New iPAD & OSX Mavericks debut Oct. 22 -- BALLMER loading Office on iPad (eventually) -- Raspberry Pi rising -- DORSEY work for FACEBOOK?


October 9, 2013 06:00 PDT | 09:00 EDT | 13:00 UTC

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>> COMING ATTRACTIONS: Apple will hold fall iPad event on October 22, by John Paczkowski: "The focal point of the gathering will be the latest updates to the company's iPad line, but the new Mac Pro and OS X Mavericks will likely get some stage time as well.... The date of Apple's fall event coincides with both Nokia's Innovation Reinvented showcase, and the retail debut of Microsoft's new Surface 2 in the United States." AllThingsD

>>>> The original scoop, dated September 11 Current Editorials

>> WHAT DOES THE FOX SAY?: Firefox OS gets major feature boost as second rollout wave looms, by David Meyer: "Version 1.1 of Mozilla's web-centric smartphone platform adds major features such as push notifications and browser downloads. But will this be enough to see signed-up manufacturers such as Huawei and LG actually produce Firefox OS phones?" GigaOm

>>>> Firefox OS gets performance boost, wider distribution InfoWorld

>> CHECK'S IN THE MAIL: Office for iPad to debut after touch-friendly Windows version, by Tom Warren: "Ballmer said 'iPad will be picked up when... there's a touch-first user interface.' That touch-first interface appears to be making its way to the Windows version of Office first, with the iPad edition to follow.... It's unclear if Microsoft's Office for iPad app will require an Office 365 subscription like the iPhone version, and when the company plans to introduce it." [Echo chamber count: 30] The Verge

>> HACK-A-MOLE: Hackers move to create next Blackhole after 'Paunch' arrest, by Jaikumar Vijayan: "Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer at security firm F-Secure [said] 'According to our statistics, [Blackhole creator] Paunch has been the biggest provider of exploit packs for the past two years.' Blackhole and the Cool Exploit Kit, both from Paunch, have fueled an underground economy in recent years, Hypponen said. 'Now that Paunch is off the market, we're probably going to see a fight on who will take his place.' Graham Cluley, an independent security research called the arrest 'a coup for cybercrime-fighting authorities. [It] disrupts the development of one of the most notorious exploit kits the web has ever seen,' he said." Computerworld

>> ENOUGH ALREADY: Shutdown could delay government's patching of IE, Windows, and .Net flaws, by Jaikumar Vijayan: "The ongoing government shutdown could leave desktop and server systems in many federal agencies vulnerable to new threats disclosed Tuesday by Microsoft in its latest round of security updates. Many federal agencies are operating with skeletal IT staff. All IT systems deemed non-essential have been shut down, making the installation of Microsoft's latest patches, especially on desktop and notebook systems, very difficult for federal agencies, say security analysts." Computerworld

>> BREAKING: All is fair in love and Twitter, by Nick Bilton: "Twitter wasn't exactly conceived in a South Park playground, and it certainly wasn't solely Dorsey's idea. In fact, Dorsey forced out the man who was arguably Twitter's most influential co-founder before the site took off, only to be quietly pushed out of the company himself later. (At which point, he secretly considered joining his biggest competitor.)" adapted from "Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal," to be published next month. NY Times (paywalled)

>> FREE ENTERPRISE SYSTEM: 3 barriers between Amazon Web Services and businesses, by David Linthicum: "Although AWS has done well with companies with less than $1 billion in revenue, larger enterprises are still slow on the uptake when it comes to AWS. Creating larger enterprise agreements with AWS does not seem to be as easy as many organizations would have thought, partly due to three concepts AWS doesn't seem to understand: Enterprises always want a deal; Enterprises always want a one-sided contract; Enterprises don't get utility-based computing." InfoWorld

>>>> Microsoft discounts cloud services, challenging Amazon Bloomberg

>> CHIN-SCRATCHING SEASON: Gartner's Top 10 IT-altering predictions for 2014, by Michael Cooney: "Some of the technology trends are not new--the so-called Internet of Things and cloud computing for example. But there are some hot new areas like 3D printing and software-defined networking that will be making an impact on IT sooner rather than later." Network World

>> MONEY SHOT: A database for the internet of things, TempoDB raises $3.2M, by Derrick Harris: "Time-series data is proliferating like mad in the era of the internet of things and the industrial internet, and Chicago-based startup TempoDB wants to capture it all. The company has $3.2 million to help it try to pull this off." GigaOm

>> TECHBRIEF FACTS OF LIFE: "Internet of things" is starting to remind us of "B2B" c. 2001.

>> DIGITAL CLASSROOM UPGRADE: Intel cuts deal with open source Arduino, by Nick Farrell: "Arduino is an open source hardware platform which is big in the education community. Its development kits and software programming interfaces are designed to make it easier for artists, designers and other enthusiasts to create interactive objects or environments... using Intel's Galileo development board, Chipzilla and the Arduino community will work closely together on future products that bring the performance, scalability and possibilities of Intel technology into this market. Intel will donate 50,000 Intel Galileo boards to 1,000 universities worldwide over the next 18 months." TechEye

>> THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD: Welsh factory makes one millionth Raspberry Pi, by Antony Savvas: "The first Raspberry Pi computers were made in China during 2011, but from September 2012 production started to move to the Sony factory in Pencoed [Wales]. Both Raspberry Pi manufacturing partners… have now re-shored all their production of the Raspberry Pi to the Welsh factory, which has now reached the millionth Pi milestone. With the Chinese-made machines, there are now 1.75 million Raspberry computers in circulation." Computerworld UK

>>>> Glasgow University builds cloud infrastructure using Raspberry Pis and Lego Computerworld UK

>> Network Solutions investigating DNS hijack PCWorld

>> Is your security vendor colluding with the NSA? InfoWorld

>> Obama sides with Apple again over Samsung in trade case Business Investor's Daily

>> The boards are all white: Charting diversity among tech directors ValleyWag

>> Twitter's female 'problem': This is why mobs don't appoint public company boards [Hint: It's all about Sarah] Pandodaily

>> Windows Server 2012 R2: It's Azure Lite InfoWorld

>> Samsung's Galaxy Round has a curved screen -- don't ask why Venture Beat

>> Google App Engine PHP Runtime now available to everyone Google Cloud Platform blog

>> IT experts: is still a mess InfoWorld

>> Microsoft pays out $100,000 bounty for Windows 8.1 bug The Verge

>> BitTorrent's taking out pro-torrenting billboards and they're awesome Gizmodo

>> Firefox developer tools and Firebug Mozilla Hacks

>> The Sierpinski Triangle page to end most Sierpinski Triangle pages

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