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+ - African States Aim To Improve Internet Interconnections->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "A rapidly growing percentage of residents of Afrcan have access to the Internet — and yet most of the content they access, even things aimed specifically at an African audience, is hosted on servers elsewhere. The reason is a bewildering array of laws in different nations that make cross-border cooperation a headache, a marked contrast to places like Europe with uniform Internet regulations. At the Africa Peering and Interconnection Forum in Senegal, a wide variety of Internet actors from the continent are aiming to solve the problem."
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+ - Netflix Open-Sources Security Tools It Built In-House->

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An anonymous reader writes "Netflix is a fat, tempting target for malicious hackers, and as a result they've developed a suite of tools that automatically monitor chatter on non-password-protected Interet sites and send summaries to Netflix's in-house security team. Now Netflix is open-sourcing these tools so other companies can use them."
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+ - Silicon Valley Underpays (Non-Tech) Minority Workers->

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jfruh (300774) writes "Tech companies are often faulted for not hiring more minority employees, but in fact they often do — in non tech jobs, such as janitorial and security services. However, a new report indicates that many tech companies pay these workers below the prevailing wages, largely because they hire them through third-party staffing agencies."
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+ - Amazon Building A Competitor To Google AdWords->

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jfruh (300774) writes "Amazon is already in just about any business you can think of, from selling diapers to running cloud servers — so why not advertising? Reports indicate that Amazon is preparing an ad network that will compete with Google's near omnipresent AdWords. Since there are plenty of Google ads that run on the pages on Amazon's own website, that seems like a logical place for the new service to roll out."
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+ - Microsoft Subsidizing PCs Set To Use Bing By Default->

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jfruh (300774) writes "If this were 1999, anti-trust authorities would be furious: Microsoft is letting OEMs sell Windows PCs without paying royalties for the OS as long as everything is set by default to use Bing as the main search engine. But this is 2014, and Microsoft's stranglehold on the computer industry is nowhere near as tight as it once was, and it's mostly an attempt to fend off Chrome machines at the low end."
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+ - This is Tim: How Tim Cook is Becoming the Un-Jobs->

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "Back in June, the New York Times ran an article (which was picked up by Slashdot) about how Tim Cook is putting his own stamp on Apple. That article, though, focused mainly on personality and style, and ITworld's Andy Patrizio has followed up with a collection of some of the technical, business, and product decisions Cook has made — from embracing the enterprise to dumping Objective C — that let us know we're firmly in the Tim Cook Era."
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+ - Four Paths To A Rock-Star Tech Career->

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jfruh (300774) writes "Some people want to break out of just an ordinary nine-to-five life, and would rather turn their tech skills into a path to superstardom. While this sort of gambit is always a long shot, career expert Eric Bloom outlines some possible strategies: You can become a true expert in a psecific technology, make yourself an authority on a specific application area, hitch your start to an emerging tech field, or wade into the more nebulous world of being a "futurist.""
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+ - Simple.TV Lets You Share DVR'd Content With Friends: When's The Crackdown?->

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jfruh (300774) writes "Simple.TV is a DVR for over-the-air television programs with a lot of nifty functionality, and it just gained a new one: the ability to share recorded content with friends over the Internet. The question is, how long will media companies tolerate the ability to stream media to other people, even media that arrived for free over the publicly owned airwaves?"
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+ - Intel's Tiny Galileo Board Gets Custom Windows 8.1 Version->

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jfruh (300774) writes "Intel, trying to work its way into the hobbyist market revealed by enthusiasm around the tiny Raspberry Pi computer, has come up with its own credit-card-sized Arduino-certified gadget, the Galileo. Now Microsoft is getting in on the game by offering a customized version of Windows 8.1 that can run on the hardware."
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+ - Why Chinese Hackers Would Want US Hospital Patient Data->

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "In a follow-up to yesterday's story about the Chinese hackers who stole hospital data of 4.5 million patients, IDG News Service's Martyn Williams set out to learn why the data, which didn't include credit card information was so valuable. The answer is depressingly simple: people without health insurance can potentially get treatment by using medical data of one of the hacking victims. John Halamka, chief information officer of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and chairman of the New England Healthcare Exchange Network, said a medical record can be worth between $50 and $250 to the right customer — many times more than the amount typically paid for a credit card number, or the cents paid for a user name and password. 'If I am one of the 50 million Americans who are uninsured ... and I need a million-dollar heart transplant, for $250 I can get a complete medical record including insurance company details,' he said."
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+ - Hackers Steal Data On 4.5 Million US Hospital Patients->

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "Community Health Systems said the attack occurred in April and June of this year, but it wasn't until July that it determined the theft had taken place. Working with a computer security company, it determined the attack was carried out by a group based in China that used 'highly sophisticated malware' to attack its systems. The hackers got away with patient names, addresses, birthdates, telephone numbers and Social Security numbers of the 4.5 million people who were referred to or received services from doctors affiliated with the company in the last five years. The stolen data did not include patient credit card, medical or clinical information."
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+ - Vehicle-To-Vehicle Networks Could Save Over 1,000 Lives a Year->

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "On Monday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published a research report on vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) technology and is seeking input from the public and industry. In the report, it estimated the safety benefits of just two possible applications of V2V, called Left Turn Assist and Intersection Movement Assist. Together, they could prevent as many as 592,000 crashes and save 1,083 lives per year, the agency said."
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+ - Baidu Partners With U.N. To Tackle E-waste In China->

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "A Web-based app called "Baidu Recycle Station" launched Monday as part a new joint lab established by Baidu and the United Nations Development Program that will use Baidu's Internet services and data analytics to develop programs targeted at helping the environment, health care, education and more. The app is meant to help streamline the recycling of e-waste in China by helping users easily sell their old electronics to legitimate recycling factories. And none too soon: The country is the second largest producer of electronic trash, creating over 3.6 million tons of it each year, according to a U.N. study."
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+ - Chinese National Indicted Over Boeing Hacks->

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jfruh (300774) writes "Su Bin, a Chinese citizen arrested in Canada, has been indicted over a series of hacks of Boeing's network in which documents pertaining the C-17 military aircraft and F-22 and F-35 fighter planes were stolen. Su allegedly communicated with hackers in China to direct the attacks using free Gmail accounts, excerpts from which were included in FBI affidavits on the case."
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+ - British Spy Agency Ran Port Scans On Entire Nations->

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jfruh (300774) writes "As part of its so-called "Hacienda" program, the British spy agency GCHQ ran port scans for vulnerabilities across the networks of at least 27 entire countries, a German news site reveals. The site also reported that the Canadian spy agency CSEC has indentified a number of computers it could take over and use as operational relay boxes to launch attacks."
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