06 December 2013

Microsoft now considers US government an "advanced persistent threat" like malware and cyber attacks

Red, white and blue anyone? Microsoft (and everyone else in tech) is now treating NSA like a virus, malware or cyberattack --

Microsoft TechNet Blogs: "... [US] government snooping potentially now constitutes an “advanced persistent threat,” alongside sophisticated malware and cyber attacks. In light of these allegations, we’ve decided to take immediate and coordinated action in three areas: · We are expanding encryption across our services. · We are reinforcing legal protections for our customers’ data. · We are enhancing the transparency of our software code, making it easier for customers to reassure themselves that our products do not contain back doors...."

Microsoft to encrypt data in its services in bid to prevent snooping
Washington Post
Microsoft plans to encrypt data flowing through all of its communication, ...into the private communications links of Google and Yahoo as information flowed ...

Wall Street Journal (blog)

Apple desktops overtake Dell on shoppers' holiday wish lists | Apple - CNET News: "It appears Dell has lost its multiyear edge on Apple as US consumers' most-desired desktop computer brand. Apple also beats out Roku for streaming media devices and Samsung for smartphones."

Apple has reportedly signed a deal with the world's largest mobile phone service provider, China Mobile, although a conflicting report says that the telco giant is "still negotiating" with Cupertino. The original report comes from The Wall Street Journal, citing ...

Apple Stock Yawns As Icahn Renews Unrequited Buyback Push
Without fail, when Carl Icahn tweets, the internet reacts with a flurry of retweets, favorites, and breathless articles about the billionaire's 140-character (or less) ...


Google's mystery barge in San Francisco Bay under investigation
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The agency that oversees development in the San Francisco Bay in California has begun a formal investigation into the ...

Times of India

Apple desktops overtake Dell on shoppers' holiday wish lists
It appears Dell has lost its multiyear edge on Apple as US consumers' ... 4 for gaming consoles, Amazon's Kindle for e-readers, and Samsung for flat-panel TVs.

The Mac Observer

Here's Why Microsoft's New Mobile Strategy Will Help It Overtake ...
The latter description, as you probably suspect, aptly portrays Microsoft ...So why does all of this help Microsoft to dominate Apple mobile devices in three years ...


Amazon brings WorkSpaces virtual desktop app to the iPad
Although Amazon's virtual desktop kit, WorkSpaces, is still in limited preview, ... that extends its subscription-based Windows 7 virtual desktop toApple's tablets.


Amazon Publishing Launches StoryFront
Wall Street Journal
(NASDAQ: AMZN)--Amazon Publishing today announced the launch of StoryFront, a new imprint offering high-quality short fiction across genres and home of ...

Android Community

Microsoft, University of Melbourne launch high-tech research centre
The Australian
The Centre is being jointly funded for three years with Microsoft, the university and the Victorian government contributing funding. The break down of the funding ...

The Australian Financial Review

Amazon loses a battle but still fights the war on state sales tax
FORTUNE -- For Amazon, it's not a matter now of whether the company will collect sales tax in many states, but when. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court let ...

Christian Science Monitor

Apple's iPad Strength On Black Friday Weekend Could Portend ...
Localytics analyzed over 1 million new devices over the two three day periods and found that Apple's iPads and iPhones took 6 of the 8 top positions for mobile ...


Pod Of Pilot Whales Stranded Off Everglades Nat’l Park « CBS Miami: "...NOAA, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Marine Animal Rescue Society out of Miami, and Marine Mammal Conservancy, along with the aid of the National Park Service, are all assisting in the attempt to save the stranded whales. When the crew arrived, six of the whales were dead on scene and 45 were swimming in the shallow waters, according to Mase...."
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