A mid-week peek at IT news...
7 Habits Of Highly Secure Database Administrators
- Most organizations could still stand for improvement in database security best practices, according to IOUG survey.
One in four cloud providers will be gone by 2015
- Acquisitions will be the leading cause of cloud vendor reduction, says Gartner.
EU court upholds Microsoft's Skype acquisition; rejects Cisco's challenge
- Despite legal bids by Cisco to scupper the deal, a top EU court has approved the merger. But the video conferencing giant can still appeal the ruling.
Google eyes password-free authentication in Chrome OS
- If a Chromebook is near trusted hardware like a phone or watch, an app could wake up the machine. Easier screen unlocking could encourage people to lock them in the first place.
Apple blocks bitcoin payments on secure messaging app Gliph
- Apple asks Gliph to remove the ability to send bitcoin despite allowing other ecommerce including PayPal and Square.
Expedia Founder Barton Nears Tech Trifecta With Glassdoor
- A well-known fact about Silicon Valley is that the vast majority of technology startups fail. Rich Barton never got the memo.
Symantec walks away from managed firewall and endpoint services
- Symantec has downsized their Managed Security Services portfolio, ending support for the managed firewall and managed endpoint offerings.
Dell's New Campus Network Gear
- Dell has rolled out new switches and wireless LAN gear for the enterprise campus.
Security tactics might have helped in foreign ministry hacks
- Network segmentation may have helped Chinese intruders breach machines at various European ministries.
NSA uses Google cookies to pinpoint users to hack
- How the NSA piggybacks onto the tracking behaviors of commercial companies to enable exploitation and surveillance.
Be Careful With Coin
New York Times
- Coin, a device that will hold the information from all your credit cards, sounds like just the device you need. But buyers need to closely read the fine print.
LACMA announces Art + Technology Lab, with support from Google, SpaceX
Los Angeles Times
- The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has announced the Art + Technology Lab, which will provide grants and lab space to artists who want to experiment with new technologies.
6 Tips To Secure Webcams, Stop Keyloggers
If the FBI can activate webcams silently and record keystrokes, so can attackers. Here's how to defend yourself.
Swiss Set Sights on Becoming World's Data Vault
- It looks like the ideal location for a James Bond thriller: a massive underground bunker in a secret location in the Swiss Alps used for keeping data safe from prying eyes.
The worst IT project disasters of 2013
- The Healthcare.gov rollout leads a pack of painful projects.
JPMorgan patents Bitcoin-like payment system
- JPMorgan Chase has patented a digital payment system that could rival Bitcoin.