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Facebook's redesigned Messenger takes aim at WhatsApp, Snapchat

Users don't have to be Facebook friends to message each other with the new app.

At Senate hearing, Google warns of 'splinternet' but NSA does not budge

The general counsel of a U.S. spying agency told a U.S. Senate committee Wednesday that if Internet companies provide information about the number of surveillance orders they receive for user data, it would alert the country's adversaries on which services to avoid. Show More Summary

Greenpeace tips hat to Facebook, Google for renewable energy use

Greenpeace has often been critical of big data-center operators like Facebook for their impact on the environment, but on Wednesday it said some online firms are improving their practices and may even be the vanguard for renewable energy use. Show More Summary

Diving in to Desktop Dungeons

Do you enjoy dying over, and over, and over again? You're in luck!

Panel: Hospitals are just starting to build health IT foundations

Health care providers are just beginning to figure out how big data, mobile platforms and integrated software can deliver better care at lower costs, according to speakers at The Economist's Health Care Forum in Boston. Talk of using...Show More Summary

Sony says PlayStation 4 hardware is 'supercharged'

New features in Sony's upcoming gaming console will make it easier for users to stream games and share content over social media.

Lawmakers: security warnings came before launch

Top IT officials from U.S. President Barack Obama's administration insisted is as secure as possible, despite questions raised from inside the government before the flawed website's launch. A Sept. 3 memo from Tony Trenkle, CIO at the U.S. Show More Summary

Apple demands $380M, Samsung says $53M as iCourt resumes

While the impact of Apple's iPhone is obvious to anyone who follows the tech industry, attorneys Wednesday took a California jury back to the phone's 2007 unveiling to remind them just how important the device was, as Apple and Samsung began arguing over patent infringement damages that could run into hundreds of millions of dollars. Show More Summary

Adobe patches critical vulnerabilities in Flash Player, ColdFusion

Adobe Systems released security updates for Flash Player, AIR and ColdFusion to fix critical vulnerabilities that could allow attackers to take control of affected systems or read information from servers without authorization. The updates...Show More Summary

Microsoft Patch Tuesday advisories urge ditching old, weak crypto algorithms

Microsoft patched serious vulnerabilities Tuesday in Windows, Internet Explorer and Office, but also urged customers to stop using the aging RC4 cipher and SHA-1 hashing function in their systems and services. These algorithms have known weaknesses and should be replaced with more secure alternatives in SSL deployments and digital certificates. Show More Summary

Australia Post introduces QR code 'video stamps'

Australia Post has introduced a "video stamp" which when used with a mobile application lets senders record a 15-second video for a recipient. The postal service has printed more than 3 million of the stamps for the holiday season, which can be affixed to domestic Express Post or Express Courier International packages. Show More Summary

Canadian merger to form bigger player in business communications

Size matters in the unified communications business, according to Mitel Networks and Aastra Technologies, two Canadian vendors that plan to merge early next year. Mitel will pay about $392 million Canadian (US$374 million) for all of Aastra's outstanding shares under a deal approved by both boards of directors, the companies announced Monday. Show More Summary

Internet engineers urge security against online spies

Members of the Internet Engineering Task Force discussed at its meeting in Vancouver, Canada last week how the organization could turn its plan to protect the web from government spying into action. IETF chair Jari Arkko also spoke at...Show More Summary

Yup, the Xbox One still requires a launch day patch

Before you work yourself into a lather, please understand that Microsoft has been saying since June that the update would be required.

The Great Bitcoin Bank Robbery

A young, anonymous Bitcoin banker in Australia reported the theft of over a million American dollars in the virtual currency. He is not taking the problem to the police. A peer-to-peer currency not backed by any government, BitcoinsShow More Summary

USENIX: Flame graph shows system performance in a new light

The person who became known on the Internet for yelling at servers is now becoming famous for another, somewhat related, feat, creating a new type of data visualization for characterizing system performance. Brendan Gregg, lead performance...Show More Summary

Google bans Windows Chrome extensions found outside the Chrome Web Store

The sad march towards tribal fiefdoms continued Thursday, as Google announced that it will only allow Chrome for Windows users to download extensions hosted by Google’s own Chrome Web Store starting in January. Google says the decision...Show More Summary

Android 4.4 KitKat review: An only slightly better Android

Android has a face only an engineer could love. At least, that's the reputation it has earned over the past few years. Google's mobile OS is a hotbed of mobile innovation and new technologies, but its interface doesn't have the friendly consumer-centric design of iOS or Windows Phone. Show More Summary

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