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Facebook launches primer detailing all things security

Facebook launches primer detailing all things security

Anyone with a social networking account should be mindful not only of what they post on it, but also their security settings -- misunderstanding a particular setting, for example, could lead to info you believed was private actually being visible to the public. Facebook has rolled out features that aim to improve the users' awareness of those security features, including reminders that popup with snippets of information every now and again, and that settings review that rolled out not too long ago. Now it is back with more...a lot more.

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Dyre Wolf malware transfers victims to live operator

Dyre Wolf malware transfers victims to live operator

IBM has detailed a new variation of the Dyre malware, which it is calling "The Dyre Wolf". The malware targets large enterprises, and comes with an unexpected twist: a bit of social engineering involving a live operator posing as a representative. When on the phone with this operator, the hackers on the other side use banking information provided by the victim to initiate a large wire transfer...and in some cases use a DDoS attack to keep the company from discovering the transfer until it is too late.

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Sling TV takes over DishWorld, re-names it ‘Sling International’

Sling TV takes over DishWorld, re-names it ‘Sling International’

Today, DishWorld — the international arm of Dish Network — is being re-branded under the Sling name, and will now be known as Sling International. As Sling International, DishWorld owners can access roughly 200 channels spanning 18 languages including Spanish, Punjab, Filipino, Arabic, Hindi, Vietnamese, and both Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese. Content includes sports, news, and general entertainment, and new customers are getting a free month to give Sling International a shot. Just like with DishWorld, there is no hardware to hook up.

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Google to stop recognizing Chinese web security certificates

Google to stop recognizing Chinese web security certificates

Google will stop recognizing web security certificates issued by China's CNNIC (China Internet Network Information Center), it has been announced. This comes at a time when China is cracking down on foreign services in the nation, and tech companies are backing off in return, pulling or otherwise limiting their interactions with China. Google announced yesterday that it would stop recognizing the CNNIC certificates, and the agency has fired back today with a statement saying the move is "difficult to understand and accept".

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Comcast’s ‘Gigabit Pro’ challenges Google Fiber with 2Gbps speeds

Comcast’s ‘Gigabit Pro’ challenges Google Fiber with 2Gbps speeds

Comcast is waging war with Google, attempting to one-up the Search giant on their ground. In introducing gigabit Pro, Comcast is taking Google Fiber on directly, except Comcast says their service is better. And faster. Beginning next month in Atlanta, Gigabit Pro will bring ultra-fast Internet at up to 2Gbps — that’s double the top speed of Google Fiber. Even more intriguing is Comcast’s planned rollout. They say by the end of 2015, around 18 million homes nationwide will have access to Gigabit Pro.

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Slate by Adobe for iPad: web-based presentation creation with style

Slate by Adobe for iPad: web-based presentation creation with style

This week Adobe is showing off their newest iPad app: Slate. This app is an editor, made to show off photos, video, and written works for a wide variety of purposes. Adobe Voice, Adobe TypeKit, and Slate - all working together will be available to iPad users for free. Not just for Creative Suite users, but everyone, at no cost. Adobe Voice is available now - and has been for some time, while Slate will be available immediately if not very soon for iPad users.

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Smartphones are sole source of Internet for 7% of Americans

Smartphones are sole source of Internet for 7% of Americans

Though data caps can still be an issue for many, mobile Internet speeds are on the upswing and tethering options abound...even among many prepaid smartphone plans. Most people have a home Internet connection that meets most of their needs, however, leaving the smartphone as a supplement to be used while away from home. For 7-percent of Americans, however, that's not the case, with them relying entirely on their smartphone as their primary/only Internet connection. Not surprisingly, specific groups tend to rely primarily on their phones for Internet access, including young people.

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Google turns to GIFs (oh, and facts) to slam FTC snark

Google turns to GIFs (oh, and facts) to slam FTC snark

Weaponized GIFs are apparently the new way to make serious points more flippant online, with Google smacking back at News Corp. criticism that the search giant had made a habit of hanging around the White House. Google had been accused of chasing undue political influence, with the News Corp. owned Wall Street Journal suggesting it was sneaky maneuvering that saw Google escape FTC censure over activities contrary to the public interest. Key to the accusations was a count of the number of times Google had visited senior officials since President Obama took office.

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Facebook’s huge solar drone takes the web to the skies

Facebook’s huge solar drone takes the web to the skies

Facebook's internet-spreading drone has successfully completed its first test flight, paving the way to connecting the 3bn people currently without connectivity. The milestone is the handiwork of the Facebook Connectivity Lab, a team set up within the company by CEO Mark Zuckerberg, examining ways to bypass expensive and laborious wireline connections and instead take to the skies to beam the internet down from high altitude. And, while the test vehicle may look small, in actual fact Facebook's achievement is big both in the scale of its ambition and its construction.

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FTC hits back; Google investigation integrity questioned again

FTC hits back; Google investigation integrity questioned again

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is coming out against statements made last week by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), as well as new claims that Google had used its political ties to the Obama administration to obtain a favorable outcome in the FTC investigation into alleged anti-trust and unfair internet search practices. The FTC states that such claims are unfounded and undermine the integrity of its investigation, while the WSJ is giving weight to the idea that anti-trust investigation might not have had much integrity on the FTC's part at all.

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