Daily Tech Briefing: Oct. 22, 2014

 
 
By eWEEK Staff  |  Posted 2014-10-22 Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Google locks down passwords with security key technology; Microsoft expands its hyperscale cloud footprint; and more tech news.

 
SAP Rebrands Cloud Platform; Supports iOS Enterprise App Development

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Apple Investigating Recent Battery Fire in iPhone 7 Plus

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Apple's 'Spaceship' Headquarters Schedule to Open in April

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Cisco Extends Network Security Portfolio With Firepower 2100 Series

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Harris Poll Shows Samsung Reputation Hurt by Note7 Smartphone Recall

DAILY VIDEO: Samsung's reputation hurt in latest Harris poll after Note7 debacle; Kubernetes...

New LG G6 Smartphone to Feature Side-by-Side FullVision Display

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Verizon, Yahoo Agree to Reduce Buyout Price to $4.55 Billion

DAILY VIDEO: Verizon negotiates down to $4.55B for Yahoo transaction; Congressional staffers see...

Google Tells RSA Show Audience How it Secures a Billion Android Users

DAILY VIDEO: How Google secures over a billion Android users; Amazon moves into teleconferencing...

Oracle Appeals Ruling in Java Infringement Dispute With Google

DAILY VIDEO: Oracle revives Java copyright infringement dispute with Google; Apple to Mark Smartphone...

Trump Administration Holds Back Executive Order on Cyber-Security

DAILY VIDEO: White House withholds cyber-security order for further revision; Cortana to help Windows...



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Google recently announced that it will be embracing a new form of two-factor authentication by supporting the Fast IDentity Online (FIDO) Alliance's Universal 2nd Factor technology. U2F allows Google's Chrome users to secure access to Google accounts by way of a physical USB security key device.

The FIDO Alliance officially got its start in February 2013 with the goal of enabling more advanced forms of user authentication to secure user access. While the new security key option provides users with a more secure choice for two-step verification, the existing Google Authenticator method can still also be used.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of the company's Cloud and Enterprise group, recently announced  major updates to the company's cloud computing ecosystem.  For example, to enhance the company's global reach, Azure is setting up shop in Australia. On the storage front, Guthrie announced Azure Premium Storage, as well as the Azure Cloud Platform solution.

OpenStack cloud vendor Mirantis has raised $100 million in a new Series B round of venture funding. This brings the company's total capitalization to $120 million as it positions itself for an IPO in 2016.

Lead investors in the latest funding round are Insight Venture Partners and August Capital. Mirantis President and CEO Adrian Ionel explained that the company's existing investors--including Dell Ventures, Intel Capital, WestSummit Capital, Ericsson, Red Hat and SAP Ventures--are all still on board as well.

Four U.S. senators sent a letter to Sens. Jay Rockefeller and John Thune asking that their committee--the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation--conduct an oversight and information-gathering meeting about the Internet of things by the end of the year. Rockefeller chairs the committee; Thune is the ranking member. In the letter, the senators explained that, given the expected explosion in the number of connected smart devices over the next several years and the impact the IoT will have on society, now is the time for the Senate to begin getting involved.

 
 
 

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