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  • 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: 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: 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: 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: IDC on 2012: Prep for cloud wars, mobile explosion, higher IT spending

    Researchers at International Data Corp. say some big battles will be brewing in 2012 in the cloud, mobile and Big Data arenas, so much so that "companies like Microsoft, HP, SAP, RIM, and others -- including Apple -- will face 'crossroads moments' in 2012. By the end of the year, we should have a good idea which vendors will -- and won't -- be among the industry's leaders at the end of the decade," said Frank Gens, senior vice president and chief analyst at IDC in a statement.

  • News: Forrester: Enterprise social software to become a $6.4 billion market in 2016

    Enterprise social collaboration software, which offer Facebook and Twitter-like capabilities adapted for workplaces, will grow strongly in the coming years, eclipsing demand for more traditional communications and collaboration products, according to a new study from Forrester Research.

  • News: Data Protection Convention undergoes a rewrite

    A 30-year old international treaty covering data protection is undergoing a partial rewrite to reflect new concerns in the age of the Internet.

  • News: Mobile devices, social media in 2012 means more work 'around the clock': Gartner

    2012 will be the year when Google Apps will chip away at the Microsoft Office market, as the rise of mobile devices and social media could make managing a work-life balance impossible, Gartner has claimed.

  • News: Cable group to sell spectrum to Verizon for $3.6 billion

    SpectrumCo, a joint venture among Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, has agreed to sell mobile spectrum licenses covering 259 million U.S. residents to Verizon Wireless for US$3.6 billion, the companies announced Friday.

  • News: MediaTek and Opera integrate Mini browser on feature phones

    Opera Software will work with MediaTek, a designer of software and chipsets for low-end phones, on integrating the Norwegian company's Mini browser on feature phones, Opera said on Friday.

  • News: European distrust of US data security creates market for local cloud service

    Concern over the laxity of United States data protection laws has created a new market for Europe-based cloud computing services.

  • News: 'What's your handle?' to replace 'What's your number?'

    Forget phones numbers and email addresses. The era of the Internet handle is emerging.

  • News: Vodafone launches parental controls Android app

    Vodafone has launched Vodafone Guardian, a free parental controls app for smartphones running Google Android.



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