Posts Tagged ‘voices’

It’s the Thought That Counts (Comic)

December 24, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

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Samsung Phone Studied for Possible Security Gap

December 24, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

The security platform for Samsung Electronics Co.’s best-selling Galaxy S4 smartphone suffers from a vulnerability that could allow malicious software to track emails and record data communications, according to cybersecurity researchers at Israel’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. The alleged security gap, which the researchers say they discovered earlier this month, comes as Samsung pitches the new security platform called Knox to potential clients at the U.S. Department of Defense and other government and corporate entities, in a bid to compete with BlackBerry Ltd., whose devices have been considered the gold standard among security-conscious clients for years. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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QOTD: Now You See It …

December 24, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Erasability used to be a mistake. – Digital anthropology student Olly Osborne , who is studying the implications of data emphemerality, in a series on Medium called “Data Death”

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Target Discusses Breach With State Attorneys

December 24, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Target Corp. Monday moved to allay rising concerns from state attorneys general over its 20-day security breach. On Monday, Target’s general counsel Tim Baer held a 30-minute call with several attorneys general that discussed the status of the investigation and the specific information that was breached, according to a person familiar with the call. Another call between the parties has been scheduled for just after the New Year, this person said. It was unclear how many authorities were on the call. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Rampant Returns Plague E-Retailers

December 23, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Free shipping and lenient return policies have given online retailing a huge boost. Now, chains are mining their order data to get shoppers to keep more purchases. Behind the uptick in e-commerce is a little known secret: As much as a third of all Internet sales gets returned, according to retail consultancy Kurt Salmon. And the tide of goods flowing back to retailers is rising. Shipper United Parcel Service Inc. expects returns to jump 15 percent this season from last year, making them a significant and growing cost for retailers. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Robots’ New Challenge: Pentagon Boot Camp

December 22, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

They have been portrayed by Hollywood as deadly Terminators. They have been vilified as future automaton armies, hunting humans without conscience. But these imposing robots, their makers say, are just here to help. If all goes as planned, machines named THOR, Valkyrie and Atlas will rush in where humans fear to tread, rescuing earthquake victims and turning off potentially catastrophic radiation leaks. To help developers come up with the rescue robots of the future, the Defense Department has embarked on a multimillion-dollar campaign. Competitors squared off Friday on a Nascar racetrack in Florida, where they engaged in a kind of slow-motion robot contest for survival—and for more Pentagon money. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Should Forbes Be Valued as Online Business?

December 21, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

The owners of Forbes Media LLC are hoping to convince potential buyers it should be valued like a fast-growing digital media business, but people familiar with Forbes’ financial performance say that could prove a hard sell for a company that still has firm roots in a declining print advertising market. Forbes Media, publisher of Forbes magazine and Forbes.com, generated slightly less than $20 million in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, or Ebitda, last year, people familiar with the company’s financial performance said. Forbes doesn’t disclose details of its financial performance; a spokeswoman says it is profitable and on track in 2013 for its best financial performance in six years. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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A Microsoftie’s Healthcare.gov (Comic)

December 21, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

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Target Hit by Credit-Card Breach

December 18, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Target Corp. was hit by an extensive theft of its customers’ credit card data over the key Black Friday weekend, people familiar with the matter said, in what appears to be a brazen breach of a major retailer’s information security. The theft happened in stores, not online, the people said. It may have been the result of software installed at the machines customers use to swipe their cards when paying for their purchases, one of the people said. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Centerbridge Won’t Proceed With Deal to Buy LightSquared

December 17, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

LightSquared Inc. said Tuesday that Centerbridge Partners LP has backed out of a tentative deal to buy the company out of bankruptcy, although the wireless venture is pursuing a transaction under similar “architecture” with existing stakeholders. Centerbridge left the deal “for economic and noneconomic reasons,” a LightSquared lawyer said at a hearing Tuesday in Manhattan bankruptcy court. Centerbridge didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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