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Google wants to be the ‘Cloud Company’ by 2020 competing with Amazon Web Services & Microsoft Azure

Business, Internet, Mobile
Urs Hölze, the senior vice president of technical infrastructure at Google, predicts that within the next five years, Google’s Cloud Platform revenues could surpass its advertising revenue. Speaking at the Structure Conference, he acknowledged that the company is coming from behind in a market where Amazon GOOG 2.03% Web Services and Microsoft MSFT 1.66% Azure have greater mind share in corporate accounts. But he also said Google has 13 years of experience in big accounts thanks to its Google Search Appliance business and Google Apps. “Our reputation lags reality, but will catch up,” he noted, alluding to product announcements “coming soon.” He did not elaborate. He also held that Google’s cloud growth rate is probably leading the industry in terms of growth, noting that Microsoft

USB-C: Apple Declares Death To All The Ports

Mobile
Apple just announced its latest MacBook. It’s tiny. It makes the Macbook Air look like a Dell Inspiron circa 2002. But hopefully you’re not one of those jerks that actually uses the ports on the side of your computer. This MacBook only has a single USB-C and it does everything from charging, to sending video out and transporting data. It’s the only port on the computer meaning owners cannot charge the computer and an iPhone at the same time. It’s not possible to output video to a monitor and input data from an external drive — at least not without a hub. Read more

Angry Tim Cook says Apple will ramp up iCloud security after celeb photo leak debacle

Business, Cyber Security, Internet
In the wake of a high-profile leak of suggestive celebrity photos from Apple’s iCloud mobile back-up servers, Apple now says it’ll take concrete steps to tighten security. Reports VentureBeat After saying earlier this week, in effect, that the leaks were the result of the normal everyday web mischief and not necessarily security vulnerabilities in iCloud, Apple CEO Tim Cook told the Wall Street Journal Thursday that his company indeed could have done some things differently to prevent the leaks. Apple has a major announcement coming next Tuesday, so the company is under pressure to shut down the the celeb photo controversy in a hurry. And Tim Cook’s comments today may do the job. “We want to do everything we can do to protect our customers, because we are as outraged if not more so tha

‘World’s servers are ours’ says Obama administration

Business, Governance, Internet
US says global reach needed to gut "fraudsters," "hackers," and "drug dealers." by David Kravets for arstechnica Global governments, the tech sector, and scholars are closely following a legal flap in which the US Justice Department claims that Microsoft must hand over e-mail stored in Dublin, Ireland. In essence, President Barack Obama's administration claims that any company with operations in the United States must comply with valid warrants for data, even if the content is stored overseas. It's a position Microsoft and companies like Apple say is wrong, arguing that the enforcement of US law stops at the border. A magistrate judge has already sided with the government's position, ruling in April that "the basic principle that an entity lawfully obligated to produce information must

Apple and Google ordered to revise app store refund policies in South Korea

Mobile, social media
South Korea's Fair Trade Commission has forced the app stores to remove non-refundable clauses --and hopes the policy will become a benchmark for other countries. Sa Youn Hwang  of cnet.com South Korea's Fair Trade Commission (FTC) has ordered Google and Apple to remove specific clauses pertaining to refunds in the terms and services of applications on Google's Play Store and Apple's App Store. The watchdog deemed the clauses explicitly unfair and responsible for damages to the consumer. On the Play Store, all Android apps have had their non-refundable clauses removed, with developers now required to develop refund policies. Apps that automatically charged consumers at the end of a free trial period will no longer be allowed to use the label "free trial." Instead, they will be labeled

Apple’s ‘Gotofail’ Security Mess Extends To Mail, Twitter, iMessage, Facetime And More

Cyber Security, Mobile
First, Apple revealed a critical bug in its implementation of  encryption in iOS, requiring an emergency patch. Then researchers found the same bug is also included in Apple’s desktop OSX operating system, a gaping Web security hole that leaves users of Safari at risk of having their traffic hijacked. Now one researcher has found evidence that the bug extends beyond Apple’s browser to other applications including Mail, Twitter, Facetime, iMessage and even Apple’s software update mechanism. On Sunday, privacy researcher Ashkan Soltani posted a list of  OSX applications on Twitter that he says he’s determined use Apple’s “secure transport” framework, the coding library that developers depend on to build programs that securely communicate online using the common encryption protocols TLS and S

Satya Nadella to replace Steve Ballmer as Microsoft CEO

Business
Relatively unknown, who had headed Microsoft's cloud computing division, becomes only third boss in tech giant's history Microsoft has settled on a relative unknown as its replacement for long-time CEO Steve Ballmer. India-born Satya Nadella, 46, head of the company's cloud computing division and enterprise business, was appointed after a team of headhunters concluded a five-month search that included some of the most world’s most famous executives. “During this time of transformation, there is no better person to lead Microsoft than Satya Nadella,” said Bill Gates, Microsoft’s co-founder. “Satya is a proven leader with hardcore engineering skills, business vision and the ability to bring people together. His vision for how technology will be used and experienced around the world is exac

AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter, Yahoo Propose Principles on Reforming Government Surveillance

Governance
A coalition of Technology companies released their plan for reforming how the government conducts surveillance.  See below for the full press release. WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter and Yahoo joined together to propose principles for reforming government surveillance laws and practices. The companies also urged the President and the United States Congress to take the lead on reform with an open letter that reads: Dear Mr. President and Members of Congress, We understand that governments have a duty to protect their citizens. But this summer's revelations highlighted the urgent need to reform government surveillance practices worldwide. The balance in many countries has tipped too far in favor of the state and awa

Et Tu, Silicon Valley?

Domains
How PRISM could ruin Apple, Google, and every other big tech company. Every major tech company that has been reported to be participating in PRISM, the massive surveillance program revealed by the Guardian and Washington Post, has denied involvement in the program. How should we reconcile their denials with the news reports, which include a PowerPoint slide showing that “PRISM collection” started on a specific date for each provider? There are a couple of possibilities. First, Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo, et al., could be lying. This might be because their spokespeople don’t know what they’re talking about, they aren’t allowed to say anything about the secret program, or they just don’t want to admit that they’re abetting massive surveillance. The other possibility is

Apple, Macs hit by hackers who targeted Facebook

Uncategorized
BOSTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc was recently attacked by hackers who infected Macintosh computers of some employees, the company said Tuesday in an unprecedented disclosure describing the widest known cyber attacks targeting Apple computers used by corporations. Unknown hackers infected the computers of some Apple workers when they visited a website for software developers that had been infected with malicious software. The malware had been designed to attack Mac computers. source