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Year in review: Top trends in mobile on ZDNet Mobile News

zdnet.com — Summary:As the year draws to a close, it's fun to look back at the most popular topics and see what that tells us. The year 2014 has been active on ZDNet Mobile News. Looking at the most popular stories shows that the readership is as diversified as the topics covered.

FBI says North Korea is 'responsible' for Sony hack, as White House mulls response

zdnet.com — Summary:The FBI said it had "enough information to conclude," following technical analysis, that the rogue state was behind the cyberattack that crippled Sony's networks. North Korea is the prime suspect in the hacking of Sony Pictures' networks last month, a U.S. investigation has concluded.
Dec 19, 2014

FBI says North Korea is 'responsible' for Sony hack, as White House mulls response ow.ly/2Sl1lV

Dec 19, 2014

FBI says North Korea is 'responsible' for Sony hack; White House mulls response | ZDNet zd.net/1CcJ5fr by @zackwhittaker

BlackBerry: Can it find a way to grow?

zdnet.com — BlackBerry's third quarter revenue came in well below expectations and CEO John Chen said the focus will not turn to growth. A lot is riding on BES 12.
Dec 19, 2014

BlackBerry: Can it find a way to grow? - BlackBerry's third quarter revenue came in well below expectations and CE... ow.ly/2SkMgy

Cisco elevates patent battle against Arista with ITC complaint

zdnet.com — Summary:Cisco's lawsuit concerns 12 features covered by 14 patents - all of which are embedded within current products. The brewing legal war between Cisco and Arista gained momentum amid a battle of the blog posts on Friday.
Dec 19, 2014

Cisco elevates patent battle against Arista with ITC complaint ow.ly/2SlFVf

​Serious NTP security holes have appeared and are being exploited

zdnet.com — Summary:A network time protocol security hole has been discovered and there are reports that exploits already exist for it and are being exploited. Yes, I know, you're a hardworking system or network administrator and you want to go home for the holidays. Too bad, so sad.

Staples: 1.16 million cards possibly vulnerable in data attack

zdnet.com — Summary:The electronics retail giant published a more detailed timeline on Friday following an investigation that launched this fall. As Sony continues to take heat everywhere from Hollywood to Washington, Staples provided an update about its own security breach sustained earlier this year.
Dec 19, 2014

Staples: 1.16 million cards possibly vulnerable in data attack ow.ly/2SlvVU

Sony hack: How cybercrime just got even more complicated

zdnet.com — Summary:Analysis: Standard cybercrime is complicated enough to deal with already, without throwing in some international politics too. The Sony Entertainment hack combines together celebrity, cybercrime and geopolitics in one dramatic package - worthy of a movie in itself.
Dec 19, 2014

The Sony hack combines together celebrity, cybercrime and geopolitics in one complicated package: zd.net/1v1sHsj

​Free software GNU/Linux laptop in development

zdnet.com — Summary:There are lots of Linux laptops, but none that have the Free Software Foundation's blessings. That may change. Linux laptops are available from major computer OEMs such as Dell and Lenovo and specialized Linux vendors such as System76 and ZaReason, but the Free Software Foundation (FSF), which would prefer it if I referred to Linux as GNU/Linux, doesn't approve of any of them thanks to their use of proprietary firmware.

Microsoft pays VirnetX $23 million to settle expanded patent case

zdnet.com — Summary:Microsoft has settled its latest patent spat with patent-licensing vendor VirnetX by paying $23 million covering disputed unified communications patents. Microsoft has agreed to pay VirnetX another $23 million to settle an expanded patent dispute between the two companies, the pair announced on December 19.

T-Mobile to pay $90 million in settling FTC cramming case

zdnet.com — Summary:The mobile provider has agreed to refund its customers for unwanted third-party charges placed on phone bills to the total sum of approximately $90 million. Some T-Mobile customers can look forward to reimbursement checks in their holiday stockings this year following a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission on Friday.
Dec 19, 2014

T-Mobile to pay $90 million in settling FTC cramming case - The mobile provider has agreed to refund its customers... ow.ly/2SlbKT

Microsoft confirms it is dropping Public Website feature from SharePoint Online

zdnet.com — Summary:As rumors suggested, Microsoft is deprecating Public Websites from SharePoint Online and Office 365 in January 2015. Here's more on why and what happens next. The rumors were right. Microsoft is dropping the Public Website feature from SharePoint Online as of January 2015.

