Tech Sightings, April 24, 2014

Posted April 24th, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC+0)
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Big Tech Companies Offer Millions to Help With Heartbleed Crisis

Amazon.com, Cisco Systems, Facebook, Google, IBM, Intel Corp and Microsoft are among the world’s biggest technology companies that have agreed to donate millions of dollars to set up a group to fund improvements in open source programs like OpenSSL, the software whose “Heartbleed” vulnerability has wreaked havoc with the computer industry.

FBI Informant Tied to Cyberattacks Abroad

An F.B.I. informant coordinated a 2012 campaign of cyberattacks on foreign websites, including some run by the governments of Iran, Syria, Brazil and Pakistan. Documents and interviews with people involved in the attacks show that the informant exploited a vulnerability in a web-hosting software to direct at least one hacker to siphon huge amounts of data from foreign servers.

Vote on New Net Neutrality Rules Expected in May

A draft net neutrality proposal circulated Thursday among FCC commissioners is expected to be put to the vote May 15 at the agency’s open meeting. If approved, the proposal will be open for public comment before it becomes final.

A Machine That Makes Drinking Water From Thin Air

An Israeli company, Water-Gen, has developed Atmospheric Water-Generation Units that chill air and condense water vapor. Once the water is collected, it goes through extensive filtration to purify it for drinking.

Tokyo Court Starts Mt. Gox Bankruptcy Proceedings

Thursday’s Bankruptcy proceedings will attempt to sell the assets of the failed Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange, although creditors, including those who had bitcoins with Mt. Gox, might not get their money back.

Fixing Google Glass: Prescription for Perception

Some folks already have pronounced Google Glass dead. But the product has potential, albeit with some extremely serious flaws that should be corrected.

Aida Akl
Aida Akl is a journalist working on VOA's English Webdesk. She has written on a wide range of topics, although her more recent contributions have focused on technology. She has covered both domestic and international events since the mid-1980s as a VOA reporter and international broadcaster.

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