Some news from the world of IT...
Yahoo to Stop User Access of Services With Facebook, Google IDs
- Yahoo Inc will stop letting consumers access its various online services, including Fantasy Sports and photo-sharing site Flickr, by signing-in with their Facebook Inc or Google Inc credentials.
Messaging App Wickr Secures $9M+ From World's Leading VCs, Entrepreneurs, Hackers And Feds
- Wickr is an encrypted, self-destructing messaging app, serving more than 1 million messages each day.
Ballmer regrets not aping Apple sooner
- 'We didn't put the hardware and software together soon enough,' says former CEO in his first public appearance since retiring last month.
The Future Is Here to Nag You: The Rise of the Nanny Gadget
- Are you brushing your teeth properly? Are you eating too fast? Are you slouching?
Inside the U.S Department of Homeland Security's Network
- Head of National Cybersecurity Protection System explains where DHS is making investments to defend the U.S federal government's network.
A Strategic Sea-Change in Protecting the Security of Private Data
- Balancing data privacy and data security is a long-standing information security challenge. Historically, companies have focused their response efforts on establishing strong perimeter and endpoint controls; data was considered at risk from external actors, and protected by encryption, DLP, and network controls, but often left open to insiders without respect to role and need to see the information.
Microsoft Security Essentials to nag Windows XP users
- The next version of Security Essentials will include prominent warnings that Windows XP is not a safe operating system.
NASA's real 'Gravity' photos
- To celebrate the best visual effects Oscar for "Gravity," NASA put up a gallery of photographs that could easily have been inspiration for the hit film.
Critical crypto bug leaves Linux, hundreds of apps open to eavesdropping
- This GnuTLS bug is worse than the big Apple "goto fail" bug patched last week.
Roku Challenges Google's Chromecast With Tiny New TV Streamer
- The Roku set-top box is one of our favorite streamers. Now it's shrinking down and moving to the back of your TV.
Group hug: The future of Microsoft Office is shared and social
- Microsoft Office doesn't want you to be alone. Productivity should be a shared experience, apparently, and now the vaunted Office suite wants to integrate your social circles into all your spreadsheets, Word docs, and presentation decks.
Attack campaign compromises 300,000 home routers, alters DNS settings
- Attackers have used a variety of techniques to exploit known vulnerabilities in router models from different manufacturers.
Cryptocat Wins Apple Approval
- NSA surveillance and other worldwide events drive interest in secure messaging, and iOS users now have a new option.
The 3D printing revolution might be Lego's biggest test ever
The Washington Post
- If you had a lucky childhood, tucked away in a corner of your closet was a gigantic collection of loose Legos. It was the culmination of dozens of kits and construction sets, collected over the years and dumped into a single bin. Paw through the bits and pieces long enough, and you could create anything: Spaceships. Submarines. Medieval castles. Western ranches.
BlackBerry's John Chen, Google's Eric Schmidt to speak in Santa Monica
- Top tech executives, including BlackBerry Chief Executive John Chen and Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt are in town this week for a two-day technology and media conference.
GnuTLS Certificate Verification Flaw Exposes Linux Distros, Apps to Attack
- GnuTLS, an open source SSL and TLS implementation used in hundreds of software packages including Red Hat desktop and server products and all Debian and Ubuntu Linux distributions, is the latest crypto package to improperly verify digital certificates as authentic. The vulnerability, discovered and reported yesterday by engineers at Red Hat, puts any site or application dependent on GnuTLS at risk for exploit.
Scammers turn to Facebook for targeting
Help Net Security
- Scammers are increasingly taking advantage of Facebook targeting tools and user trust to push cheap pharmaceuticals, designer replicas and other products in a trend reminiscent of traditional spam, according to Bitdefender.
VA Seeks 5 Percent Boost in IT Funding
- The Veterans Affairs Department requested an information technology budget of $3.9 billion in 2015, an increase of $200 million or just over 5 percent from $3.7 billion enacted in 2014.
Microsoft-backed F# language surges in popularity
- The functional programming language, ranked 69th a year ago, threatens to crash the top 10 in Tiobe's rankings.
IBM: 8 Questions With the Company's New Big Data Honcho
- IBM's Bob Picciano, head of IBM's new Big Data and Analytics business unit, gives eWEEK a deep dive into where IBM is going with its big data strategy.
Edward Snowden to speak at SXSW
- The former National Security Agency contractor who lifted the veil on U.S. surveillance practices will speak at next week's SXSW Interactive Festival.