Some news from the world of IT...
Web giants demand limits on government surveillance
- Eight Web giants have joined hands to start a public campaign for new limits on how governments collect user information amid concerns of growing online surveillance.
Microsoft Teams With Law Enforcement, Disrupts ZeroAccess Botnet
- Microsoft, FBI, and Europol say they have disrupted ZeroAccess, a botnet that infected more than 2 million machines.
10 old-school IT principles that still rule
- These graybeard IT tenets still reign -- when applied in their modernized guise.
Food-tech startups aim to replace eggs and chicken
- The startup is housed in a garage-like space in San Francisco's tech-heavy South of Market neighborhood, but it isn't like most of its neighbors that develop software, websites and mobile-phone apps. Its mission is to find plant replacements for eggs.
'Hour of Code' STEM push drags us into reality
- The point of schooling is to prepare children to function in the workplace, so why are governments ignoring the key trends that will shape our students' futures?
Old school vs. new school as academic publishers brawl over Web
- A startup hip to the ways of the Web and a publishing rival from pre-Net days are trying to teach each other a lesson. It's a tussle involving research papers and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
How can I keep API keys out of source control?
- If you want to use a free source control service, there are still a few options.
A Hyper-Stylish Gadget That Slays Energy Vampires
- The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that $3 billion a year is lost to "vampire devices" or "phantom load," which are essentially spooky ways of describing a PlayStation that stays plugged in, slowly drawing power. Bodnar and Lee resolved to solve this problem and developed a new power-management gadget called Powerslayer.
In-flight entertainment: Which airline offers the best?
- TV shows and movies are emerging as the best medicine for easing the pain of midflight misery.
Export controls place cybersecurity on par with military weaponry
- U.S. comes to agreement with other Western governments to place controls on surveillance, hacking software, cryptography.
Are You A Mobile Blocker Or Enabler?
- When working remotely, viewing content is great, but teams also need to change documents, share updates, and kick off downstream tasks. Access-only mode doesn't cut it anymore.
Here's why volatility isn't a big problem for Bitcoin
- Bitcoin investors have had a wild ride over the last week. On Wednesday, the cryptocurrency was trading near $1,200. Then, over the next couple of days, the currency plunged, falling below $600 early Saturday morning. Then the currency rallied, rising to around $900 as this article was posted.
McAfee, Symantec adapt to changing cybersecurity landscape
- Silicon Valley has rediscovered cybersecurity. The last time it was this focused on the field was in the 1990s. Two giants emerged from that generation: McAfee and Symantec.
13 Anonymous hackers plead guilty to PayPal DDoS attack
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- Thirteen defendants pleaded guilty in federal court in San Jose on Friday to charges related to their involvement in the cyber-attack of PayPal's website as part of the group Anonymous.
Congress Grills TSA on Chinese-Made Luggage Scanner Parts
- A House committee is pressing the Transportation Security Administration for answers on allegations that a vendor has supplied about 250 baggage screening systems containing Chinese-manufactured parts that could facilitate espionage or sabotage.
A clear-eyed guide to Android's actual security risks
- A knee-jerk no to Android in business is unnecessary, and an overly fearful security approach is actually risky.
Risk IT Spending to Top $87 Billion by 2017: IDC
- The report also noted risk management and regulatory compliance would not be a safe-haven from the demand for operational efficiency.
International Space Station set to turn 15
- The U.S. Unity node and the Russian Zarya module opened for the first time Dec. 10, 1998.