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IDG Contributor Network: Is open source good for business?

From the launch of the Free Software Movement in 1983, to the growing popularity of Java today, open source software is fast becoming a serious threat to proprietary software everywhere.

By its very essence, open source fuels enterprising organizations, because unlike cookie-cutter solutions available from proprietary systems, it enables greater innovation and differentiation, helping companies stand apart and encouraging healthy competition at a lower cost.Low cost and differentiation Itrsquo;s no wonder that many of todayrsquo;s business and government organizations rely on open source software, such as Linux, as a low-cost alternative that can be customized to suit particular needs pretty quickly.
In fact, itrsquo;s estimated that more than half of software acquired over the next several years will be open source.

And wersquo;re not only talking about operating systems and productivity tools, but also about smart software application tools like machine learning.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Quantum mechanics can’t smell my unwashed armpits… probably

Researchers use basic quantum mechanics to eliminate proposal for odor sensing.

50 hashes per hour

In this research we'll be revisiting the USB port – this time in attempts to intercept user authentication data on the system that a microcomputer is connected to.

As we discovered, this type of attack successfully allows an intruder to retrieve user authentication data – even when the targeted system is locked.

After uproar, Minecraft maker to stop feeding cookies to in-game parrots

Mojang accepts concerns that children might imitate the game's dangerous avian diet.

Session Hijacking, Cookie-Stealing WordPress Malware Spotted

Researchers spotted a strain of cookie stealing malware, injected into a legitimate JavaScript file, masquerading as a WordPress core domain.

Google reduces JPEG file size by 35%

New algorithm is based on human psychovisual system.
Images look better, too.

Ghost Recon: Wildlands review: One hot mess of an open-world game

Writing is terrible and it's riddled with bugs, but there's fun to be had with friends.

Muppet Guys Talking explores Jim Henson’s tech, genius, generosity

Review: Riveting conversation with major Muppet actors flies by way too quickly.

IBM Enhances Publicly Accessible Quantum Computing Services

DAILY VIDEO: IBM expands quantum computing efforts; Researchers find 132 malware-infected Android apps on Google Play; Yahoo reveals cookie forging activity led to account breach; and there's more.

Yahoo Reveals Cookie Forging Activity Breached 32M Accounts

NEWS ANALYSIS: Yahoo's latest disclosure provides insight into how attackers forged cookies to access user accounts.

Yahoo Reveals Cookie Forging Activity Led to Account Breach

NEWS ANALYSIS: Yahoo's latest security disclosure provides insight into how attackers forged cookies to access 32 million user accounts, in at attack that security experts see as being preventable.

​Yahoo says 32m user accounts were accessed via cookie forging attack

The former tech giant believes a sophisticated cookie forging attack was used to access 32 million Yahoo accounts.