Police breaks up cybergang that stole over $15 million from banks

Romanian authorities have detained 25 people who are suspected of being members of an international gang of cyberthieves who hacked into banks, cloned payment cards and used them to steal over US$15 million.

By Lucian Constantin | 27 April, 2015 21:33

Tags: Romanian Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism, security, data breach, legal, U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York, cybercrime, kaspersky lab, fraud

The Upload: Your tech news briefing for Monday, April 27

Tech is a fragile lifeline in Nepal...Microsoft-Nokia deal not showing a win one year in...Apple results expected to be strong on iPhone...and more tech news.

By IDG News Service staff | 27 April, 2015 21:16

Tags: Apple, Microsoft, VeriFone, Nokia, qualcomm, mobile, government, internet

Alibaba looks to rural China to popularize its mobile OS

E-commerce giant Alibaba Group hasn't given up on its mobile OS, and is taking the software to China's rural markets through a series of low-cost phones.

By Michael Kan | 27 April, 2015 21:05

Tags: consumer electronics, Alibaba Group, Mobile OSes, smartphones, mobile

A year later, Microsoft's Nokia deal isn't a clear winner

It was a marriage of convenience for two industry giants whose past successes weren't helping them win in the red-hot smartphone market. One year later, it's hard to say that Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia's device business has produced the results its backers envisioned.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 27 April, 2015 20:24

Tags: consumer electronics, Microsoft, smartphones, Nokia, Mobile OSes, mobile, Windows Phone

Capgemini to expand in North America with $4B acquisition of iGate

French IT services company Capgemini is to acquire iGate in the U.S. for US$4.0 billion, in a bid to expand its presence in the North American market.

By John Ribeiro | 27 April, 2015 17:29

Tags: business issues, services, outsourcing, iGate, Mergers and acquisitions, Capgemini eyes payment space with acquisition

Freelancer will acquire for US$7.5 million, the ASX-listed skills marketplace said today.

By Rohan Pearce | 27 April, 2015 16:12

Tags: Payments, escrow, Freelancer, crowdsourcing,

Nepal communications hit by power outage, last-mile issues

Phone and Internet communications have been hit in Nepal's capital city of Kathmandu after a devastating earthquake, forcing aid workers at times to ask people to go across with messages.

By John Ribeiro | 27 April, 2015 15:40

Tags: oxfam, Google, internet, International Red Cross, Facebook

M2 CEO: Acquiring iiNet would 'bring two great businesses together'

The potential acquisition of iiNet would be an "opportunity to bring two great businesses together," the CEO of M2, Geoff Horth, said this morning.

By Rohan Pearce | 27 April, 2015 12:29

Tags: M2 Telecommunications Group, m2 telecommunications, M2, TPG, iiNet

M2 competes with TPG to buy iiNet

M2 this morning confirmed that it is seeking to acquire iiNet. The move puts the telco in direct competition with TPG to acquire the ISP.

By Rohan Pearce | 27 April, 2015 10:33

Tags: M2 Telecommunications Group, m2 telecommunications, M2, TPG, iiNet

Security appliances: Australian UTM market growth to continue

With a 15.4 per cent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) forecast over the next 5 years, the Australian security appliances market is recording its best growth ever.

By Lydie Virollet, IDC | 27 April, 2015 08:00

Tags: IDC, Unified Threat Management, security, Security Appliance, security appliances

Free Windows 10 is not an upgrade ... it's marketing

Windows 10 is not a free upgrade, Microsoft said last week. It's a "marketing and promotional activity."

By Gregg Keizer | 27 April, 2015 07:10

Tags: U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Windows, Windows 10, software, operating systems

Everest avalanche kills privacy-focused Google engineer, Dan Fredinburg

Dan Fredinburg, an engineer who worked on many of Google's most exciting projects during his 8 years with the company, died over the weekend in an avalanche on Mount Everest triggered by Nepal's devastating earthquake.

By Bob Brown | 26 April, 2015 23:47

Tags: Instagram, Google, LinkedIn, careers, twitter, IT management

Internet steady in Nepal after earthquake but last-mile connectivity an issue

The Internet is playing an important role in communications in Nepal after a devastating earthquake, as phone links were choked by the large number of people trying to connect.

By John Ribeiro | 26 April, 2015 01:50

Tags: Dyn, akamai, internet

Surface books third straight quarter in the black

Microsoft has reported the third-consecutive quarter of gross profit for its Surface tablet line, with revenue up 44 per cent compared to the same period the year before.

By Gregg Keizer | 25 April, 2015 22:18

Tags: U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Microsoft, computerworld, hardware systems, tablets

Starbucks hit by major computer failure

Starbucks suffered what appears to be a major computer system failure late Friday.

By Zach Miners | 25 April, 2015 10:08

Tags: starbucks, business issues, Internet-based applications and services, services, retail, industry verticals, internet

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