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+ - Malware Creators Use Paid Apple Program To Bypass iOS Security->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh writes: One of the selling points iOS is that apps can only be downloaded via the App Store, which vets them for malware, thus creating a very safe environment. There is a way to bypass those security checks, though: pay $299 to sign up for the iOS Developer Enterprise Program. The program is meant for companies that want to distribute custom in-house apps to their employees, but Japanese fraudsters are now using it to get fraudware onto unsuspecting users' phones.
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+ - Microsoft Hasn't Given Up On The Non-Smart Phones It Inherited From Nokia->

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jfruh writes: Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia's handset business was mostly focused on gaining a hardware line that ran the company's Windows Phone OS; but in the process, Microsoft also gained ownership of some model lines that are classified as "feature phones" and some that are straight up dumb, and they're still coming out with new models, confusingly still bearing the "Nokia" brand. The $20 Nokia 105 as billed as "long-lasting backup device" and comes with an FM radio, while the $30 Nokia 215 is "Internet-ready" and comes with Facebook and Twitter apps.
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+ - Facebook Sued In US Court for Blocking Page In India->

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itwbennett writes: Facebook has been sued in California by the non-profit organization Sikhs For Justice for blocking their page in India. The group has charged Facebook with engaging in 'a pattern of civil rights violation and blatant discriminatory conduct' by blocking its content in the whole of India. It has asked the court for a permanent injunction on further blocking of the page, access to Facebook’s correspondence with the Indian government about the block, and an award of damages, besides other relief.
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+ - Security Startup Finds Stolen Data On the 'Dark Web'->

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itwbennett writes: A Baltimore-based startup says it has developed a faster and more secure way to find stolen data on the Internet. The company uses data fingerprinting techniques to create hashes of an organization's data in fragments as small as 14 bytes. Only those hashes — which can't be transformed back into the original data — are stored by Terbium.
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+ - Pinterest To Start Testing "Buyable Pins"->

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jfruh writes: Pinterest is a site where users can collect images and links to things that interest them — often, things they're interested in buying. The potential ability to monetize that interest has been the driving force behind massive investment in the stie, and now the company is rolling out buyable pins, which will allow you to purchase pinned items without ever having to leave the Pinterest site or app.
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+ - Nokia Shifts To Selling Back-End Systems To Mobile Networks->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh writes: With Nokia's handset business now sold off to Microsoft, you might be wondering what the remainder of the company does, exactly. The company is trying to use its expertise at other end of its old business, offering data centers and virtualized infrastructure to wireless networking companies to make their businesses more efficient. Competitors include Ericsson, another mobile phone also-ran.
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+ - What do you wish you'd known when starting your first 'real' job?->

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itwbennett writes: ITworld's Josh Fruhlinger asked seasoned (and some not-so-seasoned) tech professionals what they wished they knew back when they were newly minted graduates entering the workforce. Perhaps not surprisingly, some of the best advice has more to do with soft skills than with tech skills. To wit: 'When [managers] say they are suggesting you do something, it's not really a suggestion — it is an order disguised as a suggestion. Plain-speaking is a lost art at big companies and corporate double talk is the name of the game.' What's your best piece of advice for the newest among you?
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+ - Uber Revises Privacy Policy, Wants More Data From Users->

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itwbennett writes: Uber Technologies is revising its privacy policy to allow it to access a rider’s location when its smartphone app is running in the background, and to send special offers to users’ friends and family. Writing about the policy update in a blog post Thursday, Katherine Tassi, managing counsel of data privacy at Uber, noted that users will be in control in either case, and will be able to choose whether to share that data. The company has faced criticism in the past over how it handles sensitive information, particularly over its so-called ”God view” tool that apparently lets some Uber employees track the location of customers that have requested car service.
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+ - FCC Proposes To Extend So-Called "Obamaphone" Program To Broadband->

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jfruh writes: The FCC's Lifeline program subsidizes phone service for very poor Americans; it gained notoriety under the label "Obamaphone," even though the program started under Reagan and was extended to cell phones under Clinton. Now the FCC is proposing that the program, which is funded by a fee on telecom providers, be extended to broadband, on the logic that high-speed internet is as necessary today as telephone service was a generation ago.
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+ - EU Plans Mandatory Cross-Border Rules To Fight Corporate Tax Evasion->

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itwbennett writes: In a bid to fight tax avoidance by international business behemoths like Amazon and Apple, the European Commission is proposing mandatory rules to make companies pay taxes to all the countries in which they generate profit. To make sure that companies are taxed for all the profit they generate, the Commission wants to introduce a Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base (CCCTB), said Valdis Dombrovskis, Commission vice president responsible for economic and financial affairs. EU countries in which a company is active would be entitled to a portion of its unified tax return.
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+ - Computer Chips Made of Wood Promise Greener Electronics->

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itwbennett 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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+ - Riddell Asked To Step Down From the Kubuntu Council->

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itwbennett writes: Friction between the lead Kubuntu developer Jonathan Riddell and Ubuntu reached extreme temperatures on Monday when the Ubuntu Community Council (UCC) asked Riddell to step down from 'leadership in Kubuntu' as well as 'all positions of leadership in the Ubuntu Community.' According to Riddell, the bone of contention was a years-long, ongoing inquiry by Riddell about the distribution of donations collected by Canonical from Ubuntu.com. The Kubuntu Council met this morning and has come out behind Riddell, saying they didn’t find his behavior in violation of Ubuntu Code of Conduct.
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+ - Latest Vector To Attack Point-of-Sale Terminals: Email ->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh writes: Point-of-sale software has meant that in many cases where once you'd have seen a cash register, you now see a general-purpose PC running point-of-sale (PoS) software. Unfortunately, those PCs have all the usual vulnerabilities, and when you run software on it that processes credit card payments, they become a tempting target for hackers. One of the latest attacks on PoS software comes in the form of malicious Word macros downloaded from spam emails.
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