SQL injection flaw in Wall Street Journal database led to breach

A vulnerability in a web-based graphics system led to a breach of The Wall Street Journal’s network by a hacker, the newspaper acknowledged late Tuesday.The system was taken offline, and the intrusion did not affect customers or customers’ data, according to a story published by the paper.A hacker going by the handle “w0rm” posted a screenshot on Twitter on Tuesday showing a database from the newspaper. W0rm offered to sell the data for 1 bitcoin, or about US$620.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 23 July 2014 | 5:45 am

Google has to face US privacy suit over new user data policy

A California court has allowed a privacy class action suit against Google to continue, though only in part.After evaluating each claim of each sub-class in the suit, Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal has allowed two claims of the “Android Application Disclosure Subclass,” which includes all persons and entities in the U.S. that acquired an Android-powered device between Aug. 19, 2004 and the present, and downloaded at least one Android application through the Android Market or Google Play.On March 1, 2012, Google introduced a single, unified policy that allows the company to comingle user data across accounts and disclose it to third-parties for advertising purposes.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 23 July 2014 | 2:10 am

Apple hit with class action lawsuit for alleged labor rule violations

Apple faces in a state court in California a class action suit that its employees were not provided timely meal breaks, rest breaks and final paychecks, according to the lawyer for the employees.The Superior Court of California for the County of San Diego certified the case as a class action in a suit filed by Apple’s retail and corporate employees, said Tyler J. Belong, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, on Tuesday.Judge Ronald S. Prager appointed the plaintiffs and their counsel Hogue & Belong as class representatives and counsel on behalf of close to 21,000 employees.Apple now faces claims of meal period, rest period and final pay violations affecting the current and former Apple employees, as a result of the ruling, Belong wrote in an email explaining the court decision.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 22 July 2014 | 11:45 pm

Zero-day flaws in Tails aren't for sale, vulnerability broker says

A company that specializes in selling information on software vulnerabilities has reignited a debate over the handling of such information, especially when it pertains to privacy-focused tools.Exodus Intelligence, based in Austin, Texas, tweeted on Monday it had found several vulnerabilities in Tails, an operating system and suite of applications designed to make it harder to track a user’s activity online.Exodus researches and sells information on software vulnerabilities, a legal business but one that attracts criticism for its opaque nature and worries over how governments or other entities might use the information.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 22 July 2014 | 9:40 pm

How Nokia both helped and hindered Microsoft's earnings

Microsoft paid more than $7 billion for Nokia’s handset and services business, and the jury is still out as to what it means for its future. In the past quarter it boosted Microsoft’s revenue but also ate into its profit.Microsoft’s revenue for the quarter ended June 30 grew 18 percent from last year to US$23.4 billion, boosted by an additional $2 billion from Nokia. That helped Microsoft beat the consensus analyst forecast of $23 billion, according to a poll by Thomson Reuters.But the Nokia deal, which closed April 25, almost a month into the quarter, also stung Microsoft’s profits to the tune of $0.08 a share, causing Microsoft to miss by a nickel Wall Street’s target of $0.60 a share. In the end, its per-share earnings were down 7 percent year over year.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 22 July 2014 | 7:55 pm

Five takeaways from the Apple earnings call

Apple reported its quarterly numbers on Tuesday, a mixed bag that saw profits rise up but sales fall short of the mark. Here are five takeaways from the earnings call that followed.Apple’s pouring more money into R&DApple has spent US$3.3 billion in the past nine months on research and development. That’s 3.1 percent of revenue, putting it on course to beat its R&D spending for the past several years. The last time spending reached that level was 2009, and it could still go higher yet. In the April-to-June quarter, R&D spending was 4.3 percent of revenue, a level not reached since before the iPhone launch. What’s driving the spending? Only Apple knows, but a good guess would be the iPhone, which will reportedly soon see a major overhaul, and Apple’s much-rumored wearable. It’s worth noting, however, that Apple’s R&D spending is lower as a percentage of revenue than many of Silicon Valley’s big enterprise tech firms.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 22 July 2014 | 7:15 pm

