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SpaceX Postponed, Global Internet Governance, TrueCrypt Audit

    By Sara Turner - April 15, 2014 10:55 am

Some news from the world of IT...

SpaceX Postpones Launch to Space Station Until Friday

NBC News - SpaceX scrubbed Monday's scheduled launch of a robotic Dragon cargo capsule to the International Space Station, due to a helium leak on the Falcon 9 rocket's first stage.

Active Directory Is Dead: 3 Reasons

Dark Reading - These days, Active Directory smells gangrenous to innovative companies born in the cloud and connecting customers, employees, and partners across devices at light speed.

Google issues patch for Android icon permissions attack

Computer World - FireEye found malware that could change other icons, sending victims to phishing sites.

The Strange and Successful Campaign to Make Taxes More Taxing

Yahoo - Filing your taxes online can look like the ultimate series of trick questions: First you fill in a government-mandated form with numbers the government already knows, then you go to somebody else's site to send those details to the government and either pay what you owe or collect a refund on your free loan of an overpayment.

Hacker Weev's Conviction Overturned

eSecurity Planet - Key to the court's decision was the question of whether Andrew Auernheimer should have been charged in New Jersey.

Phishers Target Vulnerable Shared Hosting Providers to Spread Attacks

Security Week - Phishers continued to target shared virtual servers as a means to propagate their attacks during the second half of 2013, according to the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG).

The world's first Internet governance plan: what do you want to know?

ZD Net - We will discuss Brazil's upcoming proposals for first global Internet bill of rights with the government and want your opinion on the subject.

Large-screen iPhone 6 panel allegedly revealed in leaked image

CNet - The image displays the front panel of a larger smartphone compared with the smaller iPhone 5S.

TrueCrypt audit finds "no evidence of backdoors" or malicious code

Ars Technica - Crypto prof: "Nothing terrible is in there, so that's reassuring."

Banish Game of Thrones Spoilers With This Chrome Extension

Wired - Is there a way to be on Twitter and Facebook and not get spoiled? Why yes there is! Silencer is a nifty little Chrome extension that will banish all spoilers to the grim cells of Harrenhal.

Netflix pays off Comcast, discovers that speeds magically improve

PCWorld - Netflix CEO Reed Hastings may complain about it publicly, but his company's decision to pay Comcast for better access to the Internet service provider's subscribers is paying off. The streaming video service says performance on Comcast's network has improved dramatically since it started cutting checks.

FTC warning unlikely to stop Facebook from changing WhatsApp privacy policies

CSO - Despite pressure from the Federal Trade Commission, Facebook is unlikely to leave WhatsApp's stricter privacy policies intact, once government regulators approve the $19 billion acquisition, privacy experts say.

Google Glass Tested For Air Force Jumps

InformationWeek - Air Force pilot tests Google's wearable technology for pararescue jumpers and other battlefield operations.

Americans report a big jump in personal data theft

The Washington Post - Feel like you've been getting a lot more of those data breach notices in your inbox this year? You're not alone.

Google buys drone maker Titan Aerospace; Facebook had shown interest

Los Angeles Times - Google has acquired New Mexico-based drone maker Titan Aerospace, the company said on Monday.

Heartbleed Saga Escalates With Real Attacks, Stolen Private Keys

Threat Post - Heartbleed went from a dangerous Internet-wide vulnerability over the weekend to one with real exploits, real victims and real problems for private SSL server keys.

Growing concerns over data privacy

Help Net Security - Almost nine in ten (88%) US consumers are at least "a little" concerned about the privacy of their personal data, according to GfK. One in three consumers also reports being directly impacted by misuse of personal data within the past year.

Tech Unemployment Falls to 2.7 Percent

NextGov - Unemployment for technology professionals fell significantly in the first quarter of 2014, in large part thanks to the growth in fields like technology consulting, according to a new analysis by

Too big to trust? Google's growing credibility gap

InfoWorld - The new Google is not the old Google, and people are starting to take notice.

Will Open-Source Money Prevent the Next Heartbleed?

eWeek - The OpenSSL Software Foundation is now asking for money to help fund its efforts. Will it make a difference or is a different model needed?

Google Glass available to American public on Tuesday

USA Today - Have your eye on Google Glass? You can purchase a pair during a one-day sale.


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