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Google to charge phone vendors for its Android apps in Europe

After receiving a record-breaking €4.34 billion fine in the EU for violating anti-trust laws, Google has announced today changes to Android’s licensing model for the EU zone. The company plans to charge a fee to all Android phone makers that want to include free versions of its Google apps with the default versions of the Android OS they are shipping… Read more →

Pretty low level, pretty big deal: Apache Kafka and Confluent Open Source go mainstream

Apache Kafka, the open-source distributed messaging system, has steadily carved a foothold as the de facto real-time standard for brokering messages in scale-out environments. And if you think you have seen this opener before, it’s because you have. Also: Pulsar graduates to being an Apache top-level project Besides being fellow ZDNet’s Tony Baer opener for his piece commenting on Kafka… Read more →

Collective Bias launches technology for selecting better influencers

Artificial intelligence is driving more and more opportunities for brands to use data mining to run the most efficient marketing campaigns with the right people. Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Influencer marketing agency, Collective Bias, an Inmar company, launched PrescriptiveIQ in January 2018. Anyone who has redeemed a coupon, filled a prescription, or returned a product, has touched Inmar. It has access to… Read more →

Arm unveils Neoverse, new brand for evolving internet infrastructure

Arm on Tuesday unveiled Neoverse, a new brand of technology designed to power infrastructure from the data center to the edge. An accompanying product roadmap aims to achieve 30 percent annual system performance gains on leading-edge process nodes. Neoverse should address a range of use cases, according to Drew Henry, SVP and GM of Arm’s Infrastructure Line of Business, including… Read more →

Zero-days, fileless attacks are now the most dangerous threats to the enterprise

Zero-day vulnerabilities and fileless attacks are now deemed the most dangerous threats to the enterprise. According to a study conducted by the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by Barkly, called the “2018 State of Endpoint Security Risk report,” nearly two-thirds of enterprise players have been compromised in the past 12 months by attacks which originated at endpoints, which the organization says… Read more →

It’s MongoDB’s turn to change its open source license

The old maxim that the nice thing about standards is that there are so many to choose from could well apply to open source licensing. While now nearing a couple years old, the last WhiteSource Software survey of the top 10 open source licenses found close competition between the GPL, MIT, and Apache licenses. While the commercial-friendly Apache license has… Read more →

Epson reported to Texas AG for bricking third-party ink cartridges

he Electronic Frontier Foundation has sent a letter to the Texas Attorney General’s Office to inform state official about Epson’s practice of bricking third-party printer ink cartridges via code hidden in printer firmware updates. EFF experts are urging Texas officials to look into the practice and how this violates consumer protection laws. The practice itself is not new, and Epson… Read more →

Lyft launches $299 a month subscription plan, transportation as a service arrives

Tech and the future of transportation: From here to there Transportation is about to get a technology-driven reboot. The details are still taking shape, but future transport systems will certainly be connected, data-driven and highly automated. Read More Get ready for transportation as a service. Lyft is launching its All-Access Plan, a $299 a month subscription for 30 rides up… Read more →

Line lists cryptocurrency on Bitbox exchange

Line has listed digital token Link on its cryptocurrency exchange Bitbox, making it available for trade via three digital tokens: Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Tether. The Tokyo-based messaging platform described the launch as a milestone in its efforts to build its token economy whilst boosting Link’s footprint in the marketplace. Read this Why Singapore doesn’t need Bitcoin The island will get… Read more →

Czech intelligence service shuts down Hezbollah hacking operation

The Czech Security Intelligence Service (BIS) has intervened and taken down servers that have been used by Hezbollah operatives to target and infect users around the globe with mobile malware. “I can not comment on the details, but I can confirm that BIS has played a significant role in identifying and uncovering the hackers’ system,” said Michal Koudelka, BIS Director…. Read more →