Some news from the IT field...
Microsoft plans to patch critical Windows, IE bugs next week
- One of the critical flaws addressed allows IE10 to be exploited by attack code placed on compromised Web sites.
Cisco patches vulnerabilities in small business routers and wireless LAN controllers
- Cisco Systems released new firmware versions for some of its small business routers and wireless LAN controllers in order to address vulnerabilities that could allow remote attackers to compromise the vulnerable devices or affect their availability.
Twitter Paid $36 Million for IBM Patents to Avoid Suits
- Twitter Inc., the microblogging service that held an initial public offering last year, paid $36 million to acquire 900 patents from International Business Machines Corp. (IBM), according to a filing.
Getty makes millions of photos free for online use
- Online photo archive Getty Images is opening 35 million images to online publishers to use free of charge, acknowledging that many of its pictures are already being copied anyway.
Professional online Linux classes for all - and the first one is free
- Want a good-paying Linux job, but don't have the skills? The Linux Foundation is setting up a new program of online classes for you.
Dexter, Project Hook POS Malware Campaigns Persist
- Research this week makes it's clear that many attackers are still using point of sale malware, namely Dexter and Project Hook, in active attacks.
Apple reveals unprecedented details in iOS security
- Updated Apple whitepaper reveals interlocking, defense-in-depth architecture for iPhone, iPad OS.
Target Begins Security And Compliance Makeover
- Security gets a higher exec profile at the beleaguered retailer in the wake of its massive data breach as Target starts the road to reorganizing its security and compliance operations.
Privacy Groups to Regulators: Block Facebook-WhatsApp Deal
- Privacy advocates have asked U.S. regulators to halt Facebook's $16 billion acquisition of messaging service WhatsApp until there is a clearer understanding of how the company intends to use the personal data of WhatsApp's 450 million users.
Quantum computing explained: harnessing particle physics to work faster
- Work is underway around the world to revolutionise computers using the principles of quantum mechanics.
Yet another exchange hacked: Poloniex loses around $50,000 in bitcoin
- Firm can't cover losses: "All balances will temporarily be deducted by 12.3%."
White House Seeks Feedback on Big Data and Privacy
- The White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy is seeking public feedback on how the government can best protect citizen privacy as it and the private sector increasingly turn to big data analysis.
Privacy is in our blood, says NSA official
- Civil liberties are a top concern at the National Security Agency (NSA), the agency's new privacy chief said Thursday.
Staples' decision to close stores could impact 43 Michigan locations
- Staples has a significant presence in Michigan with 43 stores from Holland to Escanaba in the Upper Peninisula, but the office goods chain's footprint may be shrinking here.
Target CIO's Resignation: 7 Questions
- After the data breach, why didn't the buck stop with PCI assessors or CEO? Search for accountability reveals flawed system, much finger-pointing.
New crimeware tool Dendroid makes it easier to create Android malware
- The tool can be used to add malicious functionality to legitimate applications, researchers from Symantec said.
Facebook launches redesign with a bit of the old, a bit of the new
- The social networking company heard user complaints and made changes to News Feed.
New iPhone alarm wakes you to the smell of bacon
Detroit Free Press
- Wake Up & Smell The Bacon is a simple alarm clock app that starts your morning with the mouthwatering sound of Oscar Mayer bacon.