Microsoft exec opens up about Research lab closure, layoffs

It's been a bit over a month since Microsoft shuttered its Microsoft Research lab in Silicon Valley as part of the company's broader restructuring that will include 18,000 layoffs. This week, Harry Shum, Microsoft EVP of Technology & Research, posted what he termed an "open letter to the academic research community" on the company's research blog.

By Bob Brown | 24 October, 2014 06:16

Tags: research, Microsoft, education, industry verticals

Facebook and Yahoo prevent use of recycled email addresses to hijack accounts

Facebook and Yahoo have developed a mechanism to prevent the owners of recycled email addresses from hijacking accounts that were registered on other sites using those addresses in the past.

By Lucian Constantin | 24 October, 2014 06:04

Tags: Yahoo, online safety, security, Microsoft, Access control and authentication, Identity fraud / theft, Facebook, privacy

Facebook hopes to get people talking -- using whatever name -- with Rooms app

Facebook is going old-school, with a stand-alone app for discussion boards aimed at letting users talk about shared interests without having to use their real names.

By Zach Miners | 24 October, 2014 05:48

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

Google teams with Oxford on artificial intelligence

Google, the search company that's investing heavily in robotics, is teaming with Oxford University researchers to work on artificial intelligence.

By Sharon Gaudin | 24 October, 2014 05:11

Tags: popular science, Oxford, Google, emerging technology

Amazon Web Services opens German location to ease privacy concerns

In a move to help extinguish European and especially German privacy concerns, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has opened a location in Frankfurt.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 24 October, 2014 04:15

Tags: Amazon Web Services, internet, cloud computing

Amazon launches German cloud region in nod to privacy concerns

Amazon Web Services launched a new region of its cloud in Germany Thursday, in part to serve customers who want to keep data within their country's borders.

By Brandon Butler | 24 October, 2014 03:59

Tags: Amazon Cloud, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, internet, cloud computing

German publishers capitulate and let Google post news snippets -- for now

German publishers said they are bowing to Google's market power, and will allow the search engine powerhouse to show news snippets in search results free of charge, at least for the time being.

By Loek Essers | 24 October, 2014 01:57

Tags: Google, copyright, intellectual property, VG Media, legal

Abandoned subdomains pose security risk for businesses

Many companies set up subdomains for use with external services, but then forget to disable them when they stop using those services, creating a loophole for attackers to exploit.

By Lucian Constantin | 24 October, 2014 00:57

Tags: online safety, GitHub, security, Access control and authentication, Exploits / vulnerabilities, heroku, Detectify

Australian ISP stands up to filmmakers hunting pirates

The producer of Oscar-winning film "Dallas Buyers Club" has taken its hunt for pirates of the film to Australia, after filing a barrage of antipiracy lawsuits in the U.S. But at least one Australian Internet service provider is pushing back out of concern that the movie producer aims to intimidate its customers into paying excessive damages.

By Loek Essers | 23 October, 2014 21:47

Tags: copyright, intellectual property, legal, Dallas Buyers Club, iiNet

8 big trends in big data analytics

Bill Loconzolo, vice president of data engineering at Intuit, jumped into a data lake with both feet. Dean Abbott, chief data scientist at Smarter Remarketer, made a beeline for the cloud. The leading edge of big data and analytics, which includes data lakes for holding vast stores of data in its native format and, of course, cloud computing, is a moving target, both say. And while the technology options are far from mature, waiting simply isn't an option.

By Robert L. Mitchell | 23 October, 2014 21:43

Tags: applications, computerworld, Intuit, big data, software, data mining

What Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg said in Mandarin that so impressed the Chinese

Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg stunned many Chinese on Thursday, not with a new Facebook feature, but because he spoke and answered questions in Mandarin for almost half an hour.

By Michael Kan | 23 October, 2014 18:45

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, regulation, social networking, internet, government, Facebook

Microsoft to discontinue free Xbox Music streaming

Microsoft is withdrawing free streaming on Xbox Music from Dec. 1, citing the need to focus on its music purchase and subscription service.

By John Ribeiro | 23 October, 2014 16:28

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, Microsoft, Music and audio, internet

Twitter weaves Fabric, but will developers be drawn in?

To identity Twitter solely as a micro-blogging service could be to do it a disservice. The company wants to be much more to developers building mobile apps, and at its Flight conference on Wednesday it welcomed them in.

By Zach Miners | 23 October, 2014 11:27

Tags: analytics, Internet-based applications and services, twitter, social networking, internet, social media

Debian community splits over systemd, but fork still unlikely

The latest chapter in the ongoing furor over the software known as systemd threatens to split the Debian community, after a splinter group stated that it would create a fork of the well-known Linux distribution if systemd is included in an upcoming release.

By Jon Gold | 23 October, 2014 08:09

Tags: Linux, software, Open Source Subnet, slack, operating systems, emc, ubuntu

Government regulation on cloud security may spur SaaS use in health care

Governments may need to tighten the regulatory screws on SaaS vendors to make them be more transparent and forthcoming about their security practices.

By Fred O'Connor | 23 October, 2014 07:54

Tags: security, health care, internet, industry verticals, cloud computing, Verizon Communications

Progress builds up developer chops with Telerik buy

In a move to muscle up in the app dev space, platform services provider Progress Software is in the process of acquiring development software vendor Telerik for US$262.5 million.

By Joab Jackson | 23 October, 2014 07:53

Tags: Development tools, business issues, application development, software, Progress Software, Mergers and acquisitions

Monumental day for Wikipedia in Poland

WIkimedians -- those people who contribute to the free Wikipedia website -- were recognized for their selfless work on Wednesday in Slubice, Poland with the unveiling of a monument.

By Bob Brown | 23 October, 2014 07:39

Tags: education, industry verticals, wikipedia

Microsoft misses Windows bug, hackers slip past patch

Microsoft patched one bug in Windows last week, but missed another that hackers continue to exploit, according to security researchers at McAfee.

By Gregg Keizer | 23 October, 2014 07:39

Tags: Malware & Vulnerabilities, antispam, mcafee, security, Microsoft

IBM and Microsoft pledge to make their Clouds compatible

Although fierce rivals in the market for Cloud computing services, IBM and Microsoft have pledged to make their technologies interoperable in the Cloud for the sake of their users.

By Joab Jackson | 23 October, 2014 07:28

Tags: Microsoft, IBM, internet, cloud computing, Infrastructure services

Google to build Play-like hardware store for Project Ara

Drawing inspiration from its Play Store, Google will create a hardware store in which users can buy and sell Lego-like hardware modules for the customizable Project Ara smartphone.

By Agam Shah | 23 October, 2014 07:18

Tags: Google, consumer electronics, smartphones, Components

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