07 December 2013

Microsoft says US government is "advanced persistent threat" and Silicon Valley gears up cybersecurity

With NSA abuses revealed by Edward Snowden, and the US government being labeled an "advanced persistent threat" (a term used for cyber criminals--see below) by Microsoft and others, Silicon Valley now gears up cybersecurity -- with monetary payoffs looming --

Microsoft: US government is an 'advanced persistent threat' | ZDNet: "Microsoft's EVP of Legal and Corporate Affairs outlined the company's new data protection strategy on the basis that the US government is an "advanced persistent threat" — a label used for cyber criminals...."

New cybersecurity boom arrives in Silicon Valley - latimes.com: "In a region where tech trends go in cycles, cybersecurity is a particularly mouthwatering investment prospect because no matter how much security equipment or software gets sold, the problem never gets completely solved..."

Free Spotify mobile music streaming tipped to launch | BGR: "An increase in user base would also help artists, especially considering that not everyone is happy with the rates currently paid by Spotify. In fact, the company has recently received quite a lot of criticism for the royalties paid to small artists. The company has been recently valued at over $4 billion, and competes directly against similar services from Apple, Google, Pandora and Rdio, to name just a few."

Microsoft lines up critical Windows, Office and IE fixes for next week
Computerworld
Computerworld - Microsoft today said it will ship 11 security updates next week to ... Gregg Keizer covers Microsoft, security issues, Apple, Web browsers and ...

Fast Company

Microsoft leads disruption of largest infected global PC network
Chicago Tribune
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp said on Thursday it had disrupted ... Microsoft said the botnet had been costing advertisers on Bing, Google Inc and ...

Bloomberg

Apple's Star Chamber
Wall Street Journal
12/05/13 Apple, Google's Android Gain M.. ... Before her bench trial began she pre-declared her "tentative view" that Apple was an antitrust violator and indulged ...

Google Attacks Amazon With Cloud Storage Prices
InformationWeek
It shows a heretofore absent determination on Google's part to compete with the market leader, Amazon Web Services, and secondarily,Microsoft. Amazon has ...

Economic Times

Apple: The Great Call of China
Wall Street Journal
Apple shares rose Thursday after The Wall Street Journal reported that it had finally signed a deal with China Mobile, 0941.HK 0.00% China Mobile Ltd. Hong ...

Independent Online

Google to let users download portable file with their Gmail messages
Computerworld
... the MBOX format, which, according to Google, is supported by many mail clients, including Microsoft Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird and Apple'sMail program.

The Verge

Apple's very happy holiday season
CNET
Earlier this year it seemed that Apple would take a fall. Samsung and rest of the Android players were gaining momentum and share as Apple was slow to ...

CNBC.com

Google Shopping: Premium prices for consumers?
CBS News
With Google (GOOG) the top dog in search, you might think GoogleShopping would be a great resource for consumers. According to a non-profit advocacy ...

Search Engine Land

Amazon Studios Announces the Cast of Mozart in the Jungle
MarketWatch
(NASDAQ:AMZN) --Amazon Studios today announced casting for Mozart in the ... Amazon Studios launched in 2010 as a new way to develop feature films and ...

Cinema Blend

Amazon Discount Tracker Camelcamelcamel Tips Users to Deals
Businessweek
Gareth Milner, a lance corporal in the British Army Intelligence Corps, planned to buy a 3D television from his local Sainsbury's (SBRY:LN) store until he ...

Watch 50 Siri and Google Now Voice Commands in Action - Gizmodo
Ashley Feinberg
... 50 different commands using both Apple's Siri (above) and Google's Google Now ... Microsoft Is Helping Develop a Bra That Tells Women When to Stop Eating ... pictures from your Gmail account and check Amazon package tracking info.
Gizmodo

Microsoft, Europol, FBI and industry partners disrupt notorious ...
By Jeffrey Meisner
ZeroAccess targets all major search engines and browsers, including Google, Bing and Yahoo!. The majority of computers infected with ZeroAccess are located in the U.S. and Western Europe. Similar to the Bamital botnet, which Microsoft and ...
The Official Microsoft Blog

Long term study finds lemon sharks go home to reproduce
BBC News
Researchers say they have found the first direct evidence that female sharks return home to breed. In the study, scientists tracked lemon sharks in the Bahamas for 17 years to prove the case. Even though this species is highly migratory, pregnant females ...

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