Microsoft Strategy Vice President Teper: 'Minecraft is a development tool'

zdnet.com — Summary:Microsoft Corporate Strategy Vice President Jeff Teper talks about Microsoft's thinking on everything from its Minecraft acquisition, to how the leadership team is evaluating what's core to the company. Those who've been puzzling over why Microsoft spent $2.5 billion on Minecraft developer Mojang may need to puzzle no more.

Intel launches free Easy Migration app to transfer files to Chromebooks

zdnet.com — Summary:The software helps users move files from their Android, iOS, and Windows devices to an Intel-powered laptop running the Chrome OS. Intel has thrown its weight behind Chromebooks in a big way in 2014, a stroke of good timing as the cheap laptops have soared in popularity, The chip giant has done such things this year as create a reference design for education-based Chromebooks, and now it's released software that can help people transition to the Chrome OS-based notebooks.
Dec 19, 2014

Intel launches free Easy Migration app to transfer files to Chromebooks #Chromebook zd.net/1wRrdoB via @ZDNet & @teklust

Zero Day Weekly: ICANN hacked, critical GitHub vuln, too much Sony drama

zdnet.com — Summary:A collection of notable security news items for the week ending December 19, 2014. Covers enterprise, controversies, reports and more. Welcome to Zero Day's Week In Security, our roundup of notable security news items for the week ending December 19, 2014. Covers enterprise, controversies, reports and more.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @violetblue: I'm pretty sure I included everything they were trying to distract you from, incl Sony's takedown "diamond lanes" zdnet.com/article/zero-d…

Apple CEO Cook "deeply offended" by allegations of factory worker mistreatment

zdnet.com — Summary:Apple CEO Tim Cook is reported to be "deeply offended" by renewed allegations of poor working conditions in its Chinese factories following an undercover investigation carried out by the BBC. An internal Apple memo sent to UK employees claims that CEO Tim Cook is "deeply offended" by renewed allegations of poor working conditions in its Chinese factories following an undercover BBC investigation.
Dec 19, 2014

Apple CEO Cook "deeply offended" by allegations of factory worker mistreatment zd.net/1wKx4gD #apple via @ZDNet & @the_pc_doc

Sony attacks launched inside North Korea, routed via Taiwan: Report

zdnet.com — Summary:US officials have reportedly said that the Sony hack attack was launched from inside North Korea via servers in Taiwan. After confirming that the cyber attacks against Sony are linked to North Korea, US officials are now reportedly saying that the attacks originated from inside North Korea and were routed via Taiwan.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @ZDNet: Sony attacks launched inside North Korea, routed via Taiwan: Report zd.net/1xsZY6A by @achanthadavong

NBN Co set to go live with HFC in March 2016

zdnet.com — Summary:NBN Co will begin connecting customers via the Telstra and Optus cable networks in March 2016, according to the company's updated product road map. NBN Co's commercial offering of services on the existing cable networks acquired from Telstra and Optus will not begin until March 2016, potentially six months out from the next federal election.

Uber looks at biometrics for rider safety after Boston rape charge

zdnet.com — Summary:Uber has announced plans to introduce biometrics, voice recognition, and new driver screening technology, as US authorities charge a Boston-based Uber driver for allegedly raping a passenger earlier this month. A Boston-based Uber driver has been charged with allegedly sexually assaulting a passenger on December 6, just two weeks after an Uber driver in India was pulled up for allegedly raping a passenger.
Dec 18, 2014

Uber looks to biometrics to promote rider safety - zd.net/1woQacs

Amaysim to get Optus 4G access in new deal

zdnet.com — Summary:Amaysim mobile users will soon be able to get 4G services thanks to a new agreement with the company's wholesale provider, Optus. SIM-only mobile reseller Amaysim will finally get access to Optus' 4G network by April 2015 for its mobile services under a new deal with Australia's second-largest telecommunications company.