Zoom addresses privacy concerns as user numbers surge | Facebook rolls out Messenger for Windows, MacOS | 14M Key Ring app users' data exposed
April 3, 2020
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Zoom addresses privacy concerns as user numbers surge
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Zoom, which has seen explosive growth in use of its videoconferencing service in recent weeks, will stop adding features for three months as it addresses privacy and security issues, CEO Eric Yuan wrote in a blog post. Yuan also promised to be more transparent regarding law enforcement data requests.
Full Story: CNET (4/2),  The Verge (4/2) 
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Facebook is bringing its Messenger app to Windows and MacOS, with features similar to those of its smartphone version, including video chats, notifications and support for dark mode and GIFs. The move is in response to the rapid increase in use of Messenger via desktop browsers.
Full Story: Reuters (4/2),  CNET (4/2) 
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The Key Ring app stored 14 million users' data in misconfigured buckets on Amazon Web Services, vpnMentor reports. The 44 million images left exposed included credit cards, medical insurance cards, government ID cards, medical marijuana ID cards, NRA membership cards and membership lists for major retailers such as Walmart, Mattel and Foot Locker.
Full Story: Infosecurity (U.K.) (4/2) 
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Mobile devices and the internet of things can provide data useful in combating the coronavirus pandemic, Susan Rambo writes. "The location trackers in smartphones help us see who is moving around really, when we are supposed to be sheltering in place," she notes.
Full Story: Semiconductor Engineering (4/2) 
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HP launches relief initiatives for partners
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HP is offering market- and country-specific relief initiatives to help its global channel partner community navigate operational and financial challenges associated with the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to providing financing and leasing options for end customers, the company is implementing a flat-rate incentive program and extending deadlines for submission of proof of performance and reporting.
Full Story: CRN (US) (4/2) 
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Google Cloud is rolling out Memorystore for Memcached, which provides a managed in-memory datastore compatible with the Memcached protocol, and lets users easily migrate any applications that use Memcached. The service, now in beta, can be accessed via applications running on Compute Engine, App Engine Flex, App Engine Standard, Google Kubernetes Engine and Cloud Functions.
Full Story: TechCrunch (tiered subscription model) (4/2) 
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IT Workforce
Winston Churchill led Britain through World War II by making tough decisions, projecting a sense of confidence to the country and being personally affectionate even as he was often severe about the work, writes Steve McKee. "He could get very emotional, but after bitterly criticizing you he had a habit of touching you, of putting his hand on your hand -- like that -- as if to say that his real feelings for you were not changed," British wartime official Lord Beaverbrook said of Churchill.
Full Story: SmartBrief/Leadership (4/1) 
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On-the-job experience in networking and IT infrastructure help tech pros develop transferable skills that match those required for many cybersecurity job roles, including cybersecurity specialists and analysts. The CompTIA IT Career Center examines how to get into cybersecurity from networking.
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