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Submission + - Google's plan to kill the corporate network (scmagazine.com.au)

mask.of.sanity writes: Google has revealed details on its Beyond Corp project to scrap the notion of a corporate network and move to a zero-trust model.

The company perhaps unsurprisingly considers the traditional notion of perimeter defences and its respective gadgetry as a dead duck, and has moved to authenticate and authorise its 42,000 staff so they can access Google HQ from anywhere (video).

Google also revealed it was perhaps the biggest Apple shop in the world with 43,000 devices deployed and staff only allowed to use Windows with a supporting business case.

Submission + - Apple Tells Gliph to Remove App's Bitcoin Transfer Function (coindesk.com)

Nerdfest writes: Gliph, a mobile messaging app for iOS, has been asked by Apple to remove its key bitcoin-related feature. The issue at hand is the app’s ability to attach bitcoin amounts to messages. Users on Android still have the ability to attach bitcoin to messages with Gliph. Google’s mobile platform has been much more lenient towards virtual currency-related applications that exists within its Google Play store.

In Gliph’s appeal letter to Apple, which has been publicly published, it points out that the company does not offer any sort of wallet services for bitcoin and only facilitates that process. It states:

Submission + - Snowden document shows Canada set up spy posts for NSA (www.cbc.ca)

An anonymous reader writes: A top secret document retrieved by American whistleblower Edward Snowden reveals Canada has set up covert spying posts around the world and conducted espionage against trading partners at the request of the U.S. National Security Agency.

The leaked NSA document being reported exclusively by CBC News reveals Canada is involved with the huge American intelligence agency in clandestine surveillance activities in “approximately 20 high-priority countries."

Submission + - AMA with Trsst: the open source kickstarter to disrupt Twitter and Facebook (trsst.com)

mpowers writes: Trsst is my nearly-funded kickstarter project to (1) extend RSS with self-signed and self-encrypted entries, (2) standardize a http convention for distributing and caching RSS entries kind of like NNTP, and (3) write open source reference implementations of both for others to use to build their own clients and host their own nodes.

The end result is a federated blogging platform that no one can own and no one can snoop, but interoperates with existing RSS feeds and readers as well as the rest of the open web.

I wanted to give slashdot a chance to ask-me-anything to help decide whether we're worthy of your support, and we need your support with just over two days to reach our goal.

Submission + - Atlassian Drops Wiki Markup from Confluence, Insists Users Love It (atlassian.com)

An anonymous reader writes: I've been watching this story unfold for a while now. Atlassian has removed wiki markup from their enterprise "wiki" (is it a wiki without wiki markup?). Two versions later and users still can't upgrade because the new markup-less tool can't produce PDF output and has an unusable WYSIWYG text editor.

Atlassian's response to the outraged response, a typical walled garden playground where Atlassian will "listen" to feedback and insist that users still love the downgrade, non-functional software.

Submission + - Samsung Unveils Galaxy Gear Smartwatch, Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Tab 10.1 (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: The smartwatch race heated up today, as Samsung showed its Galaxy Gear smartwatch at the Samsung Unpacked event in Berlin. Samsung’s take on such a device has been eagerly anticipated. Samsung announced the Galaxy Gear as a companion to the new Galaxy Note 3 and any Galaxy device actually. The Gear lets users make and receive calls hands-free with the built-in speaker, and it notifies you of any incoming texts, emails, and alerts and gives you a preview of whatever is coming through. A Smart Relay feature will display the full content on your Galaxy device. The Galaxy Gear sports an 800MHz processor and 1.63-inch display (320x320) AMOLED display with 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, a speaker, and two microphones with noise cancellation. There’s a 1.9MP camera with a BSI sensor and autofocus, and it connects via Bluetooth 4.0 + BLE. Sensors include an accelerometer and a gyroscope. Those hoping for a refreshed tablet also have something to peer at, as the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) has been revealed. The Note 10.1 ships with a 10" display, a WQXGA resolution (an eye-popping 2560x1600 resolution), and a 1.9GHz octa-core processor. Over on the smaller side of things, there's the new Galaxy Note 3. It's Samsung's latest phablet, and it's shipping later this fall with a 5.7" (1080p) display, 3GB of RAM, Android 4.3, and an imitation-leather back that might feel better in the hand than plastic (or not?). It will also be compatible with the Galaxy Gear smartwatch right out of the box, but we're going to have to wait for carriers to announce pricing.

Submission + - myOpenID to shut down in February (myopenid.com) 1

kriston writes: This is an email sent to myOpenID.com users this afternoon.


I wanted to reach out personally to let you know that we have made the decision to end of life the myOpenID service. myOpenID will be turned off on February 1, 2014.

