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By Brian Warkoczeski
December 22, 2014 8:00 am

Some news from the world of IT...

Staples hack exposes 1.2 million credit cards

CNN Money - After a two-month wait, Staples on Friday evening announced hackers broke into its computers and stole data on 1.16 million shoppers' credit cards and debit cards.

Attack code exploiting critical bugs in net time sync puts servers at risk

Ars Technica - Updates available for remote code-execution vulnerabilities. Patch now!

FCC proposal removes hurdle for online TV providers

CNET - FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler believes online video services should have the same access to content as cable companies, and he has proposed tweaking regulation to ensure that happens.

Decisions, decisions: Choices abound as data center architecture options expand

Computerworld - A look at how companies are managing their data centers.

Microsoft files suit against alleged tech support scammers

CSO - Microsoft is finally cracking down on scammers who offer to fix non-existent computer problems for hundreds of dollars. In a first strike, Microsoft sued several U.S. companies it said are involved in fake tech support scams.

F.T.C. Raises Its Voice Under Its Soft-Spoken Chairwoman

New York Times - Edith Ramirez's tenure as leader of the commission has been marked by an effort to bring the regulator into the public eye, directing particular attention on digital privacy and transactions.

GitHub Fixes Critical Vulnerability, Urges Users to Update Immediately

Threat Post - GitHub is encouraging Mac and Windows users to immediately install an update that resolves a serious arbitrary code execution vulnerability.

Lawsuits against Sony Pictures could test employer responsibility for data breaches

Washington Post - The massive hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment is raising a potentially costly question for companies across the country: How much responsibility do they have for protecting the most sensitive information about their employees?

Python-to-C++ compiler promises speedier execution

InfoWorld - Nuitka converts Python to C++, which can then be executed or packaged up as a stand-alone file for redistribution.

Google Plans to Integrate Android Directly Into Vehicles

eWeek - The company is working on a new Android version that will power a car's entertainment and navigation systems, connect it to the Internet, and integrate with the vehicle's sensors, a Reuters report says.

Apple Pay responsible for 1 percent of November digital payments, Google Wallet garners 4 percent

ZDNET - A recent ITG research report indicates that people are adopting Apple Pay. Google Wallet is also doing better than expected and Apple's awareness of mobile payments may be helping.

Tor warns of possible disruption of network through server seizures

CIO - The Tor project said it could face attempts to incapacitate its network in the next few days through the seizure of specialized servers.

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