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Former Mozilla exec: Google has sabotaged Firefox for years

A former high-ranking Mozilla executive has accused Google of intentionally and systematically sabotaging Firefox over the past decade in order to boost Chrome’s adoption. He is not the first Firefox team member to come forward and make such accusations in the past eight months; however, his allegations span far beyond current events and accuse Google of carrying out a coordinated… Read more →

Remove yourself from the internet, hide your identity, and erase your online presence

Basic tips to erase your digital footprint online Here is a step-by-step guide to reducing your digital footprint online, whether you want to lock down data or vanish entirely. Read more: https://zd.net/2NGJkP0 There is now a very thin line, easily broken, which separates our physical and digital identities. Social networks have evolved from the days of MySpace to valuable, data-slurping… Read more →

Microsoft to release its own wireless earbuds: Report

Credit: Surface Buds mockup via Thurrott.com After delivering noise-cancelling Surface-branded headphones last year, Microsoft may be working on more audio devices. According to a new report on Thurrott.com on April 15, Microsoft is readying its own wireless earbuds, which potentially could be branded as “Surface Buds.” In 2017, Microsoft applied for a patent for smart earbuds, which the US Patent… Read more →

Samsung Galaxy Fold’s biggest competition will be microeconomics

Samsung aims to popularize the foldable screen, but what will we do with it? Samsung has teased the future of smartphones “unfolding,” but while the technology is interesting it’s unclear whether the company can give us real use cases that’ll make us want to part with our cash. Samsung’s Galaxy Fold will be available April 26 and the first look… Read more →

A hacker has dumped nearly one billion user records over the past two months

A hacker who spoke with ZDNet in February about wanting to put up for sale the data of over one billion users is getting dangerously close to his goal after releasing another 65.5 million records last week and reaching a grand total of 932 million records overall. The hacker’s name is Gnosticplayers, and he’s responsible for the hacks of 44… Read more →

The questions CIOs need to ask about their firm’s cloud application exposure

How you can help your business prepare for the future of the cloud CIOs might be used to relying on the cloud but they shouldn’t take the evolution of on-demand IT for granted – and here’s why.  In my tech market forecasts, I am starting to see the intersection of two worrisome trends: Software subscription fees for multitenant SaaS or… Read more →

NAB ’19: the twilight of local storage

NAB Show used to be focussed on broadcasting – National Association of Broadcasters – but now is much broader, covering all manner of audio and video content creation and distribution. Video production is neccessarily storage intensive, so NAB was one of the must-see storage shows. That’s less so these days, but there’s still a signifcant storage presence wrapped up in… Read more →

Brazil’s Itaú rolls out facial biometrics to tackle auto loan fraud

Brazilian bank Itaú Unibanco will roll out facial biometrics to fend off fraud in auto loan processes and improve customer experience. As well as avoiding scams, the tool being introduced this month across over 10,000 locations is aimed at ensuring a smooth process when it comes to approving and releasing credit for customers who want to buy new and used… Read more →

Google Cloud Next postmortem: Thomas Kurian wants the right people

Google Cloud Platform becomes more enterprise friendly The biggest takeaway from the Google Cloud Next conference is that the company is packaging its services up in ways that’ll be more appealing to enterprises. The big trick for Google though will be adding enough account managers to service big businesses. Read more: https://zd.net/2FXuRYU Last week’s Google NEXT conference could be dubbed… Read more →

Facebook ships Oculus controllers with the message: Big Brother is Watching

Who needs the Dark Web when there’s Facebook? 74 groups caught selling hacked data Researchers at Cisco Talos uncover 74 Facebook groups being used for illicit activity by hundreds of thousands of users. Read more: https://zd.net/2FWAerh Facebook’s virtual reality (VR) arm Oculus has admitted to an amusing — and ironic — mistake in which virtual reality headsets are going to… Read more →

Pregnancy club fined £400,000 for illegally sharing data of over 14 million people

Data breach leaves hundreds of POS units infected with malware Nearly 140 bars, restaurants, and coffee shops all over the US have had POS systems infected with malware. Pregnancy club Bounty UK Limited has been fined £400,000 for illegally sharing and selling information belonging to 14 million individuals without their explicit consent. The fine was imposed by the UK’s data… Read more →