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False Positives: Why Vendors Should Lower Their Rates and How We...

In pursuit of a high cyberthreat detection rate, the some developers of cybersecurity solutions neglect the subject matter of false positives, and unfairly so. Regretfully, only then does the idea dawn on these developers that high-quality protection from cyberthreats involves not only prevention but also a low false-positive rate.

Broadband Forum and SDN/NFV Industry Alliance partner on network transformation

Partnership will establish the Open Broadband Laboratory Asia to accelerate network transformation and the evolution to cloud servicesBeijing, China, 2 May 2017.

The Broadband Forum and SDN/NFV Industry Alliance today announced they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly set up an Open Broadband Laboratory Asia (OBLA) and promote the development of network transformation and cloud evolution.

The partnership – which was signed during the China SDN/NFV Conference in Beijing last week –... Source: RealWire

Apple wins China patent battle over iPhone 6 design

Apple has fended off a claim that the iPhone 6’s design infringed a patent from a little-known local company in China.Shenzhen Baili had claimed that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus bore striking similarities to the products from its parent company, Digione.

But on Friday, Beijing’s intellectual property court disagreed and ruled in favor of Apple.[ Have a tech story to share? If we publish it, we’ll send you a $50 American Express gift card — and keep you anonymous.
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The product designs of the two companies contain differences, the court said.

For instance, Apple’s iPhone 6 contains a symmetrical exterior curve on the device, while the design patent from Baili uses an asymmetrical curve.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Red Flag Windows: Microsoft modifies Windows OS for Chinese government

Chinese government blocked Microsoft product purchases after NSA leaks.

Fossils reveal ancient “unknown” human in China

Two skulls are a "mosaic" of modern and Neanderthal features.

Xiaomi reportedly wants to build its own SoCs, break free from...

The Wall Street Journal claims Xiaomi is getting into the chip design business.

Apple sues Qualcomm in China, expanding fight over patent licensing

Qualcomm displays some of its patents on a wall in its headquarters in San Diego, California.Nathan Rupert / flickr reader comments 8 Share this story Apple filed a $1 billion lawsuit against Qualcomm on Friday, alleging that the chipmaker's patent-licensing practices amount to  "extortion." Today, the full, international extent of that legal assault became clearer, as Apple filed two more lawsuits in Beijing's Intellectual Property Court. Like the US cases, the Chinese lawsuits say that Qualcomm abused its dominant position in the industry, according to Reuters, which first reported the developments. The first seeks 1 billion yuan ($145.35 million) in damages.

The second case says Qualcomm didn't license standard-essential patents at a fair and reasonable rate. In a statement on the new lawsuits, Qualcomm said that Apple was offered the same terms as other customers. "These filings by Apple’s Chinese subsidiary are just part of Apple’s efforts to find ways to pay less for Qualcomm's technology," said Qualcomm general counsel Dan Rosenberg. "Apple was offered terms consistent with terms accepted by more than one hundred other Chinese companies and refused to even consider them... Qualcomm is prepared to defend its business model anywhere in the world." Qualcomm has been taking heat from multiple fronts in recent weeks.
In December, Korean regulators hit Qualcomm with a $850 million fine over its patent-licensing practices. The US Federal Trade Commission sued Qualcomm earlier this week over patent licensing practices, as well. The FTC lawsuit says Qualcomm had a "no license, no chips" policy, in effect putting a patent "tax" on any cell phone makers who used non-Qualcomm products. Apple's lawsuit accuses Qualcomm of "double-dipping" royalty payments.

Apple's contracted manufacturers buy Qualcomm chips and take a patent license, and then Apple is required to pay for a separate patent license. Combined chip purchases from Apple and Samsung account for 40 percent of Qualcomm's $23.5 billion revenue in the last fiscal year, according to Reuters.

