MICROSOFT taking own sweet time in CEO pick -- APPLE discloses gov't data requests -- BITCOIN smashes record -- TCP Port 0 mystery -- ADOBE'S password disaster


November 6, 2013 06:00 PDT | 09:00 EDT | 13:00 UTC

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>> REDMOND CONCLAVE 2.0: Exclusive: Microsoft narrows CEO shortlist; Mulally, Elop make the cut, by Nadia Damouni: "The world's largest software maker also has at least three internal candidates on its shortlist, including former Skype CEO Tony Bates, who is now responsible for Microsoft's business development, and Satya Nadella, the company's cloud and enterprise chief, the sources said. Despite the narrower list -- the company started with about 40 names -- the process could take a few more months, the sources said." [Interesting that Myerson isn't mentioned.] Reuters

>> 100% PURE, MOSTLY: AOL smacks startup for using CrunchBase content it gave away, by David Kravets: "Can you release content under a free Creative Commons license, then change your mind and take that material back? That's the question posed in a simmering battle between media giant AOL and a three-person startup called Pro Populi, which had the audacity last month to launch apps for Google Glass and the iPhone that use AOL's CrunchBase database -- a huge storehouse of basic information about people and companies in the tech industry. In theory, the apps are perfectly legal: Since its 2007 launch the CrunchBase database has been published continuously under the Creative Commons CC-BY attribution license, which permits any use -- commercial or non-commercial -- provided the owner receives credit. In practice, though, AOL is very angry." Wired

>>>> In legal dispute with People+, CrunchBase admits it may need to learn more about Creative Commons TechCrunch

>> NEOMONEY: Bitcoin surges to all-time high of $270, by Saumya Vaishampayan: "Bitcoin jumped to a record early Wednesday, with prices touching $270 on the exchange Mt. Gox. That tops the previous intraday high of $266 set in April -- followed within a week by a plunge to below $100.... 'I think what's happening is that we're seeing rising global awareness of bitcoin,' Jeremy Allaire, who recently raised $9 million in Series A funding for the bitcoin company Circle, told MarketWatch." MarketWatch

>> PULLING BACK THE CAMERA: Anatomy of a password disaster -- Adobe's giant-sized cryptographic blunder, by Paul Ducklin: "A huge dump of the offending customer database was recently published online, weighing in at 4GB compressed, or just a shade under 10GB uncompressed, listing not just 38,000,000 breached records, but 150,000,000 of them.... As breaches go, you may very well see this one in the book of Guinness World Records next year, which would make it astonishing enough on its own.... But there's more." NakedSecurity

>> MONEY SHOT: How did Snapchat reach a rumored $3.5B valuation?, by Everette Taylor, Sean Ellis, Morgan Brown, Dylan La Com: "Snapchat has raced to the top of the photo sharing hill and captured the imagination of the valuable teen market. We all know that word of mouth and the 'sexting' controversy surrounding the app sparked interest that helped drive its meteoric rise. The question is, how?... Snapchat was able to change how we think about how photos and videos are shared. The numbers don't lie: in 2 short years (founded in 2011) the company has gone from an idea to seeing an eye-popping 350 million 'snaps' per day." GrowthHackers

>> NO-MONEY SHOT: Out of the picture: Why the world's best photo startup is going out of business, by Casey Newton: "Everpix was great. This is how it died.... In two short years, Everpix has gone from a dream shared by two French graphics experts to one of the world's best solutions for managing a large library of photos. It attracted 55,000 users and earned enough each month to cover the cost of the service, if not employees' salaries. But while its talented team obsessed over the look and features of its product, user growth failed to keep pace. Starting in June, Latour tried to raise $5 million to give Everpix more time to become profitable. When those efforts faltered, he began pursuing an acquisition. Everpix had tentatively agreed last month to be acquired by Path, according to a source close to the social network. But Path's executive team killed the deal at the last minute, leaving Everpix adrift." The Verge

>>>> When a great product hits the funding crunch Andrew Chen

>> GOOD APPLE: Apple discloses government requests for user information, by Joel Mathis: "Apple disclosed content from users' accounts to U.S. government officials fewer than 1000 times during the first six months of 2013, according to a Report on Government Information Requests that the company issued on Tuesday. 'Apple's main business is not about collecting information,' the company said in the report. In detailing its interactions with governments, both in the United States and around the world, Apple hoped to provide more transparency about the processes. Moreover, the company says that it has repeatedly made the case for more openness in its meetings with government officials; along with the report, Apple is also filing an amicus brief with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA), supporting other cases requesting more transparency." Macworld

>>>> Apple takes strong privacy stance in new report, publishes rare 'warrant canary' Ars Technica

>>>> 13-11-05 Apple Amicus Brief with FISA court Scribd >> MARGINALLY GOOD: iPad Air has more expensive display, costs less to make than earlier models, by Arik Hesseldahl: "In the latest of its teardown analysis reports [teardown experts IHS iSuppli] said that Apple's iPad Air costs between $274 and $361 to build, depending on the model. The device sells at retail for a starting price of $499 for the base 16-gigabyte Wi-Fi only model, and for as much as $929 for a 128GB model with Wi-Fi plus cellular data service... The biggest changes... were with the display and touchscreen assembly. For one thing, it's thinner and has fewer layers in the combined assembly than in previous models. But, at an estimated combined cost of $133 (about $90 for the display and $43 for the touchscreen parts), it's a lot more expensive than before." AllThingsD

