11 April 2014

Heartbleed Password Changes, Security Experts Warning

Heartbleed: don't rush to update passwords, security experts warn | Technology | theguardian.com"...But suggestions by Yahoo and the BBC that people should change their passwords at once – the typical reaction to a security breach – could make the problem worse if the web server hasn't been updated to fix the flaw, says Mark Schloesser, a security researcher with Rapid7, based in Atlanta, Georgia. Doing so "could even increase the chance of somebody getting the new password through the vulnerability," Schloesser said, because logging in to an insecure server to change a password could reveal both the old and new passwords to an attacker...." (read more at link above)

Google Services Updated to Address OpenSSL CVE-2014-0160 (the Heartbleed bug)
We've assessed this vulnerability and applied patches to key Google services such as Search, Gmail, YouTube, Wallet, Play, Apps, and App Engine....Android - All versions of Android are immune to CVE-2014-0160 (with the limited exception of Android 4.1.1; patching information for Android 4.1.1 is being distributed to Android partners)....
googleonlinesecurity.blogspot.com/.../google-services-updated...

Amazon Fire TV misses the same marks as Ouya, other media boxes | Ars Technica: " When we looked closer at the Fire TV, we saw some solutions. But these fixes are too half-baked and too limited in scope. Unfortunately, Amazon doesn't appear to be looking for an answer to the big media box issues as much as it's interested in finding less-glaring ways of cutting the same corners. As a result, functionality is expended for Amazon's own self-absorption."

T-Mobile CEO teases Uncarrier 5.0, says 'we are by far not done' - CNET: "...T-Mobile launched its "Simple Starter" plan, a $40 option for customers who don't necessarily use a lot of data on their phones (it's capped at 500 megabytes). But that's just the beginning. Legere said he plans to make two more announcements -- one on Thursday and a third on Friday. He wouldn't provide any details, saying only that they would be "equal or greater" to the Simple Starter plan. Legere also teased that T-Mobile would be holding "at least" one more Uncarrier event this year -- Uncarrier 5.0 -- suggesting a much larger promotion or program in the works..."

Jony Ive shakes up Apple’s software design group, iPhone interface creator Greg Christie departing | 9to5Mac: "...Following friction between top Apple Human Interface Vice President Greg Christie and Senior Vice President Jony Ive, Apple’s hardware and software design is being dramatically shaken up, according to sources familiar with the matter. After adding human interface design direction to his responsibilities in 2012, Ive will soon completely subsume Apple’s software design group, wresting control away from long-time human interface design chief Christie, according to sources briefed on the matter. Previous to this shakeup, all Apple software design has been led by Christie, who has reported to Craig Federighi, and Ive has been attending interface design meetings and providing instruction…"

Comcast Quietly Preps Challenge to Wireless Carriers - The Information: "Comcast officials recently told people outside the company that it was considering a mobile phone service, which would rely on a combination of Wi-Fi and leased capacity on cellular networks...."

Will Facebook-Oculus purchase advance virtual reality?
USA TODAY
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was 9 years old when the Sega VR headset graced the cover of Popular Science. Virtual reality in 1993 was a ...

Microsoft suspends Windows 8.1 Update release to businesses
Computerworld
Computerworld - Microsoft on Tuesday suspended serving Windows 8.1 Update to businesses that rely on WSUS (Windows Server Update Services), ...

Facebook feud fires alarm over public service snoop plans
Sydney Morning Herald
Federal government departments are using increasingly powerful cyber-snooping equipment to monitor the social media lives of millions of ...

Apple's Top Product Pundit Predicts 2014: Here's What You Need To Know
Forbes
Because Apple Apple rumors come and go faster than the latest celebrity gossip, it's often challenging to to know whether they are worthy of your ...

Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg rules out run for public office
San Jose Mercury News
Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg sought Wednesday to spike persistent rumors that she may ... or google.com/+BrandonBaileyOnline or on Facebook at ...

Google exec reiterates commitment to mobile payments
CNET
Google Payments chief Ariel Bardin tells attendees at a payment conference that .... There are also several other potential competitors, such as PayPal and Amazon. ... (The latest rumor is that Google and Apple have each talked to Square about possible ...Microsoft to Windows XP users: The jig is up.

How Google forced Microsoft to change its business
USA TODAY
Last week, Microsoft (ticker:MSFT) made a radical change to its business model, effectively doing away with the strategy that helped it dominate ...

Twitter and Facebook Wield Little Influence on TV Watching - NYTimes.com - NYTimes.com
By By VINDU GOEL
While many Twitter and Facebook users don't post updates on those services while ... Listen to executives at Twitter and Facebook talk about how we watch ... female employee who was left out of her 5-person start-up's acquisition by Google. ... Readers Respond: How Should Apple Spend Its Billions?
NYT Bits

Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ adds NFC tap-to-connect for simple set up of security-protected Wi-Fi® devices and networks | Reuters: "Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ now offers consumers a simplified option to set up Wi-Fi connections, even on devices without a user interface. Users can now connect devices certified for this capability by simply tapping them together, activating a security-protected Wi-Fi connection."

New 'Switch' Could Power Quantum Computing
MIT Technology Review
A light lattice that traps atoms may help scientists build networks of quantum information transmitters. By Peter Dizikes on April 9, 2014. Using a laser to place individual rubidium atoms near the surface of a lattice of light, scientists at MIT and Harvard ...

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