The New Jersey Attorney General has fined online video gaming company E-Sports Entertainment for exposing its players, who utilize the service to play “anti-cheat” CounterStrike competitions, to code that turned their computers into rogue Bitcoin miners, according to Wired. The Attorney General’s statement said that the malicious code came in an update package, infecting up to 14,000 computers and allowing ESEA to monitor gamers’ computers and use them to mine a total of 30 Bitcoins. In addition to the Attorney General’s fine, the company faces a class-action suit in California.
Private PaaS pioneer Apprenda will use its new funding to expand into Europe and build strategic partnerships with other vendors. Read more »
A Berlin court has upheld a complaint by the Federation of German Consumer Associations, which argued that Google’s users can’t be certain what they’re signing up to when they agree to the firm’s terms and conditions. Read more »
Android tablet users can now get a specially-optimized version of Opera that opts for tabs, rather than the firm’s usual carousel approach to flipping between pages on mobile devices. Read more »
The Xbox One promises to combine state-of-the-art video gaming with live TV and streaming apps. Check out or hands-on video for a closer look at the device’s entertainment offerings. Read more »
Dropbox acquired computer vision startup Anchovi Labs and its Ph.D. founders in September 2012 to very little fanfare. But the skillset they bring could be integral as Dropbox seeks to grow into a platform and competitors like Google and Yahoo beef up their image-recognition capabilities. Read more »
A political fight is brewing between local politicians and the mobile carriers about whether every phone should include a kill switch. The wrong people are having the argument. Read more »
Architect Gordon LaPlante wanted a large, easily modifiable printer. So he built his own. In the process, he’s learned what it takes to go from inventor to business person. Read more »
The FCC Chairman has signaled that he intends to take on the transition from copper networks to all-IP networks starting next year. As the agency preps for this transitions here’s what you should know. Read more »
In a bit of unfinished business from last year, Apple says Samsung should pay $380 million more for patent infringement. Samsung says the number should be $52 million. Read more »
Researchers area already building pieces of living tissue with 3D printers, which can extrude cells much like a 2D printer can extrude ink. One team thinks it can print several large pieces of a heart and then put them together, creating a living organ. It hopes to achieve the goal within a decade.
Should a car dealer be able to lock your ignition even after you’ve paid for the car? AT&T has locked my phone for 4 days simply because it can — which shows, again, why the FCC must take action. Read more »
Open source mapping has come a long way, especially when drones get involved. Read more »
While Nest is looking to start shipping its new smoke detector soon, it’s hit with a second patent infringement lawsuit from BRK, which makes the First Alert smoke detector. Read more »
This is a good blog post from Gartner analyst Alessandro Perilli about some of the problems facing vendors selling OpenStack as private-cloud software. You should read it. My two cents: If OpenStack vendors really are at a loss for how to describe their products, perhaps they should look at how the Hadoop market has been able to (seemingly) thrive thanks to a strong community and clear product visions among the vendors involved, beyond the open source code.
Rdio may have tripled the number of new sign-ups this year, but the company still laid off a reported 35 people Tuesday to cut costs. Read more »
From the front room of his flat in a British suburb, an unemployed man with no journalistic training named Eliot Higgins has become the go-to source for information about weapons and military activity in Syria Read more »
Microsoft chairman Bill Gates got a little emotional discussing the contributions of out-going CEO Steve Ballmer at Tuesday’s shareholder meeting. Read more »
Apple TV users just got another option to watch Antiques Roadshow: PBS launched an app on Apple’s streaming box Tuesday, promising access to “thousands of hours of your favorite PBS programming.” But don’t expect whole seasons of Downton Abbey: Amazon got an exclusive for that show, […] Read more »
Verizon Wireless unveiled its new destination store concept on Tuesday in the Mall of America in Minneapolis, showing off a massive floorspace more akin to an Apple store than a carrier’s usually cramped retail accommodations. What’s most striking about the new format is how phones take a backseat to a variety of internet of things gadgets and peripherals on display. Verizon EVP and COO Marni Walden said the new stores are meant to highlight all the objects and apps its network can connect both directly and indirectly. Verizon will be opening up several more of them starting in Chicago (perhaps not coincidentally where AT&T’s first showcase store is located).
