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The Washington Post has reported that federal investigators looking into leaks of classified information about a cyber operation which targeted Iran's nuclear program in 2010 have increased pressure on current and former senior government officials. According to SiliconANGLE Contributing Editor John Casaretto, the computer worm, which we know as Stuxnet, was a virus that targeted Iranian centrifuge computers and was able to exploit systems that controlled the centrifuges that were used to develop nuclear fuel resources. "It's largely been suspected that it was a nation sponsored effort, and the most likely party being the United States," he said. Investigators are leaving... more »
Social networking sites are always full of conversation, from the latest fashion craze to the latest Hollywood controversy, to friends and families feuding over the simplest things. The rise of social media has also brought about a brutal rivalry amongst the top platforms on the market, as consumerized services deliver new opportunities for advertising on a more personal level than ever before. One of the hottest rivalries in the industry is between Facebook and Google, where search and social context will define the monetization strategies of both firms. Facebook's remained the golden child of social media for several years now,... more »
There’s been a bit of a shakeup over at EMC this morning, with the storage giant announcing the appointment of the vastly experienced Vic Bhagat as its new CIO. The company put out a press release this morning shedding some light on its boardroom shuffle, revealing that Bhagat, who also assumes the role of Executive Vice President, will take control of its Information Technology, Global Business Services, Indirect Procurement and Global Centers of Excellence organizations. It’s a bit early to say what kind of impact Bhagat might have on the organization, but those in the know will appreciate that this is... more »
Co-authored by Ben T. Smith, IV, CEO and Doug Kilponen, COO of Wanderful Media “What people are doing when they are forming a band is what an anthropologist would call forming a clan. They are a group of people who may not be genetically related but share interests of some kind and have pledged loyalty to each other.” - “From the Sky Down”, U2 documentary Starting a company, like forming a band, requires faith and depends on loyalty. Having worked together on two different startups over the course of several years, it has become clear to us that loyalty is the essential, but... more »
The Aaron Swartz story was tragic for the IT wold. We lost a pioneer in technology to suicide and many are blaming the government for Swartz's decision to take his own life. Here is a look at our coverage of the Swartz story as more and more information unfolded. Video Breaking Analysis: Aaron Swartz's Death Caused by Overreacting Government John Furrier points out how Aaron Swartz was looking at a 35 year prison sentence for downloading free articles from the MIT network. "This really speaks to government injustice of hackers and internet citizens and activists," Furrier said. Articles Husband of Aaron Swartz Prosecutor Defends Her Actions... more »
According to a report from China News Daily, authorities in China are contemplating the ban on game consoles imposed in 2000. "We are reviewing the policy and have conducted some surveys and held discussions with other ministries on the possibility of opening up the game console market," a source from the Ministry of Culture, who asked not to be named, said. "However, since the ban was issued by seven ministries more than a decade ago, we will need approval from all parties to lift it," the source added. The game console ban was put into action for fear of potential harm in the... more »
The threat has actually been hovering over the US for a number of years, yet now it finally looks as if Antigua is going ahead with the planned launch of its so-called “piracy website” that will allow anyone to download US-made movies, songs, games and software without paying copyright holders. It might sound like a pretty daring move from little old Antigua, thumbing its nose up at the all-powerful United States of America, and indeed it is. But it’s also one that they’re very likely to get away with, thanks to World Trade Organization (WTO) rules that state it’s perfectly lawful... more »
Super Bowl XLVII will kick off February 3, 2013 and though there will be tens of thousands attending the game live, the majority of fans will make do with TVs, mobile devices or even the radio. While millions of viewers tune in to watch the game, it's the halftime shows and premium-priced ad spots that often take center stage. Super Bowl ads have become so interesting because of the time and resources brands put into the 30 second spots, using humor, controversy and countless other tactics to impress one of the largest real-time audiences the world's ever known. The advent of social media... more »
Hot on the heels of Kim Dotcom’s launch of Mega, Bittorrent has just kicked open the doors to its own digital locker service, to be known as Sync. Sync is currently available as a pre-Alpha release, and a first look suggests that it aims to be the simplest possible way to “automatically share files between computers and devices via secure, distributed technology”, according to TorrentFreak. Given that it’s only a pre-Alpha program, Sync seems to be somewhat light on features at the moment, although from what Bittorrent’s blog post announcing the release suggests, the service will be honed and improved in... more »
Twitter only recently released Vine, an app that lets users post 6-second video clips in loop, hitting the App Store last week. Early adopters were quick to share video clips of their pets, food, traveling and friends, but others quickly discovered that Vine can be used in more mischievous ways, like sharing adult content. Porn on the Vine First off, Vine doesn’t actually prohibit users from sharing nude or pornographic content with the app as long as it doesn’t violate copyrights, and the sole responsibility for the videos rest on users, not Vine. According to Vine’s Terms of Service, these are the things one cannot post on... more »