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US court says ‘pocket-dialed’ calls are not private

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A federal appeals court in Ohio has ruled that a person who accidentally “pocket dials” someone shouldn’t expect any overheard conversation to be considered private.

The case involves the chairman of the Airport Board in Kenton, Kentucky, which oversees the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. The chairman, James Huff, was on a business trip in Italy with his wife and a colleague when he accidentally pocket-dialed the secretary of the airport’s CEO back in the U.S.

The secretary, Carol Spaw, said “hello” a few times and soon figured out the call wasn’t meant for her. But she overheard Huff and his colleague talking about personnel matters, including the possibility that the airport’s CEO—Spaw’s boss—might be replaced. The inadvertent call continued after Huff got back to his hotel room with his wife.

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Report: Apple Watch owns 75 percent of the smartwatch market

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According to a new report, Apple has become the leader in the smartwatch market with the launch of a little new gadget known as the Apple Watch.

On Wednesday WatchAware reported on new findings by research firm Strategy Analytics claiming that the Apple Watch is already the “star performer” of the smartwatch industry. According to the report, in just three months, the Apple Watch has managed to capture 75.5 percent of the global smartwatch market share, shipping an estimated 4 million units to vendors all over the world.

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Qualcomm plans cuts, may spin off assets

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Qualcomm will cut costs by about $1.4 billion per year and study the possible sale of assets as part of a company realignment.

The mobile technology juggernaut is also shaking up its board of directors as part of an agreement with investment company Jana Partners. Jana, which owns a chunk of Qualcomm’s stock, has pressured the company to spin off its chip division from its patent licensing business.

The realignment was announced as Qualcomm reported its profit fell by nearly half in the April-to-June quarter on revenue that declined by 14 percent from a year earlier.

“The changes we are announcing today are designed to enable us to right-size our cost structure and reposition Qualcomm for improved financial and operating performance,” CEO Steve Mollenkopf said in a statement.

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The iPad pie shrinks as its revenue contribution shrivels to record low

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Apple on Tuesday said it sold just 10.9 million iPads in the June quarter, a drop of 18% compared to the same period the year before, marking double-digit declines that now stretch back to January 2014.
The iPad generated $4.5 billion in revenue, r…

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Silver Peak CEO: We’re re-imagining the WAN for a cloud world

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Silver Peak, Inc., made its name as a top provider of wide-area network optimization capabilities. But the company has its sights set on a loftier goal today: Completely changing the way you build your entire WAN. Silver Peak is moving rapidly to supp…

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Twitter will reconvene Flight for mobile developers

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Last year, Twitter sought to broaden the reach of its software by giving outside developers new tools at its first Flight conference. This year the company will try again, as the pressure on it to grow its user base has only increased.The event is s…

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Microsoft to make enterprise security tools generally available

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Microsoft will be making two services generally available as part of the company’s push to improve the security of businesses’ data.

 

Brad Anderson, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of enterprise client and mobility, said in a blog post today that the company’s Advanced Threat Analytics security service would be generally available next month. In addition, the Office apps for iPhone and iPad will be updated Thursday to support viewing documents that have been protected with Azure Rights Management.

 

Advanced Threat Analytics, which is the result of Microsoft’s acquisition of Aorato, uses machine learning tools to detect unusual behavior on a company’s network and uses that information to alert administrators who can act to contain the breach. The service is capable of working wherever users log into corporate resources, including across mobile devices and hardware that users bring into a corporate environment.

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Biggest tech industry layoffs of 2015, so far

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While the United States unemployment rate has hit a post-recession low, the network and computing industry has not been without significant layoffs so far in 2015.

Some companies’ workforce reductions are tricky to calculate, as layoff plans announced by the likes of HP in recent years have been spread across multiple years. But here’s a rundown of this year’s big layoffs either formally announced or widely reported on.

MORE: Bloodiest Tech Industry Layoffs of 2014 

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IBM moves open source business software to the cloud

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IBM has set up a new code repository that aims to foster collaborative development of enterprise open source software—and it may also drum up interest in its own Bluemix platform services.

IBM has seeded the site, called DeveloperWorks Open, with more than 50 IBM open-source projects.

Many of the projects came from the IBM Research Labs, or were developed by vertical business units within IBM, said Angel Diaz, vice president of cloud architecture and technology.

The world has no shortage of open source software already, as a quick perusal of GitHub will show. This effort will concentrate on supporting business software, as well as software for the cloud, Diaz said.

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IBM woos cloud developers

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IBM is stepping up its efforts to atract cloud developers. Big Blue today announced a three-pronged approach that includes a new collaborative platform to help developers stay on top of open source technologies, the release of 50 tools and services …

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