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+ - IT pros blast Google over Android's refusal to play nice with IPv6->

alphadogg writes: The widespread popularity of Android devices and the general move to IPv6 has put some businesses in a tough position, thanks to Android’s lack of support for a central component in the newer standard. DHCPv6 is an outgrowth of the DHCP protocol used in the older IPv4 standard – it’s an acronym for “dynamic host configuration protocol,” and is a key building block of network management. Nevertheless, Google’s wildly popular Android devices – which accounted for 78% of all smartphones shipped worldwide in the first quarter of this year – don’t support DHCPv6 for address assignment.
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+ - Google-infused storage startup Cohesity reveals itself->

alphadogg writes: Mohit Aron has a tough act to follow: His previous startup, Nutanix, may be on the cusp of filing for an IPO that values the hyperconverged infrastructure company at $2.5 billion. But Aron is off to a good start with his new venture, Cohesity, which this week emerges from stealth mode with $70 million in venture funding, reference-able customers such as Tribune Media, and a focus on a potentially big market in converging the secondary storage that houses so much DevOps, data protection, analytics and other unstructured data. Part of Cohesity’s attraction to investors and early customers is its rich Google pedigree: Aron worked on the Google File System that the search giant relies on for core data storage and access, and about a quarter of the 30 engineers on his 50-person team come from Google as well. What’s more, Google Ventures is among Cohesity’s backers.
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+ - Hijacked medical devices can leave networks exposed->

alphadogg writes: Hacked medical devices can pose direct dangers to patients but also serve as lairs from which malware finds its way into medical facilities’ networks and persists even after initial attacks have been cleaned up, according to a new report. Because these devices haven’t been designed with security as a priority, they have proven readily hackable. Beyond the immediate risk to patients, compromised connected devices can be used as a way to undermine other devices and steal valuable data, according to a report from TrapX.
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+ - Yahoo killing Maps, Pipes & more->

alphadogg writes: In case you were wondering what it is exactly that Yahoo does these days, the company says its focus is on "search, communications and digital content." The rest must go, and as such, Yahoo today has announced some things it is getting rid of. For starters, the company is doing away with (a.k.a. Yahoo Maps) at the end of June. Though maps will live on within Yahoo search and Flickr in some fashion. "We made this decision to better align resources to Yahoo's priorities as our business has evolved since we first launched Yahoo Maps eight years ago."
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+ - OpenStack acquisitions galore: IBM buys Blue Box; Cisco snaps up Piston->

alphadogg writes: The OpenStack market is consolidating – quickly. Today two startups in the open source cloud IaaS market were purchased: Cisco bought Piston Cloud Computing Co. and IBM purchased Blue Box. Terms of neither deal were disclosed.

The moves are just the latest in a flurry of merger and acquisition activity in the cloud market in recent weeks: EMC bought Virtustream last month and a conglomerate of telecom companies purchased the comparatively small cloud hosting vendor named Codero.

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+ - Really smart phones: Now they can predict your GPA->

alphadogg writes: Researchers at Dartmouth College and the University of Texas at Austin have developed an Android app that they say can predict students’ grade point averages without prior knowledge of data such as SAT scores, IQ or school track records. What’s more, the technology could have future applications for predicting employee performance. SmartGPA is a cloud-backed app that relies on embedded passive sensors as well as special algorithms that can determine behaviors by the phone user, from studying to partying to face-to-face-communications to sleep. That information can then be crunched to predict students’ GPA within 17 hundreds of a point, one of the researchers says.
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+ - Cisco's two presidents resigning->

alphadogg writes: Cisco’s co-presidents plan to resign on the eve of the company’s new CEO taking the reins. Rob Lloyd and Gary Moore will step down July 25 as incoming CEO Chuck Robbins implements a flatter organizational structure. Lloyd, president of development and sales, and Moore, president and COO, were tabbed for those posts two-and-a-half years ago by outgoing CEO John Chambers to better align product development and sales, and to streamline company operations.
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+ - Google Android developer advocate: everyone's doing networking wrong->

alphadogg writes: Google developer advocate Colt McAnlis said that Android apps, almost across the board, are not architected correctly for the best networking performance, during a talk he gave Friday at Google’s I/O developer conference in San Francisco. “Networking performance is one of the most important things that every one of your apps does wrong,” he told the crowd.
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+ - Computer chips made of wood promise greener electronics->

alphadogg writes: U.S. and Chinese researchers have developed semiconductor chips that are nearly entirely made out of wood-derived material. Aside from being biodegradable, the chips could be produced for only a fraction of the cost of conventional semiconductors, according to the group of 17 researchers, mostly from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with others from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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+ - The best way to protect passwords may be creating fake ones->

alphadogg writes: Password managers are a great way to supply random, unique passwords to a high number of websites. But most still have an Achilles’ heel: Usually, a single master password unlocks the entire vault. But a group of researchers has developed a type of password manager that creates decoy password vaults if a wrong master password is supplied. A paper on the experimental software, called NoCrack, will be presented at the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy in San Jose.
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+ - Beware the ticking Internet of Things security time bomb->

alphadogg writes: A panel of security experts, including from IBM, LogMeIn and formerly RSA, warn that IoT security is a growing threat in that Internet of Things device makers haven't baked in security and IT security staffs are already inundated with safeguarding internal infrastructure and cloud-based resources.
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+ - Netflix open-sources security incident management tool->

alphadogg writes: Netflix has released under an open-source license an internal tool it developed to manage a deluge of security alerts and incidents. Called FIDO (Fully Integrated Defense Operation), the tool is designed to research, score and categorize threats in order to speed up handling of the most urgent ones.
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+ - Everest avalanche kills privacy-focused Google engineer Dan Fredinburg->

alphadogg writes: Dan Fredinburg, an engineer who worked on many of Google's most exciting projects during his 8 years with the company, died over the weekend in an avalanche on Mount Everest triggered by Nepal's devastating earthquake. The 33-year-old worked on projects such as Google Loon, the company's balloon-based Internet access effort and self-driving car. He also was involved in Google Street View Everest, leading expeditions to gather imagery of the Khumbu region around Mt. Everest. Fredinburg's career began in a much less glamorous fashion as a "dock rat" and as a farm hand in Arkansas.
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+ - Random generator parodies vapid startup websites->

alphadogg writes: A pair of Georgia Tech computer science students have created a Random Startup Website Generator that spits out a different jargon-laden startup website every time you click on the URL. Mike Bradley and Tiffany Zhang's random startup website generator "serves as a parody of startups that have websites full of vague praise and little information about their actual business, often because they have little to show in that regard."
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