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Using Instagram on public Wi-Fi poses risk of an account hijack, researcher says

A configuration problem in Facebook's popular Instagram application for Apple devices could allow a hacker to hijack a person's account if they're both on the same public Wi-Fi network.

By Jeremy Kirk | 29 July, 2014 15:47

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, Instagram, security, internet, Exploits / vulnerabilities, Facebook

Consumer group decries government's anti-piracy plans

Consumer advocacy group Choice has criticised anti-piracy proposals contained in a leaked government discussion paper as likely to be ineffective and failing to deal with the root causes of unauthorised downloading of content.

By Rohan Pearce | 29 July, 2014 14:43

Tags: George Brandis, choice, copyright, iiNet, piracy

Testbed will help clouds and networks shake hands

A network testbed being constructed just south of San Francisco will help carriers and vendors develop standards for better cloud services, the CloudEthernet Forum says.

By Stephen Lawson | 29 July, 2014 11:13

Tags: Networking, Tata Communications, internet, CloudEthernet Forum, cloud computing

Facebook to require Messenger app for mobile chat

If you like to send messages via Facebook when you're on the move, get ready to download a new app.

By Zach Miners | 29 July, 2014 10:29

Tags: instant messaging, Internet-based applications and services, social networking, internet, social media, mobile, Facebook

Mozilla knocks off 'interim' label, names Chris Beard CEO

Mozilla today ditched the "interim" label for Chris Beard and appointed him CEO.

By Gregg Keizer | 29 July, 2014 06:25

Tags: Firefox, CIO role, IT Leadership, internet, IT management

Google's next frontier: What it means to be healthy

Google has launched a new project, dubbed the Baseline Study, that seeks to develop a greater understanding of what it means to be healthy.

By Sharon Gaudin | 29 July, 2014 05:58

Tags: Google, Emerging Technologies, hardware systems, healthcare IT, Stanford University

Yosemite's traffic share triples after public beta debuts

The preview of Apple's OS X Yosemite public beta last week resulted in a tripling of the upgrade's share of online traffic.

By Gregg Keizer | 29 July, 2014 05:52

Tags: Apple, Mac OS, Mac OS X, software, operating systems

Hortonworks, Pivotal team to better manage Hadoop

In the hot market for big-data products and services, sometimes even competitors must work together for the common good.

By Joab Jackson | 29 July, 2014 05:48

Tags: HortonWorks, applications, Pivotal, software, data mining

Defending Facebook, OkCupid says it also runs user-behavior tests

Facebook sparked criticism over a study in which it manipulated the feeds of some of its users, but the dating site OkCupid says what Facebook did is normal, and that in fact it has run its own user-behavior tests.

By Zach Miners | 29 July, 2014 05:41

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, social networking, internet, social media, OKCupid, Facebook

Is Bring Your Own Identity a security risk or advantage?

The "Bring Your Own Identity" (BYOID) trend in which websites let users authenticate using identities established through Facebook, LinkedIn, Google, Amazon, Microsoft Live, Yahoo or other means raises some questions in the minds of IT and business managers. And a survey conducted by Ponemon Institute shows a vast difference in how the IT and business sides think about this so-called BYOID method of authentication.

By Ellen Messmer | 29 July, 2014 04:51

Tags: Yahoo, Google, security, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Ponemon Institute, three, Facebook, network security

Rimini Street keeps growing despite specter of Oracle lawsuit

Rimini Street is continuing to rapidly grow revenue for its third-party software support business despite its ongoing litigation with Oracle.

By Chris Kanaracus | 29 July, 2014 04:29

Tags: business issues, legal, Civil lawsuits, SAP, financial results, software, TomorrowNow, Rimini Street, Oracle, services

Chinese regulators target Microsoft for office visits

Officials today from the China government appeared at four Microsoft offices, but the purpose of the visits was unclear.

By Gregg Keizer | 29 July, 2014 03:07

Tags: National Security Agency, Microsoft, legal, Windows, nsa, software, operating systems

Consumer Office 365 tops a half-billion dollars in annual revenue run-rate

Microsoft's Office 365 "rent-not-buy" subscription service is at an annual revenue run-rate of more than half a billion dollars.

By Gregg Keizer | 29 July, 2014 02:25

Tags: web apps, applications, Microsoft, software

Chinese users tire of older social networking sites

Social networking sites in China that are modeled on Facebook are having a hard time holding on to users, with customers like Beijing resident Shi Yunfeng, drifting away to newer services.

By Michael Kan | 28 July, 2014 22:57

Tags: Renren, instant messaging, Internet-based applications and services, Sina, Tencent, social networking, internet, social media, Facebook

Workarounds to purge search bar from Firefox's new tab page are available

Firefox users who don't like the changes to the browser's new tab page have multiple options.

By Gregg Keizer | 28 July, 2014 22:54

Tags: web apps, Firefox, Google, e-commerce, internet, e-business

Layoffs cool Microsoft employees' opinion of CEO Satya Nadella

The percentage of Microsoft current and former employees who approve of CEO Satya Nadella has dropped since the company announced layoffs.

By Gregg Keizer | 28 July, 2014 20:15

Tags: Microsoft, Nokia, CIO role, Windows, Glassdoor, IT Leadership, software, operating systems, IT management

Melbourne recruitment firm fined $11k for Office 2007 piracy

BSA | The Software Alliance has settled a software copyright breach case out of court with a Melbourne-based recruitment firm that used unlicensed copies of Office 2007 Enterprise.

By Computerworld Staff | 28 July, 2014 12:14

Tags: Clayton Noble, Office 2007, software piracy, Business Software Alliance (BSA)

Blow up your website and start over

Design is not just how your product looks, it’s how it works and fits together. That’s a mantra espoused by everyone from Steve Jobs to Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes. And it’s true.

By Jonathan Lui, co-founder and COO, Airtasker | 28 July, 2014 12:00

Tags: mobility, web development, ecommerce, web developers

Apple will 'set the world on fire' with iPhone 6 sales

Look for Apple to "set the world on fire" later this year with huge sales of the next iPhone.

By Gregg Keizer | 27 July, 2014 05:15

Tags: Gartner, Apple, consumer electronics, ios, smartphones, software, operating systems

Phone unlocking bill clears US House, next step is president's signature

A bill that allows consumers to unlock their cellphones for use on other carriers passed its last hurdle in Congress on Friday, opening the way for it to become law once it is signed by President Barack Obama.

By Martyn Williams | 26 July, 2014 05:49

Tags: Carriers, consumer electronics, telecommunication, U.S. House of Representatives, legal, smartphones

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