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Facebook News Wire, MtGox to be Liquidated, Cybercrimes and Gambling Sites

    By Sara Turner - April 24, 2014 12:05 pm

Some news from the world of IT...

Extra! Extra! Facebook Launches Real-Time News Wire

NBC News - Twitter is the go-to social media spot for breaking news, but Facebook wants to change that with a new feature called FB Newswire.

Report: Some Retail Firms Still Don't Recognize Cyber Security Risks

Dark Reading - Nearly 10 percent of retail firms have not reported any cyber security exposure to the SEC since 2011, Willis Group says.

Career alert: A Master of analytics degree is the ticket -- if you can get into class

Computer World - As demand for data degrees rise, acceptance rates fall.

Three iPhone Cases with Secret Identities

Yahoo - If you're going to saddle yourself with the bulk and ugliness of an iPhone case, you may as well get some extra mileage out of it. Fortunately, the world teems with bizarre and wonderful double-duty cases.

Two Alleged Anonymous Hackers Arrested in Cambodia

eSecurity Planet - Both suspects are 21-year-old students at Phnom Penh's SETEC Institute.

Bitcoin Exchange MtGox to Start Liquidation Process

Security Week - Failed Bitcoin exchange MtGox, whose spectacular collapse hammered the digital currency's reputation, is to be liquidated after a Japanese court on Thursday ordered the start of bankruptcy proceedings, said a lawyer appointed to carry out the process.

Cisco, Microsoft, VMware, and other tech giants unite behind critical open-source projects

ZD Net - In the wake of the Heartbleed OpenSSL security disaster, The Linux Foundation has brought together both open-source supporters and companies better known for proprietary software to fund mission-critical open-source projects.

Facebook, Gmail, Skype face Russia ban under 'anti-terror' plan

CNet - The Russian parliament's latest play could see major Western technology firms banned unless they store data on Russian soil -- a move that would allow authorities to easily snoop on user data.

Ubuntu 14.04 review: Missing the boat on big changes

Ars Technica - While a new kernel should mean better performance, Canonical's UI troubles persist.

Leica Celebrates 100 Years With a Gorgeously Minimalist Shooter

Wired - Leica is celebrating its 100th birthday by launching an entirely new camera system. Born out of a design partnership with Audi, the unibody Leica T is an APS-C-sensored minimalistic masterpiece.

So long, net neutrality? FCC to propose new pay-for-preferential treatment rules

PCWorld - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will take public comments before moving forward with a new set of net neutrality rules that sparked controversy when they were leaked in a news report earlier Wednesday.

Security vendor blames Amazon for customer malware

CSO - Network security firm Bkav claims Amazon Web Services is responsible for data-stealing malware found in a company's cloud application.

10 Hadoop Hardware Leaders

InformationWeek - Hadoop is known for running on "industry standard hardware," but just what does that mean? We break down popular options and a few interesting niche choices.

A survey of 911 dispatchers reveals the horrible, human cost of bad technology

The Washington Post - A new report on wireless 911 calls was published by a coalition of first-responders known as Find Me 911. The group, which includes the U.S. First Responders Association and the American Academy of Emergency Medicine, surveyed some 1,000 public safety answering points (PSAPS) nationwide -- amounting to roughly 15 percent of all 911 call centers.

Were Apple's iPad sales really as bad as they looked?

Los Angeles Times - Apple investors were rejoicing this week after the company reported first-quarter earnings that were far better than expected, thanks to strong iPhone sales. Throw in an additional $30 billion that the company plans to spend on stock buybacks and dividends, and shareholders ended the day with big grins.

How cybercriminals profit from money laundering through gambling sites

Help Net Security - A new report by McAfee sheds light on the underground world of online gambling. It identifies the proliferation of online casinos, an industry set to grow nearly 30% over the next three years, and how their use is fueling cybercrime by making it easy to "cash in" on illegal activities.

Why Crowdfunding Is Set to Explode in Size Over the Next Few Years

NextGov - Peer-to-peer lenders may be in for boom times.

Microsoft confuses Windows 7 users with sudden release of KB 2952664

InfoWorld - With no fanfare or warning -- and scarce details from Microsoft -- a new 'important' update has appeared on fully patched Windows 7 machines.

Mobile Payment Adoption Faces Hurdles With Consumers

eWeek - More than half (56 percent) of mobile shoppers don't know near-field communication (NFC) is a contactless payment system used for mobile payments.

Tech Five: Apple, Facebook soar; Amazon, Microsoft up next

USA Today - Wall Street is in love with technology stocks Thursday morning, off quarterly results of three high-profile companies. And we could see even more activity after the bell.


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