Technology archive for 2011-09-21

Shasta Ventures Closes New $265 Million III Fund (Alexia Tsotsis/TechCrunch)

(3 years ago)
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:Shasta Ventures Closes New $265 Million III Fund  —  Menlo Park-based VC firm Shasta Ventures is announcing the closing of its Shasta Ventures III fund today, topping off at $265 million.  With the participation of mostly already existing investors, the fund will be the VC firm's largest raised to date …

Adobe Pushes Emergency Flash Player Security Fix

(3 years ago)
wiredmikey writes "As expected, Adobe today released a security update for its Flash Player. The out of cycle update addresses critical security issues in flash player as well as an important universal cross-site scripting issue. Adobe reported that one of the vulnerabilities (CVE-2011-2444) is being exploited in the wild in active targeted attacks designed to trick the user into clicking on a malicious link delivered in an email message. To illustrate the importance of keeping systems up to date, including Adobe Flash products, the fact that the RSA cyber attack was executed using a spear phishing attack with an embedded flash file should serve as a friendly reminder. RSA was breached after an employee opened a spreadsheet that contained a zero-day exploit that installed a backdoor through an Adobe Flash vulnerability." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Introducing multiple sign-in and preferences on Gmail for mobile (Dominic Leung/Gmail Blog)

(3 years ago)
Dominic Leung / Gmail Blog:Introducing multiple sign-in and preferences on Gmail for mobile  —  Posted by Posted by Dominic Leung, Mobile Software Engineer  —  The Gmail for mobile team works hard to bring you features that make you more productive on the go.  Today, we will highlight some new features for Gmail in your mobile browser.

HAH! Guess How Much Money Soon-To-Be-Canned HP CEO Apotheker Will Get For His Lousy Year Of Work (Nicholas Carlson/Business Insider)

(3 years ago)
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:HAH!  Guess How Much Money Soon-To-Be-Canned HP CEO Apotheker Will Get For His Lousy Year Of Work  —  HP CEO Leo Apotheker hasn't done a very good job since he was promoted to the top slot last year.  —  You can tell because the board is debating whether or not to fire him in public.

Micron adds self-encryption to RealSSD C400, protects plans for world domination from prying eyes

(3 years ago)
Micron may think it's simply "bolstering user security" but, if you ask us, it seems like the company is providing the machines with a tool to protect their plans for insurrection. The RealSSD C400 SED has a special, security-focused firmware and hardware-based AES-256-bit encryption that keeps all of its precious data safe from prying eyes. The hardware self-encryption solution also frees up a computer's processor to focus on more important tasks (like planing the enslavement of mankind), rather than waste precious resources on protecting sensitive information. The C400 SED will ship sometime during Q4 in 128GB, 256GB and 512GB varieties. Price has yet to be announced, but we're not sure that Skynet really cares what the cost is. After all, it can just tell Micron's order-processing system to send a bunch out free of charge.Continue reading Micron adds self-encryption to RealSSD C400, protects plans for world domination from prying eyesMicron adds self-encryption to RealSSD C400, protects plans for world domination from prying eyes originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 21 Sep 2011 17:32:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |   | Email this | Comments

Facebook Funds Go to Teachers (Lisa Fleisher/Wall Street Journal)

(3 years ago)
Lisa Fleisher / Wall Street Journal:Facebook Funds Go to Teachers  —  Some of Mark Zuckerberg's $100 million gift to the Newark school system will be given directly to public schoolteachers, one year after the Facebook founder announced the donation, said three people familiar with the plans.  —  The foundation that manages …

Facebook's Redesigned News Feed: Things You Need to Know

(3 years ago)
Continuing its streak of product launches and modifications, Facebook yesterday rolled out even more changes to its interface, which include an updated News Feed and an activity ticker. These latest additions follow a privacy center redesign, the introduction of Subscriptions and Facebook's new friend lists.

