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  • News: FAQ: Behind the Carrier IQ rookit controversy

    The recent disclosure that top mobile phone providers are using software from Carrier IQ that critics say can gather and track all sorts of personal data from a user's smartphone has sparked a firestorm of controversy.

  • News: 6 Hot IT Jobs That Will Pay Well in 2012

    Despite ominous predictions about how cloud computing will eviscerate IT departments, 2012 is shaping up to be a great year for IT careers. Cloud computing is in fact creating new roles for IT professionals, while the proliferation of smartphones and tablets has ignited demand for software developers. The IT job market, which experienced a strong rebound in 2011 after the recession, is expected to burn even brighter in 2012, despite global economic challenges, according to IT staffing industry executives.

  • News: Thailand floods spur rush to SSDs

    According to DRAMeXchange, the flooding in Thailand that has left the storage industry with a dearth of hard drives has also caused a temporary rush on solid-state drives

  • News: FAQ: An update on the Illinois water district non-hack

    As it turns out, reports that Russian hackers broke into the Curran-Gardner Water District network in Illinois with usernames and passwords stolen from a consultant to the district and then accessed its control system to burn out a pump, are not true.

  • News: Top search queries, Facebook posts shine light on 2011

    As the end of the year approaches, a look at what people searched for and shared online can start painting a picture of what most interested people during 2011.

  • News: Feds report tech job losses in Mass. between '01 and '09

    A snapshot of high-tech development in Massachusetts by the federal government found that tech employment in the state declined 15% between 2001 and 2009. Tech salaries, however, rose about 30%.

  • News: Apple: iOS 5 marked end of our Carrier IQ support

    Apple Thursday issued a statement that it stopped supporting a controversial Carrier IQ software that is intended to collect smartphone performance data for carriers, but allegedly collects detailed personal information.

  • News: Sen. Al Franken 'demands' answers on Carrier IQ's alleged spyware

    Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) is demanding that Carrier IQ explain whether its smartphone application is spying on users.

  • News: America's critical infrastructure security response system is broken

    The flap over the reported water utility hack in Illinois begs the question: Is the reporting system that the U.S. has set up to identify cyberattacks on critical infrastructure broken and in need of re-thinking?

  • News: Get an Early Peek at Ubuntu Linux 12.04 'Precise Pangolin'

    The Linux world may still be all abuzz following the release last weekend of Linux Mint 12, but meanwhile the Ubuntu Linux team has been hard at work crafting the first alpha release of Ubuntu 12.04, or “Precise Pangolin.”

  • News: House subcommittee approves spectrum incentive auctions

    A U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee has approved legislation that would provide funding for a nationwide mobile broadband network for public safety agencies and would allow the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to sell auction spectrum voluntarily given up by U.S. television stations.

  • News: VirtualSharp to enable disaster recovery to public clouds

    VirtualSharp hopes to soon let its customers set up disaster recovery plans that fail over from their private clouds to public clouds, the company announced this week at the CloudBeat conference in Redwood City, California.

  • News: Should Your Phone Be Your Cash Card?

    If you occasionally can't find your wallet, often don't carry a checkbook, but always have your phone handy, you might like to pay your bill at a local store by bumping your phone against a digital receiver.

  • News: Sprint, Clearwire lay out deals on LTE, WiMax, funding

    Sprint Nextel may help finance Clearwire's LTE network and keep offering WiMax service through 2015 under a set of agreements worth as much as US$1.6 billion that the companies laid out on Thursday.

  • News: AT&T fires back at FCC staff report on T-Mobile deal

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has invited questions about its impartiality with a staff report laying out concerns about AT&T's proposed acquisition of rival mobile carrier T-Mobile USA, AT&T said Thursday.

  • News: Google's Android 4.0 ported to x86 processors

    Google's open-source Android 4.0 operating system for smartphones and tablets has been ported to work with x86 processors, a member of an open-source project involved in the effort said this week.

  • News: Chrome edges Firefox, grabs second browser spot

    Google's Chrome edged Mozilla's Firefox last month to take the number two spot in the browser popularity wars, an Irish metrics company said today.

  • News: HP to decide WebOS fate in next two weeks

    HP's recently appointed chief executive Meg Whitman says the company will decide on the future of the ill-fated WebOS operating system, which it acquired along with Palm in 2010, within a couple of weeks.

  • News: AT&T, Sprint confirm use of Carrier IQ rootkit software on handsets

    Amid what's snowballing into a major privacy controversy, AT&T, Sprint, HTC and Samsung today confirmed that their mobile phones integrate a controversial piece of tracking software from a company called Carrier IQ.

  • News: 2011's biggest security snafus

    Perhaps it was an omen of what was to come when the city of San Francisco on New Year's Eve 2010 couldn't get a backup system running in its Emergency Operations Center because no one knew the password.



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