Xiaomi: China’s big Apple rival isn’t worth getting excited about (yet)

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Xiaomi, the third-largest smartphone maker in the world, is coming stateside, but not in the way pundits expected. The company announced at a conference Thursday that its e-commerce website, Mi.com, could start selling products to U.S. customers in five months. Surprisingly, smartphones will not be among them — at least, at first. Instead, Hugo Barra, Xiaomi’s Global VP, suggested the company might start with items such as a recently-launched pair of headphones and its popular external battery pack, the latter of which sold 15 million units in 2014. The company has…

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EU Parliament blocks Microsoft’s new Outlook apps over privacy concerns

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Access to Microsoft’s new Outlook apps has been blocked for members of the European Parliament because of “serious security issues.” Microsoft launched new Outlook apps for iOS and Android just over a week ago. The new apps are basically a rebranded version of a mail app made by Acompli, a company Microsoft bought in December for a reported US$200 million. Access to the apps though was blocked on Friday by the Parliament’s IT department, DG ITEC, in order to protect the confidentiality and privacy of its users, according to an…

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Google US search share drops to 74.8% as Yahoo usage on Firefox almost triples since November

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Yahoo gains further US search share in January Google falls below 75% for first time US Yahoo-on-Firefox usage almost triples since November San Francisco, CA & Dublin, Ireland; Monday 2nd February 2015: January saw Yahoo further increase the gain it made in US search share last month, according to the latest data from independent website analytics provider, StatCounter. Google fell below 75% in the US for the first time since StatCounter Global Stats began recording data*. StatCounter Global Stats reports that in January, Google took 74.8% of US search referrals…

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Apple posts $18 billion profit, the largest in its history

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Apple just posted its first quarter results, and as expected, it was a big one. Led once again by record sales of new iPhones and holiday sales of iPads and Macs, Apple posted earnings of $18 billion on $74.6 billion in revenue, far above what it forecasted back in October, and marking the highest quarterly profit in its history. By product, Apple sold 74.5 million iPhones, 21.4 million iPads, and 5.52 million Macs. Those numbers were up big from the number of iPhones and Macs Apple sold during the same time…

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Snapchat Is Launching A New Discovery Feature That Will Make It A Bigger Threat To Facebook

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Snapchat just announced its new Discover feature, a collaboration with media companies such as Vice, CNN, Yahoo News, Comedy Central, and National Geographic to bring news to users in the form of Snapchat stories. News stories released through Discover will be available in multiple parts, allowing for media companies to string together a narrative with a beginning, middle, and end. In typical Snapchat fashion, each news story will last for 24 hours before disappearing. The introduction of Discover will help Snapchat further compete with Facebook, which now includes links to…

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WSJ: U.S. Technology Companies Worry About the Backlash They Face in Europe

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By Stephen Fidler:  Europe Pulls Welcome Mat for U.S. Tech Companies One message so far from the corridors around the World Economic Forum in Davos: U.S. technology companies are very worried about the backlash they are now facing in Europe. From their standpoint, Europe risks shooting itself in the foot by rejecting the cutting-edge technologies they have brought to the continent. But they would say that, wouldn’t they? Look at it from the European point of view. Europe once led the world in mobile technology: The Global System for Mobile…

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White House: President Obama Announces New Cybersecurity Legislative Proposal and Other Cybersecurity Efforts

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Obama unveils cybersecurity proposals: ‘Cyber threats are urgent and growing danger’ Proposed legislation will allow companies to share information with government agencies including NSA, with which White House admitted there were ‘overlapping issues’ “In this interconnected, digital world, there are going to be opportunities for hackers to engage in cyber assaults both in the private sector and the public sector.  Now, our first order of business is making sure that we do everything to harden sites and prevent those kinds of attacks from taking place…But even as we get better,…

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Obama Wants Firms to Notify of Data Breach Within 30 Days

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The Proposal Complemented a Series of Data Privacy Related Rules Suggested by the White House Today. President Barack Obama wants companies to notify consumers within 30-days of a personal data breach. Despite a slew of pressing issues facing the administration and a potentially unsympathetic Republican-led congress, the White House today unveiled a handful of legislative proposals aimed at safeguarding consumer privacy, continuing along a path established by its privacy and big data report published in May. The administration’s Personal Data Notification and Protection Act is being pitched in part as…

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A Hacker Reveals How Your Fingerprint Could Be Easier To Hack Than A Traditional Password

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A hacker has found a way to hack fingerprint passwords — and it’s as easy as taking a clear picture of someone’s hands. At the 31st annual Chaos Computer Club conference in Hamburg, Germany, Popular Science reports a hacker named Jan “Starbug” Krissler pointed out the flaws in biometric password technology, like the fingerprint sensor found on an iPhone 6. Krissler said pictures of people’s hands and fingers can be used to recreate a person’s fingerprint, which can be used to hack into any of their devices that require fingerprint password…

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Businesses neglect Internet security to protect reputation

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VietNamNet Bridge – Most Vietnamese companies are negligent when it comes to protecting their information on the Internet, VNCERT director Vu Quoc Khanh told Kinh Te & Do Thi (Economic and Urban Affairs) newspaper. Why do businesses attacked by hackers often hesitate to publicise information about the attacks? Recent attacks, especially the incident involving VC Corp’s websites, show that any organisation or business can be a potential target for hackers. However, most businesses prefer not to say anything about such attacks to protect their reputation. They only start asking for…

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