DigiNotar dies from certificate hack caper

(3 years ago)
DigiNotar, the Dutch company that was hacked earlier this summer by certificate thieves, has gone bust and shut down, its U.S.-based owner said.

Four Reasons You Should Use Google+ Hangouts and 'Huddles'0

(3 years ago)
Google+ has moved from invitation-only limited Field Trial to Beta mode open to the public. Along with the transition from Field Trial to Beta, Google also introduced a number of changes to the Google+ social network that might make it a more attractive platform for business use.

Twitter buys social analytics firm Julpan

(3 years ago)
Twitter has acquired Julpan, a startup founded last year that analyzes the way people share information on the social web with the goal of delivering fresh and relevant content to users.

Oracle announces database appliance for SMBs

(3 years ago)
Oracle is hoping to capture the fancy of smaller companies enamored with its Exadata data-processing machine, announcing Wednesday the availability of a new database appliance configured for SMBs' needs and budgets.

Massachusetts Attorney General, Victim of iTunes Fraud

(3 years ago)
chicksdaddy writes "Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley said on Tuesday that her office would be inquiring into long-standing complaints about fraudulent purchases that leverage Apple's popular online music store. Coakley was herself a victim of identity theft in recent months, telling the audience that her stolen credit card information was used to make fraudulent iTunes purchases. When asked (by a Threatpost reporter) about whether such fraud constitutes a reportable event under the Bay State's strict data breach notification law, 201 CMR 17, Coakley said that her office would be looking into that question and demanding answers from Cupertino, which has steadfastly refused to respond to media requests regarding user reports about fraudulent iTunes purchases, and which has not reported the breaches to Massachusetts regulators." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Squid extract bridges human / machine divide, cyborgs to become very real

(3 years ago)
If we ever manage to capture a live giant squid, researchers at the University of Washington are going to have a field day. Enterprising minds at the institution's materials science and engineering department have discovered a use for chitosan -- an extract made from squid pen or crab shells that could lead us down a cybernetic road to human / machine interfaces. The team incorporated the organic compound into their field-effect transistor prototype, and effectively created the first protonic circuitry "that's completely analogous to [the way] an electronic current" can be manipulated. Naturally, the silicon-based tech isn't ready (or safe) for implantation into humans just yet, but could one day be used to control biological functions, sending on / off commands to our bodies. Maybe we won't have to fear that robot apocalypse, after all. You never know, give scientists ample time to fully flesh this advancement out and Spielberg's next great cinematic, sci-fi opus could wind up becoming a cyborg rom-com. Stranger things have happened folks.Squid extract bridges human / machine divide, cyborgs to become very real originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 21 Sep 2011 17:04:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink TG Daily  |  University of Washington  | Email this | Comments

The Unauthorized Autobiography of Julian Assange (John Cook/Gawker)

(3 years ago)
John Cook / Gawker:The Unauthorized Autobiography of Julian Assange  —  Perpetual s**t-show Julian Assange has notched another screw-up in his long list of self-undermining failures: The much-vaunted memoir, for which he received a $1.5 million advance, and wherein he was to lay out for once and for all a defense …

Pandora rolls out HTML5 redesign to everyone, drops 40 hour listening cap (Brian Heater/Engadget)

(3 years ago)
Brian Heater / Engadget:Pandora rolls out HTML5 redesign to everyone, drops 40 hour listening cap  —  Remember that Pandora redesign that we told you about, way back in July?  Well, it's finally done testing, and is ready to bring its HTML5-based goodness to the Internet radio-loving masses.

EFF System To Warn of Certificate Breaches

(3 years ago)
snydeq writes "With its distributed SSL Observatory, the Electronic Frontier Foundation hopes to detect compromised certificate authorities and warn users about attacks, InfoWorld reports. 'The EEF, along with developers at the Tor Project and consulting firm iSec Partners, has updated its existing HTTPS Everywhere program with the ability to anonymously report every certificate encountered. The group will analyze the data so that it can detect any rogue certificates — and by extension, compromised authorities — its users encounter, says Peter Eckersley, technology projects director for the EFF.'" Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Full Tilt Poker rejects Ponzi allegations: lawyer

(3 years ago)
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A lawyer for Full Tilt Poker rejected on Wednesday allegations made by federal prosecutors that the company and its board of directors operated the company as a global Ponzi scheme.

