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Two long-time Microsoft board members step down

Credit: Microsoft Microsoft is reconfiguring its board of directors. Two of its long-time board members, who’ve been there since 2003, are stepping down, Microsoft disclosed on September 19.  Bank of America Chief Financial Officer Charles Noski and BMW U.S. Operations Chief Helmut Panke are stepping down. GlaxoSmithKline CEO Emma Walmsley has been nominated to join the Microsoft board. If Walmsley… Read more →

Honesty needed to break ‘impasse’ over cops versus encrypted data

The “contentious debate” over when and how law enforcement agencies can lawfully access encrypted data has reached an “impasse”, according to a new paper by the Washington-based Encryption Working Group. 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 do, and how Australia ended up… Read more →

Google removes two Chrome ad blocker extensions caught ‘cookie stuffing’

Image: AdGuard Google has removed today two extensions from the Chrome Web Store. The two extensions were fully functional ad blockers, but they tried to deceive users by using the names of other more reputable ad blocker extensions. But besides using misleading names to hijack and deceive other extensions’ userbases, the two — “AdBlock” by “AdBlock, Inc” and “uBlock” by… Read more →

Western Digital sells Intelliflash business to big data storage supplier DDN

Western Digital on Thursday said it’s selling its IntelliFlash data center systems portfolio to DDN, a big data storage supplier. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.   The sale is part of Western Digital’s decision to exit the Storage Systems business all together, the company said. As part of that effort, it’s also exploring “strategic options” for its ActiveScale… Read more →

HP acquires Bromium, a startup behind its Sure Click security

HP said it will acquire Bromium, an end-point security startup that powers the PC and printer maker’s Sure Click system. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. Bromium is designed to use virtualization to isolate attacks in “micro-virtual machines.” HP launches HP Elite Dragonfly, a premium business laptop and Intel Project Athena poster child | HP names Lores CEO, reports solid Q3 HP… Read more →

Two arrested in $10 million tech support scheme that ‘preyed on the elderly’

New tech-support scam hijacks your phone to call bogus hotline Video: Targets both Apple and Microsoft users. On Wednesday, September 18, FBI agents arrested two suspects on charges of running a massive tech support scheme that made over $10 million in profit by defrauding more than 7,500 victims, most of which were elderly. The two suspects, named Romana Leyva and… Read more →

Social media site Tsu set to return

The weaponization of social media by ISIS Dr. PW Singer, author of LikeWar – The Weaponization of Social Media, tells Tonya Hall about ways that social media has been manipulated by ISIS. Social media platform Tsu, which paid its users for sharing original content, has been acquired by private equity real estate group Terracap Group and intellectual property services company… Read more →

Google, Amazon make sweeping renewable energy commitments

Clockwise from top left: Wind and solar projects that currently serve Google in Sweden; North Carolina; the Netherlands; Oklahoma; and Chile   Google on Thursday announced that it’s increasing its worldwide wind and solar energy portfolio by more than 40 percent to 5,500 megawatts (MW), the equivalent of the capacity of a million solar rooftops. The deal, Google boasted, is… Read more →

Two years later, hackers are still breaching local government payment portals

The holiday season has begun (for hackers too) Black Friday and Cyber Monday are big targets for cyber attackers – but they’ll also ramp up their efforts throughout December. Read more: Two years after hackers first started targeting local government payment portals, attacks are still going on, with eight cities having had their Click2Gov payment portals compromised in the… Read more →

Two Ethereum consultants charged with extorting a cryptocurrency startup

Ethereum: SEC weighs in on cryptocurrency debate The price of the cryptocurrency surged after the US watchdog weighed in on the debate. The US Department of Justice charged and arrested yesterday two executives of a cryptocurrency consultancy firm with extorting a Seattle-based cryptocurrency startup. The two execs stand accused of threatening to “hijack” the startup’s initial coin offering (ICO) unless… Read more →

It’s time to reinvent mapping for the physical future

How the world’s most accurate streetmap paves the way for 5G Highly detailed mapping could help with 5G rollout and autonomous car projects. We have 50 years of experience with digital maps, so you might think the mapping industry would have it all figured out. After all, after 50 years of AI, the software industry figured out how to put… Read more →

Microsoft plans to rearchitect Azure Stack by making it container-based

Credit: Microsoft I don’t think I’m the only one who has noticed that Microsoft officials have not said much about Azure Stack, its hybrid computing platform, this calendar year. I don’t believe this is because Microsoft is planning to phase out Azure Stack, given how often execs cite hybrid as one of the key assets Microsoft has in the cloud… Read more →