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By Brian Warkoczeski
October 29, 2014 8:04 am

Some news from the world of IT...

FCC mulls regulating Internet video like cable, satellite TV

CNET - Proposed rule change would guarantee that so-called "over-the-top" Net services have access to the same sort of premium programming the other systems enjoy.

Security Companies Team Up, Take Down Chinese Hacking Group

Dark Reading - Novetta, Microsoft, and others form Operation SMN to eradicate Hikit malware and disrupt the cyber espionage gang Axiom's extensive information gathering.

Hackers go after unclassified White House network

Computerworld - Hackers targeted an unclassified White House network but did not damage any systems, a White House official said Tuesday.

Hackers Are Using Gmail Drafts to Update Their Malware and Steal Data

Wired - Researchers find a new form of command and control.

Study blames backbone business deals for broadband congestion

CIO - Business relationships between major broadband providers and Internet backbone providers appear to be the cause of major drags on performance from early 2013 to early this year, according to a new study from a think tank advocating for strong net neutrality rules.

California reports huge jump in data breaches

CSO - The number of personal records compromised by data breaches in California surged to 18.5 million in 2013, up more than six times from the year before, according to a report published on Tuesday by the state's Attorney General.

HTML5 specification finalized, squabbling over specs continues

Ars Technica - The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the industry group that oversees the development of the specs used on the Web, today announced that the fifth major version of the hypertext markup language specification, HTML5, was today given Recommendation status, W3C's terminology for a final, complete spec.

EMC snaps up three startups to help build hybrid clouds

InfoWorld - The company is acquiring Maginatics, Spanning, and Cloudscaling.

Streaming TV companies might soon play by cable's rules--and that's a good thing

Washington Post - The FCC is considering leveling the playing field for the likes of Aereo.

Microsoft plans a standalone Office 2016 for end of 2015

PC World - Office 365 may be the future of productivity for Microsoft, but many Microsoft customers still love their desktop client. For them, Office will rise again in 2016.

China-Linked Hacking Foiled by Private-Sector Sleuthing

Bloomberg - A coalition of technology companies says it has disrupted a hacking campaign linked to Chinese intelligence, demonstrating for the first time a private-sector model that they believe can move faster than investigations by law enforcement agencies.

US ICS operators under attack by crims wielding BlackEnergy malware

Help Net Security - The US ICS-CERT has issued a warning about an ongoing sophisticated malware campaign that has hit a number of ICS environments using a variant of the BlackEnergy malware.

Secretive, unblockable Verizon perma-cookies kick up privacy concerns

Network World - Verizon Wireless has kicked up something of a privacy scandal in recent days over how it tampers with user's web traffic sent via the company's wireless network.

Feds Sue AT&T for 'Unfair' Slowing of Mobile Customer Data

NBC News - AT&T deceived its customers by charging them for "unlimited" data plans and then reducing mobile Internet speeds for heavy users, sometimes by nearly 90 percent, the Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday.

Apple VP: When we make mistakes, we fix them quickly

CNN Money - When the company released iOS 8.1 last week, there was a bug in the iPhone and iPad operating system that disabled cellular service for as many as 50,000 users. Apple moved fast to release a patch, and on Tuesday Apple VP Greg Joswiak apologized for the mistake.

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