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Kaspersky launches hardened OS for industrial control systems

Kaspersky launches hardened OS for industrial control systems

Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Labs has finally completed the development of its “unhackable” operating system after four years. Kaspersky first announced it was working on the OS back in 2012, saying it would be built “from the ground up” and designed to protect key information for the world’s most critical industries, such as transportation control centers, telecommunication systems, nuclear power stations, and various other important installations. The company followed up its announcement with a more detailed whitepaper on the OS outlining some of the criteria it deemed necessary to protect such systems. The criteria stated that the OS could not be based on... more »
Bitfinex customers offered equity in compensation for bitcoin lost in hacking

Bitfinex customers offered equity in compensation for bitcoin lost in hacking

Customers of bitcoin exchange Bitfinex are being offered equity in the company in compensation for the losses imposed on them following the hacking of the exchange in early August. Under the deal, customers who were issued BFX tokens following the decision by the company to socialize the losses caused by the hack will be able to use those tokens for equity in iFinex, Inc., the British Virgin Islands-based parent company of Bitfinex. The management of the equity issue is being handled by bitcoin equity crowdfunding service BnkToTheFuture (Bnk To The Future Ltd.) who will be facilitating the exchange of tokens via a... more »
Multiple updates led to Google cloud outage

Multiple updates led to Google cloud outage

Google has provided an explanation for the two-hour outage affecting its Google Cloud Platform on Aug. 11, saying the error was entirely its own fault. The incident affected Google App Engine’s APIs, which were left “unavailable” for short periods. According to Google, the outage meant that 18 percent of apps hosted in its US-Central region saw error rates of between 10 percent and 50 percent. In addition, 3 percent of applications saw error rates exceeding 50 percent, while users saw a “median latency increase of just under 0.8 seconds per request,” due to the outage. In an explanation posted to its Cloud Status... more »
Please no: Facebook testing auto-playing videos with the sound turned on

Please no: Facebook testing auto-playing videos with the sound turned on

Your news feed on Facebook may soon become a more noisy experience with the social network giant now testing auto-playing videos with the sound turned on. First spotted by Mashable the trial of auto-audio is currently underway in Australia with one version of the test seeing sound playing immediately as the video begins (note the videos already auto play but with sound turned off) if sound is enabled on the given device, with a second version allowing users to turn sound on using an icon that sits at the bottom right of videos versus the current requirement to open up the... more »
HPE Big Data Conference 2016: How to watch all theCUBE interviews | #HPEBigData2016

HPE Big Data Conference 2016: How to watch all theCUBE interviews | #HPEBigData2016

This year’s Hewlett Packard Enterprise Big Data Conference starts on August 29 and runs until September 1 at the Westin Boston Waterfront in Boston, Massachusetts.   The HPE Big Data Conference will explore big data analytics and innovation, with sessions focusing on HPE Vertica, machine learning and the next generation of app development, real-world big data deployments, and more. Keynote speakers at the HPE Big Data Conference include HPE executives, Colin Mahony who is the Senior Vice President and General Manager of the HPE Big Data Platform; and Robert Youngjohns who is the Executive Vice President and General Manager of Software.... more »
VMware announces new alliances around Liota IoT SDK

VMware announces new alliances around Liota IoT SDK

Looking to bridge the gap between developers and IT, VMware Inc. has a series of partnerships in an effort to accelerate the deployment of the Internet of Things (IoT) in the enterprise. On Tuesday, VMware said it was working with Bayshore Networks LLC, Dell Inc., Intwine Connect LLC, Deloitte Digital, PTC Inc. and V5 Systems Inc. to deploy and scale enterprise IoT platforms. Like many big infrastructure vendors, VMware is showing a big interest in enterprise IoT applications that can enable unified analytics, management and security. The alliance comes hot on the heels of an open-source software development kit launched by VMware... more »
Advertising technology platform The Trade Desk files for IPO

Advertising technology platform The Trade Desk files for IPO

Advertising technology platform The Trade Desk Inc. has filed to go public on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol "TTD." Serving as underwriters for the initial public offering (IPO) are Citigroup, Jefferies, and RBC who will be assisting the company raise $86.3 million. Founded in 2009, The Trade Desk offers a self-service platform that enables ad buyers to manage data-driven advertising campaigns across various advertising formats, including display, video, and social, and on a multitude of devices, including computers, mobile devices, and connected TV. The company claims to have become the fastest growing demand-side platform in the industry by offering agencies, aggregators, and... more »
The race is on: Two companies have joined together to create a self-driving car system that can be put in any vehicle  

The race is on: Two companies have joined together to create a self-driving car system that can be put in any vehicle  

Two companies have recently joined together to create an autonomous car system for any vehicle which should be ready they believe sometime in 2019. The companies are Delphi Automotive PLC, a UK-based high-tech auto-parts provider, and Mobileye NV, an Israeli advanced driver assistance systems and autonomous driving technology provider – responsible for Tesla’s autonomous driving system. Their mission, collaboration, was struck up this week, having a positive impact on both company’s stocks. In a press release it was explained how the collaboration will take effect, in technical terms anyway: “Delphi will incorporate automated driving software algorithms from its Ottomatika acquisition, which include the Path and Motion... more »
Ashley Madison slapped down by Canadian, Australian regulators for lax security following 2015 hack

Ashley Madison slapped down by Canadian, Australian regulators for lax security following 2015 hack

Controversial cheating website Ashley Madison has been slapped down by regulators in Canada and Australia for poor security following its now infamous hacking in 2015. A joint investigation by the offices of the Australian and Canadian privacy commissioners found that that the service had inadequate safeguards in place, including poor password management and a fabricated security trustmark on the website's home page. The report detailed an appalling lack of security that included among other things the company stored its VPN password on Google Drive, making it extremely easy to access via any employee's machine; that passwords were stored as plain text on... more »
Hallelujah: Google to punish sites that use interstitial pop-ups on mobile content starting January

Hallelujah: Google to punish sites that use interstitial pop-ups on mobile content starting January

Search giant Google Inc. has announced that it will punish the mobile rankings of sites that use interstitial pop-ups starting from January. If you're not familiar with the term, interstitials are traditionally a page displayed before or after an expected content page. In the case of mobile sites, they're displayed as pop-up overlays that block access to the original content. "Although the majority of pages now have text and content on the page that is readable without zooming, we’ve recently seen many examples where these pages show intrusive interstitials to users," Google Product Manager Doantam Phan explained on the Google Webmaster Central... more »
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