Netflash Network World News Network World, Inc. Copyright(C) 1994 - 2014 Network World, Inc. Facebook tries to break the news with FB Newswire Facebook, looking to provide more valuable news information, is providing a new tool to that will post real-time content related to the day's news. Zach Miners 2014-04-24T01:16:26-04:00 FCC defends new net neutrality proposal A new net neutrality proposal from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission meets the goals of past efforts and does not destroy open Internet principles, as critics have feared, FCC officials said Thursday. Grant Gross 2014-04-24T12:58:05-04:00 Verizon boosts revenue, income on mobile and broadband growth Driven by growth in mobile and Fios broadband customers, Verizon Communications on Thursday reported first quarter 2014 revenue of $30.8 billion, up from $29.4 billion a year earlier. Grant Gross 2014-04-24T12:43:27-04:00 Tip of the Hat: Heartbleed prompts chastened tech giants to fund OpenSSL Computerworld offers a Tip of the Hat to Jon Brodkin of Ars Technica for an incisive look at how only a potential disaster could convince top tech execs to finally help fund the OpenSSL and other open-source projects. Mike Bucken 2014-04-24T12:42:26-04:00 Planet Labs plans big increase in imaging cubesats Planet Labs, a satellite imaging startup formed by ex-NASA engineers, has applied for permission to more than double the number of satellites it has in orbit. Martyn Williams 2014-04-24T12:21:52-04:00 Dell adds Big Switch to its SDN mix Dell expanded on its open networking initiative this week with a resale arrangement with SDN company Big Switch Networks. Jim Duffy 2014-04-24T11:39:35-04:00 HTC One (M8) grabs some Apple, Samsung converts The innovative HTC One (M8) smartphone first went on sale a month ago and appears to be attracting plenty of buyers looking to upgrade olderApple or Samsung smartphones. Matt Hamblen 2014-04-24T11:26:28-04:00 'Francophoned' cybertheft operation reportedly back in action A cybercriminal operation that combines phone-based social engineering attacks with spear phishing and malware to steal money from organizations has resurfaced this year, finding victims in French-speaking countries in particular. Lucian Constantin 2014-04-24T10:30:07-04:00 Career alert: A Master of analytics degree is the ticket -- if you can get into class The toughest part about earning a Master of Science in Analytics at North Carolina State University may be deciding which job to accept. Patrick Thibodeau 2014-04-24T09:29:00-04:00 Heartbleed prompts joint vendor effort to boost OpenSSL, security Reeling from the Heartbleed security fiasco, major IT vendors including Microsoft, IBM, Intel, Google and Cisco are backing a Linux Foundation initiative designed to boost open source projects considered critical to the industry. Juan Carlos Perez 2014-04-24T08:42:00-04:00 How the Collaborative Economy Will Change the Way You Do Business The Internet puts the goods, services and expertise you need at your fingertips. Some call it a 'collaborative economy' focused less on transactions and more on trades. Others see a throwback to the early days of economic exchange. Either way, it's quickly changing the way we do business. J. D. Sartain 2014-04-24T08:39:57-04:00 Security vendor blames Amazon for customer malware A security vendor claims Amazon Web Services provided a cloud-computing customer with an unpatched version of Windows that resulted in a malware infection. Antone Gonsalves 2014-04-24T08:38:39-04:00 takes a cue from Amazon's Mayday with 'SOS' for service was so impressed by the Mayday customer support feature that rolled out for its Kindle Fire HDX tablets that it's now working to create its own version. Chris Kanaracus 2014-04-24T08:04:00-04:00 Geopolitics aside, Huawei still selling to carriers in the US Despite its setbacks in the U.S., Huawei Technologies still expects growth from its carrier business in the nation, and is focusing on the market's smaller network operators to increase sales. Michael Kan 2014-04-24T07:28:15-04:00 Nokia won't hand India smartphone factory over to Microsoft Nokia's ongoing tax dispute with Indian authorities has put an end to its plans to transfer a local smartphone factory over to Microsoft, as the software maker finalizes its takeover of the Finnish company's devices and services business.. John