Apple sends users scrambling for OS X Yosemite

Apple today released the public beta of OS X Yosemite, giving non-developers their first chance to preview an upcoming Mac OS in 14 years.

By Gregg Keizer | 25 July, 2014 04:25

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

US Social Security Administration spent nearly $300M on IT project 'boondoggle,' lawmakers say

The U.S. Social Security Administration has spent nearly US$300 million on a software system for processing disability claims that still isn't finished and has delivered limited useful functionality, according to an independent report on the project.

By Chris Kanaracus | 25 July, 2014 03:52

Tags: application development, applications, U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, CIO role, it strategy, software, IT management, U.S. Social Security Administration, McKinsey

HP invests in Hortonworks' Hadoop

Hewlett-Packard is betting $50 million that its customers will find value in the Hadoop data processing platform, by investing in Hadoop distributor Hortonworks.

By Joab Jackson | 25 July, 2014 03:16

Tags: business issues, HortonWorks, software, investments, Hewlett-Packard

Malwarebytes questions poor showing in anti-malware protection-evaluation lab testing

Dennis Technology Labs (DTL), which tests anti-malware products for effectiveness in protection, for the first time included the free version of the Malwarebytes software in the labs' competitive evaluation along with nine other vendor products, both paid and free. The results published by DTL today reveal Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free had a poor showing, with only Microsoft Security Essentials doing worse in terms of effectiveness of protection.

By Ellen Messmer | 25 July, 2014 02:41

Tags: security, Microsoft, Avast, Malwarebytes, bitdefender, norton

EU hears Google, Microsoft, Yahoo on 'right to be forgotten'

Google, Microsoft and Yahoo are meeting with European data protection authorities Thursday to discuss how to implement a recent ruling that gives people the right to have personal information excluded from search results.

By Loek Essers | 25 July, 2014 01:46

Tags: Yahoo, Google, copyright, security, intellectual property, Microsoft, legal, privacy

Wearables will make first breakthrough in enterprise, panelists say

Fitbits and smart watches and Google Glass are all well and good, but the most meaningful early use of wearable technology will happen in industrial and enterprise settings, according to experts on a Wednesday panel discussion at the Wearable Tech Expo in New York.

By Jon Gold | 24 July, 2014 23:45

Tags: Google, Networking, wireless, Wearable technology

Europeans call for a single EU copyright to get more access to online services

Many European consumers are frustrated by frequently being denied access to online services outside of their home countries and are calling on the European Commission to implement a 'common copyright' in Europe. This pits them against publishers and broadcasters, who want enforcement of existing rules instead, a public consultation on EU digital copyright reform showed.

By Loek Essers | 24 July, 2014 23:35

Tags: european commission, copyright, regulation, intellectual property, legal, government launches Sales Reach for real-time selling and marketing is combining its Pardot marketing software, sales automation application and social communities platform into a new product called Sales Reach, which it says can help salespeople nurture leads and make deals in real time.

By Chris Kanaracus | 24 July, 2014 22:01

Tags: services, applications, enterprise resource planning,, Pardot, software, IT management

EBay faces class action suit over data breach

EBay faces a class action suit in a U.S. federal court over a security breach earlier this year.

By John Ribeiro | 24 July, 2014 16:58

Tags: security, legal, ebay

Sale of Mt. Gox-related halted after court order

The sale of the domain, affiliated with Mt. Gox CEO Mark Karpeles, has been halted after a U.S. court order, according to the auction house.

By Tim Hornyak | 24 July, 2014 13:05

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, Mt. Gox, internet

Qualcomm faces hurdles collecting royalties from China

China's anti-monopoly investigation of Qualcomm is starting to disrupt its licensing business and making it harder for the U.S. company to collect royalties from the country.

By Michael Kan | 24 July, 2014 12:55

Tags: regulation, intellectual property, qualcomm, legal, patent, Components, government, processors

Twitter employees mainly male and white, says it has 'lot of work to do'

Twitter disclosed the gender and ethnicity breakdown of its employees on Wednesday, less than a week after U.S. civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson called on the company to release its employee diversity information.

By John Ribeiro | 24 July, 2014 12:30

Tags: business issues, personnel, twitter

Facebook isn't giving up on search

Facebook reported Wednesday that it now handles an average of more than 1 billion searches a day, but it still has work to do to provide a comprehensive search tool.

By Zach Miners | 24 July, 2014 10:48

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, Google, social networking, internet, social media, mobile, Facebook, search engines

Facebook reports a big sales jump, helped by mobile ads

Facebook's quarterly sales rose 61 per cent on the strength of mobile advertising, the company said Wednesday.

By Zach Miners | 24 July, 2014 06:49

Tags: business issues, Internet-based applications and services, financial results, internet, mobile, Facebook

Microsoft verging on single OS across all devices

Microsoft seems on the brink of announcing a major enhancement to its operating system lines, namely merging them into a single OS that could bring big benefits for corporate users.

By Tim Greene | 24 July, 2014 06:10

Tags: consumer electronics, Microsoft, Windows, smartphones, software, operating systems, Windows Phone

Top 5 take-aways from Tim Cook on Apple's Q3 earnings call

During Apple's fiscal third quarter earnings call this week, CEO Tim Cook gave some hints about where the company is going and why.

By John Cox | 24 July, 2014 06:06

Tags: tim cook, business issues, Apple, iPhone, wireless, financial results, iPad

IBM aims to disrupt supercomputing market with Cloud enticements

IBM is offering a potentially powerful incentive in its attempts to entice organizations to move supercomputing jobs to the cloud: a high-speed network communications link called InfiniBand.

By Joab Jackson | 24 July, 2014 05:58

Tags: IBM, Managed Services, internet, cloud computing, Infrastructure services

Microsoft again writes off Surface inventory, renews profitability doubts

Microsoft again took a hit on its Surface business, the company acknowledged Tuesday.

By Gregg Keizer | 24 July, 2014 05:47

Tags: U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Microsoft, hardware systems, Windows, software, tablets, operating systems

Arrests made after international cyber-ring targets StubHub

Six people have been indicted on charges of running an international ring that resold tickets bought through compromised StubHub accounts for some of New York's biggest concerts and sporting events.

By Martyn Williams | 24 July, 2014 05:34

Tags: online safety, security, StubHub, Access control and authentication, legal, ebay, data breach, cybercrime, Criminal

Sprint to resell Google Apps for Business cloud service

Sprint announced a partnership with Google to offer the Google Apps for Business cloud service, adding that customers of the service won't be required to use Sprint's wireless network or Android devices.

By Matt Hamblen | 24 July, 2014 05:19

Tags: web apps, wireless carriers, Google, internet, cloud computing

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