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Google+ adds auto enhancement feature for videos (Brittany Hillen/SlashGear)

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 20:25

Brittany Hillen / SlashGear:
Google+ adds auto enhancement feature for videos  —  Google Plus's Auto Awesome feature has been improving its users' images for a while now, and we've seen different updates related to it roll out over the months.  Back in December of last year, Google added its year-in-review videos …

Project Ara Gains Support For Nvidia Tegra K1 And 64-Bit Marvell Chip Modules (Lucian Armasu/Tom's Hardware Guide)

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 18:20

Lucian Armasu / Tom's Hardware Guide:
Project Ara Gains Support For Nvidia Tegra K1 And 64-Bit Marvell Chip Modules  —  The Project Ara modular phone platform is close to being launched, and Google seems to already have a few modules ready to go.  Two of the latest modules supported by the Ara platform include a module that contains …

Obama administration seeks China's help in blocking North Korea's ability to launch cyberattacks (New York Times)

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 16:15

New York Times:
Obama administration seeks China's help in blocking North Korea's ability to launch cyberattacks  —  U.S. Asks China to Help Rein In Korean Hackers  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has sought China's help in recent days in blocking North Korea's ability to launch cyberattacks …

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi closing funding round topping $1B led by All-Stars Investment, valuing the company at $45B (Dave Smith/Business Insider)

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 11:40

Dave Smith / Business Insider:
Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi closing funding round topping $1B led by All-Stars Investment, valuing the company at $45B  —  The ‘Apple Of China’ Raises Over $1 Billion, Valuation Skyrockets To More Than $45 Billion  —  Xiaomi has reportedly raised more than $1 billion in its latest round of funding …

BlackBerry building BlackBerry Enterprise Service into Boeing Black device, an Android phone which will self-destruct when tampered with (Alastair Sharp/Reuters)

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 11:10

Alastair Sharp / Reuters:
BlackBerry building BlackBerry Enterprise Service into Boeing Black device, an Android phone which will self-destruct when tampered with  —  BlackBerry works with Boeing on phone that self-destructs  —  (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd is working with Boeing Co on Boeing's high-security Android-based smartphone …

Sony Entertainment CEO blames theaters for cancellation of The Interview, still wants to release the film (Frank Pallotta/CNNMoney.com)

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 10:25

Frank Pallotta / CNNMoney.com:
Sony Entertainment CEO blames theaters for cancellation of The Interview, still wants to release the film  —  Sony exec fires back at President Obama  —  Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton, denying that the studio had “caved” by scrapping next week's opening of “The Interview,” …

Former BitInstant CEO Charlie Shrem gets two years in prison for Silk Road money laundering (Patricia Hurtado/Bloomberg)

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 10:05

Patricia Hurtado / Bloomberg:
Former BitInstant CEO Charlie Shrem gets two years in prison for Silk Road money laundering  —  Bitcoin Promoter Gets 2 Years for Silk Road Money Laundering  —  Charlie Shrem, the former Bitcoin Foundation Inc. executive who pleaded guilty to charges tied to the illicit online bazaar …

Cisco elevates patent battle against Arista with ITC complaint (Rachel King/ZDNet)

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 08:25

Rachel King / ZDNet:
Cisco elevates patent battle against Arista with ITC complaint  —  Summary:Cisco's lawsuit concerns 12 features covered by 14 patents - all of which are embedded within current products.  —  The brewing legal war between Cisco and Arista gained momentum amid a battle of the blog posts on Friday.

North Korea denies Sony hack, proposes joint inquiry with US, warns of "grave consequences" if Washington refuses (BBC)

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 08:20

BBC:
North Korea denies Sony hack, proposes joint inquiry with US, warns of “grave consequences” if Washington refuses  —  North Korea seeks join probe with US on Sony hack  —  North Korea has offered to hold a joint inquiry with the United States into a cyber-attack on Sony Pictures …

Chrome Security Team Considers Marking All HTTP Pages As 'Non-Secure' (Mike Masnick/Techdirt)

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 08:05

Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Chrome Security Team Considers Marking All HTTP Pages As ‘Non-Secure’  —  Back in August, we noted that Google had started adjusting its search algorithm to give a slight boost to sites that are encrypted.  That is, all else equal, sites that use HTTPS will get a slight ranking boost.

India's e-commerce giant Flipkart raises $700M, bringing its total investor money in 2014 to over $2B (Jon Russell/TechCrunch)

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 04:30

Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
India's e-commerce giant Flipkart raises $700M, bringing its total investor money in 2014 to over $2B  —  India's E-Commerce Giant Flipkart Replenishes Its War Chest With New $700M Round  —  Flipkart raised $1 billion at the end of July, and less than six months later the Indian e-commerce giant …

Cross platform development by Apple, Google, and Microsoft analyzed and visualized (Jan Dawson/Beyond Devices)

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 00:55

Jan Dawson / Beyond Devices:
Cross platform development by Apple, Google, and Microsoft analyzed and visualized  —  Visualizing cross-platform development  —  Much has been made recently of Microsoft's shift from a Windows-centric worldview to a cross-platform approach to the development of applications and services.

Apple Pay claimed 1% of November's digital payment dollars, new report says (Mike Beasley/9to5Mac)

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 23:50

Mike Beasley / 9to5Mac:
Apple Pay claimed 1% of November's digital payment dollars, new report says  —  A new report from ITG has revealed that Apple Pay was responsible for 1% of the total digital payment dollars spent in November.  The study also found that 60% of new Apple Pay customers used the service multiple times throughout …

US tries to strike deal with EU for immunity over online security breaches (Phillip Inman/Guardian)

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 22:15

Phillip Inman / Guardian:
US tries to strike deal with EU for immunity over online security breaches  —  Critics fear Tisa talks could be used to further interests of large corporations and undermine right to privacy  —  The US is attempting to secure immunity from investigation for online security breaches …

Google bringing always-on voice commands to Chromebooks (Dan Seifert/The Verge)

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 21:10

Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Google bringing always-on voice commands to Chromebooks  —  ‘OK Google’ feature now available on Chrome OS Dev Channel  —  You've been able to yell voice commands at Android smartphones and Android Wear smartwatches for some time now, but soon you'll be able to do the same to a Chromebook computer.

Sources confirm Sony hackers hail mainly from North Korea, and include Japan-based group of ethnic North Koreans (Brian Krebs/Krebs on Security)

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 21:05

Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Sources confirm Sony hackers hail mainly from North Korea, and include Japan-based group of ethnic North Koreans  —  FBI: North Korea to Blame for Sony Hack  —  The FBI today said it has determined that the North Korean government is responsible for the devastating recent hack attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Ubuntu Phone launch delayed until early 2015 (Chris Hoffman/PC World)

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 20:30

Chris Hoffman / PC World:
Ubuntu Phone launch delayed until early 2015  —  Exploring Linux, Chrome OS, and beyond.  —  Ubuntu Phone launch delayed until early 2015  —  Earlier this year, I reported on the forthcoming release of Ubuntu phones.  Ubuntu for phones had just hit “release to manufacturer” …

New version of ZeuS malware has targeted over 150 banks and 20 payment systems worldwide (Charlie Osborne/ZDNet)

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 19:40

Charlie Osborne / ZDNet:
New version of ZeuS malware has targeted over 150 banks and 20 payment systems worldwide  —  ZeuS variant strikes 150 banks worldwide  —  Summary:A new strain of the malevolent ZeuS malware has been discovered targeting over 150 banks and 20 payment systems across the globe.

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