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Spotlight: The Economist explains media, academic backlash against big data

The trouble with media accounts of big data usage is that it tends to be cyclic: first hailing it and then bashing it mercilessly.

Russian leaker says free cloud-based Windows is coming--but will that turn users into product?

A Russian leaker, Wzor, says Windows Cloud, a limited loss leader version to tempt users to subscribe to get the full features, is headed our way soon. While freeware has always been a great tactic in increasing software subscriptions, given how much data is harvested via "free" software and social media services these days, I have to wonder if this move too might turn users from their former categorization as customers into product.

News Scan: Data privacy and public distrust; Linux programmers in short supply; more

The top news stories for April 23, 2014.

IT study reveals depth of employees behaving badly

IT's naughty list requires reams of paper now as the vast majority of workers are now found quilty of some sort of acceptable use transgression at work.

Hackers seen exploiting Heartbleed to steal session tokens

Barely two weeks after the revelation of a critical vulnerability in the widely-used OpenSSL library, and active exploits by hackers have already been observed being conducted against businesses.

Big data's defense against cyber crime

Big data is both a blessing and a curse in terms of security. Cybercriminals can hide within big data and they can use big data to aid their efforts in myriad ways. But, big data tools also present a formidable defense when they're used correctly. A new report from Gartner gives some good advice on how to do that.

News Scan: Rise of the chief innovation officer: Vendor financing arms gain in appeal; more

The top news stories for April 17, 2014.

Eavesdropping bug found in Google Chrome

An Israel-based developer has discovered a design flaw in Google Chrome that could allow a rogue website to turn on the victim's microphone and listen in without any indication of it happening.

Developer who introduced 'Heartbleed' OpenSSL bug speaks

The   Sydney Morning Herald  conducted what was probably the first interview of the German software developer who was responsible for introducing the critical security flaw into the Heartbleed bug.

Feds' right to sue in data breach incidents upheld

The Federal Trade Commission's assertion that it has the right to sue companies found negligent in data breach incidents has been upheld in federal court.