Ribeiro 2014-04-24T07:23:18-04:00 Consumers are still meh about 3D printers 3D printers may be gaining ground in the workplace, but the same isn't true for consumers, according to Juniper Research. Lucas Mearian 2014-04-24T06:30:27-04:00 We Heart It turns off Twitter sharing following spam A social network for sharing image collections has turned off sharing on Twitter after a large spam run referenced the service. Jeremy Kirk 2014-04-24T01:21:10-04:00 Qualcomm could face SEC probe over Chinese bribery allegations Qualcomm's activities in China could result in regulatory penalties for the chip vendor, this time from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over bribery allegations. Michael Kan 2014-04-23T11:19:43-04:00 Megaupload seeks return of millions in frozen Hong Kong assets Megaupload, the defunct file-storage site, is asking a Hong Kong court to release millions of dollars in assets as part of efforts to allow its former users to reclaim their data. Jeremy Kirk 2014-04-23T09:24:40-04:00 Apple defies PC downturn again, boosts Mac sales Apple on Wednesday said it sold 4.1 million Macs in the March quarter, growing sales during a period when the personal computer industry overall continued to contract. Gregg Keizer 2014-04-23T08:15:39-04:00 Zynga founder Mark Pincus gives up day-to-day duties Mark Pincus, who founded Zynga in 2007 and gave up his CEO title less than a year ago, is now giving up all his operational duties at the company. Zach Miners 2014-04-23T08:08:29-04:00 FCC will seek input on latest net neutrality proposal The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will take public comments before moving forward with a new set of net neutrality rules that sparked controversy when they were leaked in a news report earlier Wednesday. Grant Gross 2014-04-23T08:01:00-04:00 Apple to Microsoft: Better late than never for Office on iPad Apple CEO Tim Cook thinks Microsoft could have benefitted from bringing the Office suite to iPads earlier, but it was better late than never. Agam Shah 2014-04-23T07:36:48-04:00 Quip issues API for mobile word processor, aims it at enterprise IT Quip has released an API for its browser-based word processor that it hopes enterprise developers will use to make the application do more jobs in workplaces. Juan Carlos Perez 2014-04-23T06:57:28-04:00 With OpenPower, IBM tries to turn the tables on Intel An IBM project to widen the use of its Power server chips inched forward Wednesday with Big Blue trying to challenge Intel for a bigger role in the hyperscale data centers run by the likes of Google and Facebook. James Niccolai 2014-04-23T05:50:25-04:00 Report: US FCC to allow payments for speedier traffic The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will propose new net neutrality rules Thursday that will allow broadband providers to charge companies like Netflix for preferential traffic management, according to a news report. Grant Gross 2014-04-23T05:30:00-04:00 Privacy jitters derail controversial K-12 big data initiative Unrelenting privacy concerns finally derailed a controversial big data initiative that promised to deliver more individualized instruction to public school students in the U.S. Jaikumar Vijayan 2014-04-23T05:16:25-04:00 IPhone sales drive strong Apple earnings Apple's iPad shipments declined, but iPhone sales were strong as the company reported a hike in profit and revenue during the second quarter of 2014. Agam Shah 2014-04-23T05:14:22-04:00 Cloud Attacks Are Following Enterprise Workloads Enterprise workloads are shifting to cloud and hosting environments in ever greater numbers and attacks that have historically targeted on-premises environments are following them, according to a new report. Thor Olavsrud 2014-04-23T05:02:00-04:00 How to Gauge Employee Satisfaction, One Question at a Time There's nothing quite like that gut-wrenching feeling when an employee gives notice. It's especially tough when the employee was one of the good ones, and when you didn't see it coming, says David Niu, founder of TinyPulse. Sharon Florentine 2014-04-23T04:59:00-04:00 Facebook sales leap, amid a growing mobile ad business Facebook reported a nice 72 percent boost in sales for the first quarter, as the company continues to make strides expanding its advertising business on mobile devices. Zach Miners 2014-04-23T04:56:20-04:00 Brazil's global