PocketCloud hits emerging mobile cloud market

(3 years ago)
(Reuters) - U.S. firm Wyse Technology on Wednesday rolled out a new version of its PocketCloud application, enabling free sharing of music and videos between consumers' mobile devices.

NTT, others start fund for Internet startups: report

(3 years ago)
(Reuters) - A group of companies, including Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp, Gree Inc and NEC Biglobe Ltd, have launched a new fund that will provide early-stage venture capital to Internet startups, the Nikkei business daily said.

Salesforce Buys Customer Service SaaS Assistly For $50M To Reach Small Businesses (Leena Rao/TechCrunch)

(3 years ago)
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:Salesforce Buys Customer Service SaaS Assistly For $50M To Reach Small Businesses  —  Salesforce has just bought social customer service SaaS startup Assistly.  The purchase price is $50 million, and the deal is all-cash.  —  Assistly helps companies collect and organize …

Kayak Updates IPO Filing to Acknowledge Google's Entry Into Travel (Tricia Duryee/AllThingsD)

(3 years ago)
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:Kayak Updates IPO Filing to Acknowledge Google's Entry Into Travel  —  Kayak has updated its IPO filing to disclose that Google has entered the travel search market.  —  The Internet giant's entry, which could become a formidable force in the industry, was entirely expected …

U.S. judge sets February 13 for AT&T antitrust trial (Reuters)

(3 years ago)
Reuters:U.S. judge sets February 13 for AT&T antitrust trial  —  (Reuters) - A U.S. judge set a February 13 start for a trial over whether AT&T Inc (T.N) can buy rival T-Mobile USA despite competitive concerns raised in a lawsuit by the Obama administration's Justice Department.

Designer Creates "Euthanasia Roller Coaster"

(3 years ago)
disco_tracy writes "Lithuanian amusement park worker and current PhD candidate in London's Royal College of Art's Design Interactions department, Julijonas Urbonas, has made a design for a hypothetical coaster that could be the future of humane euthanasia. Urbonas says that it is engineered to give a person a way to die with 'with elegance and euphoria.' From the article: 'The three-minute ride involves a long, slow, climb -- nearly a third of a mile long -- that lifts one up to a height of more than 1,600 feet, followed by a massive fall and seven strategically sized and placed loops. The final descent and series of loops take all of one minute. But the gravitational force -- 10 Gs -- from the spinning loops at 223 miles per hour in that single minute is lethal.'" Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Roku announces Disney partnership, YouTube channel in the works

(3 years ago)
Roku has been charming the pants off Google and the suspenders off Mickey. The media streaming company has shed light on both the development of a YouTube channel and a partnership with Disney. After an unofficial attempt at viral video stardom was quickly squashed by Google, Roku has confirmed via Facebook plans for a new YouTube channel. In another win for Roku addicts, the company launched a Disney channel where fans of the cartoon crew can ingest short form content from Disney.com, including animated shorts, movie trailers and music videos. As the first connected device to offer content from the Magic Kingdom, the friendship gives Roku some serious leverage over its competitors, just in time for the holiday spending spree.Continue reading Roku announces Disney partnership, YouTube channel in the worksRoku announces Disney partnership, YouTube channel in the works originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 21 Sep 2011 16:32:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Gigaom, Zatz Not Funny!  |  Facebook  | Email this | Comments

Google's Schmidt, Senators bicker over whether links were 'cooked' (Larry Dignan/Between the Lines Blog)

(3 years ago)
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:Google's Schmidt, Senators bicker over whether links were ‘cooked’  —  Summary: A Senator charges that Google is cooking links to favor its own properties.  Google's Eric Schmidt said “I can assure you we haven't cooked anything.”  —  Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt and a panel …

Social Commerce Network Lockerz Acquires Personalized Video Curation Platform Vodpod (Leena Rao/TechCrunch)

(3 years ago)
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:Social Commerce Network Lockerz Acquires Personalized Video Curation Platform Vodpod  —  Exclusive-Flush with $45 million new funding in new funding, Kleiner-backed social commerce network Lockerz has acquired personalized video curation platform Vodpod and all related assets from parent company Remixation.