Apple takes patent battle with Qualcomm to China

Apple has filed two new lawsuits against Qualcomm, this time in China, that allege the mobile chip maker abused its market dominance and patents to charge excessively high licensing fees.Apple is seeking 1 billion yuan ($145 million) in damages from Qualcomm, according to Beijing’s intellectual property court, which announced Wednesday it would hear the lawsuits.  [ Commiserate with your fellow techies -- check out "7 hardware horror stories from the help desk." | Have a tech story to share? If we publish it, we'll send you a $50 American Express gift card -- and keep you Anonymous.
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The legal action centers on Qualcomm’s standards-essential patents for its cellular technology.

Allegedly, the company refused to negotiate a fair licensing fee for the patents and even declined to license some of them to Apple. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Hackers cook god-mode remote exploits against Edge, VMware in world-first

PwnFest fells first tech giants – Google Pixel, Adobe next in line Power of Community Hackers have twice completely compromised Microsoft Edge operating on Windows 10 Red Stone 1 and for the first time twice broken VMWare Workstation without user interaction. The bugs landed via SYSTEM-level remote code execution while the second VMware hacks could also be performed remotely. The four hacks were demonstrated at the PwnFest 2016 event held at the Power of Community security conference in Seoul on Thursday, with details to be provided to vendors and kept under wraps. It is a run of hacks against major platforms including the new Google Pixel running Android version 7 (Nougat), Adobe Flash via Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 Red Stone 1, and Apple Safari on MacOS Sierra. Junghoon Lee, aka LokiHardt, shows his successful Edge exploit.

Darren Pauli / The Register. A team at Beijing vulnerability firm Qihoo 360 successfully popped Edge on Windows 10, as did highly talented South Korean hacker Lokihardt, the latter's exploit being successful after only 18 seconds. Both earned $140,000 for gaining SYSTEM-level code execution on Windows Edge. Another Qihoo hacker team and Lee both compromised VMware Workstation 12.5.1 in the world's first attacks against the platform, bagging $150,000 for the exploits.

As both were by coincidence identical, Lee offered a second undisclosed bug to earn the cash reward. The Qihoo team told Vulture South that it took six months from March to brew the trio of chained vulnerabilities including a possible use-after-free, confirmed out-of-boundary read, and out-of-boundary write exploits. Qihoo had about 30 hours to rework their Edge bug after Microsoft squashed three of their four vulnerabilities in its Patch Tuesday run just before the event. The Register will report on successful hacks throughout the two-day conference. The hacking teams should be expected to succeed. Darren Pauli travelled to Seoul as a guest of Power of Community. Sponsored: Customer Identity and Access Management

Beijing Threatens Legal Action Over Webcam Claims

The Chinese Ministry of Justice has threatened legal action against "organisations and individuals" making "false claims" about the security of Chinese-made devices.It follows a product recall from the Chinese electronics firm...

Microsoft lets Beijing fondle its bits in new source code audit...

New 'Transparency Centre' comes to Asia, more to open in 'coming weeks' Microsoft has opened a technology centre in China to reassure Beijing it does not have backdoors in its software. The so-called Transparency Centre is the third Redmond has opened to reassure governments that Microsoft's wares are secure. Redmond's trustworthy computing corporate veep Scott Charney says the centre will allow manual review of Microsoft products without allowing tampering that could compromise customers, such as the insertion of backdoors. “Just like our Microsoft Transparency Centers in North America and Europe, our new facility in Asia enables government IT experts to test and analyse our products closely and gain confidence that our software will stand up to their security needs when deployed broadly,” Charney says. “These facilities are designed to provide deep ability to understand the security we deploy, and do so in an environment that ensures our products remain proprietary and protected. “Simply put, governments have the ability to review our products and services, both manually and by running tools, but they cannot alter what is delivered to customers.” The centres complement Microsoft’s Government Security Program, launched in 2002 to allow some 40 nations to review its code. Microsoft is not alone in allowing Beijing to peek at its source code.
IBM allegedly did so in late 2015 when it permitted Beijing auditors to peruse its source code within the confines of a locked room. Microsoft's China centre could go some way towards easing tensions between Beijing and Western software companies, as both sides fear of government-inserted backdoors in major hardware and software products. Beijing met public blustering from the US, the UK, and Australia over the possible presence of backdoors in Chinese wares when in January last year it mandated foreign software vendors selling to Chinese banks turn over source code and submit to to rigorous software audits. Microsoft's Charney said the company plans to reveal more security centres in coming weeks. ®

Shavlik Protect Wins the Gold Award in the Security Category for...

