Today's Top Technology Headlines
- U.S. hospital breach biggest yet to exploit Heartbleed bug: expert
Hackers who stole the personal data of about 4.5 million patients of hospital group Community Health Systems Inc broke into the company's computer system by exploiting the "Heartbleed" internet bug, making it the first known large-scale cyber attack using the flaw, according to a security expert. The hackers, taking advantage of the pernicious vulnerability that surfaced in April, got into the system by using the Heartbleed bug in equipment made by Juniper Networks Inc, David Kennedy, chief executive of TrustedSec LLC, told Reuters on Wednesday. Community Health Systems said on Monday that the attack had originated in China. Once in, they hacked their way into a database and stole millions of social security numbers and other records, he said.
- Despite lip service, Silicon Valley venture capital still a man’s world
By Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - When she started her child-support tracking business SupportPay, Sheri Atwood expected all kinds of suggestions - but not the tip she got from a female investor who suggested she dye her blonde hair darker to be taken more seriously by venture capitalists. To Atwood, who eventually won her funding from other backers, the recommendation underscored an attitude in Silicon Valley that women make second-class entrepreneurs. If more women held the purse strings at venture capital firms, the attitude would change, she said. Despite the lip service Silicon Valley has given over the past couple of years to the need to recruit more women venture capitalists, at senior levels the industry’s gender balance hasn’t budged, even as other industries with poor gender diversity show improvements.
- Ex-CEO Ballmer quits Microsoft board to focus on NBA's Clippers
By Bill Rigby SEATTLE (Reuters) - Former Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Steve Ballmer has left the software company's board in order to spend more time on his newly acquired Los Angeles Clippers basketball team, but said he plans to hang on to his 4 percent stake in Microsoft. "I see a combination of the Clippers, civic contribution, teaching and study taking a lot of time," Ballmer said in a letter to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella made public by Microsoft on Tuesday. Ballmer, 58, paid an NBA-record $2 billion for the Clippers.
- Twitter to remove images of deceased on families' request
(Reuters) - Twitter Inc said it will remove images or videos of deceased individuals at the request of family members. "In order to respect the wishes of loved ones, Twitter will remove imagery of deceased individuals in certain circumstances," according to a statement tweeted by Twitter spokesman Nu Wexler on Tuesday. Immediate family members and other authorized individuals may request the removal of images or videos of deceased individuals, from when critical injury occurs to the moments before or after death, the statement said. Facebook Inc also allows verified immediate family members to request the removal of a deceased person's Facebook account.
- Snapchat in talks to expand services: WSJ
(Reuters) - Snapchat Inc, developer of a mobile app that lets users send messages that disappear within seconds, might expand its service to videos, news articles and advertisements, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday. The California-based company is in talks with advertisers and media companies about a service called Snapchat Discovery, the Journal reported, citing sources. Snapchat Discovery, rumored to debut in November, will show content and ads to Snapchat users, the Journal quoted the sources as saying. At least a dozen media companies have shown interest in providing content for Snapchat Discovery, the Journal said.
- Sprint's new pricing plans may not be enough to curb churn
By Marina Lopes WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sprint Corp's cellular plan with more generous data allowances may fall short in overcoming defections by clients concerned about disruptions in the No. 3 cellular carrier's network, analysts say. "The challenge for Sprint is that existing prices are still too high and they are slow to reprice the base because of the enormous finiancial impact it would have on a company with margins as low as theirs," said Craig Moffett, analyst at MoffettNathanson. Sprint's shares are down 50 percent so far this year, hammered most recently by the collapse of its longtime plan to acquire T-Mobile US Inc, a move that could have reduced competition and created a stronger competitor to industry leaders Verizon Communications Inc and AT&T Inc. Analysts said the pricing strategy unveiled by newly appointed Sprint Chief Executive Marcelo Claure could backfire and cause further customer defections, already high as the company undergoes a network overhaul that has caused disruptions in service.
