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  • News: Skeptics find flaws in Carrier IQ application analysis

    Only now are some skeptical voices being raised that the case against Carrier IQ may be a rush to judgment without a real, or at least an adequate, basis in fact.

  • News: Lawmakers propose alternative to Stop Online Piracy Act

    A group of U.S. lawmakers has proposed an alternative to the controversial copyright enforcement legislation, the Stop Online Piracy Act, with the draft proposal giving the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) the authority to investigate complaints about copyright infringement on foreign websites.

  • News: Intel says Android 4.0 for smartphones, tablets ready

    Intel on Friday said it has readied Android 4.0 for smartphones and tablets based on its upcoming Atom processor code-named Medfield, raising the possibility of Intel-inside handheld devices being released next year with the new OS.

  • News: Carrier IQ, HTC, Samsung hit with class-action lawsuits

    In what could be a precursor of legal action to come, mobile software vendor Carrier IQ has been hit with two lawsuits over the use of its controversial tracking technology in tens of millions of mobile phones worldwide.

  • News: Six tips for mastering Siri

    Siri, the artificially intelligent assistant built into the iPhone 4S, is fun to show off. You can joke around with Siri, scoring funny replies if you ask it to beam you up, open the pod bay doors, or share its favorite color. But Siri offers more than just a source of amusement: It can also help you get more things done with your iPhone. Here's how to master Siri's nuances, turning it from a parlor trick to impressive productivity tool.

  • News: Consumer Watchdog calls for investigation of Carrier IQ, carriers

    Consumer Watchdog has called for a U.S. government investigation of Carrier IQ, the maker of tracking software for mobile phones, and its users.

  • News: Gartner predictions for 2012: More cloud, consumerization, loss of IT control

    IT budgets and responsibilities are moving out of the control of IT departments and into the hands of others, thanks to trends such as consumerization and cloud computing, Gartner says in its vision for 2012 and the coming years.

  • News: Security roundup for week ending Dec. 2: Carrier IQ stink, SCADA troubles

    If a cyberattack from a hostile foreign source ever hit a public electric or water utility, affecting its industrial control systems, causing America's critical infrastructures to fail, would we understand that had even happened? We have more doubts than ever, after every twist and turn in the saga that began with the Nov. 10th "Public Water District Cyber Intrusion" report from the Illinois Statewide Terrorism & Intelligence Center (STIC) that set off a media firestorm after the report was leaked to the media. The Illinois STIC report said a cyberattack from Russia had hit an Illinois water facility, causing a water pump to fail. The Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) and the FBI, in tandem with the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT), has since concluded that Illinois STIC report was in error http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/120111-scada-faq-253663.html?hpg1=bn. It may have been—it would not be surprising if reasonable doubts remain--but this episode of intelligence failures and slow response times has laid bare how poorly prepared America is, as Network World Editor in Chief John Dix summarizes in his editorial, "The Water Pump Alarm" http://www.networkworld.com/columnists/2011/120111-editorial.html. This fiasco related to the Curran-Gardner Townships Public Water District in Springfield, Illinois , which offers a rare glimpse into how the secretive intelligence-gathering "Fusion Centers" promoted by DHS really operate—raises the question whether America's critical-infrastructure response system even works at all—or is need of critical re-thinking http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/120111-scada-253659.html?hpg1=bn.

  • News: RiffTrax player brings movie commentary to the Mac

    If you ever find yourself watching a bad movie and wondering what the "Mystery Science Theater 3000" guys would make of it, stop your lamenting: For the past few years, many of the MST3K crew have been recording humorous commentary tracks for major motion pictures and selling them as MP3 downloads from rifftrax.com.

  • News: Royal Mail server migration knocks out key postage websites all week

    A migration of online data to new servers at Royal Mail has knocked out a series of its most important postage websites for consumers and businesses, including a Price Finder page, for nearly all of this week.

  • News: No more Napster

    Napster, the pioneering and controversial peer-to-peer music sharing service that exploded onto the Internet scene in the summer of 1999, is officially gone.

  • News: Carrier IQ's own marketing claims undercut its defense

    An increasingly besieged Carrier IQ (CIQ) yesterday insisted that its software is designed only to help wireless carriers diagnose operational problems on networks and mobile devices. But its own marketing material for one of the products raises doubts about that claim.

  • News: Forrester: As SaaS matures, buyers face new considerations

    As SaaS (software as a service) gains in maturity and popularity, enterprise IT buyers will have to grapple with a new set of questions and considerations when purchasing it, according to a new Forrester Research report.

  • News: Committee approves cybersharing bill despite privacy concerns

    The U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee has approved a recently introduced bill that would allow greater cyberthreat information sharing between U.S. intelligence agencies and private companies even though privacy advocates say it would allow those agencies to spy on U.S. residents.

  • News: Carrier IQ, HTC Sued in Wiretap Claim

    A lawsuit was filed today in a federal district in Missouri against the maker of a controversial smartphone program and handset manufacturer HTC, claiming the companies have unlawfully intercepted private electronic communications from private mobile phones, handsets, and smartphones.

  • News: EBay launches Web query language

    In the hopes of reducing the complexity of making data calls over the Web, eBay has launched a programming language, called ql.io, which bundles separate API requests into a single call.

  • News: Windows 8 Beta Expected in Early 2012

    Microsoft is reportedly on track to release Windows 8 on a similar time frame to Windows 7, with the first beta of the new OS appearing in early 2012. The software giant has not said officially when it will release Windows 8 or even when a beta version might appear. But two sources claim a Windows 8 beta release is coming in the next few months.

  • News: Wall Street Beat: Tech rises on sales, economic news

    Tech stocks looked strong Friday morning on the back of a week of upbeat surveys on small business and online spending, positive news about enterprise hardware and hopeful reports on U.S. employment and the European debt crisis.

  • News: No Desktop For ARM-based Windows 8 Devices, Report Says

    The traditional Windows desktop will not be included on Windows 8 tablets and other devices running on ARM-based processors, according to online reports. Instead, ARM devices will have only the Metro user interface that first debuted on Windows Phone 7 devices.

  • News: Carrier IQ Test: Android App Detects Controversial Software

    A free app to detect Carrier IQ, a controversial piece of software installed on smartphones without their owners' knowledge, was made available at the Android Market Friday.



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