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July 31, 2014
Russia wants Apple and SAP to turn over their source code in yet another instance of fallout resulting from leaks about NSA surveillance activities. The suggestion reportedly came last week, when Communications Minister Nikolai Nikiforov met with executives of the two companies: Peter Nielsen, Apple's general manager in Russia; and Vyacheslav Orekhov, SAP's managing director in Russia. Russia wants to ensure the right of consumers and corporate users to the privacy of personal data, while also protecting state security. [More...]

July 31, 2014
The Internet.org collective's mission of bringing the entire planet online took a step forward Thursday with the release of an app affording limited free mobile Internet access to users in Zambia. While around 85 percent of the world's people are located in areas with cellular network connectivity, only 30 percent access the Internet. In Zambia, just 15 percent have online access. [More...]

July 31, 2014
cloudbit
LittleBits "takes the electronics components kits of the past to a new level," said tech analyst Jim McGregor. "With everything integrated into silicon components, no one needs transistors or diodes; they need the critical system-level components. [LittleBits] puts these right into your hands with a cool form factor similar to what most of us are accustomed to." [More...]

July 31, 2014
Nokia Lumia 635 Cortana
Cortana may be late to the personal digital assistant party, but she could cause some heads to turn. Based on a popular character in Halo, Cortana already has a fan base. For those who are just meeting her, it could be love at first sight. Cortana seems a bit more personable than Siri, and Microsoft insists she's way more capable. She even has a Chinese alter ego, nicknamed "Xiao Na." [More...]

July 30, 2014
Old tricks that have helped hackers penetrate computers for months or longer worked again last week at Goodwill and Stubhub. Taking a page from the gang that pillaged payment card and personal information from Target last year, hackers clipped payment card information from an undisclosed number of Goodwill Industries International customers. It's believed point-of-sale systems were compromised. [More...]

July 30, 2014
Government snooping on Americans would be curtailed under a bill introduced Tuesday in the U.S. Senate. The measure, sponsored by Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., would ban bulk collection of domestic information, limit the scope of searches by government agencies, and add transparency and reporting requirements. Further, it would reform procedures of the FISA Court. [More...]

July 30, 2014
An Android vulnerability that exists in every version from v2.1 Eclair to v. 4.3 Jelly Bean could expose millions of users, Bluebox Security has warned. The flaw lets attackers fake the certificates of specially privileged parties, such as Adobe and Google Wallet, and serve them up with malware that bypasses detection by Android. Attackers then can take over every app running on an Android device. [More...]

July 30, 2014
Samsung Z
Samsung has been doing just fine with Android, but it appears to want an OS of its own to fall back on, just in case. It appears to be a steep hill to climb, though. "I see this as a much tougher proposition than anyone realizes," said Gartner analyst Tuong Huy Nguyen. "It's even more difficult for Samsung, because their competency seems to lie in hardware and not so much on the software side." [More...]

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