Google is making encryption standard in the next version of Android

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Less than a day after Apple detailed new efforts in user privacy for its products, Google now says it plans to encrypt user data on all Android devices. Speaking to The Washington Post, Google says data encryption will now be a part of the activation process instead of an optional feature. The end result is that whatever data is stored on that device, be it a phone or tablet, will be inaccessible unless the person has the correct password.

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The Home Depot says that up to 56 million credit cards may be at risk from hacker attack

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It’s been a few weeks since home goods retailer The Home Depot confirmed that it was the victim of a hacker attack that potentially put customer credit card information at risk, and now the company is admitting just how big that breach was. According to a new press release issued today, approximately 56 million credit cards may have been compromised, even more than the 40 million that were accessed in the attack on Target last year.

The Home Depot’s investigation shows that the attack took place between April and September of this year and that it was the result of some “custom” malware that The Home Depot’s security partners say had never been used before. The company also noted that shoppers on its website were safe — the malware in…

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Sharethrough Acquires UK’s VAN As A Springboard For International Growth

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sharethrough Advertising company Sharethrough announced today that it’s moving into Europe with the acquisition of a London-based company called VAN.
The financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed. Sharethrough’s head of communications Thomas Channick told me via email that the VAN team will form “the core” of European operations, although the company plans to double the… Read More

The Best Of Times …

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pour glass It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of Minecraft, it was the age of Square, it was the epoch of burn, it was the epoch of crash, it was the season of growth and it was the season of collapse. Or so Dickens might have written if he had lived in San Francisco. The Bubble is back in the news again following comments made by Bill Gurley, the well-known Benchmark… Read More

Snapchat Scores Nike’s Director Of Digital To Win Sports Partnerships

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IMG_4426.JPG Snapchat could be the new way to experience sporting events from afar. At the very least, sports and athletics brands are jumping up and down trying to reach the young, active demographic Snapchat has captured. That’s why the ephemeral app’s latest hire has so much potential. Snapchat just poached Eric Toda, Nike’s global director of digital to help run its business and… Read More

SAP To Acquire Expense Software-Maker Concur For $129 Per Share

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sap-concur Enterprise software company SAP just announced that has agreed to acquire Concur Technologies, maker of expense and travel management tools that are used by 23,000 businesses (including TechCrunch and its parent company AOL). The deal is for $129 per share, which is 20 percent higher than Concur’s Sept. 17 closing price. That price gives Concur an enterprise value of $8.3 billion. SAP… Read More

Hours For iOS 8 Lets You Track Your Time With A Widget

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Hours iPhone widget Those who have to keep track of how they spend their time working during the day can’t do much better on iOS than Hours, Apple Design Award winner Tapity’s latest app. We recommended the app when it launched back in July, and now the Tapity team has released an update for iOS 8 that helps you keep on top of your tasks with even less hassle. Read More

Men determined to kill Bigfoot

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Gulf Coast Bigfoot Research Organization looks like your average grumpy white guy paramilitary organization, but they are actually a well-oiled team of devoted Bigfoot hunters on a mission to “protect the public and harvest a specimen to prove it’s real.”

The TV show Killing Bigfoot from Gryphon Productions premieres Friday, October 17th on Destination America.

Twitter for iOS updates with redesigned profiles and notification actions

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Twitter updated its iOS app today with a new look for profiles that places additional emphasis on pictures. The redesign puts your bio, which was previously a swipe away, at the top of the profile. And it puts tabs for your tweets, photos, and favorites directly underneath. Twitter calls it their “biggest update to profiles to date,” though it’s not quite as radical as that makes it seem. But it is the first major product change since former Google Maps director Daniel Graf was hired to lead Twitter’s product team in April.

The update also gives Twitter for iOS features that make use of new capabilities found within iOS 8, which came out yesterday. Push notifications from Twitter are now fully interactive in iOS 8, letting you…

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Legendary Silicon Valley figure Larry Ellison steps down as Oracle CEO

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Larry Ellison, the co-founder and chief executive officer of Oracle, has stepped down from his CEO duties. Ellison, 70, has been Oracle’s first and only CEO since 1977, a position that’s made him one of the wealthiest men in America and the entire world. His departure from that role is effective immediately, according to Oracle. Former HP chief Mark Hurd and Safra Catz, Ellison’s most trusted executives, will now become the company’s co-CEOs. They’ve already been handling most day-to-day leadership tasks for several years, according to Businessweek; Ellison largely focused his time on Oracle’s overall strategy before agreeing to step aside today.

Ellison isn’t leaving the company he built; he’ll now serve as Oracle’s executive chairman…

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Read 8 damning emails from behind the scenes of the Healthcare.gov meltdown

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We all now know what happened with the federal healthcare marketplace, Healthcare.gov. The three-year development was complicated by changing specifications, and the government’s convoluted procurement process meant entrenched companies were getting contracts over and over. But a wave of government accountability reports, concluded after months of investigations, is bringing new attention to the meltdown.

The Government Office of Accountability released a report earlier this week detailing the security flaws in the site, but a report from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform released yesterday is even more damning.

Titled, “Behind the Curtain of the HealthCare.gov Rollout,” the report fingers the Centers for Medicare…

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Oracle Stock Drops 2.5% On News That Larry Ellison Has Relinquished His CEO Title

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larry-ellison-181621516 Today after the bell, Oracle announced that its long-time premier Larry Ellison is no longer its CEO. Former HP CEO Mark Hurd will take over the job in partnership with Safra Catz. Catz will manage finance and manufacturing, while Hurd will handle sales. Ellison will take on the titles of Executive Chairman of the Board and CTO. Hurd left HP under negative circumstances, including allegations… Read More

Docker nets $40 million in funding, hopes to hook bigger fish: Enterprises

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Docker’s been enjoying plenty of uptake in the enterprise, but now there’s a new symbol of its success: dollar signs.

Specifically, it’s getting around $40 million via a round of series-C funding led by Sequoia Capital. Docker raised $15 million in series-B funding back in January, with the money used to “push toward the general availability of the Docker environment, develop commercial services that pair with the open source technology, and build a team to support the growing community,” as TechCrunch noted.

When asked what this new round of funding would represent for Docker, VP of marketing David Messina outlined several goals for the company, all revolving around one key concept: “To effectively deal with the overall demand within the Docker ecosystem.”

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