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Microsoft’s Surface 3 adds another carrier, now offering LTE from AT&T

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Earlier this month, Microsoft promised that a version of its Surface 3 tablet would launch with LTE from T-Mobile or Verizon inside. Now you can add AT&T to the mix, too.

This Friday, you can purchase the Surface 3 for $0 down and $30 per month with the AT&T installment plan, AT&T said. Or, you can buy a  Surface 3 for $400 with the purchase of any Lumia smartphone on the AT&T Next plan. 

A commercial version of the Surface 3 will be available to business customers in the coming weeks, AT&T added.

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Experts peg Mac sales up 9%, total 4.8M for Q2

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Apple sold approximately 4.8 million Macs in the June quarter, according to the average of 30 analysts’ forecasts published today by Fortune.
If that bet’s on the money, Apple will have grown Mac sales by 9% as the personal computer industry as a w…

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The Takeaway: Mountain Lion support likely to end this fall

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Apple’s Mountain Lion, also known as OS X 10.8, is likely to be retired from support this fall as Apple launches its newest OS, El Capitan.If Apple continues its previous practice, users of Mountain Lion can expect to receive the OS’s final securit…

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Square’s new Dashboard app can help you track your sales

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Square has been expanding into the world of small-business financial services, and on Tuesday it continued that push with the launch of a new mobile app to help business owners track their sales.The new Square Dashboard app aims to give small busine…

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Senators propose bill to tighten vehicle security, privacy standards

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Two U.S. senators today filed a bill that would require the federal government to establish standards to ensure automakers secure a driver against vehicle cyber attacks.

The Security and Privacy in Your Car (SPY Car) Act, filed by Sens. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), also establishes a rating system — or “cyber dashboard”— that informs consumers about how well the vehicle protects drivers’ security and privacy beyond the proposed federal minimum standards.

“Drivers shouldn’t have to choose between being connected and being protected,” Sen. Markey said in a statement. “We need clear rules of the road that protect cars from hackers and American families from data trackers. This legislation will set minimum standards and transparency rules to protect the data, security and privacy of drivers in the modern age of increasingly connected vehicles.”

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Senate bill proposes cyber security standard for cars

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Cars will have to be much better protected against hacking and new privacy standards will govern data collected from vehicles under proposed legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday.

The Security and Privacy in Your Car Act of 2015 seeks to get a step ahead of what is seen by some as one of the next fronts in hacking: connected vehicles, which are always on the Internet and rely on sophisticated computer control systems.

Proposed by Senators Edward J. Markey, a Democrat from Massachusetts, and Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from Connecticut, the act would mandate that critical software systems in cars be isolated and the entire vehicle be safeguarded against hacking by using “reasonable measures.” The proposed bill doesn’t define those measures.

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Former Hacking Team supplier stops selling zero-day exploits on ethical grounds

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Italian surveillance software maker Hacking Team recently claimed that it hasn’t lost any customers after the massive leak of its internal data two weeks ago. But it has lost at least one business partner: U.S.-based penetration testing specialist and zero-day exploit broker Netragard.

Over the weekend, Netragard announced that it is terminating its long-time running Exploit Acquisition Program (EAP), citing revelations about Hacking Team’s customers as one of the reasons.

Set up in 1999, EAP allowed Netragard to broker the sale of exploits for unpatched vulnerabilities—also known as zero-day exploits—between private researchers and select organizations interested in such computer intrusion tools.

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Google releases a cloud manager ready for the enterprise

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Now enterprise administrators can catch a bit of the magic that Google seemingly uses to smoothly run large Web scale applications. The company has released a production-ready version its Kubernetes software that manages virtual containers.

Kubernetes could be a cornerstone in an emerging approach to systems design, called micro-services, in which applications are broken into multiple components and packaged in virtual containers so they can be easily moved around or duplicated to handle heavy workloads.

For Google, the container-based approach “has fundamentally changed our game in terms of efficiencies, stability of applications, and the amount of overhead it takes to accomplish a specific outcome,” said Craig McLuckie, Google product manager. “Our goal is to bring this to enterprises everywhere and give them the same basic experience.”

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Google releases a cloud manager ready for the enterprise

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Now enterprise administrators can catch a bit of the magic that Google seemingly uses to smoothly run large Web scale applications. The company has released a production-ready version its Kubernetes software that manages virtual containers.

Kubernetes could be a cornerstone in an emerging approach to systems design, called micro-services, in which applications are broken into multiple components and packaged in virtual containers so they can be easily moved around or duplicated to handle heavy workloads.

For Google, the container-based approach “has fundamentally changed our game in terms of efficiencies, stability of applications, and the amount of overhead it takes to accomplish a specific outcome,” said Craig McLuckie, Google product manager. “Our goal is to bring this to enterprises everywhere and give them the same basic experience.”

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Big tech companies back Samsung in Apple patent fight

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Tech companies including Google, Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Facebook are backing Samsung Electronics as it appeals a court ruling to pay Apple almost US$1 billion in damages in a patent infringement suit.

Samsung has already persuaded the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to whittle the bill down to $548 million, but in June asked it to cut another $399 million. Apple, however, is not giving up, and on Monday filed a 24-page document asking the court to deny Samsung’s request.

Meanwhile, though, Google and others had filed a friend of the court brief arguing that upholding the ruling “will have significant detrimental consequences for the continued development of useful modern technologies.” The brief, filed July 1, was discovered by InsideSources on Monday.

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