Internet conference includes call to end spying Participants in a Brazil-hosted conference on Internet governance laid out an aggressive agenda, with some calling for a policy statement that would condemn Internet surveillance, support net neutrality regulations and create programs to close the digital divide. Grant Gross 2014-04-23T04:51:47-04:00 Fewer college students use tablets; may be a sign device doesn't boost productivity How much real work can one get done on a tablet? Or are tablets mostly designed for entertainment? The questions arise as a recent survey of college students showed a small decline in tablet ownership. Matt Hamblen 2014-04-23T04:47:00-04:00 Go time traveling with Google Maps Google added past images of places noted in Street View for the desktop version of Google Maps. The goal is to give users the ability to see how places have changed over time. Sharon Gaudin 2014-04-23T04:08:00-04:00 Ex-FCC commissioner to head CTIA in latest Washington shuffle Completing the circle of Beltway life, the mobile industry group CTIA has named a former member of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission as its president and CEO. Stephen Lawson 2014-04-23T04:06:00-04:00 Raspberry Pi alternatives emerge to fill need for speed Raspberry Pi isn't planning a hardware upgrade of its popular US$25 computer anytime soon, but faster options are emerging for users attracted to such board-like devices. Agam Shah 2014-04-23T03:59:00-04:00 It's now possible to wirelessly charge 40 smartphones from 16 feet away Korean researchers have shown it's possible to wirelessly transmit power over a distance of 16 feet and charge up to 40 smartphones. Lucas Mearian 2014-04-23T03:59:00-04:00 University takes a pass on Oracle after ERP lawsuit settlement Roughly a year after settling an ugly, protracted legal battle with Oracle, Montclair State University is planning to implement a rival vendor's ERP (enterprise-resource-planning) system. Chris Kanaracus 2014-04-23T03:46:12-04:00 Survey respondents shun much-hyped mobile shopping technologies A survey of iOS and Android users show the vast majority of them know little, and care less, about the so-called “mobile shopping experience,” despite the endless hype about its benefits. Overall, the “mobile shopping experience” … isn’t. John Cox 2014-04-23T03:44:17-04:00 Nadella departs from predecessor's practice, will do earnings call Thursday Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will participate in Thursday's quarterly earnings call, a departure from the company's past practice, when former chief executive Steve Ballmer rarely joined calls with Wall Street analysts. Gregg Keizer 2014-04-23T03:36:26-04:00 Russian SMS Trojan for Android hits US, dozens of other countries An Android Trojan app that sends SMS messages to premium-rate numbers has expanded globally over the past year, racking up bills for users in over 60 countries including the U.S., malware researchers from Kaspersky Lab said. Lucian Constantin 2014-04-23T02:32:00-04:00 China working on Linux replacement for Windows XP China is working on a Linux operating system that can replace the now-vulnerable Windows XP and protect the country’s networking infrastructure. Tim Greene 2014-04-23T02:13:02-04:00 FCC adds $9 billion to broadband subsidy fund The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted Wednesday to shift US$9 billion over five years from traditional telephone subsidies to broadband subsidies, in an effort to bring high-speed Internet services to 5 million U.S. residents who don't have access. Grant Gross 2014-04-23T01:40:00-04:00 Enterprise and service provider networking port revenues reach $39B Routers, switches and other networking gear became a $39 billion market in 2013, as 40G took hold in the data center and 100G became the new standard for service providers, according to the latest research from Infonetics. Jon Gold 2014-04-23T01:32:06-04:00 Microsoft's Bing goes ad-free for all U.S. schools Microsoft yesterday opened its ad-free Bing search engine option to all U.S. K-12 schools, both public and private, after running a pilot program since August. Gregg Keizer 2014-04-23T01:02:00-04:00 U.S. Smartphone Market Share Numbers for Q1 2014 Yesterday, Nielsen released its first quarter 2014 smartphone market share numbers for the United States, including numbers for