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White House sets 20% data center efficiency goal, but finds few takers

Without a carbon tax or anything that penalizes fossil fuel consumption, the federal government has little ability to influence how much energy a data center uses. But it is trying.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 02 October, 2014 07:53

Tags: white house, U.S. Department of Defense, Configuration / maintenance, hardware systems, Data Center

Verizon won't throttle unlimited LTE users after all

Verizon Wireless won't go ahead with a widely criticized plan to slow down the connections of heavy data users with unlimited LTE plans.

By Stephen Lawson | 02 October, 2014 07:43

Tags: Dan Mead, Carriers, telecommunication, Tom Wheeler, regulation, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, government, Verizon Communications

No break-up of NBN Co – yet: Turnbull

The government has indicated in its initial response to the third Vertigan panel report, which was released last night and includes an assessment of competition settings for the telco market, that it has no short-term plans to break up NBN Co.

By Rohan Pearce | 02 October, 2014 07:41

Tags: Malcolm Turnbull, Networking, national broadband network, National Broadband Network (NBN), nbn co, broadband

Report: LulzSec leader directed cyberattacks while working for FBI

The leader of the now-disbanded LulzSec hacking group directed members to attack targets in dozens of countries, including the U.K., Turkey, Brazil and Australia, even as he was serving as an FBI informant, according to a news report.

By Grant Gross | 02 October, 2014 07:12

Tags: Hector Xavier Monsegur, intrusion, security, legal, Lulzsec, Jeremy Hammond, fbi, cybercrime

Microsoft launches Windows 10 preview program

Microsoft has opened the door to its Windows Insider Program, letting adventurous customers download an early, unpolished preview of Windows 10.

By Gregg Keizer | 02 October, 2014 06:21

Tags: Microsoft Windows, software, Oracle

Google finding its rhythm with streaming music service

Reports are hitting that Google is just weeks away from launching a new streaming music service.

By Sharon Gaudin | 02 October, 2014 06:04

Tags: web apps, Internet-based applications and services, Google, Music and audio, internet

Intel developer kit focuses on IoT market

Intel has released a developer kit so that programmers can write and deploy JavaScript applications for "Internet of things" and sensor devices.

By Agam Shah | 02 October, 2014 06:03

Tags: Development tools, application development, software, intel

Facebook apologizes to LGBT community, clarifies names policy

Facebook has apologized to drag queens and the larger LGBT community in the wake of controversy over the site's names policy, clarifying that users don't have to use their legal name.

By Zach Miners | 02 October, 2014 05:54

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

Windows 8 user share nose-dives in September

A day after Microsoft shoved Windows 8 into the background with its introduction of Windows 10, an analytics firm reported that Windows 8's user share plummeted by its largest amount ever.

By Gregg Keizer | 02 October, 2014 05:42

Tags: net applications, Windows 8, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

Conservative group says 2.4 million opposed to net neutrality rules

More than 2.4 million people have signed letters calling on the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to stop its proposed "takeover" of the Internet in an effort by conservative activist group American Commitment to reframe the debate about the agency's proposed net neutrality rules.

By Grant Gross | 02 October, 2014 04:25

Tags: telecommunication, regulation, Phil Kerpen, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, internet, government, broadband, American Commitment, Internet service providers, Greg Walden

Xen Project discloses serious vulnerability that impacts virtualized servers

The Xen Project has revealed the details of a serious vulnerability in the Xen hypervisor that could put the security of many virtualized servers at risk.

By Lucian Constantin | 02 October, 2014 04:21

Tags: Amazon Web Services, patches, virtualization, Server Virtualization, security, patch management, Exploits / vulnerabilities, rackspace

FCC takes steps to make room for 'white spaces,' wireless microphones

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is taking steps to ensure that both current and emerging wireless devices don't get left out when it reorganizes the frequency bands now used for television.

By Stephen Lawson | 02 October, 2014 04:19

Tags: telecommunication, regulation, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, government

Expert: Basic hacks can compromise industrial control systems

Atlanta -- Sophisticated attacks like Stuxnet aren't necessary to compromise industrial control systems for dams, power plants, chemical plants and the like. Rather, simple phishing attacks followed up by using tools that are easily available through Metasploit will do the trick, security pros were told at a conference in Atlanta this week.

By Tim Greene | 02 October, 2014 04:18

Tags: Apple, SCADA, Shell, security, Windows, software, operating systems, Oracle

Activists push Facebook to abandon its real-names policy

Activists are meeting with Facebook officials Wednesday, challenging the company's real-names policy and other rules they say violate free-speech rights, sense of identity and safety.

By Zach Miners | 02 October, 2014 04:02

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

ARM builds an OS for the Internet of Things

Chip design company, ARM, is stepping outside its area of expertise to release a new operating system that could play a big role in building out the Internet of Things.

By James Niccolai | 02 October, 2014 03:58

Tags: Arm Holdings, Components, processors

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