More mobile gadgets than people? Seven countries now qualify

Wireless broadband subscriptions now outnumber people in seven countries as consumers continue to snap up smartphones and tablets, according to a new report.Finland, Australia, Japan, Sweden, Denmark, South Korea and the U.S. had wireless broadband penetration of more than 100 percent as of December 2013, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said Tuesday. That means there was more than one wireless broadband subscription per person, usually because consumers have more than one mobile device that can go online. The U.S. just barely crossed the bar, while Finland led the group with more than 123 percent penetration.Across all 37 OECD countries, wireless broadband penetration rose to 72.4 percent as total subscriptions grew 14.6 percent. The group spans North America, Australia, New Zealand, and much of Europe, as well as Japan, South Korea, Turkey, Israel, Mexico and Chile. It’s sometimes treated as a barometer of the developed world.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 22 July 2014 | 5:45 pm

Midyear jobs outlook: What to know about IT hiring, skills, benefits

IT staffing firms and employment researchers released a flurry of data as the first half of the year came to a close. The bottom line? The second half of 2014 is looking good for job-hunting IT pros, particularly if they possess coveted skills. IT employment numbers are rising, employers are forging ahead with hiring plans, and CIOs are confident about hiring budgets. Here come the numbers.IT employment: Steady growthIT employment continues to climb, says TechServe Alliance, a collaboration of IT and engineering businesses. On year-over-year basis, IT employment has grown by 3.2% since June 2013, adding 144,200 IT workers, the alliance reports. “IT employment has been on an upward trajectory for some time,” said Mark Roberts, CEO of TechServe Alliance, in a statement. “Given the low unemployment rate in many IT and engineering occupations, we are in the phase of labor market cycle where future growth is more likely to be constrained by an inadequate supply of talent rather than by demand.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 22 July 2014 | 5:00 pm

Apple “inadvertently admitted” to iOS backdoor: forensics expert

Apple has “inadvertently admitted” to creating a “backdoor” in iOS, according to a new post by a forensics scientist, iOS author and former hacker, who this week created a stir when he posted a presentation laying out his case.Apple has created “several services and mechanisms” that let Apple -- and, potentially, government agencies or malicious third parties -- extract lots of personal data from iOS devices, says Jonathan Zdziarski. There is, he says, no way to shut off this data leakage and there is no explicit consent granted by endusers.He made his case in a talk, "Identifying back doors, attack points, and surveillance mechanisms in iOS devices,” [available in PDF] at the annual HOPE X hackers conference last week in New York City. The talk was based on a paper published in the March issue of “Digital Investigation,” which can be ordered online.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 22 July 2014 | 4:50 pm

Solidifying Microsoft Azure Security for SharePoint and SQL in the Cloud

More and more organizations are moving SharePoint and SQL workloads into Microsoft Azure in the cloud because of the simplicity of spinning up servers in the cloud, adding more capacity, decreasing capacity without having to BUY servers on-premise. What used to cost organizations $20,000, $50,000, or more in purchasing servers, storage, network bandwidth, replica disaster recovery sites, etc and delay SharePoint and SQL rollouts by weeks or month is now completely managed by spinning up virtual machines up in Azure and customizing and configuring systems in the Cloud.But the question always comes up, is it “safe” to put SQL data and SharePoint content up in the cloud? The answer is absolutely YES, that SQL and SharePoint up in Azure are perfectly safe to store protected content up in the cloud AS LONG AS the systems are configured properly!  And in fact, we have configured SharePoint and SQL to actually be MORE SAFE (significantly more safe!) up in Azure than most organizations can claim their security today on-premise.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 22 July 2014 | 4:38 pm

13 Android Tools for Web Developers

Web Developer Apps For Your Android Device As web developers, most of us love to stay connected to the Web. Now with the help of Android apps, developers can ply their craft on any mobile Android device. FTP, SSH, MySQL, code editors, plus much more are all at your fingertips. And while many of us wouldn't choose to use these tools throughout the whole workday, it's nice to know that they are there at the ready should you need to spring into action to save the proverbial day.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 22 July 2014 | 4:36 pm

Microsoft revenue lifted by cloud sales to businesses

Strong sales of cloud products to businesses helped lift Microsoft’s revenue by 18 percent last quarter, though its profits declined. Revenue for the quarter ended June 30 was US$23.4 billion, up from $19.9 billion last year and ahead of the consensus analyst estimate of $23 billion, according to a poll by Thomson Reuters. The revenue figure includes $2 billion from the Nokia Devices and Services business that Microsoft acquired. That deal closed 25 days after the start of the quarter. Net income was $4.6 billion, or $0.55 per share, down from $4.9 billion, or $0.59 per share, a year earlier. On a per-share basis, profit was down 7 percent year over year, including an $0.08 loss from the Nokia business.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 22 July 2014 | 4:30 pm