>>>> iPad Air profit margins reportedly range from 45 to 61 percent Unsurprisingly, iPad storage upgrades appear to be almost pure profit for Apple. Ars Technica

>>>> Apple's iPad Air adopts IGZO technology for thinner, lower-power displays MacRumors

>> MOOD MUSIC: 9 trends for 2014 and beyond, by Eric Knorr "Cloud is the new hardware... Systems of engagement lead the way... Big data gets ahead of itself... Cloud integration moves to the fore... Identity is the new security... Memory is the new storage... The future is powered by JavaScript... Enterprise developers turn toward to PaaS... Developers continue to rule." InfoWorld

>> HIGH FIBER: Bigger than Google Fiber: LA plans citywide gigabit for homes and businesses, by Jon Brodkin: "Free broadband for all, and gigabit for those who can afford it... LA expects the fiber buildout to cost $3 billion to $5 billion, but the cost would be borne by the vendor. 'The city is going into it and writing the agreement, basically saying, 'we have no additional funding for this effort. We're requiring the vendors that respond to pay for the city resources needed to expedite any permitting and inspection associated with laying their fiber,' [IT Agency GM Steve] Reneker said." Ars Technica

>> GEEK ALERT: Red Hat CloudForms commandeers OpenStack for the enterprise, by Joab Jackson: "Can the OpenStack open source private cloud software be tamed for enterprise use? Red Hat is trying: It is expanding its CloudForms management software to encompass Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack deployments. The latest version of CloudForms, 3.0, also includes more support for managing workloads on AWS." InfoWorld

>> PEER2PEER2PEER: Sync, BitTorrent's server-less Dropbox competitor, hits 1M active users, now available as an API, by Ingrid Lunden: "Sync, a file synchronization service from P2P platform BitTorrent that works as a kind of server-less Dropbox, has picked up some good traction since launching earlier this year, with 1 million active users archiving and synchronizing some 30 petabytes of data on the service to-date (up from 8 petabytes in July). Now BitTorrent is hoping to turn up the volume on that usage: today it's releasing its first Sync API, which will let developers incorporate the service into their own apps as a way for users to access and share data. On top of this, the company is also releasing a new version of Sync, 1.2, which will allow for native iPad support and faster transfer speeds of up to 90MB/second over LANs (with wireless slower)." TechCrunch

>>>> Review: Box beats Dropbox -- and all the rest -- for business InfoWorld

>> IS ANYBODY OUT THERE: Spike in traffic with TCP source port zero has some researchers worried, by Lucian Constantin: "A significant increase this weekend in TCP traffic with source port zero detected could be part of reconnaissance efforts in preparation for more serious attacks... There's usually no service on a system that listens on port 0, because... port zero is a 'reserved port' and should not be used. Therefore receiving TCP (Transmission Control Protocol) traffic with a source port of zero is unusual... Cisco saw a large spike in TCP port zero traffic Saturday, with an increase in both the traffic volume and the number of sensors that detected such activity. The magnitude observed by the sensors was five times higher than usual." PCWorld

>> WE HAVE MET THE ENEMY: Lenovo pursued BlackBerry bid, but Ottawa rejected idea, by Steven Chase, Boyd Erman: "Beijing-based computer manufacturer Lenovo Group Ltd. actively considered a bid for BlackBerry Ltd., but the Canadian government told the smartphone company it would not accept a Chinese takeover because of national security concerns, according to sources familiar with the situation. Ottawa made it clear in high-level discussions with BlackBerry that it would not approve a Chinese company buying a company deeply tied into Canada's telecom infrastructure." The Globe and Mail

>> INTO THE WILD: Google targets enterprise collaboration with new Google+ feature, by Nancy Gohring: "Google today rolled out new features for Google+ that let businesses create communities that are restricted only to members from the business. The feature enables the kind of groups customers of Jive or Yammer use for collaboration. The new Google+ capabilities are very stripped down by comparison but might indicate the direction Google's going." CITEworld

>> Lavabit's primary security claim wasn't actually true Ars Technica

>> Intel regroups to address small devices, wearable tech, DIY crowd PCWorld

>> Deciphering Microsoft Security Advisory 2896666 on the new Word zero-day exploit  InfoWorld

>> By 4 to 1, early adopters pick wearable watches over glasses Jessica Lessin

>> NIST to review standards after cryptographers cry foul over NSA meddling NetworkWorld

>> The future of mobile banking: Starbucks, not Google

>> Senators question security at PCWorld

>> HTC plans to sell cheaper smartphones to become profitable again Neowin

>> Google wants to build maps that customize themselves based on what they know about you GigaOM

>> Type checking in JavaScript Badoo

>> New subjects added to Cyber's most wanted list FBI News blog

>> TWEET O' THE DAY: "You used to work at work, and never gave Toronto's mayor a moment's thought, but now there's Twitter." @gaberivera

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