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Hacking Software Guru Faces the Music in US Court

Hamza Bendelladj, an Algerian national known by his alias "Bx1," appeared in an Atlanta court last week, where he faced a 23-count indictment stemming from his alleged participation in the cybercrime consortium responsible for hacking software known as "SpyEye." Bendelladj, 24, was the target of a t...

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Google’s Schmidt Pitches Android to Chinese Devs

Fresh off his trip to North Korea -- and right behind Apple CEO Tim Cook's trip to China -- Google chairman Eric Schmidt joined a panel discussion at the "Geek Park" conference in Beijing. Schmidt reportedly reminded the developers in attendance that despite Apple's popularity in China -- the iPhone...

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Silicon Valley Goes to Washington for Anti-Huawei Campaign

Cisco Systems was among the "array" of American tech firms lobbying against Chinese telecommunications giants Huawei and ZTE. Huawei and ZTE -- which were recently dubbed security threats by the House Intelligence Committee -- were targeted in a lengthy "marketing campaign" designed to discredit Chi...

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Google Says ‘State-Sponsored,’ Users Hear ‘China’

Google has announced it will warn users of suspected state-sponsored attacks on their accounts. Google is taking its safeguards against security breaches a step further and introducing a system that will send messages to individual users whose accounts show signs of being compromised. Google did not...

Will Facebook Jump the Shark by Leaping Into Handsets?

Facebook's entry into the smartphone handset business is being reported like it's a done deal. It's a deal, however, in which critics say Facebook has more to lose than gain. The Facebook phone project already has a code name, "Buffy," a reference to the famed vampire slayer of film and television, ...

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Networking Your Way to a More Flexible Data Center

As data center planners seek to improve performance and future-proof their investments, the networking leg on the infrastructure stool can no longer stand apart. Advances such as widespread virtualization, increased modularity, converged infrastructure and cloud computing are all forcing a rethinkin...

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Who in the Wireless World Is Philip Falcone?

This is an interesting story that no one is really talking about yet. If all goes according to the plans of Philip Falcone, Harbinger Capital Partners will turn into the newest competitor in the wireless industry. "LightSquared," as the new venture will be called, will offer a wireless data service ...

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App Modernization and the Cost of Doing Nothing

IT leaders now face a set of complex choices, knowing that discretionary and capital IT spending remain tight, even as demand on their systems increases. Economists are now seeing the recession giving a way to growth, at least in several important sectors and regions. Chances are that demands on IT ...

Music 2.0: The New Indie Model

The Web continues to play a central role in affecting radical, disruptive change in the music industry as musicians latch on to the latest Web 2.0 tools and bypass traditional producers and distributors. High Street music and video chains -- all the rage not that long ago -- seem to be closing outl...

Mozilla’s Firefox to Trot Onto Mobile Devices

Firefox creator Mozilla is "serious" about creating a version of its browser for use on mobile phones, according to a company official who said the company's goal is to "rock" the mobile Web. Mozilla is constantly being asked about its plans for a mobile browser, Mozilla engineering vice president M...

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Are Service Providers Getting Connected?

The competitive environment that characterizes today's broadband and value-added services landscape should certainly grow a variety of digital lifestyle products and services, including home networking. Consumers are also primary beneficiaries of increased competition among carriers. Case studies re...

Heavyweights Join Forces for Open IPTV Standards

Delivery of television programming over computer networks using Internet protocols showed signs of a maturing market this week when nine major players supporting the technology announced the formation of a consortium to develop important standards for it. AT&T, Ericsson, France Telecom, Panasoni...

Euro Telecoms Mull Mobile Search Engine

There could be a new player in the mobile phone search space to challenge the dominance of Google and Yahoo, according to reports released Sunday. Top names in Europe's telecommunications industry are said to be planning meetings next week during the 3GSM World Congress for "secret, high-level" talk...

France Telecom Soaring While AOL Struggles in European ISP Market

Broadband connectivity is helping France Telecom gain ground -- while AOL is slipping -- in the European Internet Service Provider (ISP) market. With 7.6 million broadband subscribers at the end of last year, France Telecom is the largest broadband service provider in Europe, and holds a tenuous lea...

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Mon Dieu! Don’t MiniTel Apple

French legislators approved a bill this week that will force technology companies such as Apple Computer to share proprietary technology with rivals. Such a move is not only a recipe for disaster but completely unnecessary. The digital music market has always been a tumultuous place. For a long ti...

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