Kik, a Messaging App, Raises Additional $19.5 Million

Kik, a popular mobile mesaging app. Kik, a popular mobile messaging app that also lets people share videos, drawings and voice messages, just got a little more gas in the tank for its race against rivals like WhatsApp, GroupMe, MessageMe and Facebook Messenger. On Monday, Kik, a Canadian company, announced that it had raised $19.5 million in a new round… Read more →

Germany fines Google for ‘unprecedented’ Street View Wi-Fi data breach

Germany’s privacy regulator has fined Google €145,000 ($189,000) after the search giant illegally collected private Wi-Fi network data, including usernames, passwords and website results. (Image: CNET) It amounts to a minor bluff for Google, but an overall win, as the fine represents about 0.002 percent of its total net profit in 2012. This is despite… Read more →

Germany fines Google for ‘unprecedented’ Street View Wi-Fi data breach

Germany’s privacy regulator has fined Google €145,000 ($189,000) after the search giant illegally collected private Wi-Fi network data, including usernames, passwords and website results. (Image: CNET) It amounts to a minor bluff for Google, but an overall win, as the fine represents about 0.002 percent of its total net profit in 2012. This is despite… Read more →

Have you taken an employee cloud services survey?

The various bloggers — and commenters — here on the ZDNet blog network debate often talk vigorously about the influence of the bring your own device (BYOD) movement. What they are really arguing about, mostly, are the applications and services being brought into organizations under the radar without the direct knowledge of the IT organization. You can… Read more →

Special Report: Innovative application of modern analytics techniques to presidential email

In honor of the Presidential Center dedication, ZDNet Government is proud to present Part 3 of our exclusive, 4-part in-depth special report on the George W. Bush Presidential Center and the 200 million email archive project. Hand-processing 200 million messages The problem will be analyzing all those email messages as part of the archiving process, especially if… Read more →

Security implications of public vs. private clouds

It never fails. People are fascinated by the cloud. Whether it’s my doctor trying to get a free consultation on making health care IT choices (while, at the same time charging me $150 to tap my knee with a hammer) or the local car dealer trying to optimize repair scheduling (while, at the same time,… Read more →

Anonymous calls for blackout against CISPA; a pity it won’t work

Credit: CNET The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) has passed the U.S. House and is winging its way to the Senate, but not without a fight. It was the dream of many that the controversial CISPA bill, having fallen before, would lie undisturbed in its grave after being uncerimoniously booted into the box… Read more →

Knowing Where to Focus the Wisdom of Crowds

The F.B.I. released this surveillance video showing two men wanted for questioning in connection the Boston Marathon bombings. 11:06 a.m. | Updated Added apology from Reddit. It looks as if the theory of the “wisdom of crowds” doesn’t apply to terrorist manhunts. Last week after the Boston Marathon bombings, the Internet quickly offered to help find the people responsible. In a scene metaphorically… Read more →

Daily Report: Tablets Bring Style to the Checkout Line

SEATTLE — The humble cash register, a device that seems sprung from the imagination of an accountant, has become the darling of designers, adding a dash of style to the most ordinary daily transactions, Nick Wingfield writes in The New York Times on Monday. With the advent of tablets, particularly the iPad, many stores have traded in their clunky cash… Read more →