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5 ways to prevent a cloud-and-data breach collision course

GUEST POST Image Credit: Jonathan Kos-Read/Flickr In light of recent revelations about a Home Depot hack and Russian hackers stealing 1.2 billion online credentials, I have had many conversations with my company’s chief information officer and chief information-security officer customers about the intersection of cloud and security threats.

Nordstrom department stores are working with Apple on mobile payments (report)

Image Credit: Mike Kalasnik/Flickr Department store Nordstrom is apparently one of a group of merchant partners working with Apple on its new payments platform.

Mainframe veteran Compuware goes private for $2.5 billion

Above: Compuware's headquarters in Detroit Image Credit: Shutterstock/Susan Montgomery Compuware, a mainstay in the IT world of mainframes, has agreed to go private by way of a $2.5 billion buyout offer.

Google’s upcoming trans-Pacific cable ripe for NSA intercepts

Image Credit: guentermanaus/Shutterstock The National Security Agency is no doubt licking their lips over the potential intelligence trove of Google’s proposed fiber optic cable, which will span the Pacific Ocean from the U.S.

This former Starbucks exec is now tasked with making gamers like EA

Image Credit: Microsoft Video game publisher Electronic Arts has hired former Starbucks executive Chris Bruzzo as its chief marketing officer.

Funding Daily: In the heart of the city

Above: The 2009 Ultra High Relief Double Eagle Gold Coin from the U.S. Mint. Image Credit: U.S. Mint Get all the tech funding news of the day delivered straight to your mailbox!

Google sets up a research lab to build quantum-computing hardware

Image Credit: Google The always-innovative Google has come up with its own technology for storing data, running applications, and learning from huge data sets.

South Korea blocks all Facebook games as part of a government crackdown

Above: Candy Crush Saga dominates Facebook as well as mobile, but it's having problems in South Korea.

Who is putting up ‘interceptor’ cell towers? The mystery deepens

Above: ESD America's map of the interceptors discovered so far Image Credit: ESD America Mysterious “interceptor” cell towers in the USA are grabbing phone calls — but they’re not part of the phone networks.

Where foreign STEM students study … and spend their money

Image Credit: Flickr user Gopal Venkatesan Many of Silicon Valley’s most respected companies, from Google to Paypal, were founded by immigrants.

Apple says iCloud is safe and secure, but is it?

Image Credit: wavebreakmedia/Shutterstock Today Apple issued a statement saying that after a 40-hour investigation they found celebrity accounts had been hacked — but a flaw in iCloud was not to blame.

Massive Home Depot cyber breach happened months ago & company only found about it now

Image Credit: Home Depot is the latest in a string of U.S.

Uber uses data science to predict where its riders want to go

Image Credit: Jason Tester Guerilla Futures/Flickr Uber is at it again, improving its alternative-cab service app after analyzing data on usage from its customers.

Now you can turn your smartphone into a controller for your web-based video game

Imagine sitting in front of your laptop or desktop computer, pulling out your smartphone, and boom — a few clicks and taps later, you’re playing a video game using your phone as a controller.

Netflix now lets you privately share movie/TV recommendations with Facebook friends

Above: Netflix's newest feature lets you share movie recommendations with Facebook friends. Image Credit: Netflix Allowing my friends to see everything I’ve recently viewed on Netflix might prove embarrassing, (as sadly most people would just never appreciate the number of cartoons I watch).

Source: Ouya exploring options for both investment in or sale of company

Above: Ouya Image Credit: Ouya Ouya, the maker of the Android-based indie game console of the same name, is in preliminary acquisition or investment talks with some big companies that are interested in the games market.

Google renames its enterprise business to ‘Google for Work’

Above: Amit Singh, president of Google for Work, speaks at the head of the table about Google Enterprise being renamed Google for Work at a Google press conference in San Francisco on Sept.

For many brands, social media ‘conversations’ are only whispers

Image Credit: Timothy Brown/Flickr In the years since it entered marketers’ radar screens, social media marketing has often been described as conducting “conversations.” But the facts just don’t bear that out.

GamesBeat 2014’s latest speakers include an F bomber, an ad man, and a gambler

Above: Will Harbin, CEO of Kixeye Image Credit: Kixeye We are excited to announce three more new speakers at GamesBeat 2014, our game industry conference that takes place Sept.

Reddit launches an iOS app for its popular Ask Me Anything posts

Image Credit: Reddit Love Reddit’s Ask Me Anything (AMA) posts, but don’t want to deal with the tsunami of other content on Reddit?