the leading smartphone OS options and the leading device manufacturers. Al Sacco 2014-04-23T12:50:00-04:00 Android mobile ad traffic beats iOS for first time Android smartphones and tablets now get the most mobile ad traffic worldwide, but iPhones and iPads still get 52% of the revenue. Matt Hamblen 2014-04-23T11:36:26-04:00 Samsung's Galaxy Tab 4 line-up goes on sale May 1 starting at $199.99 Three versions of the new Galaxy Tab 4 tablet line will go on sale in the U.S. on May 1, with the new 7-in. Wi-Fi model priced at $199.99. Matt Hamblen 2014-04-23T10:43:26-04:00 Netgear patch said to leave backdoor problem in router The security researcher who identified an admin backdoor in a range of routers last year has found that Netgear's patches don't adequately address the security issue. Lucian Constantin 2014-04-23T09:50:06-04:00 Apple kicks off public OS X beta testing Apple today followed Microsoft in opening up pre-release, or beta, versions of its personal computer operating system to all comers. Gregg Keizer 2014-04-23T08:47:00-04:00 Verizon breach report makes case for behavioral analytics Verizon's annual data-breach investigations report makes a strong case for behavioral analytics technology that looks for anomalies among user activity to spot hackers. Antone Gonsalves 2014-04-23T08:45:00-04:00 It's the little things that matter in Amazon Redshift upgrade Amazon Web Services has increased the number of simultaneous queries its hosted data warehouse Redshift can handle, improving performance in cases where many small queries are now forced to wait. Mikael Rickna$?s 2014-04-23T08:31:38-04:00 Google AdWords cleared in geotagging patent lawsuit Google AdWords does not infringe a location-based search patent owned by a company called GeoTag, a U.S. judge ruled in a case in which Google and Microsoft teamed up to come to the aid of customers who use their mapping services. Loek Essers 2014-04-23T06:54:53-04:00 China's Xiaomi targets ten markets in international expansion Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi plans to enter ten foreign markets later this year, including Brazil, Mexico and Russia, in a bid to expand globally with its low-cost but cutting-edge phones. Michael Kan 2014-04-23T05:36:26-04:00 Toshiba, SanDisk NAND flash memory shrinks to 15-nanometer process Partners Toshiba and SanDisk have developed 15-nanometer process technology for NAND flash memory widely used in smartphones and tablets. Tim Hornyak 2014-04-23T04:32:33-04:00 Bing for schools out of pilot stage, promises ad-free search Microsoft is throwing open an advertisement-free version of its Bing search engine to all eligible kindergarten to 12th grade schools in the U.S., after completing the pilot stage of this program that was first run in five large public school districts. John Ribeiro 2014-04-23T03:42:00-04:00 NSA spying revelations have tired out China's Huawei Revelations about U.S. secret surveillance programs have left China's Huawei Technologies exhausted on the public relations front, a top company executive said Wednesday. Michael Kan 2014-04-23T02:47:00-04:00 Brazil's senate passes Internet legislation ahead of NETmundial conference Brazil's Federal Senate has passed a proposed Internet law that aims to guarantee freedom of expression and privacy to the country's Internet users, and also requires foreign Internet service providers to fall in line with the country's rules. John Ribeiro 2014-04-23T01:30:14-04:00 US to vote on sharp increase in broadband subsidies The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will vote Wednesday on a proposal to pump US$1.8 billion into a fund that subsidizes broadband deployments in rural communities. Grant Gross 2014-04-22T11:55:25-04:00 Coding error protects some Android apps from Heartbleed Some Android apps thought to be vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug were spared because of a common coding error in the way they implemented their own native OpenSSL library. Jeremy Kirk 2014-04-22T11:52:00-04:00 Dorian Nakamoto thanks Bitcoin users for donations The cash-strapped man Newsweek magazine named as the creator of Bitcoin has thanked supporters who donated over US$23,000 of the virtual currency to him. Tim Hornyak 2014-04-22T10:06:49-04:00 While Heartbleed distracts, hackers hit US universities The panic over the Heartbleed bug is proving to be