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Microsoft and Samsung step up their partnership ahead of next week’s Unpacked event

Credit: Samsung After a rocky beginning, Samsung and Microsoft have been engaged in a cautious relationship dance for the past several years. I’m hearing the pair recently updated their partnership agreement, which ultimately could result in Samsung selling some of its phones pre-installed with Microsoft Android apps, including Your Phone for connecting phones to Windows 10 PCs.  Also: Here are… Read more →

Microsoft and Samsung step up their partnership ahead of next week’s Unpacked event

Credit: Samsung After a rocky beginning, Samsung and Microsoft have been engaged in a cautious relationship dance for the past several years. I’m hearing the pair recently updated their partnership agreement, which ultimately could result in Samsung selling some of its phones pre-installed with Microsoft Android apps, including Your Phone for connecting phones to Windows 10 PCs.  Also: Here are… Read more →

Suspected state-sponsored hacking group tried to break into US utilities

Cheap and years old: Creaky malware is still proving popular with crooks Given a choice between free or state-of-the-art, cybercriminals know which they prefer. A suspected nation state-sponsored hacking group attempted to infiltrate US utility firms in July, researchers say.  On Thursday, Proofpoint researchers Michael Raggi and Dennis Schwarz said that between July 19 and July 25, spear-phishing emails were… Read more →

Poshmark clothing marketplace says hacker stole customer details

Poshmark, an online marketplace where North American users can buy and sell new or used clothes, shoes, and accessories, disclosed a data breach yesterday, on August 1. The company said that an unauthorized party gained access to its servers from where it stole information such as usernames, hashed passwords, first and last names, gender information, and city of residence. The… Read more →

iPhone, iPad, and Mac buyer’s guide: August 2019 edition

Let’s take a tour around an Apple Store and look at what you should and shouldn’t buy this month. Must read: iPhone 11: Specs, pricing, rumors, release date, more Avoid: iPhone XS, XS Max, XR Why you should avoid: Bottom line, we’re a few weeks away from new hardware landing, so if you’ve held out this far, you might as well… Read more →

Australian government, spooks, and industry all on different cyber pages

Michael Pezzullo, the powerful and ambitious Secretary of the Department of Home Affairs (DHA), wants vast new domestic powers for the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD). But reportedly they’re not powers the ASD has asked for. Free PDF Australia’s encryption laws: An insider’s guide Australia now has world-first encryption laws. This guide explains what the laws can do, what they cannot… Read more →

New Windows malware sets up proxies on your PC to relay malicious traffic

First of its kind: Malware Godlua abuses new DoH protocol to hide its trace Godlua, a Linux DDoS bot, is the first-ever malware strain seen abusing new DoH (DNS over HTTPS) protocol. A new malware strain targeting Windows systems is rearing its ugly head. Named SystemBC, this malware installs a proxy on infected computers. The bad news is that SystemBC… Read more →

Pentagon puts $10B JEDI cloud contract on hold

The Pentagon on Thursday said it’s pressing pause on the $10 billion cloud computing contract known as JEDI. Defense Secretary Mark Esper’s decision to further review program follows complaints from President Trump about the contracting process. “Secretary Esper is committed to ensuring our warfighters have the best capabilities, including Artificial Intelligence, to remain the most lethal force in the world,… Read more →

GoDaddy names Expedia alum as CEO

GoDaddy said Aman Bhutani, who used to be president of Brand Expedia Group, will be its new CEO as current chief Scott Wagner steps down for health reasons. Bhutani will take over on Sept. 4. Bhutani at Brand Expedia Group oversaw travel brands Expedia, Travelocity and Orbitz. He had been CTO and senior vice president of engineering before that. GoDaddy… Read more →

NetApp cuts outlook for fiscal Q1, fiscal 2020

Special Feature Special Report: Managing the Multicloud (free PDF) This ebook, based on the latest ZDNet / TechRepublic special feature, examines how to play multiple cloud providers off each other and what vendors and tools can help you manage multiple clouds. Read More NetApp said its revenue will fall short of expectations in its fiscal first quarter and the company… Read more →

DoorDash to acquire Caviar, Square’s food ordering platform, for $410M

Square published its second quarter financial results on Thursday, beating earnings estimates. The San Francisco-based payments company also announced that DoorDash has agreed to acquire Caviar, Square’s food ordering platform, for $410 million in a mix of cash and DoorDash preferred stock.  “This transaction allows us to increase our focus on and investment in our two large, growing ecosystems—one for… Read more →

Breach alert in South Korea after 1m card details were put up for sale online

Volume of South Korean-issued records added to the dark web Image: Gemini Advisory Authorities and companies in South Korea should be scrambling by now to track down a major card breach after the details of more than one million payment cards have been put up for sale online over the past two months. Details for 890,000 and 230,000 payment cards… Read more →