- ZTE's new mid-range smartphone is the first one you might actually want to buy
Like Huawei, Lenovo, Mi, and many other Chinese phone makers, ZTE isn't exactly a well-known name here in the US. The Nubia 5S mini LTE is a 4.7-inch smartphone with a 720p display, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 13-megapixel camera, and support for AT&T and T-Mobile LTE networks here in the US. I've been using the 5S mini LTE for a few days and I've been impressed with both its performance and build quality.
- Watch this motorcyclist crash into the back of a car then miraculously land on its roof feet first
While we’ve been wowed all year by various GoPro videos that give us a first-person perspective of incredibly crazy situations and stunts, there are times when showing something from a third-person perspective is really the only way to do it justice. That’s definitely the case with a new video that’s popped up on LiveLeak that shows a motorcyclist who survives crashing into the back of a car in a miraculous way. The accident, which occurred on a highway in Belarus, happened when a car switched over into the left-hand lane just as a motorcycle was making the same maneuver at a much higher speed. The result should have been tragic but instead it was incredible — upon hitting the back of
- Patent troll drops suit against Adam Carolla after discovering podcasts don't make any money
There was only one problem: there's no money in podcasts, so Personal Audio decided it wasn't worth the cost to collect whatever percentage of revenue it was demanding from the companies it sued. "When Personal Audio first began its litigation, it was under the impression that Carolla, the self-proclaimed largest podcaster in the world, as well as certain other podcasters, were making significant money from infringing Personal Audio's patents. As a result, Personal Audio began to offer dismissals from the case to the podcasting companies involved, rather than to litigate over the smaller amounts of money at issue."
- The Galaxy Note 4 may come with a very cool accessory you won’t see on the iPhone 6
You may not really need an Ultrasonic Cover to get around while using your smartphone, but Samsung is developing one for the Galaxy Note 4 nonetheless, SamMobile has learned. In case you’ve never heard of an Ultrasonic Cover before, it’s designed to help people with vision disabilities and can detect objects nearby thanks to an embedded ultrasonic sensor that provides feedback to the user. Galaxy Note 4 owners will be able to set three levels of range for the ultrasonic beam, including short, middle and long. FROM EARLIER: New benchmark confirms the Galaxy Note 4 will be as monstrously great as you hoped Samsung already has an Android smartphone that comes with various accessories meant to help people with disabilities better manage
- Apple’s iMessage is about to become even cooler once Yosemite arrives
Apple’s cross-platform chatting application is about to get even better once OS X Yosemite launches, as the iMessage desktop version will receive a handy screen sharing feature akin to the one that’s already available in the old iChat Mac application. 9to5Mac has found the new functionality enabled in the latest Yosemite beta release (Developer Preview 6), which was seeded to developers earlier this week. FROM EARLIER: Apple will pay huge money to give you faster iOS 8 and Yosemite downloads In Yosemite, iMessage users will have new buttons available to start a screen sharing experience or to ask the other person in a conversation to share their screen – blocking certain users from screen sharing is also possible. Once screen
- Twitter to delete photos of deceased upon family request
- This one fact alone will make you insanely jealous of Google employees
Why do people love working at Google so much? There seem to be many reasons and one of them is without a doubt the fact that Google showers its employees with perks when they come into the office every day. Business Insider has scored an interview with Google’s former executive head chef Nate Keller, who tells the publication that by the time he left Google in 2008, he and his team were serving up to 40,000 free meals for Google employees per day. Even more astonishingly, he says that Google employees were eating roughly $1 million worth of chicken every single month — and again, this was back in 2008, the same year that the very first Android phone launched.
- New York man wins $125,000 settlement after being arrested for photographing police
A man who claims to have been arrested and strip-searched after photographing New York City police has reached a $125,000 settlement with the New York Police Department (NYPD). As the New York Daily News reports, 45-year-old Dick George told a Brooklyn federal court that in 2012, he witnessed NYPD officers conduct a stop-and-frisk operation on three young African-Americans. George photographed the encounter on his cellphone while sitting in his car, and later advised the youths to note the officers' badge numbers next time. Two officers overheard his advice and allegedly pulled him from his car, with one warning George that he was going to get what he deserves "for meddling in our business," according to court papers.
- LG's Music Flow offers multi-room speakers controlled by a messaging app