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IBM, Dropbox, Facebook, Microsoft, FCC, etc.

    By Brian Warkoczeski - October 20, 2014 8:03 am

A look at IT news...

IBM spins off chip division to GlobalFoundries

USA Today - IBM announced a deal clearing chip maker GlobalFoundries to acquire the tech titan's microelectronics business, as the company continues its transition toward the enterprise market.

Dropbox used for convincing phishing attack

Computerworld - Dropbox was quick to remove the bogus login page, Symantec said.

How popular office software could threaten your online data's security

Washington Post - Hacking is less of a risk than using programs such as Oracle, where information can be exposed.

Facebook Is Hunting for Your Stolen Passwords

NBC News - Facebook is looking for your stolen passwords. On Friday, the social network announced that it built a system that will actively search sites for stolen credentials and then reference that data with its own records.

Google says latest search changes will 'visibly affect' piracy site rankings

The Guardian - Promises new crackdown on 'some of the most notorious sites' in effort to win over music and movie rightsholders.

Microsoft Changing Detection of Adware and Browser Modifiers

Threat Post - One of the not-so-great side effects of the transition to virtually everything being done in the Web browser now is that advertisers, attackers and scammers constantly are trying to get their code to run in users' browsers, any way they can.

FCC explores millimetre-wave radio for 5G mobile

ZDNET - As vendors begin exploring higher frequency bands for 5G, the US regulator has kicked off a proceeding to lay down the framework to license spectrum in those ranges.

Report: Cybercrime costs US $12.7M a year

Ars Technica - The cost of attacks on large companies is up by 10 percent.

FCC Chief Says He Agrees With Obama on Fast Lanes for Web

Bloomberg - Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said he agrees with U.S. President Barack Obama in opposing creation of so-called fast lanes for Web traffic as the agency rewrites open-Internet rules.

Six browser plug-ins that protect your privacy

Network World - Want to avoid ads and keep your Web wanderings private? One of these six browser apps could do the trick.

Building Cloud Computing Skills

Information Week - To succeed in the cloud computing era, IT pros need a wide array of skills. Cloud certifications are one way to acquire these skills, but you also must learn to think like a cloud architect.

China again blames US for disrupted cybersecurity talks

CSO - China claimed on Sunday the U.S. has derailed cybersecurity cooperation between the two countries and that it doesn't tolerate hacking.

HP to Shut Down WebOS Cloud Services in January

eWeek - HP is cutting ties with the wayward mobile OS, which now can be found in LG smart TVs and as an open-source project for the LuneOS group.

Obama Signs Executive Order to Bolster Federal Credit Card Security

CIO - Banks and retailers in the public sector are urged to follow suit.


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