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Fearing forced Windows 10 upgrades, users are disabling critical updates instead

Microsoft's overly aggressive Windows 10 upgrade push is encouraging users to disable Windows Update, leaving their PCs at risk of malware infection.

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Shared malware code links SWIFT-related breaches at banks and North Korean hackers

Malware links suggest that North Korean hackers might be behind recent attacks against several Asian banks, including the theft of $81 million from Bangladesh central bank earlier this year.

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Senate proposal to require encryption workarounds may be dead

A proposal in the U.S. Senate to require smartphone OS developers and other tech vendors to break their own encryption at the request of law enforcement may be dead on arrival.

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New JavaScript spam wave distributes Locky ransomware

Over the past week, computers throughout Europe have been hit by a massive email spam campaign carrying malicious JavaScript attachments that install the Locky ransomware program.

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Multiple U.S. trials underway for shared 3.5GHz wireless spectrum

Some of the companies in the alliance have already demonstrated what they call OpenG technology, which uses 3.5GHz shared spectrum to improve indoor wireless communications.

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Google cleared of infringement in Oracle lawsuit over Java

A jury in San Francisco has cleared Google of copyright infringement in a case brought by Oracle over Google’s use of Java in Android.

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Patent troll wants Apple to shut down iMessage and FaceTime

After winning a patent case, VirnetX asked the judge to order Apple to stop using technology inside its iOS and Mac chat apps.

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Wayfair takes augmented reality, Project Tango to the enterprise

Wayfair Inc., an e-commerce company that sells home furnishings, is working on an app based on Google's Project Tango technology that would put augmented reality squarely in the enterprise.

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Acer's Windows 10 Switch hybrids priced to battle Chromebooks

Windows 10 PC prices have been slowly creeping up, but some new back-to-school Switch tablet/laptop hybrid devices from Acer may be attractive to those on a shoestring budget.

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DARPA wants to find the vital limitations of machine learning

That’s the central question of a potential new DARPA program known as the Fundamental Limits of Learning (Fun LoL) which according to the researchers will address how the quest for the ultimate learning machine can be measured and...

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Juniper's new access switches add to its cloud-focused lineup

Juniper Networks’ Unite architecture is living up to its name, bringing more enterprise network gear into its system for simplified management and scaling. The latest additions to the lineup are entry-level and midrange access...

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Up to a dozen banks are reportedly investigating potential SWIFT breaches

Up to 12 banks have reportedly launched investigations into potential security breaches on their networks after hackers stole $81 million from the Bangladesh central bank earlier this year.

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Euro agencies on encryption backdoors: Create 'decryption without weakening'

The two major international security agencies in Europe agree that building backdoors into encryption platforms is not the best way to go because of the collateral damage it would do to privacy and the security of communications...

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Microsoft eats another $1B as phone strategy shrinks to enterprise-only

Microsoft's decision to eat nearly $1 billion and lay off another 1,850 workers prompted analysts to call the company's consumer smartphone business dead.

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Google may publicly shame phone makers who deliver tardy Android updates: report says

Google has collected plenty of data about who is naughty and nice, and it may be about to make some of it public.

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Startup CEO agrees to $560K settlement to make long list of fraud allegations go away

Bob Ambrogi, who writes a terrific blog about technology and the law, today has posted remarkable details of a lawsuit settlement involving the head of a legal startup.

Why the Salesforce-Amazon cloud partnership is a big deal

This week SaaS giant Salesforce.com and IaaS behemoth Amazon Web Services codified a partnership that the two have been discussing for months. The move is a coup by Amazon in the public cloud market, particularly against Microsoft...

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Senators want warrant protections for US email stored overseas

A new bill in Congress would require U.S. law enforcement agencies to obtain court-ordered warrants before demanding the emails of the country's residents when they are stored overseas.

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