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New documents reveal FBI paid Geek Squad repair staff as informants

(Image: file photo) The relationship between the FBI and employees of Best Buy’s computer and device repair unit Geek Squad is more complex than first thought, according to newly released documents. Records posted Tuesday by the Electronic Frontier Foundation following a freedom of information lawsuit filed last year reveal that federal agents would pay Geek Squad managers who pass on… Read more →

Debian, Kali Linux distributions now available in the Microsoft Store

Microsoft promised months ago that Windows 10 users would be able to install and run multiple Linux distributions side-by-side on the Windows Subsystem for Linux. Over the past few days, Microsoft has been making good on that commitment. At its Build 2017 conference last year, Microsoft officials said they planned to add support for more Linux distributions and make them… Read more →

WeWork acquires SEO marketing business Conductor

WeWork announced Tuesday that it’s acquiring the SEO marketing business Conductor. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. While a marketing business may not seem like an obvious acquisition target for the workspace sharing company, Conductor should give WeWork a stronger connection to enterprise clients. “Together, we can help large companies expand their digital presence and deliver customer value… Read more →

Microsoft tweaks Windows 10 privacy settings in Insider test

Members of the Windows Insider program who download and install the latest Windows 10 preview build today will find themselves participating in an A-B test involving the operating system’s privacy settings. must read Windows 10 privacy guide: How to take control In this guide, Ed Bott shows you which privacy settings help you create the right balance of privacy and… Read more →

Microsoft Surface Pro with LTE Advanced: Is built-in mobile networking worth the price?

The Surface Pro with LTE Advanced is indistinguishable from its non-LTE sibling unless you look behind the kickstand. The newest member of Microsoft’s Surface family is, technically, an incremental upgrade. From a hardware perspective, the Surface Pro with LTE Advanced is almost indistinguishable from its non-LTE sibling, the Surface Pro (2017), which in turn is remarkably similar to the 2015-vintage… Read more →

Nike website flaw exposed sensitive server data

(Image: CNET/CBS Interactive) A previously undisclosed flaw in Nike’s website allowed anyone with a few lines of code to read server data like passwords, which could have provided greater access to the company’s private systems. An 18-year-old researcher Corben Leo discovered the flaw late last year and contacted Nike through the company’s dedicated email address for reporting security flaws, which… Read more →

Microsoft targets university students with new Azure for Students plan

Microsoft is looking to bring more users into the Azure fold by targeting university students with a new plan. Credit: Microsoft Cloud TV How business leaders are embracing cloud services The cloud is disrupting traditional operating models for IT departments and entire organizations. Read More Last week, Microsoft introduced a new Azure for Students offering. This complements the existing Azure… Read more → The importance of linking data and people

Video: Big data from mobile devices could be used to stop the spread of disease special feature IoT: The Security Challenge The Internet of Things is creating serious new security risks. We examine the possibilities and the dangers. Read More Getting is not very easy. That’s because seems to be working on the intersection of a number of… Read more →

CommerceHub sells to private equity firms for $1.1 billion

CommerceHub, an e-commerce inventory management and supply chain systems provider, has been acquired by private equity firms GTCR and Sycamore in a deal worth $1.1 billion. The hefty price tag comes shortly after CommerceHub reported fourth quarter financial results that fell well below Wall Street estimates. Nevertheless, the company held onto its share price after announcing that it recently landed… Read more →

Cloudera, MapR, AtScale announce new releases at Strata

Video: Spark: The big data tool du jour is getting automation Read this Cloudera aims to bring real-time queries to Hadoop, big data Cloudera’s Impala open source project is now a public beta. The company also launches a real-time query services as its second subscription offering. Read More This is a big week in the analytics world as both Gartner’s… Read more →

For hardcore makers, an at-home CNC plasma cutter

Industrial processes are becoming more and more accessible to hobbyists and engineering renegades, those unaffiliated with research institutions or patent-churning corporations. Case in point, as of this week you can buy an automated plasma cutter for your garage for less than a grand. Computer Numerical Control cutters–more commonly called CNC machines–are a staple in parts manufacturing. A torch is a… Read more →

Jiu-jitsu and tech startups: How this world champ applies what he learned on the mat

Video: Japan extending startup visas to lure tech talent Camil Moldoveanu is a four-time world champion in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and one of Eastern Europe’s most promising tech entrepreneurs. He thinks competition in business and competition in sport are not so different. “As Mike Tyson put it, ‘Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth’,” he tells ZDNet…. Read more →