Data Archiving Standards Need To Be Future-Proofed

Imagine in the not-too-distant future, your entire genome is on archival storage and accessed by your doctors for critical medical decisions. You'd want that data to be safe from hackers and data corruption, wouldn't you? Oh, and it would need to be error-free and accessible for about a hundred years too. The problem is, we… Read More

Posted on 20 September 2014 | 12:32 am

Why a Chinese Company Is the Biggest IPO Ever In the US

The Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has made headlines lately in US financial news. At the closing of its Initial Public Offering (IPO) on Friday, it had raised $21.8 billion on the New York Stock Exchange, larger even than Visa's ($17.9 billion), Facebook's ($16 billion), and General Motors ($15.8 billion) IPOs. Some… Read More

Posted on 19 September 2014 | 9:39 pm

Microsoft Kills Off Its Trustworthy Computing Group

Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Group is headed for the axe, and its responsibilities will be taken over either by the company's Cloud & Enterprise Division or its Legal & Corporate Affairs group. Microsoft's disbanding of the group represents a punctuation mark in the industry's decades-long conversation… Read More

Posted on 19 September 2014 | 6:42 pm

Google's Doubleclick Ad Servers Exposed Millions of Computers To Malware

With this excerpt from The Verge: Last night, researchers at Malwarebytes noticed strange behavior on sites like, The Times of Israel and The Jerusalem Post. Ads on the sites were being unusually aggressive, setting off anti-virus warnings and raising flags in a number of Malwarebytes systems. After some… Read More

Posted on 19 September 2014 | 5:59 pm

Amazon Purchases .buy TLD For $4.6 Million

Amazon outbid Google at the ICANN auction this week for the top-level domain .buy , to which it now has exclusive rights, paying around $4.6 million for the privilege. Google was also reportedly outbid for the .tech domain, which went for around $6.7 million. No word yet on Amazon's plans for the new domain suffix, but it's… Read More

Posted on 19 September 2014 | 5:17 pm

Dropbox and Google Want To Make Open Source Security Tools Easy To Use

Dropbox, Google, and the Open Technology Fund have announced a new organization focused on making open source security tools easier to use. Called Simply Secure, the initiative brings together security researchers with experts in user interaction and design to boost adoption rates for consumer-facing security solutions.… Read More

Posted on 19 September 2014 | 4:35 pm