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Hackers hired by Pentagon to Put Sensitive Internal Systems under Target

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 14:48:14 +0000

The Pentagon pays hackers to help test the key components of their internal systems for vulnerabilities. Hackers tend to find weaknesses faster than coders and the Pentagon is taking advantage of this. A pilot program was introduced last month from the Pentagon’s Defense Digital Services. About 80 security researchers were let into a simulation and the project was so important that new Defense Secretary James Mattis was briefed about it on the first day he was on the job. Many within the Pentagon didn’t expect much to turn up or at least for it not to happen very fast. However, the first report from a hacker showing a risk came within hours of getting started. This surprised many within the Pentagon and brought up new concerns. Read the full story here.


Alphabet Won’t Cover Globe with Internet Balloons

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:48:24 +0000

Alphabet Inc., the parent company of Google, announced some serious changes to its Project Loon plan on Thursday. Project Loon, an effort to eventually place broadband-emitting balloons in the skies over Earth that was first revealed in 2013, will now be scaled back in efforts to make the project profitable more quickly. Alphabet executives said the program can begin using fewer balloons – as few as 10, 20, or 30. Instead of targeting the entire globe, the company will focus its efforts on regions without broadband access and aim to become a true commercial operation in the coming years. Astro Teller, head of X, the Alphabet arm in charge of Project Loon, noted: “We can now run an experiment with 10 or 20 or 30 balloons. The service has a much better chance of ultimately being profitable.” Read more here.


Startups in the UK Considering Moving to Continent Due to Brexit

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 19:47:29 +0000

The stress is mounting for startups in the United Kingdom because of Brexit. Many started very confident in the industry and didn’t believe Brexit would harm it. However, tech entrepreneurs from the UK are now starting to see the challenges. A survey of 940 startup executives in the country and other countries, found that the majority are anxious over the changes going into effect in March. Less than 50% believe 2017 will be better than 2016, according to the survey done by Silicon Valley Bank’s London unit. Read the full story here.


Renegotiations Between Verizon and Yahoo Underway

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:31:13 +0000

It has been reported that Verizon and Yahoo are renegotiating a possible deal. This is due to the hacking reports from Yahoo, which surfaced once Verizon showed interest in acquiring the company. Verizon is asking for a reduction in price by about $250 million from the original price of $4.8 billion. Verizon also wants to rename Yahoo Altaba Inc., once the deal has closed. They have also asked for any ongoing legal responsibilities to be shared by the two companies, if they are related to the security breaches. Read the full story here.


Were You Born to be a Blogger?

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:41:36 +0000

Do you think you should start a blog? Bloggers are not manufactured; they are born writers ready to share something personal with the world. Whether they have a love for fashion, sports or just want to share regular life, bloggers have a message. You may have aced the writing portion of the SATs and have a desire to work from home, but that’s not enough to conclude that you’re made to be a blogger. However, when you look at the following five signs that you were born to be a blogger, you may realize starting a blog is your real calling. You’re School Essay Writing took very little time and You still got High Grades One of the major sings you’re meant to be a writer comes from understanding it was a strength in high school and college. Even if you weren’t a master of grammar, if you could write quickly and still get As and Bs, you’re probably meant […]


How to Switch to a New Web Hosting Company

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 18:55:19 +0000

If you’ve decided you are ready to move on to a new web hosting company, you may be wondering how complicated of a transition this may be for you. Sometimes you end up with a hosting company that causes you problem after problem, from frequent downtimes to poor support service. It’s important that you are happy with your hosting company as an entrepreneur because you want to feel that you can count on this part of your business in order to be successful. After all, it’s your money, your business, and your brand on the line if your customers are interacting with you while you have a website that is frequently down or other features that are not working right. Take a look at this guide to switch your web hosting company with ease. Choosing your new web host Step one comes in as the time to decide who your new web host will be. There are so many hosting […]


Why is Plagiarism and Tools Like Copyscape Important in Blogging?

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 14:40:24 +0000

Blogging is a game of originality and fresh content. When you find a blog that is plagiarizing, you no longer find it to be a credible or trustworthy site. That is why most bloggers use tools like Copyscape to make sure their content or ideas are not the same as another website. It’s important to show you are a credible source with original ideas and that you are citing your sources when you have a statistic to share. Avoiding duplicate content not only makes you improve as a blogger to your audience, but your site rankings will remain high for your audience to find you. Plagiarism and tools like Copyscape help to protect bloggers from being viewed as a poor source of information and from being outranked. Take a look at how these things affect bloggers like yourself. Why plagiarism occurs There are many writers out there that plagiarize the work of another writer. This is because they want to […]


Judge Throws Out Facebook’s Motion to Dismiss Data Center Lawsuit

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:57:01 +0000

A judge in the California Northern District (San Jose division) of the US District Court decided to throw out Facebook’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit by British data center builders BladeRoom and Bripco, alleging the social networking giant ‘misappropriated its trade secrets’ and lured them into disclosing plans, designs, and methods under the promise of a partnership. Facebook allegedly copied the companies’ plans and failed to come through on the partnership promises. The Whir writes: “Facebook and Emerson Electric (whose data center subsidiary Emerson Network Power has since been spun out and renamed as Vertiv), lured it and Bripco (the other plaintiff), into disclosing their designs and methods and then turned around and used them to build a data center in Sweden on their own.” Read more here.


SaskTel Quietly Shuts Down Web Hosting Without Explanation

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 17:51:48 +0000

Saskatoon web hosting provider SaskTel has quietly shut down its web hosting service without offering a clear explanation to customers, and it’s left many people upset. One business owner in the area, Dale Jack, said the company sent him an email one month prior to the shut down letting him know that his web hosting would be taken over by Oubavo Inc. on March 1. Jack was upset about the unexpected shut down and transition: “I was angered because I oppose privatization, and I see this as privatization.” Jack says he’s been a SaskTel customer for nearly 10 years and uses the 109 year old corporation for phone and Internet services. Oubavo, the web hosting company that will be taking on SaskTel’s former customers, posted a message on its website detailing their desire to “ensure a seamless transition for existing customers.” SaskTel spokesperson Greg Jacobs revealed that the decision to shut down the company’s web hosting arm was purely economical. “After a […]


Motion to Dismiss from Facebook Thrown Out in Data Center Design Lawsuit

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:34:27 +0000

A Silicon Valley judge ruled against Facebook last week in the motion to dismiss the lawsuit. The suit was filed by a British Data Center builder back in 2015 stating that Facebook misappropriated their trade secrets. The secrets the lawsuit is all about have to do with the modular data center designs and methods. BladeRoom is one of the two companies filing the suit, which claims Emerson Electric and Facebook, lured BladeRoom and Bripco into disclosing data center methods and designs, and then used them for a data center they built in Sweden on their own. Read the full story here.