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Senior Symantec executive Brian Dye says anti-virus is “dead”

Senior Symantec executive Brian Dye says anti-virus is “dead”

During the course of a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal, Brian Dye - Symantec's Senior VP of Information Security - said that anti-virus is "dead." Dye was referring to the old anti-virus mechanism which runs in the background, downloads updates, and appears to slow down computers over a period of time.

Pointing out that anti-virus simply feels like a necessary evil, Dye said that Symantec - the long-time maker of anti-virus software like Norton - is finally changing its strategy and shifting its focus from anti-virus to something new.

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Google launches new ‘Classroom’ tool to help teachers and students

Google launches new ‘Classroom’ tool to help teachers and students

In an apparent attempt to gain dominance in the education sector, Internet search giant Google has unveiled a free new tool - called 'Classroom' - which will essentially facilitate the teachers in better organizing the teaching assignments and communicating with their students.

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Twitter reportedly testing new ‘mute’ feature to enable users to silence annoying tweeters

Twitter reportedly testing new ‘mute’ feature to enable users to silence annoyin

The technology news website Verge has revealed in a recent report that popular microblogging service Twitter is apparently testing a new feature which gives the users the ability to 'mute' the tweets of select users.

According to the report, the new 'mute' button being tested by Twitter essentially allows users to 'silence' annoying tweeters, making select users' messages disappear from their feeds without unfollowing them.

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Hackers reportedly exploited ‘Heartbleed’ bug to break into a major corporation’s network

Hackers reportedly exploited ‘Heartbleed’ bug to break into a major corporation’

According to a New York Times report, citing information shared by security experts, the network of a leading corporation was recently broken into by hackers, by exploiting the 'Heartbleed' security vulnerability.

In a Friday blog post, officials Alexandria, Va.-based network security firm Mandiant revealed that the Heartbleed bug - which was recently disclosed publicly - was leveraged by a hacker or a group of hackers to break into an employee's virtual private network (VPN) at the unidentified victim organization.

WhatsApp and iMessage Overtake Traditional SMS in UK

WhatsApp and iMessage Overtake Traditional SMS in UK

Last year, the number of text messages sent in the UK dropped for the very first time. It is not that fewer messages are being sent by mobile phone users, but the medium of sending message has changed. Instead of traditional SMS, people opt for free messaging via apps on their smartphones, which make it easier to communicate.

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Syrian Electronic Army Claimed its Attack on Social Networking Sites

Syrian Electronic Army Claimed its Attack on Social Networking Sites

The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), a group of Syrian computer hackers, claimed that it has hacked social networking siteof Internet calling service Skype. The most amorphous hacker collective hacked Twitter accounts and tweeted, requesting people not to use Microsoft accounts as the company is selling the data to the governments.

The SEA also generated attacks on the Skype's official blog with posts calling on the US to stop its global spying activity. It has been reported that the organization rejected all the association with the Syrian government from its inception in 2011.

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Phone Numbers and User Names of Alleged Snapchat Users Posted Online by Hackers

Phone Numbers and User Names of Alleged Snapchat Users Posted Online by Hackers

Phone numbers along with user names of more than 4.6 million usersof social networking serviceSnapchat, mainly used by smartphone users, were posted online by hackers. The activity took place a few days after a security research group declared susceptibility in the social sharing service that could permit attackers to match phone numbers to Snapchat accounts.

As per a post on website which shared users data, this database comprises of username and phone number pairs of a huge majority of the Snapchat users.

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U.S. Regulators Choose Six Sites to Test Civilian Unmanned Aircraft

U.S. Regulators Choose Six Sites to Test Civilian Unmanned Aircraft

Amazon Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos had earlier revealed that small helicopter-like devices may be capable of delivering parcels weighing as much as 5 pounds (2.3 kilograms). This will speed up delivery of books and other items. Bezos also told that it may take the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) four or five years to form rules allowing the devices.

With the increasing traffic, it takes longer time to deliver an order. To overcome this, Amazon.com Inc. is pushing to build up commercial drones, which will speed up delivery of items.

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Facebook Losing Popularity among Teens; WhatsApp, Snapchat Gain Further

Facebook Losing Popularity among Teens; WhatsApp, Snapchat Gain Further

Facebook is fast losing teenager user base and people are shifting to other social networking services. Facebook has been termed “Simply not cool anymore” by recent reports by Daniel Miller on theconversation.com story which discusses results from European Union-funded Global Social Media Impact Study. The research team evaluated responses from 16-18 year old users in eight European countries and found that teenagers do not find Facebook cool anymore.

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Rap Genius Faces Google Penalty for Spam Linking Practices

Rap Genius Faces Google Penalty for Spam Linking Practices

Search engine Google has Rap Genius and reduced the rankings for the website, due to spam reports. Rap Genius has received $15 million funding from Andreessen Horowitz. The website was doing fairly well in Google search results, before the search engine major penalized the website. The website does not rank for keywords in Google search. The search results are returning profile pages of Rap Genius on social networking websites and Wikipedia.

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