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Friday - October 2, 2015
There's strong, scientifically verifiable evidence indicating Microsoft's move to join the rest of the tech world in open source and collaboration was propelled by a compelling force: the Nadella effect. While tech analysts and reporters had fun with CEO Satya Nadella's odd "cloud first, mobile first" mantra last summer, his much less concise -- yet more encouraging -- message has been one of collaboration, and meeting consumers on their terms. For example, Microsoft pushed Office 365 to all major platforms. [More...]

Gadget Ogling: Eyes on Google
Saturday - October 3, 2015
Chromecast helps people easily stream whatever they want through their TV via a simple dongle. Now Google's adding a splash of color to the device, along with a string of new features. Instead of resembling a USB stick, Chromecast 2 is more like a colorful button, and Google says it is easier to plug into an HDMI slot. It apparently can stream videos faster and with less buffering. It also can preload content -- for instance, start downloading a movie -- as soon as you open the Chromecast app, which Google also has refreshed. [More...]

Friday - October 2, 2015
Researchers for the Security Intelligence Response Team at Akamai on Tuesday issued a high-risk threat advisory for XOR DDoS proliferation. The XOR DDoS Trojan is used to hijack Linux servers to build a botnet for distributed denial-of-service attacks with SYN and DNS floods, researchers tracking the malware said. The massive Linux-based botnet, which they discovered last year, can take down websites under a flood of DDoS traffic exceeding 150 Gbps using heavy volumes of junk network traffic. [More...]

Friday - October 2, 2015
Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff has quit Facebook and shut down his account, sparking speculation as to his motives. Is Salesforce at odds with Facebook? Is Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg no longer Benioff's BFF? Is Salesforce planning something with Twitter? "I'm on a FB pause," Benioff posted on Robert Scoble's Twitter account, in response to his query. "It was too overwhelming to keep up to date on TWTR and FB after Dreamforce. I needed to reduce." Asked why he deleted his account instead of just taking a break, Benioff replied "Just too much." [More...]


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