a convenient distraction for hackers using standard techniques in a fresh wave of attacks targeting at least 18 U.S. universities, according to a computer security researcher. Jeremy Kirk 2014-04-22T09:11:00-04:00 Violin and Microsoft play a duet to speed up applications A partnership between Microsoft and Violin Memory will let enterprises tightly tie a new all-flash storage array to their servers, speeding up popular Microsoft applications. Stephen Lawson 2014-04-22T08:39:25-04:00 Phone buyers are hanging up on subsidies, AT&T says Installment plans for cellphones are starting to squeeze out the time-honored practice of paying a subsidized price up front, AT&T says. Stephen Lawson 2014-04-22T08:34:41-04:00 Reddit demotes technology subthread after posts were deleted Reddit has removed from its front page the popular r/technology subreddit after what it called bad editorial choices by the page's moderators. Zach Miners 2014-04-22T07:36:00-04:00 What kind of tablet does $5,000 get you? Can your tablet withstand a 2-meter drop or be submerged in water for 30 minutes and keep functioning? The new $5,000 tablets from Xplore Technologies can. Agam Shah 2014-04-22T07:30:00-04:00 Google had secret pact with Samsung over some Apple patent claims Google agreed to take over some of Samsung's defense against patent claims brought by Apple under a secret agreement reached in 2012, a federal court jury heard Tuesday. Martyn Williams 2014-04-22T06:32:42-04:00 Wireless and broadband fuel sales growth for AT&T Gains from its broadband and wireless businesses have fueled AT&T's best revenue growth in more than two years. Marc Ferranti 2014-04-22T05:16:52-04:00 Arista co-founder may have switch maker by its jewels The future of Arista Networks, the hot data center switching company that just filed to go public, could rest in the outcome of a lawsuit filed against it by one of its founders. Jim Duffy 2014-04-22T04:58:39-04:00 Apple-loyal sales reps get updated CRM in Daylite Marketcircle's Daylite CRM application for Macs, iPhones and iPads has been overhauled with the goal of providing a cleaner user experience and better ways to quickly bring up and view important customer data. Chris Kanaracus 2014-04-22T04:40:44-04:00 Apple patches Secure Transport, but not because of Heartbleed Apple today issued a security-only update for OS X, patching 25 vulnerabilities in Mavericks, its newest operating system, and 7 bugs in older editions. Gregg Keizer 2014-04-22T04:13:26-04:00 BlackBerry Releases BES 10 Security Update to Address 'Heartbleed' Flaw BlackBerry today released an update to its BlackBerry Enterprise Service (BES) 10 software designed to address a "Heartbleed"-related OpenSSL vulnerability in the version of Apache Tomcat used within the BES BlackBerry Work Connect Notification Service. (A detailed breakdown of the vulnerability is available on Al Sacco 2014-04-22T03:20:03-04:00 Russian leaker resurfaces, claims Microsoft will issue second Windows update this year A notorious Windows leaker dubbed 'Wzor' says Microsoft will issue yet another update to Windows 8.1 later this year, evidence of an even-faster acceleration in the company's development tempo. Gregg Keizer 2014-04-22T02:46:25-04:00 Google will push mobile app installs in search and YouTube Mobile users of Google's search and YouTube service will soon see more targeted ads that take them straight to the installation pages for advertisers' mobile apps. Zach Miners 2014-04-22T02:41:50-04:00 Salesforce at 15: Industry disruptor wards off midlife crisis recently celebrated its 15th year in existence, and as the SaaS (software-as-a-service) vendor races toward US$5 billion in revenue its influence on the industry is being felt more than ever. At the same time, some signs indicate that is having a few growing pains, as well as showing some trappings of the mega-vendors it once mocked with its "End of Software" marketing campaign. Chris Kanaracus 2014-04-22T02:37:40-04:00 Aereo argues that ruling against it could hurt cloud storage business If the U.S. Supreme Court rules that streaming video provider Aereo violates the copyrights of TV networks, it may also put cloud storage services at risk, the company's lawyer argued Monday. Grant Gross 2014-04-22T02:14:53-04:00 Google Glass dips its toe into iOS pool As Google added a taste of iOS functionality to Glass, one