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Smartphone Makers Pressed to Address Growing Theft Problem

Bebeto Matthews/Associated Press George Gascón, San Francisco’s district attorney, center, along with Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman of New York, second from right, at a press conference Thursday to announce the formation of the Secure Our Smartphones initiative. Seeking to curb a nationwide increase in smartphone thefts, New York’s attorney general and San Francisco’s district attorney on Thursday announced an… Read more →

Today’s Scuttlebot: Planetary Destruction Survivors, and Rubber-Band Faces

Here are some of the more interesting items that the tech reporters and editors of The New York Times found on the Web recently. More Scuttlebot can be found here. Distorted Portraits Using Rubber |  Not very flattering portraits of people wrapped in rubber bands. Actually, these photos are rather disturbing. — Nick Bilton Characters Who Survived Their Planets’… Read more →

Red Hat bets its cloud future on OpenStack

The big news coming out of Red Hat‘s annual conference, Red Hat Summit, isn’t so much about Linux as it is about the company’s growing commitment to OpenStack cloud technology. Red Hat will always want to be your Linux company, but now it also wants to be your OpenStack company. After 20-years Red Hat will… Read more →

PayPal declares ‘death to the cash register’

PayPal has officially launched its six-month competitive switchout program that encourages small businesses to trade in their old cash registers in exchange for tablet-based point of sale (POS) solutions. Under the Cash for Registers program, PayPal is waiving the transaction fees for up to $20,000 worth of transactions per month from July 9, 2013, through… Read more →

Don’t Forget the Branch Office

Over the years, I have been involved with several global deployments of new technologies. The single common element I can identify among them is a stark disconnect between the field requirements perceived by corporate headquarters and how the territories themselves see their priorities. The topic of this blog is just one additional example of a… Read more →

Microsoft to Open Mini-Stores Inside Best Buy

It isn’t hard to find a place to buy a Windows computer. What’s missing, apparently, is the right kind of place. To correct that, Microsoft and Best Buy announced a plan on Thursday to create 600 Windows stores within existing Best Buy retail locations in the United States and Canada. The Windows stores, at 1,500 to 2,200 square feet, will… Read more →

Secret Surveillance Court May Reveal Some Secrets

The secret court that adjudicates national security-related information requests lifted the veil on its operations a tiny bit on Wednesday, ruling that portions of one of its earlier opinions could be disclosed to the public. The ruling came in a case by the San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation. It had pressed the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to allow one of… Read more →

New life for enterprise service buses in the cloud

Just a couple of weeks ago, I was speaking with an IT manager of a Fortune 1,000 company who said his company’s multiple cloud arrangements (one provider for infrastructure, another for platform, others for applications) were integrated and talking to one another via an enterprise service bus (ESB).  Photo credit: Joe McKendrick This suggests there… Read more →

Okta adds identity management services for partners, customers

Okta is beefing up how many and — maybe more importantly — which identities it ensures it can protect for enterprise customers. The San Francisco-headquartered identity management service is adding tools for setting up and managing online identities for partners, clients, and customers of a given organization. Targeting potential external scenarios and even threats, the… Read more →