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Thursday - October 30, 2014
Apple CEO Tim Cook on Thursday publicly proclaimed he is gay. While his sexual orientation isn't news, his strong acknowledgment sparked a wave of discussions and drew kudos from his Silicon Valley peers and others. "My first reaction was, 'It's 2014, so what? So many other famous people have come out as gay, why does one more matter?" said technology journalist Mitch Wagner. "But I was wrong," he continued. Cook's revelation "is important in that it further removes the stigma of homosexuality, particularly for young men and women." [More...]

Thursday - October 30, 2014
Microsoft on Wednesday made another foray into the mobile health market with the introduction of the Microsoft Band, powered by its new Microsoft Health platform. The band, which is available at Microsoft Stores for $200 as of Thursday, is designed to be worn 24 hours a day. It has 10 sensors. In addition to the usual monitoring capabilities -- heart rate, sleep quality, calorie burn, exercise -- the band will notify wearers of incoming calls, emails, texts and social updates. [More...]

Wednesday - October 29, 2014
Four days after the Shellshock vulnerability was disclosed, Incapsula's Web application firewall deflected more than 217,000 attempted exploits on more than 4,100 domains. The company recorded upwards of 1,970 attacks per hour, from more than 890 IPs around the world. Shellshock was expected to be far worse than the Heartbleed flaw, which was expected to impact about 17 percent of the secure Web servers worldwide. That added up to about 500,000 servers. That's because Shellshock lets the hacker take over -- whereas Heartbleed did not. [More...]

Thursday - October 30, 2014
Apple's debut of Apple Pay has been more than a little bumpy, and the company may be in for some additional negative press about its competitive position before the dust settles. However, there is one major factor in Apple's favor that could help it win the mobile payments tug-of-war in the end: time. Apple Pay's launch was marred somewhat by reports of banks double-billing some consumers. Worse, when the consumers turned to Apple, they were informed that it had no transaction records and therefore could do nothing to help. [More...]

 

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