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Administration, Silicon Valley Bigs Meet to Strategize on ISIS

Obama administration officials last week met with senior executives from several leading Silicon Valley firms in a summit on how to combat the proliferation of terrorist communications on social media networks ...

Microsoft Puts Legacy IE Browsers Out to Pasture

Microsoft on Tuesday ended technical support for the older versions of its legacy Internet Explorer browser, placing at risk millions of users who -- despite extensive warnings -- have not upgraded to the latest version of Internet Explorer or the free install of Windows 10. ...

Legere Steps Back After Hurling F-Word at EFF

John Legere, T-Mobile's loquacious CEO, has apologized to the Electronic Frontier Foundation for what he described as a "color commentary" that drew sharp criticism. ...

The World According to Intel

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich keynoted a marathon opening address earlier this week at CES, where he demonstrated a wide variety of new technologies and laid out the company's vision for where the industry is headed ...

Uber Settles With New York AG After ‘Playing God’ With Data

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Thursday announced a deal that would require Uber to encrypt geolocation information about its riders, as well as enhance its data security practices ...

Ford Wants Smart Cars and Homes to Talk to Each Other

One of the highlights of Ford's Tuesday CES event was its announcement of plans to connect its Sync smart car technology with smart home applications from Amazon and Wink. The integrations will give consumers remote control of things like home security and lights from their vehicles, along with the ability to unlock car doors and turn on the ignition from their living rooms...

GM Deal Buoys Lyft

General Motors has agreed to invest US$500 million in Lyft, and the companies will work together to develop an integrated network of autonomous vehicles, they said in a joint announcement on Monday. ...

Home Broadband Use Falls as Consumers Go Mobile

A recentPew Research Center study found that adoption of traditional high-speed Internet in the U.S. has fallen to 67 percent, the lowest level since 2012 ...

Facebook Takes On Yelp, Angie’s List

Facebook recently launched a service for members that provides recommendations and ratings on shops and service providers, a move that puts it in direct competition withYelp ...

China’s Internet Tightrope Walk

Chinese President Xi Jinping recently told an international delegation of cybersecurity and technology experts that governments must be allowed to exercise sovereign rights and decision making over Internet use within their own countries. ...

Amazon Burns Through Previous Holiday Records

Amazon on Monday reported a record competition-shattering performance during the Christmas holiday, adding more than 3 million Amazon Prime members last week alone. ...

Juniper Networks Shortens ScreenOS Threat List

Juniper Networks on Sunday informed customers that recent security threats to its ScreenOS were not as widespread as initially believed. ...

Three Charged in Hacking Case That Spammed 60M

Federal prosecutors in New Jersey on Tuesday charged three men in a US$2 million identity theft scheme to hack corporate computer systems and blast spam messages to more than 60 million people ...

Disgruntled Yahoo Investors Suggest Different Paths Forward

Two Yahoo investors, acting independently, have publicly called for radical changes or a potential sale of the firm. ...

Alibaba May Have to Handle SCMP With Kid Gloves

Alibaba Group last week announced that it has entered an agreement to buy the South China Morning Post and other media assets of SCMP Group ...

Walmart Jumps Into Mobile Pay Fray

Walmart on Thursday introduced its own mobile payments solution to let customers make in-store purchases with an Android or iOS smartphone. The move will make it the only retailer to compete with third-party mobile payment systems ...

Aussie Cops Raid Home of Elusive Suspected Bitcoin Inventor

Australian police on Wednesday afternoon raided the home of a shadowy figure who just hours earlier had been outed as one of the original founders of bitcoin digital currency in two separate media reports. ...

Feinstein Revives Terrorist Activity Reporting Bill

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., on Tuesday reintroduced a bill that would require technology companies to alert law enforcement of certain activities that might be related to terrorist threats. ...

Social Media Firms Face Quandary Over Terror Prevention

Following the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif., social media companies are coming under increased pressure, both internally and externally, to protect their networks from being used as platforms for operational planning and propaganda ...

Samsung Grudgingly Agrees to Write Apple a $548M Check

Samsung and Apple last week filed a court document indicating the companies had come to an agreement under which Samsung will pay Apple US$548 million toward partial resolution of an epic legal dispute. At the heart of the conflict were Apple's allegations that Samsung effectively had stolen the technology behind certain key iPhone features for its own competing devices.

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