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Etsy is raising seller fees to spend more on marketing, customer support

Etsy broke the news to sellers on Thursday that it plans to increase the per-sale transaction fee from 3.5 percent to 5 percent. The fee hike is the first-ever by Etsy and will take effect July 16. The Brooklyn-based crafts vendor said the new fee structure will allow Etsy to invest in marketing strategies that attract more buyers, improve customer… Read more →

Latest Windows 10 ‘Redstone 5′ test build adds autoplay-blocking option

Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 “Redstone 5″ test build adds a new autoplay-blocking option to Edge. Windows 10 Build 17692, which Microsoft released to Fast Ring and Skip Ahead testers on June 14, includes that option along with other Edge browser updates and a handful of other new features. The ability to block autoplay videos can be found under “Advanced Settings.”… Read more →

Microsoft declares Windows 10 April 2018 Update ready for businesses

Windows 10 upgrade: Survey finds half of users experience problems Just two-and-a-half months after the commencement of the rollout of the Windows 10 April 2018 Update (aka, “Redstone 4″), Microsoft is declaring it ready for businesses and “fully available” for all supported devices. In a June 14 blog post, Microsoft officials said the April 2018 Update (also known as version… Read more →

Equifax names former IBM Watson exec as new CTO

Equifax said Thursday that it has appointed Bryson Koehler as its new chief technology officer. The move comes as Equifax works to overhaul its security systems and cope with the ongoing fallout related to its 2017 data breach. Koehler joins Equifax from IBM, where he served as CTO of Watson and Cloud Platform. Prior to that role he worked as… Read more →

Google makes G Suite’s App Maker generally available

Google on Thursday is bringing App Maker, its developer tool for G Suite, into general availability. App Maker is a low-code environment developers can use to build custom business apps. It launched in beta in late 2016. As it moves into GA, App Maker is also getting a couple of updates: First, G Suite administrators will have visibility over these… Read more →

Open source "Gandiva" project wants to unblock analytics

The key to efficient data processing is handling rows of data in batches, rather than one row at a time. Older, file-oriented databases utilized the latter method, to their detriment. When SQL relational databases came on the scene, they provided a query grammar that was set-based, declarative and much more efficient. That was an improvement that’s stuck with us. But… Read more →

LuckyMouse threat group strikes national data center to exploit government websites

File Photo Chinese-speaking threat actors have launched a campaign against a national data center in a bid to compromise government resources. On Wednesday, researchers from Kaspersky Labs said that the campaign was detected back in March, but is believed to have been active since fall 2017. In a blog post, the team said the ongoing attack is the work of… Read more →

Get the Amazfit Stratos GPS sports watch for $161

ZDNet’s Business Bargain Hunter scours the web for great deals on computers, phones, services and much more. Prices and availability are accurate at the time deals are shared. Some products and services may not be available outside the U.S. Follow BBH on Facebook and Twitter, where he’s known as The Cheapskate. Plus: You’ll find more Cheapskate deals on CNET. Image:… Read more →

RFID tags transformed to become detectors of chemicals and disease

File Photo RFID tags are being explored as possible low-cost sensors which could monitor and improve human health. Radio-frequency identification tags (RFID) are simple, electronic labels outfitted with a tiny chip and antenna. These labels are used to track and monitor everything from payments to products in a supply chain, but it is hoped that their use can go far… Read more →

​Another day, another Intel CPU security hole: Lazy State

Once upon a time, when we worried about security, we worried about our software. These days, it’s our hardware, our CPUs, with problems like Meltdown and Spectre, which are out to get us. The latest Intel revelation, Lazy FP state restore, can theoretically pull data from your programs, including encryption software, from your computer regardless of your operating system. Like… Read more →