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Hotmail, Bing, Office Web Apps, Security Tweaks Made Microsofts Week
09/29/2010

Microsoft tweaked its cloud offerings this week, with new features for Office Web Apps, Bing and Hotmail. The company also unveiled an HPC server and adjusted a security software agreement.

Microsoft tweaked its cloud offerings this week, introducing new features to Office Web Apps, Bing and Hotmail designed to give those services further advantage over Yahoo and Google.

Technology Has Spawned Industries
09/28/2010

The technical search giant, Google, alone is the inspiration and sole cause behind the creation of thousands of new businesses. There are now companies dedicated solely to Pay-Per-Click campaign management. Thousands of individuals and companies now make money through search engine optimization and outsourcing their services to improve website rankings, specifically to see that a website ranks well in Googles organic search results. There are now software applications that can determine what keywords to use in optimizing a website for search engine rankings, and other software programs that assess and evaluate website traffic and popularity. These products and businesses were all brought to fruition as a result of Googles Internet search domination and technical stature.

Technology Has Spawned Industries

Regis College Campus Security Beefed Up
09/26/2010

Regis College students will resume classes today, but in the wake of a murder on campus early yesterday morning, security will be stricter, according to a release from the college.

Elhadji Malick Ndiaye, 18, of Waltham, was stabbed to death around 3:30 a.m. in a parking lot at the college yesterday. A 22-year-old Waltham man was also stabbed. His condition is unknown and authorities have not identified him.

The pair were not students and no one has been arrested for the attack.

As part of the beefed up security, the college said the campus will remain open for students, staff and only their identified guests, and all access will be monitored.

The gates near the athletic complex and the stamp museum will be closed and locked.

The main drive will be closed by police from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Security Vulnerabilities Decline
09/24/2010

Is the number of new IT security vulnerabilities growing? According to a new report from HP TippingPoint and Qualys, the total number of newly discovered IT vulnerabilities peaked in 2006 and has yet to return to the same level.

Intel Fall Out
09/23/2010

Intel has spent the past several days dealing with fallout from the discovery of a master key for the High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection HDCP protocol, ending a busy week in IT security news.

The HDCP protocol was developed by Intel to protect digital video and audio content as it is transmitted between devices and to verify the device receiving the content is licensed to do so. On Sept. 14, a report surfaced that a master key for HDCP had been revealed on the Internet. The master key can be used to generate keys for devices.

Social Media Security Issues
09/22/2010

The head of Interpol has warned that cybercrime is the 'most dangerous criminal threat we will ever face after fraudsters stole his identity on Facebook.

Security chief Ronald K. Noble revealed that two fake accounts were created in his name and used to find the details of highly-dangerous criminals.

Concert Security
09/21/2010

Police beefed up security at Tempe Beach Park for the Fall Frenzy Saturday, after police and the bomb squad were called out to the entrance of the concert Friday night.

Five suspicious packages were found, but they turned out just to be backpacks left behind by concertgoers who learned bags were not allowed in.

Expansion of Security Council
09/20/2010

Washington favours a modest expansion of both permanent and non-permanent memberships to the United Nations Security Council UNSC, the most powerful UN organ, to reflect the realities of the 21st century, Assistant Secretary of State Esther Brimmer said here on Saturday.

How to Subscribe to An RSS Feed
09/19/2010

There are generally two different kinds of tools that allow visitors to subscribe to RSS feeds. These tools are known as aggregators, or RSS news readers. As the content of an RSS feed changes, the RSS reader or aggregator will update itself automatically and display the new RSS feed items.

How to Subscribe to RSS

7 Mistakes that Cost You Money
09/19/2010

Many website visitors now have JavaScript turned off or disabled in their web browsers, due to ever-increasing security concerns. If you are using JavaScript in your navigation menus, some potential customers may be unable to navigate your website. More often than not, this means that potential customers will click away and turn to a competitor. In addition to avoiding JavaScript navigation, you should also avoid using JavaScript in the ordering process. Ordering systems that require JavaScript to function may also result in your customers being unable to purchase, and going somewhere else instead!