Tired of covering the screen of your iPhone or iPod touch when gaming? Moga has a solution to that, thanks to the game controller support built into iOS 7. The folding Moga Ace with lightning port is ready for pre-orders. Read more »
You didn’t think all the research Microsoft has done around deep learning was just for show, did you? The company’s deep learning models are now powering voice commands on the Xbox One platform, thanks to a direct connection to Bing. Read more »
The FTC is taking a close look at the internet of things, but how it should regulate the potential for security breaches, consumer privacy and transparency around personal data is still a mystery. Read more »
Salesforce.com runs on top of Oracle databases and middleware and (maybe) some Oracle hardware. Now it’s bringing Oracle archrival into the tent. Read more »
Since buying Heroku three years ago, Salesforce.com has been balancing it with Force.com. Now it’s betting a Salesforce-focused edition of Heroku will help sort things out. Read more »
If you’ve got a Moto X on Verizon, you’re in the luck. The Android 4.4 KitKat update just went live today. Read more »
The days of the cold call might be gone for salespeople. Actually, the days of the not-too-promising call might soon be gone, too. On Tuesday, a company called InsideSales introduced a new capability that infuses neural network technology (the basis of deep learning) into its products to help identify the best leads and even the best ways to approach them. However, scoring sales leads is becoming the new black. We recently covered a company called Infer that delivers a similar service, and companies such as Intel are even doing some of this internally.
T-Mobile has been ferreting a lot of cash under the mattress in preparation for the day it can pounce on new mobile broadband airwaves. It raised $1.8 billion through a stock sale last week, and on Monday it filed the paperwork for a bond sale, which could add an additional $2 billion to its coffers. According to the Wall Street Journal, T-Mobile is considering using the new funds for a spectrum buy from another company. There’s not much loose 4G spectrum in the market these days, but the most likely targets are the 700 MHz licenses Verizon Wireless agreed to shed when it bought up the cable companies airwaves.
Compass-EOS is an Israeli company that is trying to rethink routing. It has invented a new optical chip to do that. And all that means it has needed money – about $160 million in total, of which $42 million came just recently. Read more »
Amazon took its first serious plunge into original content beyond pilots last week. It says “Alpha House” was the most popular show on Amazon over the weekend. Read more »
Well, that was fast. About a month after Twitter unveiled the ability to direct message someone who is not following you, Time reports that the feature is now missing from the Settings section. My colleague Mathew Ingram told me that he noted the change a few days ago, and sent a message to Twitter about it — only to be redirected to the company’s blog post on experiments in September. So, it’s likely that the feature was an experiment that has now been put to bed , perhaps to the benefit of Twitter’s celebrity user base.
Need a location tracker for your younger child that doubles as a limited phone and text message machine? Check Filip which launches today on AT&T with both a $199 price and a relatively reasonable $10 monthly service plan. Read more »
SmartThings, the startup that offers people a hub and sensors so they can connect devices within their home, has fewer than 10,000 people using its hubs since its launch in June (one of which is mine). What’s more interesting is that those homes generate 150 million data points a day according to Jeff Hagins, the CTO of SmartThings, who shared those stats during a question and answer session on the internet of things hosted by the Federal Trade Commission. That’s a lot of data, and the FTC today is wondering what that data availability means for privacy and security.
As Norway becomes the latest European country to be dragged into the surveillance scandal, it’s worth running through the revelations we’ve seen thus far. Read more »
Tesla says it’s taking a few actions, following the three accident-related fires for its cars, including increasing clearance on highways through air suspension and tweaking car warranties. Meanwhile the government watchdog has opened an investigation. Read more »
August, a smart lock company that hopes to launch its product in the spring has raised $8 million in first round capital led by Maveron. But are such locks ready for prime time? Read more »
A day after Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets got a software update, so too does its Paperwhite. Like the tablets, the Paperwhite gains deeper Goodreads integration while also adding some new parental controls that could help children read more. Read more »
Nokia’s extraordinary general meeting, convened to discuss the takeover of the Finnish firm’s handset division by Microsoft, is still ongoing at the time of writing. However, The Financial Times reports that it’s a formality — 99.7 percent of shareholders who voted before the meeting (that’s 4 in 5) have already said yes to the $7.2 billion deal. The remaining bits of Nokia are nothing to be sneezed at: the Here location business, a division creating new advanced materials, sensors and so on, and of course the NSN networking business.
A futuristic sci-fi computer may be just one crystal — and plenty of light — away. Read more »
A new report claims that 12.9-inch Retina displays are currently in production for a larger new iPad coming out early next year. Read more »