Time for all Windows users to FREAK out over encryption bug

Microsoft on Thursday confirmed that Windows was vulnerable to FREAK attacks, and researchers changed their tune, saying Internet Explorer (IE) users were at risk.

By Gregg Keizer | 06 March, 2015 23:46

Tags: Apple, Malware & Vulnerabilities, antispam, Google, Microsoft, security

The Upload: Your tech news briefing for Friday, March 6

Bill to rein in data brokers restarts... Government funds China companies in global push...TurboTax users victimized... and more tech news.

By IDG News Service staff | 06 March, 2015 23:16

Tags:, Software Freedom Conservancy, Google, security, Intuit, government, internet, VMware

SAP to cut 2,200 jobs, plans to recreate them in other parts of the company

SAP will cut over 2,200 jobs this year in activities where it sees no future, but plans to create others around cloud services and its HANA in-memory database offering, where it sees more potential.

By Loek Essers | 06 March, 2015 22:30

Tags: business issues, personnel, SAP, restructuring

Fujitsu tech can track heavily blurred people in security videos

Fujitsu has developed image-processing technology that can be used to track people in security camera footage, even when the images are heavily blurred to protect their privacy.

By Tim Hornyak | 06 March, 2015 20:28

Tags: Fujitsu Laboratories, security, Fujitsu

Amazon opens store on Alibaba to sell imported goods in China

To reach more Chinese consumers, has opened an imported goods store on an Alibaba Group site.

By Michael Kan | 06 March, 2015 19:01

Tags: amazon, e-commerce, Alibaba Group, internet

Federal government's Drupal-based Web platform goes live

The gates to the federal government's cloud-hosted content-management system, govCMS, have been thrown open.

By Rohan Pearce | 06 March, 2015 16:54

Tags: open source, GovCMS, drupal, government

In brief: Government boosts cloud services panel

The government has added five suppliers to its cloud services procurement panel.

By Rohan Pearce | 06 March, 2015 16:17

Tags: cloud providers, Cloud, cloud computing, government, Government procurement

Vodafone looks at how to give customers their metadata

Vodafone has indicated it is looking at the feasibility of giving customers the ability to access the kind of metadata that telcos will be forced to keep under the government's data retention regime.

By Rohan Pearce | 06 March, 2015 15:20

Tags: Vodafone, metadata, data retention, privacy, Telstra, data retention plan

Exchange problem slows Telstra mobile data speeds

Half of Telstra mobile customers living across New South Wales suffered slow data speeds this morning due to a problem at one of the telco’s exchanges.

By Adam Bender | 06 March, 2015 13:46

Tags: 4g, 3g, network problems, wireless, mobile, 2G, network issues, Telstra, outage

ISIS supporters operated at least 46,000 Twitter accounts, study finds

Supporters of the Islamic extremist group known as ISIS operated at least 46,000 Twitter accounts at the end of last year, a new study says, underscoring the challenge facing social networks as they become powerful tools for propaganda and recruitment.

By Zach Miners | 06 March, 2015 13:18

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

VMware sued for alleged GPL licence infractions

A Linux kernel developer is suing VMware in Germany, alleging the company has not complied with copyright terms for using open-source software.

By Jeremy Kirk | 06 March, 2015 11:35

Tags: open source, Civil lawsuits, legal, The Software Freedom Conservancy, software, VMware

Telstra to allow customers to access their own metadata

Australia's largest telco will allow its customers to access the 'metadata' they generate. Telstra said this morning that its customers will get the same access to their personal data that law enforcement organisations could request from the telco.

By Rohan Pearce | 06 March, 2015 11:09

Tags: data retention, metadata, Telstra, data retention plan, privacy

NZ Greens complain over government spying

The Greens in New Zealand have complained to the nation's Inspector General of Intelligence and Security after allegations a key security agency was undertaking mass surveillance of New Zealanders travelling in the Pacific.

By AAP | 06 March, 2015 10:05

Tags: civil liberties, Edward Snowden, privacy

Self-driving car technology could end up in robots

The development of self-driving cars could spur advancements in robotics and cause other ripple effects, potentially benefitting society in a variety of ways.

By Fred O'Connor | 06 March, 2015 09:55

Tags: Google, Automotive, industry verticals, McKinsey

Airbnb offers a query tool for unlocking massive data sets

Airbnb has open-sourced a tool that allows its non-technical employees to work like data scientists, and it hopes others will use the software to more effectively mine their own data

By Joab Jackson | 06 March, 2015 09:39

Tags: Development tools, application development, Airbnb, software

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