Microsoft CEO tells iPad users to ‘get a real computer’

Commentary: In India, Satya Nadella spots two journalists with iPads. He isn’t entirely impressed.

Microsoft, for example, has insisted that Windows 10 computers can do more than Macs. The company has laughed at Apple’s claim that the iPad Pro is a computer. One of its executives has also suggested that the iPad Pro is merely an example of Apple copying Microsoft.

Source: Microsoft CEO tells iPad users to ‘get a real computer’

IBM announces 20-qubit quantum cloud computer for public use

IBM on Friday announced a significant upgrade for clients using its quantum computing-based cloud services. Thanks to improvements in superconducting qubit design, connectivity and packaging, IBM is upgrading its online machines to 20 qubit processors.

The company said clients will have online access to the new IBM Q systems by the end of the year with a series of upgrades planned for 2018

Source: IBM announces 20-qubit quantum cloud computer for public use

Mark Zuckerberg asks for forgiveness from ‘those I hurt this year’ in Yom Kippur message – The Verge

Just days after the 2016 Presidential Election, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that it was “pretty crazy” to think that his company had influenced the election’s outcome in a meaningful way. He’s had an about-face on that line of thinking since then, and at the end of Yom Kippur, he’s publicly asked for forgiveness “for those I hurt this year,” and pledged to do better.

Facebook has been under intense scrutiny in recent weeks following revelations that Russian companies bought ads and organized pro-Trump rallies during the 2016 presidential election, and after it was discovered that hate groups could advertise to users who liked specific anti-Semitic categories. In his post, Zuckerberg acknowledged that Facebook has had a divisive effect on the country, and that he’ll work to do better in the coming year.

Source: Mark Zuckerberg asks for forgiveness from ‘those I hurt this year’ in Yom Kippur message – The Verge

U.S. bans use of Kaspersky software in federal agencies amid concerns of Russian espionage

The Department of Homeland Security issued a directive barring use of the Russian company’s product.

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke ordered that Kaspersky Lab software be barred from federal government networks while giving agencies a timeline to get rid of it.

Source: U.S. bans use of Kaspersky software in federal agencies amid concerns of Russian espionage

Popular TV cable company impacted by data breach of up to 4 million personal records

The personal records of up to four million Time Warner Cable customers were possibly leaked via an unsecured Amazon server. The breach, which involved more than 600GB of data (the equivalent of 20 HD movies), was discovered by Cologne, Germany-based cybersecurity firm Kromtech.

Do you use this popular cable and internet service provider? It may be time to change your password.

Source: Popular TV cable company impacted by data breach of up to 4 million personal records

Teen accused of DUI, livestreaming video of crash that killed sister | WPXI

Obdulia Sanchez, 18, of Stockton, California, was charged with DUI and vehicular manslaughter while under the influence in the Merced County crash.

According to KFSN, Obdulia Sanchez, 18, of Stockton, was arrested Friday and charged with DUI and vehicular manslaughter while under the influence in the Merced County crash, which left her sister, 14-year-old Jacqueline Sanchez, dead and another girl “badly injured.”

The California Highway Patrol said Sanchez was behind the wheel Friday evening when her 2003 Buick swerved, slammed through a barbed-wire fence and rolled over, KTXL reported. Sanchez’s two passengers – Jacqueline and another 14-year-old girl – weren’t wearing seat belts and were ejected from the car, the CHP said.

Source: Teen accused of DUI, livestreaming video of crash that killed sister | WPXI

Tour the International Space Station With Google Street View

Users can now explore the ISS in a 360-degree view, courtesy of an astronaut at the European Space Agency

The search engine on Thursday announced that anyone can now see inside the ISS using its popular map tool, Street View. Launched in 2007, the technology feature in Google Maps and Google Earth provides 360-degree views from different positions—previously limited to streets around the world. For the first time ever, Google has extended the feature into outer space.

Source: Tour the International Space Station With Google Street View

North Korea’s threatens the world with cyberwarfare, not nukes – NY Daily News

For a country that’s as off-the-grid as you can get, North Korea is remarkably plugged in to cyberwarfare.

North Korea has been linked to some of the biggest cyber-attacks in history, including the Sony Hackthe Wannacry Ransomware, the Central Bank of Bangladesh Heist, and countless other attacks against South Korea and Japan and even U.S. interests. And they are getting better.

Source: North Korea’s threatens the world with cyberwarfare, not nukes – NY Daily News

Here’s the easiest way to avoid malware on an Apple device

Malware targeting Apple smartphones and tablets is on the rise – here’s the simplest way to avoid it.

What’s the easiest way to sidestep malware? Avoid purchasing a jailbroken device.

Jailbreaking removes software restrictions on iOS-based devices, allowing root access to the operating system. This permits the installation of apps, themes and extensions that aren’t found in Apple’s official App Store.

Source: Here’s the easiest way to avoid malware on an Apple device

Net Neutrality: Why You Should Care | Fortune.com

What is net neutrality?

Net neutrality is the idea that the web is open to everyone, meaning that internet service providers can’t block content or intentionally slow down load times for particular websites. The principle, which was initially approved by the FCC in 2010, essentially states that web access is a human right that should be available for all.

Why would internet service providers want to change that?

Because ISPs like ComcastVerizon and AT&T could make a substantial profit by charging users to access certain websites or by charging extra for “fast lanes” that allow internet companies willing to pay to bypass slower bandwidth.

Source: Net Neutrality: Why You Should Care | Fortune.com

New Highly Virulent Strain of Ransomware Cripples Networks | Business News | US News

By RAPHAEL SATTER and FRANK BAJAK, Associated Press

PARIS (AP) — A new, highly virulent strain of malicious software that is crippling computers globally appears to have been sown in Ukraine, where it badly hobbled much of the government and private sector on the eve of a holiday celebrating a post-Soviet constitution.

