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Twitter's latest social justice brainwave is to implement an Orwellian "Trust & Safety Council"

Twitter's latest social justice brainwave is to implement an Orwellian "Trust & Safety Council"

Microblogging come messaging service Twitter, Inc. has upped the ante in its pursuit of turning the service into a safe space with a new "Trust & Safety Council" that could have easily come out of a George Orwell book. In an announcement about the new council, Twitter's Head of Global Policy Outreach Patricia Cartes justified the move on social justice warrior grounds, stating that for users to express themselves "freely and safely" (emphasis is ours) on Twitter, the company must provide "more tools and policies" to stifle speech that those of the cause find offensive. "With hundreds of millions of Tweets sent... more »
SaaS cyber security startup Digital Shadows raises $14m Series B

SaaS cyber security startup Digital Shadows raises $14m Series B

Software-as-a-Service (Saas) cyber security startup Digital Shadows Ltd. has raised $14 million Series B in a round led by Trinity Ventures that included Storm Ventures, TenEleven Ventures, Passion Capital and Paladin Capital Group. Founded in 2011, Digital Shadows provides "cyber situational awareness," an offering that assists organizations in protecting themselves against cyber attacks, loss of intellectual property, and loss of brand and reputation integrity. The company's main platform, Digital Shadows SearchLight, offers a scalable data analysis platform that delivers a holistic view of an enterprises' digital footprint and the profile of its attackers. Digital Shadows SearchLight is said to continuously monitor more than... more »
Browser maker Opera to be acquired by Chinese consortium for $1.2b

Browser maker Opera to be acquired by Chinese consortium for $1.2b

Opera Software ASA, the makers of the Opera web browser, are about to be acquired after having received a NOK 10.5 billion ($1.2 billion) takeover offer from a consortium of Chinese companies. The offer, from investment funds Golden Brick Silk Road Fund Management, Yonglian Investment Co. Ltd., mobile game developer Kunlun, and security firm Qihoo 360 Software, values Opera's shares at NOK 71.00 ($8.28) per share, a 53 percent premium on their closing price a of February 4 on the Oslo Stock Exchange. In a statement the Opera board has recommended that shareholders accept the takeover offer, and larger shareholders representing 33... more »
Report: Enterprises now using an average of six different clouds

Report: Enterprises now using an average of six different clouds

Such is the complexity of cloud computing systems that the average user runs applications and carries out experiments on a combination of six different public and private clouds, according to a new survey from Software-as-a-Service provider RightScale Inc. RightScale's 2016 State of the Cloud Report, which is based on the answers of more than 1,000 technical professionals, also reveals a sustained increase in hybrid cloud adoption, as growing numbers of enterprises shift workloads to the cloud, especially private clouds. According to the report, private cloud adoption has grown from 63 percent to 77 percent of organizations, with hybrid cloud adoption growing at... more »
Microsoft sheds new light on Windows 10 updates

Microsoft sheds new light on Windows 10 updates

Microsoft has infuriated dozens of system admins with the near-constant flow of updates its released for Windows 10 since the OS launched last year. In particular, people are miffed about the veil of secrecy that comes with these system updates, which could potentially make some critical changes without anyone's knowledge. The problem is that Microsoft applies updates to Windows 10 automatically, giving users very little control. For its part, Microsoft says it's no different to how Web services also update themselves behind the scenes, tying it into its new “Windows-as-a-Service” mantra. It's a great sound-bite, but Microsoft forgets that Windows isn't the... more »
Looker revs up analytics on Hadoop with support for Presto & Spark SQL

Looker revs up analytics on Hadoop with support for Presto & Spark SQL

Business intelligence startup Looker Data Sciences Inc. is tapping into Hadoop's processing power for data analytics with a new update that provides support for Presto and Spark SQL. Santa Cruz, CA-based Looker's platform is described by the company as a “browser-based development environment for business intelligence”. The platform is built atop of Looker's proprietary programming language LookML, and allows enterprises to describe, define and analyze their data where it resides, as opposed to shifting data to a data warehouse first. The addition of Presto and Spark SQL expands the list of databases Looker is compatible with. Other supported databases include Amazon... more »
The reality is quite expensive: Oculus Rift and PC bundle preorders available soon

The reality is quite expensive: Oculus Rift and PC bundle preorders available soon

By itself the Oculus Rift headset priced at $599 isn’t cheap, but from the beginning we also knew that only a powerful PC would be capable of running the VR headset. Oculus has now announced that it will sell Rift bundles along with Oculus-ready PCs starting February 16, 8 am Pacific Time, and as we expected the whole package is what one might call a high-end purchase. Asus, Alienware and Dell will be the first to join with Oculus, although more companies will will be coming soon, according to Oculus. Pre-orders will be available from Best Buy, Amazon and the Microsoft... more »
Symantec warns of malware hidden in Hearthstone cheat programs

Symantec warns of malware hidden in Hearthstone cheat programs

If you are the type of degenerate who feels the need to cheat at a free online card game like Hearthstone, then you probably deserve whatever viruses or malware you get out of it, but technology security company Symantec Corp has decided to issue a warning anyway about the shady nature of many Hearthstone cheat programs. According to Symantec, out of the many types of Hearthstone cheat software, none are completely safe to use. This includes programs that claim to earn users free gold and arcane dust, which are used for purchasing in-game items and services and crafting specific Hearthstone cards, respectively. "Such applications are a total scam; they do not work,"... more »
Overwatch closed beta returns with player progression and new game modes

Overwatch closed beta returns with player progression and new game modes

After a two-month hiatus, the closed beta for Blizzard Entertainment's highly anticipated team shooter Overwatch has finally returned, and the game has arrived when several new features for players to try out. New game modes The latest beta patch has introduced two new game modes to Overwatch. Control Mode Control is a new type of map where players must occupy and defend a location from the enemy team. While players hold the point, they gradually make progress toward capturing it, and the round ends whenever the capture is complete. Whichever team wins the best two out of three rounds wins the entire match. This game mode is not... more »
Mad Catz CEO and other top execs quit the day before financials are released

Mad Catz CEO and other top execs quit the day before financials are released

Yesterday, several high ranking executives resigned from game peripheral maker Mad Catz Interactive Inc, including the company's CEO and President, Darren Richardson. The resignations came in the day before the company was set to release its latest financial report. According to Mad Catz, Board Chairman Thomas Brown and Senior Vice President of Business Affairs Whitney Peterson also stepped down. “We recognize the tremendous value that Thomas, Darren and Whitney have brought to Mad Catz during their tenure and thank them for their many contributions throughout the years,” Karen McGinnis, who formerly served as company CFO and is now the new CEO, said in a statement. “Looking ahead, we are... more »
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