Facebook’s Targeted Ads Expand to the Web

Over the years, Facebook has learned a lot about you and its hundreds of millions of other users. This knowledge has coincided with the rise, in online advertising in general, of ads that are targeted to you based on your demographics and your behavior, such as which Web sites you’ve visited—the approach that explains why, after you considered buying a pair of shoes online but changed your mind, you started seeing shoe ads on other sites. Studies have shown that ads are more effective—that is, they’re more likely to translate into Web site visits and purchases—when they’re targeted like this.

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Lacoon Discovers Xsser mRAT, the First Advanced Apple iOS Trojan | Google Android China HongKong

A link to the Android spyware, disguised as an app to help coordinate Occupy Central protests in Hong Kong, was sent as an anonymous message to Whatsapp users there on Thursday. In its investigation of that spyware, Lacoon uncovered the Xsser mRAT hosted on the same Command and Control (CnC) domain with the project being named Xsser. Though called Xsser, this is not related to an XSS attack.

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Malware that hit Occupy HongKong has an iOS counterpart | Apple Google Android China

It was soon found to contain malware that exploits SMS, email, instant messages, call logs, location data, and usernames and passwords found on the device.

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Microsoft’s Windows 10: What’s new and how to get the preview bits

October 1, Microsoft will open up its preview.windows.com site so that those interested in testing the Enterprise Technical Preview version of the operating system can download the early bits. Those who sign up through the preview site will be enrolled in Insiders Program. Via this program, Microsoft will push regular updates through Windows Update to the initial tech preview over the coming months.

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China Malware program targets HongKong protesters using Apple and Google Android devices

The Apple malware is related to a malicious Android one found last month that advertised itself as a way for activists to coordinate protests, Lacoon wrote.

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Long-Ago Twist Yielded Ballmer A Fortune In Microsoft Stock

Needing help in a hurry, Microsoft cofounders Bill Gates and Paul Allen agreed to pay Ballmer not just an annual base salary of about $50,000 but also 10% of all the profit growth he could generate.

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Four reasons to stick with Oracle Java, and four reasons to dump it

Challenge: The competition keeps getting stiffer When Java first arrived in 1995, it was trendy, with its JVM offering portability across hardware platforms. These days, the hottest language is undoubtedly JavaScript, largely due to the ascendency of Web development and the advent of Node.js, which empowered JavaScript developers to run their code on the server. Other languages such as Python and PHP cemented their reputations in the years following Java’s initial rise, and they still boast their share of devotees. Up-and-coming languages such as Google’s Go andApple’s Swift also grab their share of the headlines, taking buzz away from Java. “It is true that Java is not as popular on a relative basis as it once was, simply because it has far more competition today, but it is still enormously popular,” O’Grady says.

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Oracle Introduces Oracle BigData Discovery – a Visual Face of Hadoop

“It allows you to keep data in Hadoop, in a NoSQL store, and in an Oracle Database, and be able to query across all of that data using standard SQL. It opens all the data you have in Hadoop to  your users who know how to run SQL and it also lets you join data in Hadoop with your relational data from a relational system.” Introduced earlier this year, Oracle Big Data SQL is SQL-based software that integrates data across Hadoop, NoSQL, and Oracle Database. In additon to running on the Oracle Big Data Appliance, it can work in conjunction with Oracle Exadata Database Machine. By simplifying information access through industry-standard SQL, Oracle Big Data SQL enables organizations to look across all enterprise data.

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Oracle Unveils Hadoop Data Exploration Tool

Oracle BigData Discovery first samples, profiles, and catalogs the data sets available within a Hadoop cluster. Machine-learning algorithms are then applied behind the scenes to surface interesting correlations and offer suggested visualizations for exploring attributes. Search and guided navigation features offer further data exploration. Built-in tools are available to filter, transform, clean, enrich, and otherwise manipulate the data, according to Oracle.

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Oracle rolls out analytics cloud services

Oracle Analytics Cloud essentially forklifts the entirety of Oracle’s on-premises analytics software to its cloud platform. It includes a subscription BI (business intelligence) service that users “of all technical skill levels” can use, along with embedded analytics, reports, alerts and dashboards for Oracle’s SaaS (software-as-a-service) applications. Oracle detailed the new offerings, based on Oracle’s flagship Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition suite, Monday at the OpenWorld conference in San Francisco.

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Oracle will ‘kill MySQL’ and steal its users? Ha ha, haha, ha. Seriously, we won’t

Edward Screven said there was never any question of the database giant mothballing MySQL. “Some folks felt that if Oracle acquired Sun, who had acquired MySQL, Oracle would not actually continue MySQL – that we would not apply the engineering resources necessary to maintain it, that we would try to kill it, that we would try to take the MySQL customer base and push them all over to Oracle database,” Screven said. “This was a very mysterious concept to us.” According to Screven, Oracle sees the MySQL customer base as being a very different group than Oracle database customers, with different needs.

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Oracle CEO: Don’t underestimate us in the cloud era | TIBCO IAAS

Catz said Oracle’s focus on vertical integration will work in the cloud as it did in enterprise software overall, boosting margins and fueling growth. (Catz shares the CEO title with Mark Hurd; founder Larry Ellison is executive chairman.) The vision question is especially important at this OpenWorld, with Oracle presenting its platform-as-a-service vision, which will put it head-to-head with Microsoft and its new CEO Satya Nadella…Catz directly answered the question of why Oracle didn’t buy Tibco Software, which Monday announced plans to sell itself to a private equity firm for $4.3 billion. “Ask yourself: How would Tibco advance the agenda for our customers?” Catz said. “We have complete overlap with their product lines. They’ve all standardized on Weblogic, BEA, Fusion Middleware, many are moving now to Exalogic to run it. What does Tibco add to that?

