percent this year.Chromebook shipments worldwide will touch 7.29 million this year, research firm Gartner said Thursday. Growth will slow down in 2016, though, with Chromebook shipments reaching 7.95 million units, Gartner said.First introduced in 2011, most computer users are still just getting used to the Chromebook concept. The low-cost laptops, which run on Googles Chrome OS, are designed for those who do most of their computing on the Internet. They are used in much the same way that tablets and smartphones are, with most applications requiring an Internet connection.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here More...
  9. HP's profit slips 21 percent as services business stumblesThu, 21 May 2015 14:30:00 -0700
    Hewlett-Packard has reported another drop in quarterly revenue and profit, with a notable 16 percent slide in its enterprise services business. The company said its on track to divide itself into two companies later this year, but made a last minute change to its leadership plans: CFO Cathie Lesjak will move to HP Inc., the division that will sell PCs and printers, and not to HP Enterprise, as originally planned. HP has been trying to expand its business for a few years without success, and the split is a bold gambit to see if can perform better as two companies. Revenue slipped 7 percent in the quarter ended April 30, to $25.5 billionits 15th straight quarter of declining sales.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here More...
  10. Apigee adds some Swagger to API designThu, 21 May 2015 13:55:13 -0700
    For developers who want to expose their Web applications to other computers and Internet services, API platform vendor Apigee is offering a free online tool to help create APIs using the increasingly popular Swagger API specification.With the Apigee API Studio, now in available in beta, developers can build REST-based APIs (application programming interfaces) in a browser, and have Apigee mock servers test them to ensure they operate as expected.REST stands for Representational State Transfer, the dominant architecture currently used by Web applications to exchange data. A REST-based API exposes the functionality of an application through a set of Internet accessible commands.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here More...
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