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US Officials Pin Bank Hack Attack on Iran

U.S. government officials and security experts are convinced that a recent cyberattack on American banks was executed by Iran. The U.S. has not yet divulged any evidence to corroborate their accusations, but security experts reportedly say the attack displayed a level of sophistication not possible ...

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Man Bites Dog: China Fines Apple for Copyright Infringement

A Chinese court fined Apple 1 million yuan, or roughly $160,000, because its App Store hosted third-party applications that were peddling pirated e-books. The ruling stems from a suit brought by a group of Chinese authors earlier this year. The group originally was seeking 10 million yuan. There is ...

RIM Takes a Beating on Flabby Q3 Report

RIM delivered a mixed bag of news in its latest quarterly earnings, prompting the phone maker's stock to drop on Thursday by some 17 percent. The so-so report reignited fears that RIM will remain a marginal company, even if its upcoming BlackBerry 10 OS is a blockbuster success. In some respects, th...

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Google, Belgian Papers Sort It Out

Belgium down -- a bunch more to go. Google has struck a deal with Belgian newspapers that will allow it to avoid paying large copyright fees. Belgian media publishers first demanded that Google fork over fees for displaying content back in 2006. While Google has resolved this particular spat with pu...

RIM’s Rally May Be Short-Lived

Goldman Sachs has given Research In Motion a thumbs up -- relatively speaking -- telling investors on Thursday that there was a "30 percent chance" the company's long-awaited BlackBerry 10 smartphones would be a success. The investment bank upgraded the stock from "neutral" to "buy." It also lifted ...

Nokia Aims to Crush BlackBerry

Nokia has filed lawsuits against Research In Motion in the U.S., the UK and Canada seeking to enforce an arbitration ruling it won in Sweden. The dispute began when Nokia accused RIM of breaching a cross-licensing agreement that allowed RIM to use Nokia's standard-essential cellular patents. RIM had...

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Google Appeals to German Public in Link Fee Fight

Germany's parliament on Thursday began discussing legislation that would allow the nation's news publishers to charge search engines for displaying links to, and snippets of, news articles. Before debate began, Google launched a very public campaign on its German site asking the public to oppose the...

ANALYSIS

Shore Up Before the Next Disaster Strikes

From time to time, we receive stark reminders of just how delicate our IT systems really are. Disaster preparation has risen to the top of the to-do list at many companies, thanks to the wrath of Hurricane Sandy several weeks ago. How can we maximize our chances of keeping communications open and da...

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ICANN C’tee Reveals Swarm of Objections to ‘.anything’ Names

The committee reviewing applications for new top-level domains has publicized more than 250 objections to dozens of them, along with the reasons behind the responses. The Internet Committee for Assigned Names and Numbers' Government Advisory Committee, which represents about 50 governments worldwide...

Android, Samsung Boost Smartphones to New Sales Heights

Worldwide mobile phone sales are continuing to take a hit in the sluggish economy even as smartphone figures rise, according to a Gartner report released Tuesday. The mobile device industry sold 428 million units in the quarter, a 3 percent drop from the same time last year. Smartphone sales are up ...

Strange Days for RIM as Long Countdown to BB10 Begins

Research In Motion on Monday announced the date on which it has pegged its future: The BlackBerry 10 operating system and two new handsets running it will be officially introduced on Jan. 30. "The event will happen simultaneously in multiple countries around the world," said RIM spokesperson Kim Gie...

BlackBerry 10’s US Security Clearance Is a Lock

While Research In Motion's BlackBerry 10 won't be released until the first quarter of 2013, the platform has already received a highly prized U.S. government security clearance, the company announced Thursday. BlackBerry 10 won the FIPS 140-2 certification that will allow government agencies to depl...

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Dotcom Loses Dominion Over Me.ga Domain

Kim Dotcom, founder of the now-defunct file-sharing site Megaupload, has long been in hot water with the big, huge United States. Now he's irked the tiny, little nation of Gabon. Gabon has reportedly blocked the Megaupload successor, which Dotcom announced last week, and which is supposed to launc...

RIM Brushes Up PlayBook

Research In Motion looked to turn the page with its PlayBook tablet on Wednesday with the release of the 2.1 update, which added features many users had hoped to see sooner. They include email and PIM enhancements, along with improved Android application support, as well as print via WiFi networks, ...

Mobile Security: A Moving Target

The threat to enterprise security is increasing as the BYOD phenomenon gains ground in corporate America. The amount of Android malware out there has gone through the roof, and hackers are leveraging Twitter to create command and control servers for mobile botnets, according to McAfee's Q2, 2012 thr...

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