Database outfit Oracle has pushed out a record number of patches in a security update.
Included in the patch are critical fixes for Java SE and the Oracle Sun Systems Products Suite.
All up this means that the update contains nearly 170 new security vulnerability fixes, including 36 for Oracle Fusion Middleware. more»
Online auction outfit Ebay has done a deal with its activist investor Carl Icahn that will give investors a greater say in its PayPal payments unit once it is spun off.
Ebay said it exploring a sale or public offering of its enterprise unit. more»
Companies are doomed to miss the end of the life of Windows Windows Server 2003, warned software experts.
The server operating system will retire in six months and many companies will still have boxes running the OS when Microsoft finally kills it off. more»
While Samsung has pulled Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 from its new Galaxy S smartphone, because of overheating problems, another customer is denying there is anything wrong with it.
LG said it has encountered no overheating problems with Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and it will be powering a curved screen G Flex2 smartphone later this month. more»
A Turkish security expert found two zero-day vulnerabilities in library code used by the popular VLC media player around Christmas and is amazed they still have not been fixed.
Veysel Hatas found the data execution prevention (CVE-2014-9597) and write access (CVE-2014-9598) violation vulnerabilities in VLC and warned the outfit it could lead to arbitrary code execution. more»
Samsung has ruled out using Qualcomm processors for the next version of the South Korean technology giant’s flagship Galaxy S smartphone.
Apparently the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chip had a nasty habit of overheating when Samsung came to test it. Samsung will use its own processors instead. more»
Online document-sharing outfit Dropbox has acquired US-Israeli firm CloudOn.
CloudOn is a developer of tools to simplify creating and editing documents on mobile devices.
Financial details were not disclosed but money is believed to have changed hands.
CloudOn will become Dropbox’s first Israeli office and will focus on R&D. more»
Facebook announced that it will update its news feed software to flag stories that might be false and limit their spread.
The social notworking site has been a key spreader of fake news, including celebrity deaths, fake science reports mostly because some seem to think that “satire” is the same as “made up news”. more»
A Swiss art project entitled “The Random Darknet Shopper” has been spending $100 in Bitcoins to buy random products off the Darknet.
The project used a Darknet-surfing robot and apparently managed to buy 10 ecstasy tablets and a bogus Hungarian passport scan. more»
Samsung is considering a stock split in a bid to keep its investors happy as the outfit experiences sliding profits.
Samsung head of investor relations Robert Yi told reporters the company had been considering a stock split for some time but it was too early to make a decision. more»
Apple’s voice activated personal assistant Siri is being used to steal sensitive information from iOS based smartphones.
Luca Caviglione of the National Research Council of Italy and Wojciech Mazurczy of the Warsaw University of Technology warn that “malicious actors” could use Siri for stealthy data exfiltration by using a method that’s based on steganography, the practice of hiding information. more»
Search engine Google has decided to incur the wrath of the EU and only remove search results from European websites when individuals invoke their “right to be forgotten”, contrary to regulators’ guidelines.
The company’s chief legal officer David Drummond said that Google is reviewing that policy but it has not changed since November. more»
Elon Musk, the bloke behind Tesla Motors, SpaceX, and SolarCity wants to build a second internet in space.
The idea is that it will connect people on Mars to the Web.
The big idea is to launch a vast network of communication satellites to orbit earth. more»
Jacob Appelbaum and Laura Poitras have just published another massive collection of classified records obtained by Edward Snowden.
Many of them, published on Der Spiegel , show that the National Security Agency and its allies are methodically preparing for future wars carried out over the internet. more»
Google is having a quiet word with the mobile-payments company Softcard with a view to buying the outfit.
The move would link Google with the largest US wireless carriers to battle Apple and its much hyped but mostly ignored Apple Pay service. more»