Hospitals, government offices and major multinationals were among the casualties of the ransomware payload, which locks up computer files with all-but-unbreakable encryption and then demands a ransom for its release.

Source: New Highly Virulent Strain of Ransomware Cripples Networks | Business News | US News

Cellphone, internet outages reported across the U.S. – CBS News

Many Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T customers reported outage issues on Monday

The website downdetector.com, which compiles users’ reports of outages, posted maps highlighting a number of different areas with problems:

Source: Cellphone, internet outages reported across the U.S. – CBS News

Verizon Takes Over Yahoo to Complete $4.5 Billion Deal | Business News | US News

FILE – In this Jan. 7, 2014, file photo, Yahoo president and CEO Marissa Mayer speaks during the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. On Tuesday, June 13, 2017, Verizon took over Yahoo, completing a $4.5 billion deal that will usher in a new management team to attempt to wring more advertising revenue from one of the internet’s best-known brands. Tuesday’s closure of the sale ends Yahoo’s 21-year history as a publicly traded company. It also ends the nearly five-year reign of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, who isn’t joining Verizon. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File) THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

About 2,000 Yahoo and AOL workers are expected to lose their jobs as Verizon trims expenses and eliminates overlapping positions.

Source: Verizon Takes Over Yahoo to Complete $4.5 Billion Deal | Business News | US News

Why the Sirius Investment in Pandora Is a Win-Win Situation – Nasdaq.com

Pandora’s Friday morning announcement that it had secured a $480 million investment  from Sirius XM and agreed to sell its ticketing unit.

What’s in it for Sirius XM

Sirius XM has done well with its existing satellite radio subscription business, generating $5 billion in revenue and $746 million in net income in 2016. The company had 31.6 million subscribers at the end of Q1 of 2017, and expects to add 1.3 million paying subscribers in 2017.

Read more: http://www.nasdaq.com/article/why-the-sirius-investment-in-pandora-is-a-win-win-situation-cm801402#ixzz4jZ3Jjewx

Source: Why the Sirius Investment in Pandora Is a Win-Win Situation – Nasdaq.com

‘Judy’ Malware Potentially Hits Up to 36.5M Android Users | News & Opinion | PCMag.com

It’s ‘possibly the largest malware campaign found on Google Play,’ according to Check Point.

As outlined by security firm Check Point, 41 apps developed by Korea-based Kiniwini and published under the moniker ENISTUDIO Corp., “infected devices to generate large amounts of fraudulent clicks on advertisements, generating revenues for the perpetrators behind the app.

 

Source: ‘Judy’ Malware Potentially Hits Up to 36.5M Android Users | News & Opinion | PCMag.com

Windows 7, not XP, was the reason last week’s WCry worm spread so widely

Chief among the revelations: more than 97 percent of infections hit computers running Windows 7, according to attacks seen by antivirus provider Kaspersky Lab. By contrast, infected Windows XP machines were practically non-existent, and those XP PCs that were compromised were likely manually infected by their owners for testing purposes. That’s according to Costin Raiu, director of Kaspersky Lab’s Global Research and Analysis Team, who spoke to Ars.

Source: Windows 7, not XP, was the reason last week’s WCry worm spread so widely

Cyber-attack: Europol says it was unprecedented in scale – BBC News

Europol also warned a “complex international investigation” was required “to identify the culprits”.

Ransomware encrypted data on at least 75,000 systems in 99 countries on Friday. Payments were demanded for access to be restored.

European countries, including Russia, were among the worst hit.

Although the spread of the malware – known as WannaCry and variants of that name – appears to have slowed, the threat is not yet over.

Source: Cyber-attack: Europol says it was unprecedented in scale – BBC News

Microsoft scrambles to fix worst Windows issue ‘in recent memory’ | Fox News

There’s a hole in Windows big enough that Microsoft did an emergency fix this week.

Called the “worst Windows remote code exec in recent memory” and “crazy bad” by the Google security expert that discovered it, the malware requires no interaction from a user. Often malware requires a PC user to, for example, click on a bad link or do something that — unbeknownst to the user — downloads rogue code.

Source: Microsoft scrambles to fix worst Windows issue ‘in recent memory’ | Fox News

Google and Facebook hit by $100 million phishing scam | Komando.com

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By Mark Jones, Komando.com

The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced last month that a Lithuanian man had been arrested for fraud, aggravated identity theft and money laundering. He allegedly scammed two major U.S. tech companies out of more than $100 million through an elaborate phishing scam. “Fortune” identified the victimized companies this week to be Facebook and Google.

Source: Google and Facebook hit by $100 million phishing scam | Komando.com

Hacker Leaks Stolen ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Season 5 Episodes to Piracy Network | Variety

An anonymous hacker has carried through on a threat to release “Orange Is the New Black” season five episodes online — after Netflix allegedly failed to respond to the cybercriminal’s shakedown demands.

Variety was unable to verify the authenticity of the “OITNB” episodes the hacker claimed to have shared on popular file-sharing site the Pirate Bay.

Source: Hacker Leaks Stolen ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Season 5 Episodes to Piracy Network | Variety

Long-Unfinished Orson Welles Film to Appear on Netflix

Netflix announced that it would provide the funding to complete Orson Welles’s long-unfinished film The Other Side of the Wind.

The Other Side of the Wind is the latest in Netflix’s aggressive push into making its own films. Other recent high-profile projects have included The White Helmets, which won the Academy Award for best short documentary at the 2017 Oscars, and Martin Scorsese’s return to the gangster film (and reunion with Robert De Niro) The Irishman, which is scheduled for release in 2018.

Source: Long-Unfinished Orson Welles Film to Appear on Netflix