Koreans Snap Up iPhones in Presales

Koreans Snap Up iPhones in Presales

Is Apple Inc.’s smartphone market share set to increase in Samsungland? Presales figures for the U.S. company’s latest, large-screen models in South Korea suggest so. On Friday, the country’s three mobile carriers began taking orders for both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. In less than an hour, the carriers reported that orders had reached tens of thousands, outpacing the rate reported for Samsung Electronics Co.’s Galaxy Note 4 model at its launch here in September. KT Corp., the first telecom company to introduce the iPhone to the Korean market, said the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus

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Whisper Suspends Editorial Team Involved In Guardian Visit

Whisper Suspends Editorial Team Involved In Guardian Visit

Anonymous messaging app Whisper has suspended its editor-in-chief Neetzan Zimmermanand other staff members after Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller wrote a letter summoning Whisper execs to an in-person meeting to discuss the app’s privacy practices. “While Whisper provides users a unique social experience, the allegations in recent media accounts are serious and users are entitled to privacy policies that are transparent, disclosed, and followed by the company,” writes Rockefeller. The Guardian has written several articles accusing the app of breaching user privacy and reporting that members of Whisper’s staff showed the Guardian how its database could locate users within 500 meters (a

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Security Will Need Big Insight, Not Just Big Data

Security Will Need Big Insight, Not Just Big Data

In looking for new opportunities in security and many other sectors, we look for the echoes of the current IT mega-trends: cloud, mobile, big data. These trends, and especially the interactions between them, are dramatically changing security needs. Add to that the changing profile of would-be hackers — now a frightening mix of international organized crime and employees of enemy governments — and we see the potential for several new solutions that can each be the foundation of one or more successful companies. The first is the application of big data technologies to produce security insights. This is a classic

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Twitter Takes Over a Shuttered Twitpic

Twitter Takes Over a Shuttered Twitpic

Twitpic’s long goodbye seems to have finally come to an end. On Saturday, Twitpic said Twitter will be taking over the site’s domain and its photo archive. The move will keep photos and links “alive for the time being,” Twitpic said, but users won’t be able to add any new photos or data.   The deal preserves a large trove of user photos and captions, giving Twitter more data on its users. “[Since] Twitpic’s user base consists of Twitter users, it makes sense to keep this data with Twitter,” said Twitpic co-founder Noah Everett in a blog post. Twitpic has

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Apple Pay goes offline at CVS, Rite Aid

Apple Pay goes offline at CVS, Rite Aid

Last week’s rollout of iOS 8.1 on new iPhone models ushered in the long-awaited debut of Apple Pay. And for now, Apple is relying on major retailers—and their upgraded, compatible sales registers—to convince more people to pay the Apple way. However, in the days since Apple Pay’s public debut, two major pharmacy chains have switched course and declared, “Apple Nay.”   This week, Rite Aid began pulling Apple Pay support from NFC-compatible sales kiosks, and over the weekend, CVS followed suit. According to a leaked document posted by Slashgear, Rite Aid made the decision due to its involvement with a competing still-in-testing mobile payment platform

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