7 Mistakes that Cost You Money

Impact of Terror
09/18/2010

U.S. Sen. Scott P. Brown, speaking at a newspaper editors meeting on the ninth anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks, compared the impact of the attacks to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and called for continued tough measures against Iran, which he called the leading state sponsor of terrorism.

Apple Update
09/17/2010

Apple has released patches which seem to take care of number of security concerns associated with iPhone and iPod Touch devices that were tagged along with iOS 4.1 update.

It was through a report posted by the Telegraph, it was listed that the update takes care of number of security concerns which were thought to be vulnerable, after the release of iOS 4 on Wednesday.

Taliban Surge
09/16/2010

Even as more American troops flow in, Afghanistan is more dangerous than at any time since this war started in 2001.

Security has deteriorated in recent months, according to international organisations and humanitarian groups, and large parts of the country that were once safe, including most of the northern provinces, now have a substantial Taliban presence - even in areas where there are few Pashtuns, once the Talibans only supporters.

As NATO forces poured in and shifted to the south to battle the Taliban in their stronghold, the Taliban responded with a surge of their own, greatly increasing their activities in the north and parts of the east.

Security Firm Warnings
09/15/2010

Computer security firms issued warnings on Friday over a computer virus that arrives by email offering downloads of free sex movies or documents.

PDF Security Flaw Addressed
09/14/2010

Microsoft and Adobe Systems have announced that a recently released Microsoft toolkit can be used to block zero-day attacks targeting a security flaw in Adobes Acrobat and Reader programs.

In an advisory published Friday, Microsoft detailed how its Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit 2.0 could be used to short-circuit the threat. Adobe, which has not yet released a patch, updated its original advisory to reflect the new information.

No Strategy for Homegrown Terror
09/13/2010

The government has failed to anticipate the danger from homegrown terrorists, some of whom immigrated to the United States, and now faces the most complex set of threats since the Sept. 11 attacks, analysts on an organization headed by the two 9-11 Commission co-chairmen warned Friday.

Google Settles Lawsuit
09/12/2010

Googles agreed to pay $8.5 million to settle a class action lawsuit over claims that its Buzz social networking service violated users privacy, and has agreed to further simplify its privacy policy.

Never Forget
09/11/2010

Food Security
09/10/2010

Fifteen experts from around the world have been enlisted to help to help formulate policies to ensure food security and avoid a repeat of the food crisis of a few years ago.

They will serve as advisors to the Committee on World Food Security, an inter-governmental body of the United Nations.

Travel and Terror Alerts Ignored
09/09/2010

The alert level for U.S. airline flights is at orange, indicating a high risk of attack, but officials say most Americans ignore it and don't find it credible.

The color-coded Homeland Security Advisory System, created after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, has been at orange, the fourth level in the systems five levels and colors, since 2006, the Detroit Free Press reported.

The concern, security experts said, is that many Americans are indifferent because the system lacks credibility -- a sentiment generally shared among airline travelers.

US Pays for Afghan Security
09/08/2010

The United States expects to spend about $6 billion a year training and supporting Afghan troops and police after it begins pulling out its own combat troops in 2011. The estimates of U.S. spending through 2015 are detailed in a NATO training mission document.

Science or Security Breach
09/07/2010

A scientist detained at Miami International Airport on Thursday night because of a suspicious item in his luggage had once been charged with illegally transporting bubonic plague, a senior law enforcement official said.

Officials shut down most of the airport overnight, roused hotel guests from their beds and detained Thomas Butler, 70, until Friday morning, when he was released without charges, the official said.

Tests on the canister found nothing dangerous, said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information. Nicholas Kimball, a Department of Homeland Security spokesman, said the item resembled a pipe bomb.

Simulated Subway Attacks
08/25/2010

Simulate terror attack subway by DHS. Department of Homeland Security wants to simulate a terror attack using the Boston subway. The subway test will simulate a terror attack on how toxic chemicals and biological weapons might spread.

They began the study at the oldest subway system in the country, the MTBA. Friday the scientists simulated a terror attack on the subway system in Boston. This study is commissioned by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to figure out ways to quickly minimize the impact of an airborne assault on the nations 15 subway systems and protect the nation's infrastructure.



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