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  • Google project aims to preserve privacy when collecting software stats

    Google is applying a surveying technique from the 1960s to a project that aims to collect data about users' computers without potentially compromising their privacy.

  • Major banks ready their own mobile payment apps

    Several major national and international banks are planning to launch their own mobile payments apps next year.

  • Data retention is necessary red tape: Turnbull

    Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said he's aware of the costs a mandatory detention scheme will place on the telecom industry.

  • Petition targets Apple over ‘spyware' in OS X Yosemite

    Apple should remove "spyware" from its new Yosemite release of OS X, according to an online petition that has received 14,450 signatures as of early Thursday afternoon.

  • Vulnerabilities found in more command-line tools, wget and tnftp get patches

    The critical Shellshock vulnerabilities found last month in the Bash Unix shell have motivated security researchers to search for similar flaws in old, but widely used, command-line utilities.

  • Republican gains in Congress would have limited impact on big tech issues

    Anticipated Republican gains in the U.S. Congress after next Tuesday's election have limited implications for tech-related issues like net neutrality and reform of National Security Agency surveillance programs, with some observers expecting no huge changes.

  • One code to rule them all: Dronecode

    Drones have just found their new best friends: coders. On Oct. 13, the Linux Foundation unveiled a nonprofit organization called the Dronecode Project, an open-source development initiative uniting thousands of coders for the purpose of building an aerial operating system for drones. Hopeful that the project will bring order to the chaos that has surrounded software developers as they sprint to carve out a share of the bourgeoning market for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), UAS operators are now asking whether Dronecode will finally provide the horsepower and industry-wide support needed to launch a universal drone operating system.

  • Sorry movie goers, Google Glass, other wearables banned from cinemas

    Going to the movies this weekend? You better leave your pair of Google Glass at home or at least in your bag.

  • Drupal: If you weren't quick to patch, assume your site was hacked

    Users of Drupal, one of the most popular content management systems, should consider their sites compromised if they didn't immediately apply a security patch released on Oct. 15.

  • Microsoft releases stopgap POODLE protection for Internet Explorer

    Microsoft on Wednesday gave Windows customers an easier way to block attacks against Internet Explorer (IE) meant to steal browser session cookies and impersonate victims.

  • Pirate Bay co-founder found guilty of hacking in Denmark

    Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg was found guilty of hacking and serious vandalism in the Court of Fredriksberg in Denmark on Thursday.

  • Apple Pay rival MCX defends security after hackers steal emails

    The Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX), a consortium of 58 major U.S. retailers whose mobile payment network will take on the new Apple Pay early in 2015, today held a hastily-organized news conference to address questions about a hack that pilfered consumer email addresses.

  • Germany backs plan to retain personal flight data across EU

    The German government is calling for the EU-wide retention of personal flight data as an anti-terrorism measure, but is facing opponents who object to yet another database holding private information.

  • Vodafone asks how data retention applies to M2M

    Vodafone seeks more clarity on how the data retention legislation introduced today will apply to machine-to-machine (M2M) data, among other questions.

  • Baidu traffic from mobile devices now more than from PCs

    In a sign that more Chinese are relying on their smartphones to go online, local search giant Baidu said its mobile Internet traffic had surpassed traffic from PCs during the third quarter.

  • Facebook gives away homebrewed OS monitoring tool

    Facebook has released an open-source tool for monitoring operating system state changes across very large infrastructures, which could help engineers quickly diagnose performance and security issues.

  • How to figure out if a data breach is a hoax

    The notoriety that comes with taking credit for a data breach is alluring. Declaring a successful data breach can suddenly bring a lot of attention, which is why posting bogus data is attractive.

  • Cybercriminals create platform for automating rogue credit card charges

    Cybercriminals have a new tool to make the most of stolen credit card details before payment processors detect the fraud, security researchers warn.

  • Attack campaign infects industrial control systems with BlackEnergy malware

    Since 2011 a group of attackers has been targeting companies that operate industrial control systems with a backdoor program called BlackEnergy.

  • Europe's top court to rule on whether IP addresses are personal data

    Europe's top court is set to answer a question that seems to be as old as the Internet: Are IP addresses personal data?