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+ - Dropbox To Come Preinstalled On HP, Acer PCs->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "Do all innovative internet services eventually become unwanted pre-installed crapware? Dropbox, widely beloved but also desperate to find new customers beyond its relatively tech-savvy base, has struck a deal with HP and Acer to have its client prominently preinstalled on their PCs and tablets, just like America Online was back in the day."
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+ - Facebook Explains Math Behind WhatsApps' $19B Value->

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "Roughly $15.3 billion of the $19 billion Facebook paid is attributed to "goodwill," or, in business accounting parlance, what Facebook deems to be WhatsApp's potential future value, according to an SEC filing made on Tuesday. The rest of it breaks out like this, according to the filing: $2 billion for its users; $448 million for the trade name; $288 million for its technology; and $21 million for "other" items."
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+ - Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay-> 1

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "Working closely with VISA, Apple solved many complex security issues making in-person payments safer than ever. But it's that close relationship with the credit card companies that may be Apple Pay's downfall. A competing solution called CurrentC has recently gained a lot of press as backers of the project moved to block NFC payments (Apple Pay, Google Wallet, etc.) at their retail terminals. The merchants designing or backing CurrentC reads like a greatest hits list of retail outfits and leading the way is the biggest of them all, Walmart. The retailers have joined together to create a platform that is independent of the credit card companies and their profit-robbing transaction fees. Hooking directly to your bank account rather than a credit or debit card, CurrentC will use good old ACH to transfer money from your account to the merchant's bank account at little to no cost."
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+ - CPU Startup Promises To Automatically Parallelize Code->

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jfruh (300774) writes "One of the trickiest jobs in programming is writing parallel code that can truly take advantage of the multiple processing cores common in today's computers. A CPU startup called Soft Machines now promises to solve this problem, with CPU-level virtualization that does that can run any code across multiple cores. While the hurtles of bringing a new chip architecture to market are huge, the potential upsides are similarly staggering."
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+ - Important Security Tool Found To Be Vulnerable To Attack->

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jfruh (300774) writes "When a security researcher confronts binary malware of unknown origin, their first instinct is often to use a command-line tool called strings to try to extract text strings found inside of it, so as to better understand what it's doing and how it's doing it. But a security researcher at Google has found that strings itself is vulnerable to attack, and that a particularly malicious bit of malware could compromise a researcher's computer while they try to analyze it."
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+ - Looking For A Big Raise In IT? Focus On Security, Big Data, Or Mobile->

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jfruh (300774) writes "IT has a reputation as a job where big raises are possible, but in truth a recent survey has shown that salaries across the board have been quite stagnant of late. If you're looking for compensation that spikes rapidly, IT staffing firm Modis recommends focusing on a few hot areas, including security and mobile."
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+ - Yahoo, Facebook Aim To Prevent Attacks Via Recycled Email Addresses->

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jfruh (300774) writes "If you let your free webmail account expire and someone else takes the same username, they could get access to sensitive emails if you don't give your new address to your banks and other accounts. Facebook and Yahoo have developed a mechanism to mitigate this: a new header field that indicates how long the sender has known the address they're sending the message to."
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+ - SanDisk Will Come To Your Business And Upgrade Your Hard Drives To SSDs->

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jfruh (300774) writes "SanDisk has made some pretty grandiose claims about SSDs, boasting that they offer an annual cost savings of up to $608 per unit through an 18-month PC lifecycle extension, a 35 percent increase in employee productivity, an 86 percent reduction in IT Labor, and a 15x performance boost per system. And you can get those benefits without lifting a finger (except to write SanDisk a check). Their techs will now come to your workplace and replace all the hard drives in your corporate PCs with SSDs."
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+ - German Publishers Capitulate, Let Google Post News Snippets->

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "German publishers said they are bowing to Google's market power, and will allow the search engine to show news snippets in search results free of charge — at least for the time being. The decision is a step in an ongoing legal dispute between the publishers and Google in which, predictably, publishers are trying to get compensation from the search engine for republishing parts of their content and Google isn't interested in sharing revenue. The move follows a Google decision earlier this month — and which was to go into effect today — to stop using news snippets and thumbnails for some well-known German news sites."
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+ - Austin Airport Tracks Cell Phones To Measure Security Line Wait-> 1

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jfruh (300774) writes "If you get into the TSA security line at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, you'll see monitors telling you how long your wait will be — and if you have a phone with Wi-Fi enabled, you're helping the airport come up with that number. A system implemented by Cisco tracks the MAC addresses of phones searching for Wi-Fi networks and sees how long it takes those phones to traverse the line, giving a sense of how quickly things are moving. While this is useful information to have, the privacy implications are a bit unsettling."
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+ - Microsoft, Ask.com, Oracle Latest To Be Sued Over No-Poach Deal->

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "Oracle, Microsoft and Ask.com are facing suits alleging that they conspired to restrict hiring of staff. The suits appear to refer to a memo that names a large number of companies that allegedly had special arrangements with Google to prevent poaching of staff and was filed as an exhibit on May 17, 2013 in another class action suit over hiring practices. The former employees filing lawsuits against Microsoft, Ask.com and Oracle have asked that the cases be assigned to Judge Koh as there were similarities with the case against Google, Apple and others — and it maybe doesn't hurt that Judge Koh thought the $324.5 million settlement in that case was too low."
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+ - Your Online TV Watching Can Now Be Tracked Across Devices->

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "A partnership between TV measurement company Nielsen and analytics provider Adobe, announced today, will let broadcasters see (in aggregate and anonymized) how people interact with digital video between devices — for example if you begin watching a show on Netflix on your laptop, then switch to a Roku set-top box to finish it. The information learned will help broadcasters decide what to charge advertisers, and deliver targeted ads to viewers. Broadcasters can use the new Nielsen Digital Content Ratings, as they're called, beginning early next year. Early users include ESPN, Sony Pictures Television, Turner Broadcasting and Viacom."
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