ACER in tailspin -- Devs flock to SALESFORCE -- APACHE TOMCAT breach -- 70% of SNAPCHAT users female -- MIKE ALLEN, native ad pioneer


November 21, 2013 06:00 PST | 09:00 EST | 14:00 UTC

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>> BREAKING: Acer founder steps in to save company as CEO and president resign, by Vlad Savov: "[On Nov. 5], CEO and chairman J.T. Wang announced his resignation, expressing regret at having failed to turn the company's fortunes around. Only a couple of weeks after that news comes word of even more momentous change for Acer: founder Stan Shih is taking over the chairman and president roles with immediate effect. Jim Wong, who had been occupying the president's seat up to this point, was slated to take over from Wang as CEO from the start of next year -- but now Acer is completely scrapping the CEO position and concentrating decision making power in Shih's hands." The Verge

>> GIRLTALK: Snapchat CEO: 70% of users are women, by Douglas MacMillan: "Co-founder and CEO Evan Spiegel said Snapchat users are sending 400 million 'snaps' a day on the service, where messages disappear after a few seconds, according to a person who was present at the meeting. He said half of Snapchat's users have tried out 'stories,' a feature the company introduced last month to link multiple messages together." WSJ Digits (paywalled)

>> SECURITY SIREN: New backdoor worm found attacking websites running Apache Tomcat, by Dan Goodin: "Researchers have identified new self-replicating malware that infects computers running the Apache Tomcat Web server with a backdoor that can be used to attack other machines. Java.Tomdep, as the backdoor worm has been dubbed, is Java Servlet-based code that gives Apache Tomcat platforms malicious capabilities. It causes infected machines to maintain Internet relay chat (IRC) communications with attacker servers located in Taiwan and Luxembourg. The control servers send commands and receive progress reports to and from the infected machines. Affected platforms include Linux, Mac OS X, Solaris, and most supported versions of Windows... appears to be designed to harness the huge amounts of bandwidth and computing power available to Web servers for use in denial-of-service attacks against other machines." Ars Technica
>>>> Worm targeting Apache Tomcat servers, possibly for DDoS InfoWorld

>> DEVS (HEART) CRM: says developer base almost doubled in a year, by Chris Kanaracus: " says it now has 1.4 million registered developers, almost double the number it had a year ago, a growth spurt one analyst called 'stunning.' The newly announced Salesforce1 platform announced this week could help it grow even faster, said Adam Seligman, vice president of developer marketing, during a keynote Wednesday at the Dreamforce conference in San Francisco." InfoWorld
>>>> The three consumer apps that inspired Salesforce's huge mobile revamp CITEworld

>> CLOSEDSTACK: Why vendors can't sell OpenStack to enterprises, by Alessandro Perilli: "Don't believe the hype generated by press and vendor marketing: OpenStack penetration in the large enterprise market is minimal. There are exceptions, like the way too famous PayPal case study. But PayPal is not your average large bank, your average large insurance firm, or your average healthcare organization... And yes, there are some ongoing deployments that can't be disclosed yet, but for one promising or successful deployment there are several that fail and that will forever remain undocumented." Gartner blog

>> ALL YOUR BASE: The meaning of really cheap Android, by Benedict Evans: "The important dynamic here is that a combination of very cheap off-the-shelf chips and free off-the-shelf software means that Android/ARM has become a new de facto platform for any piece of smart connected electronics. It might have a screen and it might connect to the internet, but it's really a little computer doing something useful and specialised, and it probably has nothing to do with Google." Benedict Evans

>> STAT DU JOUR: Windows Phone now sees 10M transactions and 500 new apps daily, has served 3B total downloads, by Alex Wilhelm: "Windows Phone has seen 3 billion applications downloads, a fine number for the platform, but something that pales in comparison to iOS's more than 60 billion aggregate downloads. The platform tallies 10 million app transactions each day, or 300 million per month. That's up from 9 million per day in September, and 6.66 million per day in June... there is likely enough user activity for developers to warrant the platform enough attention to build for it. However, Windows Phone remains especially small in its home market, the United States, a key application revenue source for iOS and Android developers. Its lack of popularity in that country likely tempers developer enthusiasm." TechCrunch
>>>> Instagram releases half-baked Windows Phone app TechHive
>>>> The sad, dead state of the Windows Phone app market BGR

>> NOT DEAD YET: Dot coms are over, here comes dot everything else, by Ben Richmond: "Whither goes the humble URL? Web addresses became a part of our lives so quickly and smoothly that some people felt they could leave just as quickly, through nothing more than a disrespectful browser or the whim of an artistic temperament. But what if URLs aren't obtrusive or ugly or nonsensical; what if they're just a little stale and ready for a revival?... For those who are done with dot coms and dot govs, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is prying open the floodgates and expanding the number of generic Top Level Domains from 22 to 1,400 new names or strings." Motherboard

>> DEADPOOL: The end of an era: Winamp's shutting down, by Brad Chacos: "After more than 15 years, the famous Winamp media player will shut down on December 20... The announcement itself was a whimper -- a small banner notification on the Winamp website -- rather than a bang, and the end seems sadly appropriate. The skinnable media player was all the rage at the turn of the century, but barely made a peep since being acquired by AOL in 1999." PCWorld

>> ET TU, BRUTE?: LG Smart TVs logging USB filenames and viewing info to LG servers, by Doctor Beet: "Information appears to be sent back unencrypted and in the clear to LG every time you change channel, even if you have gone to the trouble of changing the setting... to switch collection of viewing information off... I noticed filenames were being posted to LG's servers and that these filenames were ones stored on my external USB hard drive... My wife was shocked to see our children's names being transmitted in the name of a Christmas video file that we had watched from USB." DoctorBeet's Blog
>>>> LG 'looking into' reports its smart TVs are sharing private data CNet UK

>> Politico's Mike Allen, native advertising pioneer WaPo

>> Dropbox-rival Box is raising $100M in new funding at a $2B valuation TechCrunch

>> Jay Z and Ashton Kutcher-backed 'Uber for Planes' grinds to a halt ValleyWag

>> Dell Venue 8 Pro review: A Windows 8.1 tablet for the rest of us Computerworld

>> Nokia Lumia 2520 review: a good Windows RT tablet, not the best for typing Engadget

>> HTC One max review BGR

>> New VyprVPN 2.0 apps Don't let the Internet browse you. Golden Frog Blog

>> Microsoft now sells t-shirts that claim Google's Chrome steals your data Funny Microsoft doesn't mention SmartSearch in Windows 8.1. TechCrunch

>> Google integrates Apps Marketplace with the suite's admin console InfoWorld

>> Southwest Airlines offers Wi-Fi from takeoff to landing LA Times

>> GM says self-driving vehicles not ready in 'foreseeable future'; Nissan vows by 2020 Detroit News

>> Macy's is the first retailer to use Apple's iBeacon for in-store presence GigaOM

>> Google's Vint Cerf says 'Privacy may actually be an anomaly.' Historically, he's right. TechCrunch

>> Stuxnet's earlier version much more powerful and dangerous, new analysis finds DarkReading

>> Google trends for 'sell bitcoins' over the last 90 days Google trends (t/h Hacker News)


>> TWEET O' THE DAY: "Could you imagine if people on Facebook talked about Facebook as much as people on Twitter talked about Twitter?" @alexmiz

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