YAHOO cuts off Facebook, Google -- PC death spiral -- SNOWDEN plays SXSW -- 'GnuTLS' BUG hits open-source -- SV 'Comfort women' startup


March 5, 2014 06:00 PST | 09:00 EST | 14:00 UTC

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>> WALLED GARDEN PARTY: Yahoo to stop user access of services with Facebook, Google IDs, by Alexei Oreskovic: "Yahoo Inc will stop letting consumers access its various online services, including Fantasy Sports and photo-sharing site Flickr, by signing-in with their Facebook Inc or Google Inc credentials. The change, which will be rolled out gradually according to a Yahoo spokeswoman, will require users to register for a Yahoo ID in order to use any of the Internet portal's services." Reuters

>> BEEN GOOD TO KNOW YUH: IDC expects PC shipments to fall by 6% in 2014 and decline through 2018: "Worldwide PC shipments fell by 9.8% in 2013, slightly better than a projected decline of 10.1%, but still the most severe contraction on record... concerns about the impact of slower economic growth, the culmination of some large projects, and conservative expectations for factors like touch capability, migration off of Windows XP, as well as continued pressure from tablets and smartphones has further depressed expectations going forward." IDC

> The PC market and the 300 million mark TechCrunch

> TechBrief opines: IDC continues to be overly optimistic. >> NOT FOUND: After $620,000 theft, another bitcoin service shuts down, by Russell Brandom: "In the wake of Mt. Gox, a six-figure bitcoin heist has resulted in another shuttered service. This time, the service is Flexcoin, a wallet and banking service that lost 896 bitcoins to attackers, and has announced it will be unable to continue functioning after the loss. The attack emptied the service's hot wallet, where funds were kept for easy access, but the attack did not reach into the offline storage, and Flexcoin has promised to return those funds to customers as soon as possible." The Verge

> Blockchain acquires RTBTC, adds real-time trading, data, and news offering to become 'the Bloomberg of bitcoin' Pando

> tops $1 million in sales made in bitcoin Re/code >> WINDS BLOWING SXSW: Fugitive and whistleblower Edward Snowden to speak from Russia at SXSW, by Josh Rubin: "Snowden, who fled the United States in June with thousands of top-secret documents, will appear via teleconference Monday, March 10, from Russia for a discussion about how the tech community must defend itself against mass surveillance. Snowden will chat with Christopher Soghoian, principal technologist with the American Civil Liberties Union's Speech, Privacy and Technology Project." CNN

> Apple's iOS 7.1 update will reportedly arrive in time for SXSW GeekWire

> Apple's first iTunes Festival starts a week from today at SXSW in Austin, streamed to devices using an app that requires iOS 7.1 Daring Fireball >> AUTO-MATE: 2014's battle for dashboard supremacy: Apple's CarPlay vs. Google's OAA vs. MirrorLink, by Tim Stevens: "Cars have been getting smarter and smartphone connectivity is better than ever, but 2014 should be a quantum leap forward for smartphone connectivity... If Apple's CarPlay is provided by a benevolent dictatorship and MirrorLink was crafted in an open consortium, Google's Automotive Link sits somewhere in between." C/net

> Hands-on with Apple's CarPlay: When Siri met Ferrari Engadget

> Apple's CarPlay is a good start. Here's how it needs to evolve CITEworld

>> BUGUS MAXIMUS: Critical crypto bug leaves Linux, hundreds of apps open to eavesdropping, by Dan Goodin: "This GnuTLS bug is worse than the big Apple 'goto fail' bug patched last week... Hundreds of open source packages, including the Red Hat, Ubuntu, and Debian distributions of Linux, are susceptible to attacks that circumvent the most widely used technology to prevent eavesdropping on the Internet, thanks to an extremely critical vulnerability in a widely used cryptographic code library. The bug in the GnuTLS library makes it trivial for attackers to bypass secure sockets layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS) protections available on websites that depend on the open source package." Ars Technica

>> REMINISCING: Steven Ballmer reflects on missteps and ponders the future of Microsoft, by Mark Scott: "Despite the theatrics, the former Microsoft chief offered a candid take on the company's recent missteps, as the technology industry has shifted from software run on PCs to a focus on mobile devices and cloud computing.... 'Microsoft is well capitalized. If we don't succeed, it's about catching the next wave of innovation,' Mr. Ballmer said.... 'In the last 10 years, there are things that didn't go so well,' Mr. Ballmer said. 'We would have had a strong position in the phone market. The thing I regret is that we didn't put hardware and software together quicker.'" New York Times/Bits

> Forget About Windows 8, insiders say Microsoft's real money maker is broken Business Insider

> Windows 8.2 is better than a sharp stick in the eye InfoWorld

> Microsoft Office's devices and services future becomes clearer CITEworld

> Microsoft-backed F# language surges in popularity InfoWorld

>> PALLIATIVE CARE: Making the case for incident response, by Tim Armstrong: "The problem is this: in some cases the bad guys will still get in, and the way in which you react once your defences have been breached can make the difference between a security event and a security disaster. It could mean the end of your job, or even the end of your company. A vast amount of time and money is dedicated to trying to keep the bad guys out, but very little is spent on planning for what to do when that defence fails. Every day, I talk to organizations that have great intentions, but little to no preparation." Virus Bulletin

>> DocuSign raises $85M at $1.6B valuation Wall Street Journal/Digits

>> Google Capital pours $50M into real estate marketplace at a $1.2B valuation TechCrunch

>> Field service software developer ServiceMax raises $71M from Kleiner Perkins, Meritech Capital TechCrunch

>> Inside the Facebook-WhatsApp megadeal: The courtship, the secret meetings, the $19B poker game Forbes

>> Yahoo tests app install ads in hopes of jump starting mobile business AdAge

>> Masters of their own destiny -- why today's giants build the tech they need to stay on top Fast Company/Om Malik

>> Startup flying dateable women to San Francisco like it's imperial Japan ValleyWag

>> AT&T lays out 'radical' network changes with SDN InfoWorld

>> Pre-installed malware turns up on new Android devices InfoWorld

>> Why Gmail creator Paul Buchheit gave JavaScript a second chance Fast Company

>> Seagate preps large-capacity storage drives for tablets PCWorld

>> Red Hat extends JBoss with open source BPM CIO

>> HAD TO RUN IT: 1 in 10 Americans think HTML is an STD, study finds Los Angeles Times

>> BITCOIN: $654 CoinDesk

>> TWEET O' THE DAY: "If SF men want more women in their city, they should hire them at their tech companies." @tigoe

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