Daily Tech Briefing: Oct. 14, 2014

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella recently reaffirmed the company's continued support of its Surface tablet, stating that the company believes that the Microsoft platform for enterprise has many strengths, including the platform's rich ecosystem of hardware and applications developed by partners.

Nadella added that Microsoft is now focusing its attention on business users with the launch of the Surface Pro 3.

French telecommunications company Iliad has announced that it has ended its attempts to acquire T-Mobile US. Iliad had made an offer to purchase a 56.6 percent stake in T-Mobile at the end of July as part of an effort to enter the U.S. cellular marketplace, but T-Mobile rejected the roughly $15 billion offer.

After this initial rebuff, Iliad worked with a consortium of two leading private equity funds and Tier-1 international banks to improve its offer to $36 per share, but failed to win T-Mobile's acceptance.

Sprint has added new fee-based single sign-on capabilities for mobile workers to its Google Apps for Business offerings, under a partnership with Ping Identity.

Ping Identity services will provide cloud-based single sign-on capabilities for easier identity management for corporate IT departments, according to Sprint. Company officials said the extra cost of the Ping services—beyond the $5 per month per employee standard fee—will depend on the number of employees enrolled and other factors.

The attack and photo leak known as the "Snappening" against Snapchat users now has a confirmed root cause. Snapsaved.com has admitted to a data breach, which affected 500MB of images.

The Snapsaved.com post confirms that Snapchat itself had not been hacked, and the leaked images do not originate from the Snapchat database. An anonymous researcher claimed in a Pastebin post that the Snapsaved data was provided by a Snapsaved.com site administrator.

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