Award celebrates Shavlik’s pioneering patch solution and its strength in helping to protect virtual environmentsLONDON — September 2, 2016 — Shavlik, a global leader in IT management and innovative security systems, today announced that Shavlik Protect has won the Gold Award in the “Security” category of the “Best of VMworld 2016” awards.

These awards honour the most innovative new products in the server virtualisation, end-user computing and cloud markets. “With all of the flash and hype in today’s security landscape, many organisations overlook the importance of patch management, which eliminates vulnerabilities, as well as the countless threats that target each vulnerability,” said Chris Goettl, senior product manager at Shavlik. “At Shavlik, we pride ourselves on delivering patch management that is easy to install and use. We have made a significant investment in improving patch management for data centre and virtual environments; this award validates our strategy and efforts.” Shavlik helps organisations patch everything from VMware hypervisors to Microsoft Windows to the Mac OS, including the third-party applications running on each. Patching virtual environments is a great strength of Shavlik Protect, which includes capabilities such as: Online and offline virtual machine patching Virtual machine template patching Snapshotting of critical assets for superior rollback VMware vCenter integration VMware ESXi Hypervisor patching In addition, Protect offers an agentless option that is particularly well-suited to the datacentre.

This option allows organisations to assess and deploy patches, while minimising impact to server workloads.

This option also ensures that new virtual systems are never missed. The Best of VMworld awards were chosen by a panel of independent expert judges, composed of editors of TechTarget’s SearchServerVirtualization.com, who evaluated 145 nominated products on display at VMworld 2016.

Each product was evaluated for innovation, value, performance, reliability and ease of use.

The security category acknowledges solutions that follow security best practices and monitor and protect cloud workloads, hypervisors, guest operating systems and virtual networks. To learn more about how Shavlik helps meet patching needs specific to virtual environments, visit http://blog.shavlik.com. About ShavlikShavlik is a recognised leader in patch management, and a pioneer in agentless patching technology, virtual machine (VM) patching and third-party application patching.
Shavlik solutions include Shavlik Protect, Shavlik Patch for Microsoft System Center and Shavlik Empower.
Shavlik’s combination of premise- and cloud-based solutions enables organisations of all sizes to begin improving organisational security in as little as 30 minutes.

For in-depth Patch Tuesday analysis, see: http://www.shavlik.com/patch-tuesday www.shavlik.com About SearchServerVirtualization.comSearchServerVirtualization.com™ is an enterprise virtualisation-focused website providing IT professionals and the community with the latest server virtualisation news, articles, tips, and expert advice. Other virtualisation information includes webcasts and industry white papers covering all areas of server virtualisation, such as virtualisation platforms, server hardware, managing virtual environments, virtualisation architecture and strategies, application issues, and more. Its sister site, SearchVMware.com™, is dedicated to helping IT organisations evaluate products, services and business strategies that can lead them to successful implementations of virtualisation technologies in VMware environments.

And sister site SearchVirtualDesktop.com™ is the premier source for information on desktop virtualisation, application virtualisation, and virtual desktop infrastructure.About TechTargetTechTarget (NASDAQ: TTGT) is the Web’s leading destination for serious technology buyers researching and making enterprise technology decisions. Our extensive global network of online and social media, powered by TechTarget’s Activity IntelligenceTM platform, allows technology sales and marketing teams to leverage real-time purchase intent data to more intelligently engage technology buyers and prioritise follow- up based on active projects, technical priorities and business needs. With more than 120 highly targeted technology-specific websites and a wide selection of custom advertising, branding, lead generation and sales enablement solutions, TechTarget delivers unparalleled reach and innovative opportunities to drive technology sales and marketing success around the world. TechTarget has offices in Atlanta, Beijing, Boston, Cincinnati, London, Munich, Paris, San Francisco, Singapore and Sydney. To learn how you can engage with serious technology buyers worldwide, visit techtarget.com and follow us @TechTarget. Copyright © 2016, Shavlik.

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