Nook Heads to Radio Shack as E-reader Battle Looms

(3 years ago)
Barnes & Noble ups its ante in a looming e-book battle as tablet makers compete for consumer dollars this holiday shopping season. The bookseller's popular Nook Simple Touch and Nook Color e-readers go on sale at Radio Shack stores starting October 3rd.

Ousting Apotheker may add to disruption at HP, say analysts

(3 years ago)
The man Hewlett-Packard hired just one year ago to build its software and cloud computing businesses, as well as take on Apple with a WebOS-powered tablet, may be on the verge of heading out the door.

Rain-Catching Coat Is Part Art, Part Utility

(3 years ago)
Catching a drink of water isn’t exactly something most would think about doing the next time they're thirsty, but that’s exactly what this nifty water purification rain coat is capable of should it actually become a mass-market reality.

Full Tilt Poker rejects Ponzi allegations: lawyer

(3 years ago)
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A lawyer for Full Tilt Poker rejected on Wednesday allegations made by federal prosecutors that the company and its board of directors operated the company as a global Ponzi scheme.

U.S. judge sets February 13 for AT&T antitrust trial

(3 years ago)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. judge set a February 13 start for a trial over whether AT&T Inc can buy rival T-Mobile USA despite competitive concerns raised in a lawsuit by the Obama administration's Justice Department.

PocketCloud hits emerging mobile cloud market

(3 years ago)
(Reuters) - U.S. firm Wyse Technology on Wednesday rolled out a new version of its PocketCloud application, enabling free sharing of music and videos between consumers' mobile devices.

Julian Assange's Unauthorized Autobiography

(3 years ago)
macwhizkid writes "After signing a major book deal for his autobiography, Julian Assange backed out (allegedly worrying about self-incrimination) but failed to return his £500,000 advance payment. The publisher is understandably unhappy with this outcome, and intends to publish the 'world's first unauthorized autobiography' from an early draft Assange submitted. The book will be in stores tomorrow, but I'm still hoping it'll be published early on WikiLeaks..." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Apple offers Final Cut Pro X update and free 30 day trial, hopes we can all still be friends

(3 years ago)
Plenty of folks were less than thrilled by the release of Apple's rebuilt Final Cut Pro -- in fact, words like "disgruntled" come to mind when describing the response to the new version of the video editing software. Take heart, however, the massive backlash hasn't gone unnoticed. The company has released version 10.0.1 of Final Cut Pro X, which offers up some new features, including support for rich XML and Xsan, Lion full-screen view and Media Stem export. Apple has even offered up a rare moment of humility, acknowledging that the additions are an attempt at "answering those concerns" of "very vocal customers." The company is also looking to push back against some of the negative press by offering up a 30 day demo of the software to wary users afraid to take the plunge. More updates, including multi-camera support and broadcast-quality video monitoring are promised for early next year.Apple offers Final Cut Pro X update and free 30 day trial, hopes we can all still be friends originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 21 Sep 2011 16:05:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Ars Technica  |  Apple (1), (2)  | Email this | Comments

Google evangelist warns Facebook could be the next AOL or IBM (Dan Sabbagh/Guardian)

(3 years ago)
Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:Google evangelist warns Facebook could be the next AOL or IBM  —  Vint Cerf says Facebook's closed model risks it becoming a ‘walled garden’ unconnected from other networks and websites  —  Vint Cerf, Google's chief internet evangelist, and the man who designed one of the key building blocks …