analyst said this is just the beginning of efforts to draw in Apple users to the computerized eyewear. Sharon Gaudin 2014-04-22T02:11:26-04:00 Micron ups endurance, capacity of SSDs to meet data center demand As data centers demand faster and faster storage, Micron is answering the call with long-lasting, solid-state drives that offer up to 800GB of capacity. Agam Shah 2014-04-22T01:53:28-04:00 Search and rescue group sues FAA over drone use A battle for rights to U.S. airspace is brewing between the Federal Aviation Administration and organizations looking to operate small, unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, for commercial and other purposes. Jaikumar Vijayan 2014-04-22T01:12:26-04:00 iPhone 6 rumor rollup for the week ending April 18 The iOSphere this past week wondered at the prospect of iPhone 6 with a Supercharged Siri, an all-knowing, all-doing software entity that will manage your iOS life for you. Eventually, probably in iOS 9, Siri will offer psychotherapy. John Cox 2014-04-22T11:14:18-04:00 Android, not iOS, is tops in mobile ad traffic for first time Devices running Google’s Android operating system have dethroned Apple’s iPhones and iPads as the biggest drivers of worldwide mobile ad traffic, according to a new study from Opera Mediaworks. Jon Gold 2014-04-22T10:58:53-04:00 4 Things You'll Love About HTC's One (M8) - and 4 You Won't These days, it seems like every new smartphone is packed with "must-see" new features, often with clever names, meant to set it apart from all the other devices on the market. Those features frequently prove to be less than useful over time. The brand new HTC One (M8) is no different. Al Sacco 2014-04-22T10:17:12-04:00 Dell launches virtual storage accelerator, aims to boost SAN performance Dell released a new virtualized storage accelerator appliance called Fluid Cache for SAN on Tuesday, designed to help customers keep data-intensive applications working quickly under load. Jon Gold 2014-04-22T09:51:18-04:00 How to keep your smartphone (and its data) secure In our daily activities, our smartphones increasingly store or access sensitive business and personal data -- not just email, but also financial and medical information, company systems, travel itineraries, etc. Many of us also use smartphones to access cloud data repositories like Dropbox, Evernote, Google Docs, Microsoft OneDrive and Apple iCloud. Daniel P. Dern 2014-04-22T09:28:10-04:00 4 Ways to Use Square in Your Small Business (Or Your Global Business) Small businesses increasingly turn to Square to process payments without the hassle (and expense) of custom card-reading hardware. There are other benefits to the service, including analytics and online sales modules, as well as opportunities for larger enterprises to better serve customers. Jen A. Miller 2014-04-22T08:41:25-04:00 Cisco announces security service linked with new operations centers Cisco today announced Managed Threat Defense, a set of security services for the enterprise that Cisco is providing through two new operations centers to remotely support intrusion-detection, incident response and forensics, among other services. Ellen Messmer 2014-04-22T08:11:45-04:00 Mysterious malware steals Apple credentials from jailbroken iOS devices A malware campaign of yet-to-be-determined origin is infecting jailbroken iPhones and iPads to steal Apple account credentials from SSL encrypted traffic. Lucian Constantin 2014-04-22T08:00:32-04:00 How Apple's billion dollar sapphire bet will pay off Apple is making a billion dollar bet on sapphire as a strategic material for mobile devices such as the iPhone, iPad and perhaps an iWatch. Though exactly what the company plans to do with the scratch-resistant crystal – and when – is still the subject of debate. John Cox 2014-04-22T07:54:14-04:00 LG's G Watch will be water resistant and always on LG Electronics has revealed that its upcoming smartwatch G Watch will be water resistant and have an always-on display. Mikael Rickna$?s 2014-04-22T07:50:46-04:00 Verizon: Web apps are the security punching bag of the Internet Verizon today issued its annual data-breach investigations report, a study of what happened in 1,367 known cases across dozens of industries in 95 countries last year, and the most common form of attack was breaking in through Web applications. Ellen Messmer 2014-04-22T06:00:51-04:00