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FBI concludes North Korea 'responsible' for Sony hack

North Korea was responsible for the devastating cyberattack on Sony Pictures, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation said Friday after a two-week investigation.

By Martyn Williams | 20 December, 2014 04:01

Tags: Criminal, security, legal, data breach, Sony Pictures, cybercrime

Microsoft helps boost Android, iOS app performance with offline access

Microsoft wants to help Android, iOS and Windows apps run offline as well as online, offering a way to improve app responsiveness and functionality when network coverage is bad or non-existent.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 19 December, 2014 23:23

Tags: application development, Microsoft, development platforms, software, internet, cloud computing, mobile, mobile applications, Development tools

Microsoft files suit against alleged tech support scammers

Microsoft is finally cracking down on scammers who offer to fix non-existent computer problems for hundreds of dollars. In a first strike, Microsoft sued several U.S. companies it said are involved in fake tech support scams.

By Loek Essers | 19 December, 2014 23:02

Tags: intellectual property, Microsoft, legal, Civil lawsuits, Windows, software, operating systems

Critical vulnerability in Git clients puts developers at risk

A critical vulnerability in client software used to interact with Git, a distributed revision control system for managing source code repositories, allows attackers to execute rogue commands on computers used by developers.

By Lucian Constantin | 19 December, 2014 21:40

Tags: patches, intrusion, GitHub, security, Exploits / vulnerabilities

Think North Korea hacked Sony? Think about this

North Korea or not? There's still a lot we don't know about the attack on Sony Pictures and those behind it.

By Martyn Williams | 19 December, 2014 11:47

Tags: Criminal, security, legal, data breach, Sony Pictures, cybercrime

Uber temporarily suspends service in Portland

Uber is suspending its service in Portland, Oregon, for the next three months while city regulators there work to reframe local laws around taxis and car hailing apps.

By Zach Miners | 19 December, 2014 11:01

Tags: mobile applications, Uber, Internet-based applications and services, internet, social media, mobile

Hybrid cloud adoption set for a big boost in 2015

Spurred in large part by enterprise interest in the hybrid cloud, the overall cloud market is likely to see great growth in the coming year.

By Sharon Gaudin | 19 December, 2014 07:59

Tags: IDC, internet, cloud computing

Messaging app Line buys Microsoft's MixRadio music-streaming app

Line, the messaging app from Japan, has acquired MixRadio, the free music-streaming service Microsoft gained through its Nokia acquisition, the companies announced Thursday.

By Zach Miners | 19 December, 2014 06:23

Tags: instant messaging, Internet-based applications and services, Microsoft, Music and audio, MixRadio, internet, social media, mobile, mobile applications, Line

Amazon Web Services updates console to simplify management

As enterprises have increased the number of systems they run on Amazon Web Service's cloud, keeping track of it all has become more difficult. But the company is now trying to rectify that with the help of better tagging.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 19 December, 2014 04:21

Tags: Amazon Web Services, software, internet, cloud computing, system management

Uber driver in Boston area faces rape charges

An Uber driver in the Boston area is facing rape and other charges for allegedly beating and sexually assaulting a passenger earlier this month.

By Grant Gross | 19 December, 2014 04:20

Tags: Cambridge Police Department, Internet-based applications and services, Alejandro Done, Marian Ryan, Robert Haas, Kaitlin Durkosh, legal, internet, Uber, Criminal, Middlesex County District Attorney's Office

Sony hit with second employee lawsuit over hack

Sony Pictures has been hit by a second lawsuit alleging it didn't do enough to safeguard the personal information of employees that was lost in a major hack in late November.

By Martyn Williams | 19 December, 2014 03:49

Tags: Criminal, security, legal, data breach, Sony Pictures, cybercrime

Microsoft nixes EU browser ballot screen

Microsoft has pulled the plug on the browser ballot screen it was forced to display in the aftermath of a threat by the European Union's antitrust agency five years ago.

By Gregg Keizer | 19 December, 2014 02:48

Tags: choice, Google, european union, Microsoft, opera software, Web servers, software, Firefox, web browsers, Apple

U.S.-Cuba breakthrough is no slam dunk for Internet

The Obama administration's historic move to restore ties between the U.S. and Cuba may eventually put more Cubans online, but the future of the Internet there is likely to depend more on domestic policies than on imported goods and services.

By Stephen Lawson | 19 December, 2014 01:57

Tags: Telegeography, regulation, legal, internet, government, Dyn Research

Developers get real numbers on JavaScript library usage

Open source developers interested in gauging usage of JavaScript libraries across the Web now can find out via Libscore, an online service being launched this week.

By Paul Krill | 19 December, 2014 01:45

Tags: Languages and standards, Libscore, application development, GitHub, software, javascript

Judge: No Steve Jobs for you

A federal judge Wednesday ruled that a two-hour video deposition recorded by former Apple CEO Steve Jobs will not be released to the press and public.

By Gregg Keizer | 19 December, 2014 01:31

Tags: cnn, Apple, Technology Law & Regulation, legal, beca, Bloomberg

Amazon promises one-hour delivery in Manhattan, more locations on the way

With Prime Now, Amazon's customers will be able to have toys and books shipped to their door in one hour or less via a new mobile app. Perfect when you have forgotten that important birthday present.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 19 December, 2014 01:02

Tags: e-commerce, amazon.com, internet

U.S. on Sony breach: North Korea did it

U.S. officials now believe North Korea is behind the attack that took down Sony Pictures Entertainment's computer network and posted contents on the Internet, but the government hasn't decided whether to formally accuse the country of carrying out the hack, according to The New York Times.

By Tim Greene | 19 December, 2014 00:41

Tags: new york times, The New York Times, security, legal, Sony Hack, sony, north korea, cybercrime

Microsoft kills EU browser choice screen

Microsoft has retired the browser choice screen it agreed to show new Windows users in the European Union as part of an antitrust settlement.

By Loek Essers | 18 December, 2014 23:29

Tags: antitrust, Google, applications, european commission, Microsoft, opera software, browsers, legal, software, internet

MYOB's engineers speed innovation with microservices

There is a revolution going on in the software engineering world, according to MYOB's CTO, Simon Raik-Allen: The shift away from building monolithic applications to microservices.

By Rohan Pearce | 18 December, 2014 12:26

Tags: software development, MYOB, SOA, service-oriented architecture

Sony cancels 'The Interview' release after threats following cyberattack

Sony Pictures on Wednesday canceled the Dec. 25 release of its controversial comedy, "The Interview," after theater chains decided not to play the film following terrorist threats after a cyber attack.

By Zach Miners | 18 December, 2014 10:57

Tags: Criminal, security, legal, data breach, data protection, Sony Pictures, cybercrime, privacy

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