Pakistan Seeks To Block Facebook Again

(3 years ago)
Mightee writes "Pakistan, which was in the news last year for blocking Facebook over a 'Draw Mohammad Day' competition, is seeking to ban the social network again due to the second round of the same competition, reports Pakistan Today. Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, presiding over the Lahore High Court, ordered the Ministry of Information and Technology to block access to Facebook nationwide on the charge of 'spreading religious hatred on the Internet.' The court also directed the ministry to police the Internet and block all other websites that were found guilty of the same charge, but it spared search engines like Google (which it is targeting for other reasons)." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Twitter opens up photo sharing via text message on some carriers

(3 years ago)
We're not exactly lacking in ways to share a photo on Twitter these days, but one key area that has been left behind is the venerable text message -- which is pretty important for the millions of people that don't have smartphones. While tweets via text have been possible since day one, Twitter has only just now opened up the ability to post a photo via SMS. That service is only available on some carriers initially -- AT&T, Verizon and Cellular South in the US, Vodafone, O2 and Orange in the UK, and Rogers in Canada, plus Vodafone Italy, VIVA Bahrain and TIM Brazil -- but Twitter says that it's working to bring the feature to additional carriers. Actually sending a photo via text is as simple as you'd expect (just attach it to your message and send it to the appropriate number for your country), but you'll of course have to be aware of any additional charges your carrier might impose.Twitter opens up photo sharing via text message on some carriers originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 21 Sep 2011 15:44:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink The Next Web  |  Twitter  | Email this | Comments

Where's Mango? An update on timing (Eric Hautala/The Windows Blog)

(3 years ago)
Eric Hautala / The Windows Blog:Where's Mango?  An update on timing  —  Hi everybody.  Given all the recent speculation around the timing of our Mango update, I wanted to bring you up to speed on what to expect next.  —  For months, we and dozens of our partner companies have been laying the groundwork for the Windows Phone 7.5 update—and making solid progress.

Amazon To Offer Kindle ebooks Via Public Libraries

(3 years ago)
destinyland writes "Amazon announced this morning that they're making Kindle ebooks available for free in America through 11,000 local public libraries. 'We're thrilled that Amazon is offering such a new approach to library ebook...' said one Seattle's librarian, and one Kindle blog listed out the top advantages to having them available in libraries." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Froyo-based ViewSonic V430 smartphone appears in Russia, anonymity almost guaranteed

(3 years ago)
ViewSonic has revealed its latest Android phone, the V430 -- though you'd be hard pressed to tell who made it from looks alone. Putting the incognito design aside, vital statistics include a meaty WVGA 4.3-inch screen, and a 5 megapixel primary camera paired with a VGA front-facing camera, all chugging along on a 1GHz Snapdragon processor. ViewSonic has cut down to only three buttons below the screen, a change from the four-button setup we've seen on its previous Android tablets and phones. Sadly, the Android version number has been similarly reduced -- the V430 is apparently running Android 2.2, not the Android 2.3 Gingerbread deliciousness we've come to expect from Google-powered smartphones in 2011. The V430 looks set on launching first in Russia, but no word yet on whether it'll board the Trans-Siberian across to Europe and beyond. Price is also Russian secret.Froyo-based ViewSonic V430 smartphone appears in Russia, anonymity almost guaranteed originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 21 Sep 2011 15:22:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Unwired View  |   | Email this | Comments

AT&T Gave $963,275 to Lawmakers Urging Approval of T-Mobile Bid (Bloomberg)

(3 years ago)
Bloomberg:AT&T Gave $963,275 to Lawmakers Urging Approval of T-Mobile Bid  —  Sept. 21 (Bloomberg) — Representative Pete Olson and 99 fellow House Republicans signed a letter yesterday urging the Obama administration to resolve a government lawsuit and let AT&T Inc. buy T-Mobile USA Inc.
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