Researchers from security firm ICEBRG found malicious extensions in the Google Chrome Web Store with more than 500,000 overall downloads. Firstly they discovered that “HTTP Request Header” extension were using for a click-fraud scam when they noticed unusual spike in outgoing network traffic. The extension visited advertising-related links in the Web from the infected machines to generate revenue from per-click rewards. Later they investigated another three Chrome extensions that did the same: Nyoogle, Stickies, and Lite Bookmarks.
Earlier this week, research published by the Project Zero security team at Google brought to public attention a group of security vulnerabilities affecting many modern processors. The vulnerabilities have been given the names Meltdown and Spectre, and could allow an attacker to read arbitrary locations in virtual memory (e.g. read data stored in memory belonging to other user or kernel processes).
2017 has been a busy year for Technology. Dominating the news cycle since January have been ongoing stories and discussions about hacking (from elections to ad networks), cryptocurrencies, smart speakers, self-driving cars, and of course net neutrality. Here are some predictions of what the top Technology stories in 2018 might turn out to be… Continue reading
Earlier today the FCC voted 3-2 to roll back the rules preventing ISPs from controlling the free flow of bits and bytes on the Internet – a vote that clearly favors Big Business over consumers. But do NOT give up now – this is not a done deal! The New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is assembling a law suit against the ruling and we need to line up behind him – and other state attorneys general – to prevent this rollback from going into effect. Spare two minutes to watch this video:
Why are the big tech companies (Facebook, Amazon, NetFlix, Google, etc) silent on the current attack on Net Neutrality? Net Neutrality is clearly a good thing for everyone, so why o why are these companies backing off the fight?
The Linux Foundation recently announced a new open source AI project in collaboration with AT&T and Tech Mahindra. The Acumos Project is expected to launch in early 2018 and will “expedite innovation and deployment of AI applications, and make them available to everyone.” according to Mazin Gilbert, Vice President of Advanced Technology at AT&T Labs. Continue reading
A couple of months ago we reported on Google’s acquisition of our favorite natural language processing (NLP) platform – API.AI.
Well since then it seems that API.AI have gone from strength to strength in so many new areas, …so much so in fact that they have decided to rebrand in order to better describe their current more diverse platform which includes an analytics tools and 33 prebuilt agents
Full press release here
This past week AOL announced it would be shutting down their iconic AIM on December 15th after a twenty-year run. Before Gchat & Google Hangouts, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, or any number of alternatives today, millions of people associated concepts like “screen name” and “buddy lists” only with AOL Instant Messenger. It was many people’s first exposure to chats and instant messaging – undeniably helping to bring this type of communication to the mainstream and pave the way for texting.
Goodbye AIM. We hope you’ll make a return in a new format sometime in the future, but for now we’ll just consider you “In a Meeting”.
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At the end of July, Google Cloud Platform released a new congestion control algorithm called BBR – short for “Bottleneck Bandwidth and Round-trip propagation time”. According to their announcement, it has already increased throughput on the YouTube network by an average of 4% and up to 14%! Continue reading