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Oracle CTO @LarryEllison Rolls Up Sleeves, Gives Live Tech Demos At OpenWorld

“Now, because I’m CTO I get to do my own demos,” Ellison said. “I love my new job, by the way.” Ellison showed how customers can now move Oracle databases and apps to its cloud “with the push of a button.” In a demo, he moved a 250 gigabyte, on-premise database for a Wiki app into Oracle’s cloud. In another demo, Ellison demoed a new “Employee of the Month” extension for its Human Capital Management (HCM) cloud SaaS app.

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Introducing Microsoft Windows 10 – the best Windows yet [Video]

Watch Windows VP Joe Belfiore talk about some of the features in Windows 10, like the new Start menu, multiple desktops, and improved multi-tasking. Learn how you can be part of creating the best Windows yet with the Tech Preview and the Windows Insider Program.

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Oracle’s Safra Catz Slams SAP

SAP “spent all their money on it. I literally went down to my car and thought, oh my God, SAP bought Concur — maybe tomorrow they’ll buy Dairy Queen. It was the best thing that happened to me on the day I was named CEO of Oracle.”

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Vandals cut wires near Oracle OOW14 event, cause hours long power outage

“Oracle World was going on but they weren’t even running off our power lines- they had separate generators. The second is they might’ve been trying to look for copper.”

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Cisco, Oracle find dozens of their products affected by Shellshock

Cisco has identified 71 products so far that are exposed to the vulnerability. These products serve various purposes, including network application, service and acceleration; network content and security; network management and provisioning; routing and switching; unified computing; voice and unified communications; video, streaming, TelePresence and transcoding. The number of Cisco products vulnerable to Shellshock and related bugs far exceeds the 38 confirmed not to be vulnerable. The company is reviewing an additional 168 products and hosted services, so the list of vulnerable products is likely to increase. “The impact of this vulnerability on Cisco products may vary depending on the affected product because some attack vectors such as SSH, require successful authentication to be exploited and may not result in any additional privileges granted to the user,” Cisco said in its advisory.

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Is DairyQueen Next? Oracle CEO Catz Rips SAP and Misfit Deals

“At Oracle, silver medal is first loser.”

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Windows 10: ‘The first step of a whole new generation of Windows’ – The Official Microsoft Blog

“Windows 10 unlocks new experiences for customers to work, play and connect. Windows 10 embodies what our customers (both consumers and enterprises) demand and what we will deliver.”

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Microsoft jumps straight to Windows 10, brings back the Start Menu

The name change signals Microsoft’s desire to make clean break with the poorly received Windows 8, which was launched as a completely redesigned version of the company’s most important product. The effort, which was intended to bring Microsoft into the touchscreen era, fell flat, as core users balked at some of the drastic alterations, such as the decision to get rid of the long-standing Start button. Microsoft then had to roll back that and other changes in an update.

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Microsoft Unveils New Operating System, Dubbed Windows 10

The new OS is designed to run across a wide range of machines, including everything from tiny “internet of things” devices in business offices to phones, tablets, laptops, and desktops to computer servers running in the massive data centers that underpin the world’s internet services. “Windows 10 will deliver the right experience at the right time on the right device,” said Microsoft operating systems chief Terry Myerson. The OS will be available to consumers, but it was designed, in particular, for use by the world’s businesses. According to Myerson, businesses will be able to manage all their Windows 10 machines by way of a single central piece of software, and they will have the option of creating their own “app store” for use by employees across these devices.

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Twitter Video spoofs hype over technology devices to promote San Francisco charity OneCitySF

An online video to promote the charitable organization One City, which connects people to help schools in need, pokes fun at the mass hysteria that surrounds the launch of any new technological product. In the celebrity cameo-filled video, Twitter co-founder Christopher Isaac “Biz” Stone casually mentions his next project is “MyBook” and immediately sets off an unintentional craze usually reserved for the release of new iPhones or other products.

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Holder urges tech companies to leave device backdoors open for police | Security Privacy Apple Google Blackberry Microsoft

“It is fully possible to permit law enforcement to do its job while still adequately protecting personal privacy,” Holder said at a conference on child sexual abuse, according to a text of his prepared remarks. “When a child is in danger, law enforcement needs to be able to take every legally available step to quickly find and protect the child and to stop those that abuse children. It is worrisome to see companies thwarting our ability to do so.”

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U.S. Law Enforcement Seeks to Halt Apple – Google Encryption of Mobile Data

The dispute is the latest flare-up that pits the federal government against the nation’s leading technology companies since National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden disclosed last year the extent of U.S. snooping on phone and Internet communications — and how companies cooperated.

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@LarryEllison Slams SAP In His Oracle OOW14 Opening Keynote

“I’m going to try to be nice. But it’s so hard!” He picked on SAP’s database, HANA, a product that hits Oracle where it hurts — in its bread-and-butter database market. Ellison says most of SAP’s cloud has used Oracle. “Ariba runs on Oracle. SuccessFactors runs on Oracle. They just bought Concur; it’s moving to Oracle. I have no idea what runs on HANA, but it ain’t their cloud. That runs on Oracle. It’s rude, but it’s the truth.”

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