‘Perros,’ ‘Actor,’ ‘Return’ Highlights at Puentes

December 5, 2014  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Marcela Said’s “Los Perros,” Paula Markovitch’s “Leading Actor” and Gorki Glaser-Muller’s “The Return” feature among 10 projects at the 6th Puentes Europe-Latin America Producers Workshops. A one-year training-networking course for early-in-development projects organized by the European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs (EAVE), the first workshop of Puentes 2014-2015 edition has just taken place in Montevideo, Uruguay (Nov. 27-Dec.... Read more

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You Say Goodbye and We Say Hello

December 31, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

This is the last day of the All Things Digital site, which began life in April of 2007 as a year-round extension of the D conference we launched in 2003. Since then, we have published nearly 40,000 posts and attracted millions of loyal readers. Starting January 2, we’ll have an all-new site and suite of conferences, with a different name and Web address, run as an independent company with great investors and partners. It’s likely you’ll hear a lot about it. But before we go — this will be our last post here, by the way — we want to say we are intensely proud of what we did on this tech and media news and analysis site.

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Another Longtime Windows Exec Heads for the Exit as 2013 Draws to a Close

December 31, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Grant George, a longtime head of software testing at Microsoft, is leaving the company, AllThingsD has learned. Like Jon DeVaan, who announced Monday he was retiring from Microsoft , George was left without a clear role following a September reorganization of the Windows unit . That reorg followed the departure of Windows head Steven Sinofsky. George joined Microsoft in 1994 as a tester in the then-newly formed Office unit following 14 years in testing at Tandem Computer. Sinofsky, who worked with George on both Office and Windows, praised the contributions George made at Microsoft. “Grant always represented the pinnacle of customer focus,” Sinofsky said. “His contributions to both Windows and Office were without parallel in the engineering discipline of testing, automation and quality.” A Microsoft representative confirmed George’s departure, which he announced earlier Tuesday in a memo to colleagues, saying, “We thank him for his contributions to the company and wish him all the best.”

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Some of Our Fave D Conference Videos Before AllThingsD Signs Off in 3 … 2… 1 …

December 31, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Before we end our reign of terror, oops , tech at AllThingsD , I wanted to post a few of my favorite videos from D: All Things Digital conferences that we have done since 2003. While we are proud of all we have created on the news site, I think it is fair to say that the conferences have also been pretty dang fine and mores taken as a whole. We’ve had a panoply of bigs in tech and media up there over the 11 conferences, all sitting in our signature red Steelcase chairs, with some memorable moments, including: More than a half-dozen appearances by the late, great Steve Jobs of Apple, including an joint interview with Microsoft’s Bill Gates; the famous hoodie incident with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, who managed to ably recover from the very sticky situation; the testy interview with former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina; the hysterical one with former Sony head Howard Stringer; the sassy one from former Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz; the future-is-here one with former DARPA head Regina Dugan; the silent-off with former Groupon CEO Andrew Mason; the geek-out with Hollywood director James Cameron; the epic Elon Musk chat from last year. And many, many more, now numbering in the hundreds, most of which you can find here . We did not publish the videos for the first five conferences, as we did not have a site to post them too, but here are my top seven from each year we did, all joint appearances with Walt Mossberg, as well as one each from the smaller Dive and other conferences, featuring Peter Kafka, Liz Gannes and Ina Fried. D5 (2007) Hands down, the historic — and decidedly poignant — joint interview of Gates and Jobs: D6 (2008) New Corp’s Rupert Murdoch in a surprisingly — to the crowd, at least — avuncular mode (this is part one of six — here are the rest ): D7 (2009) Twitter’s Biz Stone and Evan Williams in simpler days: D8 (2010) Mark Zuckerberg and the hoodie that saved the day: D9 (2011) Browser man and VC Marc Andreessen on software eating the world: D10 (2012) Hollywood superagent Ari Emanuel is not shy: D11 (2013) Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk is Tony Stark: Dive Into Media (2012) Rust never sleeps for Neil Young: Dive Into Media (2013) Vice’s Shame Smith and College Humor’s Ricky Van Veen are also not shy: Dive Into Mobile (2010) Google’s Susan Wojcicki is the most powerful Internet exec you don’t know as well as you should: Dive Into Mobile (2013) Google’s Eric Schmidt will take your questions now: AsiaD (2011) Jack Dorsey of Twitter and Square is very inventive: D@CES (2010) Netflix’s Reed Hastings knows video: D@CES (2011) Twitter’s Dick Costolo is the fashion police of Las Vegas:

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HP Affirms Higher-End Layoffs Figure

December 31, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Hewlett-Packard Co. confirmed it has increased by 5,000 the number of layoffs it plans to implement under the restructuring plan it adopted in May 2012, bringing the expected number of job cuts to 34,000. When the company first announced the plan, it targeted the number of job eliminations at 27,000 by October 2014 and later raised the figure to 29,000. But HP had suggested at its analyst meeting in October and again during its quarterly earnings call in late November that the cuts would affect 33,000 to 34,000 people. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Apple Denies Working with NSA on iPhone Backdoor

