Yahoo lays off hundreds as it shuts down operations in China

From CNET: Yahoo is closing its office in China, the company confirmed Wednesday, a move that is expected to eliminate up to 300 jobs.

Yahoo employees based in the Beijing office were informed of the closure on Wednesday, a spokeswoman said. Yahoo offered no local products in China, and the office -- Yahoo's only physical presence in mainland China -- served as a research and development center.

Windows 10 Launches "This Summer" w/ Option to Overwrite Android on Phones

From DailyTech: For those waiting for the end of the Windows 8 era, the magic number could be 5. That's the number of months, give or take a few weeks, until the launch of the next version of the Windows operating system (OS), Windows 10.

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) EVP of operating systems (OS), Terry Myerson, committed to launching Windows 10 "this summer" in a keynote speech at the 2015 Windows Hardware Engineering Community (WinHEC) summit in Shenzhen, China yesterday.

In an official corporate blog post he reiterates this commitment to the global audience, writing:

Hundreds of Android and iOS apps are still vulnerable to FREAK attacks

From InfoWorld: Hundreds of Android and iOS apps are still vulnerable to a dangerous attack revealed two weeks ago that can compromise encrypted data, a security vendor said Tuesday.

The apps have not yet been patched against the FREAK attack, short for Factoring attack on RSA-EXPORT Keys, which was revealed by researchers on March 3.

The unpatched apps, which were not identified, are in categories including finance, communication, shopping, business, and medicine, computer security company FireEye said in a blog post Tuesday.

Rhapsody's 30 million songs can now be streamed inside Twitter

From PC World: Twitter has a new partner to try and popularize the concept of sharing and listening to music on the social network.

Music streaming service Rhapsody recently announced during SXSW that its members could now share music on Twitter. The new feature takes advantage of Twitter's audio card feature, meaning Rhapsody tunes that pop up on Twitter can be streamed in full directly inside Twitter's mobile apps.

Rhapsody says it is the first streaming music service to offer licensed full-track playback on Twitter.

Facebook friends can send money through Messenger app

From CNET: Want an easy way to send money to your friends? Facebook hopes you'll turn to its newly beefed-up Messenger app for that, instead of relying on a growing list of competitors trying to siphon off its users.

The social-networking service on Tuesday said Facebook friends can now send cash to one another for free, after they've connected information from their MasterCard or Visa debit card accounts. Users activate the feature by tapping a dollar sign while chatting with a friend in Facebook's Messenger app. About 500 million people currently use Messenger.

Microsoft Band is Coming to the UK on April 15th; U.S. Retail Presence Expands

From DailyTech: Market research indicates that fitness bands narrowly outsold smartwatches last year, thanks in part to lower price points and more appeal to athletes. Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) in October 2014 put Fitbit and other market leaders in the band wearables space on notice when it launched its $199 USD Microsoft Band, a smartband which packed an industry-leading 10 sensors.

OpenSSL mystery patches due for release Thursday

From InfoWorld: New versions of OpenSSL will be released on Thursday to patch several security vulnerabilities, one of which is considered highly serious, according to the OpenSSL Project Team

An advisory published on Monday did not give further details of the vulnerabilities, presumably so as to not tip off hackers and perhaps to give some organizations time to patch in the meantime.

The updates will be included in OpenSSL versions 1.0.2a, 1.0.1m, 1.0.0r, and 0.9.8zf, the advisory said.

Windows 10's speedy new Project Spartan browser will ditch Internet Explorer name

From PC World: Microsoft hasn't quite made it official, but a Microsoft executive recently came the closest yet to confirming that Project Spartan—the primary browser in Windows 10—will not be named Internet Explorer.

During Microsoft’s Convergence conference in Atlanta on Monday, Microsoft’s marketing chief Chris Capossela pretty much admitted that the name Internet Explorer was on its way out, as first reported by The Verge.

T-Mobile expands reach of data rollover program

From CNET: T-Mobile prepaid customers with a Simple Choice plan will soon be able to carry over their unused data.

Android Apps to Soon Get Boost From Google Now Voice Assistant API

From DailyTech: Apple, Inc. (AAPL) has Siri, Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) has Cortana, and Google Inc. (GOOG) has Google Now. The latter voice assistant debuted on the world's most used smartphone platform in mid-2012 with the launch of Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean".

A hot question for all three of the world's most-used smartphone platforms (Android, iOS, and Windows) has been when third party apps will get access to Voice Assistant integration via an SDK. Such a functionality has been rumored in iOS for some time, but is currently missing.


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