TOR patch coming

The TOR Project thinks it has figured out how the author of a canceled Black Hat talk cracked its software to mask the source of Internet traffic, and it is working on a patch. Joi Ito, via Flickr Onion Router Project's Roger Dingledine: The TOR bug is “a nice bug, but it isn't the end of the world.” In a mailing list post, the cofounder of The Onion Router Project says he believes he knows how researchers at Carnegie Mellon can figure out the origin of traffic routed through TOR. “Based on our current plans, we'll be putting out a fix that relays can apply that should close the particular bug they found,” says Roger Dingledine in a post July 21.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 22 July 2014 | 4:27 pm

ARM develops second wave of 64-bit processors

ARM is developing its second wave of 64-bit processors as it tries to maintain its edge over Intel in smartphones and tablets.The chips—called Maya and Artemis—are already being licensed to chip makers, said Simon Segars, CEO of ARM, during a webcast earnings press conference on Tuesday.Segars declined to talk more about the processors, saying ARM will reserve details for the actual announcement date. But he said that the company’s future processors are being targeted at not only its existing smartphone, tablet and server markets, but also at areas like automotive and networking equipment.“Artemis and Maya are the fruits of the investment that we’ve made in R&D over the years,” Segars said. “The products [we] are creating will help us sustain market share.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 22 July 2014 | 4:10 pm

Juniper jettisons mobile security biz

Juniper Networks has divested its mobile security product line, selling the assets to a private equity firm for $250 million.As some expected, Juniper sold off its Junos Pulse mobile security unit to Siris Capital, the company announced today. Junos Pulse products were designed to bring integrated connectivity, security and application acceleration to Android, Apple's iOS, Symbian, BlackBerry and Windows Mobile operating systems.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 22 July 2014 | 3:56 pm

Microsoft brings two open source tools to Azure

Following through on promises from new CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft continues to add support for non-Microsoft technologies, allowing them to run well on the company’s Azure cloud hosting platform.“There are a wide variety of platforms and technologies that developers and IT managers like to use. We’re just trying to assure that regardless of your choice, it will work well on Azure “ said Doug Mahugh, a technology evangelist for Microsoft Open Technologies, a subsidiary that develops software and tools for non-Microsoft platforms.“Our decisions about where to invest are very much driven by what is popular with developers,” he said.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 22 July 2014 | 3:45 pm

Round-up of award-winning IDG Enterprise articles

I had the privilege last month of attending the American Society of Business Press Editors' annual regional awards banquet along with many of my colleagues from IDG Enterprise, and better yet, we all came away with handfuls of Azbee award hardware.Here's a look at some of the more than 40 award-winners from our collection (not all of the awards are for individual articles or packages...some were for coverage of an event, like Interop, or for design). National winners are being announced later this week.*How to Stay One Step Ahead of Phishing Attacks (Best Web How-To Article -- Network World)To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 22 July 2014 | 3:17 pm

Oracle builds on BlueKai acquisition with Data Cloud

Oracle is combining its BlueKai consumer data aggregation platform with other parts of its catalog to create Oracle Data Cloud, a data-as-a-service offering aimed at companies that want to reach customers and prospects across multiple channels.As part of Data Cloud, Oracle is offering two services. The first is Oracle DaaS for Marketing, a subscription-based product that provides access to large pools of anonymized user data.Oracle is also introducing DaaS for Social, which “delivers categorization and enrichment of unstructured social and enterprise data, providing unprecedented intelligence on customers, competitors, and market trends,” according to a statement.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 22 July 2014 | 2:45 pm