December 31, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Apple just responded to newly released documents claiming that the U.S. National Security Agency has a method for gaining backdoor access to its iPhone. It says it has never worked with the agency, and is unaware of the alleged program targeting the iPhone known as DROPOUTJEEP. The program was disclosed in a trove of documents leaked yesterday and shared by the security researcher Jacob Appelbaum and the German news magazine Der Spiegel. Here’s Apple’s statement in full: Apple has never worked with the NSA to create a backdoor in any of our products, including iPhone. Additionally, we have been unaware of this alleged NSA program targeting our products. We care deeply about our customers’ privacy and security. Our team is continuously working to make our products even more secure, and we make it easy for customers to keep their software up to date with the latest advancements. Whenever we hear about attempts to undermine Apple’s industry-leading security, we thoroughly investigate and take appropriate steps to protect our customers. We will continue to use our resources to stay ahead of malicious hackers and defend our customers from security attacks, regardless of who’s behind them. According to the Der Spiegel documents, DROPOUTJEEP is software that can be implanted on an iPhone. It provides SIGINT or signals intelligence including the ability to push and pull files from the phone, retrieve text messages, contact lists, voice mail messages, the phone’s location, and turn on the internal microphone and activate the camera. Data can be removed or “exfiltrated” as the slide reads, over wireless data connections. Here’s another interesting line, which you can read in the original slide below

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Apple Feud Deepens With Court-Appointed Monitor

December 31, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

A feud between Apple Inc. and a lawyer appointed by a federal court judge to monitor the company’s e-book pricing reform became even more acrimonious Monday. Michael Bromwich, the lawyer picked as Apple’s monitor, said in court documents filed Monday that Apple’s characterization of his team’s activities as a “roving investigation” in fact “bear no relation whatsoever to the activities we have attempted to conduct.” Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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The NSA and the Corrosion of Silicon Valley

December 30, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

I believe that the people who work at the NSA are patriots. They devote their considerable intellects to preserve, protect, and defend the people of the United States. I wish their patriotism + brainpower would do the same for the U.S. Constitution. But those issues are getting plenty of ink elsewhere. My concern is more personal and local: The NSA’s version of patriotism is corroding Silicon Valley. Integrity of our products, creative freedom of talented people, and trust with our users are the casualties. The dolphin in the tuna net is us — our industry, our work, and the social fabric of our community. Product integrity is doomed when the NSA involves itself in the product development process. The scope of NSA’s activity here is unknowable

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Veteran Microsoft Engineer Jon DeVaan Leaving After Almost 30 Years

December 30, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Jon DeVaan, a Microsoft engineer and executive who has spent the better part of three decades at the company, is set to leave the software giant on Tuesday. DeVaan is one of several longtime technical folks at Microsoft whose future has been unclear since a September reorganization of the Windows unit. That shuffling left DeVaan, testing lead Grant George and services head Antoine Leblond without clear roles at the company. Of course, there have been some other big exits this year, including Windows unit head Steven Sinofsky and the impending retirement of CEO Steve Ballmer once his replacement has been hired. DeVaan’s departure was reported earlier Monday by Seattle-area tech site GeekWire after DeVaan posted a goodbye letter on Facebook. “Jon DeVaan has chosen to leave Microsoft to spend more time with his family,” Microsoft said in a statement to GeekWire. “Since he joined Microsoft in 1984, Jon contributed to important products and services across the company. We thank him and wish him and his family all the best.” We’re checking into whether any other execs from the Windows unit or elsewhere at Microsoft have decided that Jan. 1 would be a good time to start spending more time with their families.

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You Won’t Believe All the Crazy Hardware the NSA Uses for Spying

December 30, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Over the weekend we learned a lot about the National Security Agency’s Access Network Technology, or ANT, division, that, in the words of Der Spiegel, the German news magazine that first disclosed it based on leaked documents from Edward Snowden, can break pretty much any lock on any computing or network hardware you can think of. Now we can see the catalog itself. Courtesy this post on Leaksource, you can flip through the numerous single-page descriptions of the NSA’s specialized hardware. For example, there’s FEEDTHROUGH, a method for gaining access to firewalls from Juniper Network’s Netscreen product line. There’s also JETPLOW, which burrows into firewalls from Cisco Systems. In a stroke of irony that will not be lost on anyone , there’s HEADWATER, which is used on routers from China’s Huawei. Here are a few more that caught my eye: NIGHTSTAND, a mobile Wi-Fi exploitation and insertion device “typically used where wired access to a target is not possible.” PICASSO is an otherwise typical, if outdated, GSM wireless phone (including two models from Samsung) that “collects user data, location information and room audio” and allows data to be collected via a laptop or via SMS “without alerting the target.” And this one blows my mind: COTTONMOUTH-I. To the untrained eye, it looks like a typical USB plug at the end of an otherwise unremarkable USB cord. Inside there is a motherboard that provides a “wireless bridge into a target network as well as the ability to load exploit software onto target PCs.” Here’s where to find it, if you want to look for yourself .

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