In 2006 Janrain created myOpenID to fulfill our vision to make registration and login easier on the web for people. Since that time, social networks and email providers such as Facebook, Google, Twitter, LinkedIn and Yahoo! have embraced open identity standards. And now, billions of people who have created accounts with these services can use their identities to easily register and login to sites across the web in the way myOpenID was intended.

By 2009 it had become obvious that the vast majority of consumers would prefer to utilize an existing identity from a recognized provider rather than create their own myOpenID account. As a result, our business focus changed to address this desire, and we introduced social login technology. While the technology is slightly different from where we were in 2006, I’m confident that we are still delivering on our initial promise – that people should take control of their online identity and are empowered to carry those identities with them as they navigate the web.

For those of you who still actively use myOpenID, I can understand your disappointment to hear this news and apologize if this causes you any inconvenience. To reduce this inconvenience, we are delaying the end of life of the service until February 1, 2014 to give you time to begin using other identities on those sites where you use myOpenID today.

Speaking on behalf of Janrain, I truly appreciate your past support of myOpenID.


Larry Drebes, CEO, Janrain, Inc.

Submission + - Why PayPal chose OpenStack (itnews.com.au)

AlbanX writes: PayPal has responded to claims it is ripping out its VMware hypervisors for OpenStack, describing its use of components of OpenStack as a means for ending its reliance on vendor release cycles.

Submission + - A Brilliant, Secure,Open Source Twitter Replacement (fastcolabs.com)

Nerdfest writes: We’re living in a post-Snowden era, which means you should assume that everybody, including the social networks you use every day, are always looking over your digital shoulder. So how do you take back your online communication from the prying eyes of the government? Enter Trsst, a new social network that promises to be a white knight of media, keeping all of your cat posts and private messages safe and secure forever. Trsst itself can’t crack into your content, they claim, because you keep your own encryption keys. That also means they can’t hand your stuff over to the government, even under court order.

Submission + - New Linux Trojan in the Wild (rsa.com) 2

Nerdfest writes: It appears that a Russia based cybercrime team has set its sights on offering a new banking Trojan targeting the Linux operating system. This appears to be a commercial operation, which includes support/sales agents and software developer(s). It has an anti-research tool box, which includes anti VM, anti-sandbox and anti-debugger features.

The Trojan’s developer claims it has been tested on 15 different Linux desktop distributions, including Ubuntu Fedora and Debian. As for desktop environments, the malware supports 8 different environments, including Gnome and Kde.

With recent recommendations to leave the supposedly insecure Windows OS for the safer Linux distributions, does Hand of Thief represent the early signs of Linux becoming less secure as cybercrime migrates to the platform?


Submission + - Apple v. Samsung: Surprising Reveals in Latest Court Documents (wired.com)

Nerdfest writes: "The lawyers behind the upcoming Apple v. Samsung trial have been hard at work filing docket after docket as their court battle looms closer, and many of those dockets have just been released to the public. We’re now seeing a lot of previously secret information about the early days of iPhone and iPad R&D, and what’s happened behind closed doors at both Apple and Samsung."

Surprises include the iPhone design being 'inspired' by Sony product ideas, and that Samsung was warned that it was copying Apple.


Submission + - Why The New Guy Can't Code 4

theodp writes: 'We've all lived the nightmare,' writes Jon Evans. 'A new developer shows up at work, and you try to be welcoming, but he can't seem to get up to speed; the questions he asks reveal basic ignorance; and his work, when it finally emerges, is so kludgey that it ultimately must be rewritten from scratch by more competent people.' Evans takes a stab at explaining why the new guy can't code when his interviewers and HR swear that they only hire above-average/A-level/top-1% people. Evans fingers the technical interview as the culprit, saying the skills required to pass today's industry-standard software interview are not those required to be a good software developer. Instead, Evans suggests: 'Don't interview anyone who hasn't accomplished anything. Ever. Certificates and degrees are not accomplishments; I mean real-world projects with real-world users. There is no excuse for software developers who don't have a site, app, or service they can point to and say, 'I did this, all by myself!' in a world where Google App Engine and Amazon Web Services have free service tiers, and it costs all of $25 to register as an Android developer and publish an app on the Android Market.'

Submission + - Thin-Film Flexible Paperphone Created (gizmag.com)

fergus07 writes: Researchers from the Human Media Lab at Canada's Queen's University have created a fully-functioning floppy E-Ink smartphone, which they also refer to as a paper computer. Like its thicker, rigid-bodied counterparts, the Paperphone can do things like making and receiving calls, storing e-books, and playing music. Unlike them, however, it conforms to the shape of its user's pocket or purse, and can even be operated through bending actions.

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