Bearhouse writes: BBC reports that Verizon will buy part of Yahoo and is expected to merge it with AOL, which it bought last year. Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer has made little progress in returning the company to profit since she took the job in 2012. Yahoo reported a $440m loss in the second quarter, but said the board had made "great progress on strategic alternatives". http://www.bbc.com/news/busine...
Bearhouse writes: The BBC reports that Julius Kivimaki was found guilty of 50,700 "instances of aggravated computer break-ins". Court documents state that his attacks affected Harvard University and MIT among others, and involved hijacking emails, blocking traffic to websites and the theft of credit card details. The District Court Judge, Wilhelm Norrmann noted that Kivimaki had only been 15 and 16 when he carried out the crimes in 2012 and 2013. Contrast this to the treatment meted out to Aaron Swartz, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/..., and the Pirate Bay team. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
Bearhouse writes: Researchers have identified the most-edited pages in Wikipedia — the subject of so-called 'Wikiwars'. It's interesting to see how these differ by country; in the USA, GWB tops the list. For the Czech republic, it's homosexuality. Regarding Germany, 9/11 conspiracy theories are in third place, after Croatia and Scientology. Just as weird and interesting as Wikipedia itself.
Bearhouse writes: My Dad amazes me with (a) his longevity & energy, and (b) his continued ability to mess around with electronics stuff. Since he already has things ranging from valve amps made from war-surplus, via an original IBM PC kit to an Android tablet, I was going to buy him a Raspberry Pi for Christmas. Turns out he's already got one. I saw nothing that really got me excited in the attached link, so your ideas would be appreciated, thanks.
Bearhouse writes: From the BBC: Unless users delete their Instagram accounts by a deadline of 16 January, they cannot opt out. The changes also mean Instagram can share information about its users with Facebook, its parent company, as well as other affiliates and advertisers. The move riled social media users, with some likening it to a "suicide note". The new policies follow Facebook's record $1bn (£616m; 758 euro) acquisition of Instagram in April. Facebook's vice-president of global marketing solutions Carolyn Everson earlier this month had said: "Eventually we'll figure out a way to monetise Instagram."
I'm not sure the many young users of Instagram will be too happy when their pictures start showing up in ads.
Bearhouse writes: Won't be a surprise for regular readers, but there's a good summary from Gartner here of how IT VPs should be wary of, amongst other things, SAP's rather opaque pricing and Oracle's poor interoperability. Also, how IBM is more interested in taking over your company's IT strategy than it is in delivering solutions.