Apple, IBM agreement shows progress for enterprise mobility

We’ve covered enterprise mobility and collaboration for years, so we took note of the recent announcement by Apple and IBM, who have agreed to create a partnership that addresses what the two call a “new class of business apps,” intended to bring IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities to Apple’s iPhone and iPad. As part of the deal, IBM will sell iPhones and iPads with the industry-specific solutions to business clients worldwide.The partnership will focus on business process, seeking to address mobility challenges with four core capabilities. These include: a new class of more than 100 industry-specific enterprise solutions including native apps, developed exclusively from the ground up, for iPhone and iPad; unique IBM cloud services optimized for iOS, including device management, security, analytics, and mobile integration; a new AppleCare service and support offering tailored to the needs of the enterprise; and new packaged offerings from IBM for device activation, supply and management The new business apps become available starting this fall and will continue into 2015. Commenting on the partnership in a statement, Apple CEO Tim Cook said, “For the first time ever we’re putting IBM’s renowned big data analytics at iOS users’ fingertips, which opens up a large market opportunity for Apple. This is a radical step for enterprise and something that only Apple and IBM can deliver.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 22 July 2014 | 2:37 pm

Should EMC sell off 80% stake in VMware?

Breaking up is hard to do, but could a split be in store soon for EMC and VMware?Talk has intensified in the past week that changes could be afoot in the strategic relationship between the two tech companies. EMC currently owns 80% share of VMware, but a new activist investor is asking for that to change.Investment firm Elliott Management bought up about $1 billion worth of EMC shares to gain about a 2% hold of the company. The Wall Street Journal reported that with the new position, Elliott officials planned to try to convince EMC leadership to sell off some of its share of VMware.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 22 July 2014 | 1:39 pm

India ushers in the post-iPhone era

Xiaomi’s flagship Mi3 smartphone went on sale today on Flipkart, India’s online megastore and largest ecommerce company, beating Google’s sub-$100 Android One to the punch as its Indian supply chain partners get ready to scale. The push into India is part of Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun’s drive to deliver a fivefold boost in sales, up to 100 million units next year. Flipkart announced in a press release that Xiaomi’s “Mi3 stock was sold out in 38 minutes and 50 seconds.” A glance at the smartphone pricing chart of India tells the story. Xiaomi (pronounced show me) has a reputation for creating high-quality smartphone designs that sell for $250 and below, competing with 80% of the devices sold in India. So does Google’s Android One, which will be sold in India by indigenous manufacturers Micromax, Karbonn, Spice, Celkon and Intex.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 22 July 2014 | 1:07 pm

IEEE forms 25G Ethernet study group

On the heels of the formation of a vendor consortium to promote the need, the IEEE this week said it will explore standardization of 25Gbps Ethernet.The standards organization has formed an 802.3 25G Ethernet study group to consider market opportunities and requirements for a single-lane 25G Ethernet speed for server interconnects. The formation of the study group follows formation of the 25 Gigabit Ethernet Consortium almost three weeks ago by a handful of vendors that have defined a specification for 25G and 50G Ethernet for data centers requiring greater than 10/40G.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 22 July 2014 | 12:47 pm

IRS now not sure if backup emails exist, but claims more hard drives crashed

The “lost” emails of Lois Lerner, former Director of the Exempt Organizations Division at the IRS, has been an ongoing drama, with some people debating whether it is a huge conspiracy or the IRS has the worst IT department ever. So far in the congressional investigation into the IRS allegedly targeting Tea Party and conservative groups who applied for tax-exempt status from 2010 to 2012, not only are Lerner’s emails “lost” after her hard drive crashed, and the IRS still doesn’t know if backups of those emails exist, but now more IRS officials claim to have experienced computer crashes.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 22 July 2014 | 11:46 am

Enterprise Collaboration Will Drive Digital Transformation

In today’s increasingly converged world, there’s a tendency to pit CIOs and CMOs against one another as if they’re standing in opposing corners of the ring. But that’s rarely the occasion, says Altimeter Group principal analyst Brian Solis, citing new research from the firm that focuses on the state of digital transformation among companies investing in the digital customer experience.It’s a turf war that’s been sensationalized ad nauseam, and with few concrete examples. It turns out CIOs and CMOs are in much greater alignment than some would suggest.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 22 July 2014 | 11:39 am

The king of techie/geeky movies?

wikipedia Benedict Cumberbatch, the British actor who always seems more imposing than his official 6-foot height, is establishing himself as a go-to guy for tech-themed movies. His next big splash will be portraying Alan Turing, the brilliant mathematician and "Father of Computer Science," in the movie The Imitation Game alongside Keira Knightley (Leonardo DiCaprio was rumored early on to be in contention for the leading role). Turing, who helped crack the Enigma code during World War II, had what would have been his 100th birthday celebrated around the world in 2012. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Posted by on 22 July 2014 | 11:32 am