Meltdown Patch Has No Real-World Performance Effect So Far

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Spectre and Meltdown’s impact on consumers is still unclear. New efforts to analyze the scope of the problem are showing little impact in some areas, more significant drops in others.

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Elon Musk thinks artificial intelligence could cause World War III

Renowned for his concerns over artificial intelligence and its potential negative impact on humanity, tech titan Elon Musk has made his most concerning comments yet surrounding AI.It could be the cause of World War 3.

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CFB Strategies Cofounders Anderson and Vaillancourt: Catching Up With CRM


CRM innovations in recent years have had a significant impact on campaigns and nonprofit organizations, according to CFB Strategies President Trace Anderson. “Traditionally in the campaign world, it was an old-school mentality of just collecting checks,” he said. “Even when I started working in politics, from 2006 to 2008, everything was done by hand. Now, with everything being done online, there are numerous channels of fundraising, and the cloud enables us to combine all of that information and segment it properly.”

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App Dev Today


Last year, I researched the impact of the proliferation of cloud computing on business. I know it sounds like a dry topic, but if you are a CIO or an application development manager, the results can have serious meaning. Cloud computing has deeply penetrated the enterprise and SMB ranks, and 46.3 percent of respondents said they had four or more cloud applications in use, my partner, Esteban Kolsky, and I discovered. The cloud is just a better way to deliver application functionality at a reasonable price to a growing universe of companies.

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Treasury Department Examines Internet's Impact on Finance System


Information technology — especially the Internet — can have a positive impact on the U.S. financial system. Used improperly, however, such tools have the potential to wreak havoc on the financial sector and consumers. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency has launched an initiative on the future of e-commerce finance in light of technology innovation. While acknowledging the advantages of technology, the agency also is worried about the negative impact on financial markets and how it should direct its regulatory program in the future.

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Say hello to FemtoSats — the tiny new satellites that could democratize space

First launched in 2003, CubeSats have made quite an impact on space exploration with universities, enthusiasts, and others deploying the small and affordable satellites.

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FTC Issues Regulatory Warning on Big Data Use


The Federal Trade Commission is extending its regulatory reach to the e-commerce impact of big data. For years, the FTC has asserted vigorously its authority to apply consumer protection laws to emerging developments in the IT realm. Now it is signaling that it will apply that same vigor to big data under the regulatory authority it possesses through the FTC Act and other laws. It “will continue to monitor areas where big data practices” could violate those laws “and will bring enforcement actions where appropriate,” the FTC said in a report.

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Fitbit posts strong third-quarter revenue, says Apple Watch had no 'material impact'

Article Image The Apple Watch had no “material impact” on Fitbit’s sales in the third quarter, which saw revenue climb 168 percent year-over-year to $409.3 million, the company’s CEO said in a results call.

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How to check if an account was exposed in the Ashley Madison hack

Impact Team, the morally inclined Ashley Madison hackers who compromised the personal information of over 36 million users of the extramarital site, lived up to their name and their threat made last month to expose the dirty details of the unfaithful on the dark Web.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2015/08/21/how-to-check-if-account-was-exposed-in-ashley-madison-hack/

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Blocking Pirate Bay doesn’t increase legit sales, study finds

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New research into consumer behavior and the impact of blocking websites shows that nuking access to multiple infringing sites can be effective, provided you target a swath of them simultaneously. Blocking just one, well-known site? Not so much.

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/computing/207434-blocking-pirate-bay-doesnt-increase-legit-sales-study-finds

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FTC Upgrades IT to Protect Consumer Privacy, Data Security


The U.S. Federal Trade Commission, which is at the forefront of regulating the impact of information technology on consumers, is bolstering its technical resource capabilities through a new Office of Technology Research and Investigation, or OTRI. The FTC is concerned about the failure of commercial entities to make adequate disclosures or to properly address data breaches and privacy issues affecting consumers. The agency’s leverage stems from its legal obligation to investigate business fraud and similar offenses.

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Wall Street Strings Taut as Alibaba Edges Toward IPO


Alibaba’s forthcoming IPO will have a significant impact on Yahoo, but it’s not likely to cause many ripples in the U.S. e-commerce market overall. Although this one deal will make Yahoo more money than it has made in years of struggling, it could lead to its demise as an independent entity. “Since Yahoo’s total Alibaba stake is worth about $36 billion and Yahoo’s market capitalization is $42 billion, it would only take about $6 billion to control Yahoo, with all its users and still-popular properties,” said Covestor’s Barry Randall.

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Freedom Act Leaves IT Sector at Risk for Spy Program Costs


A recent proposal in the U.S. Senate to curb the impact of electronic surveillance conducted by the National Security Agency could enhance privacy for citizens and benefit businesses as well. However, major information technology companies that help the government collect telecom and Internet data still will be vulnerable to the substantial costs of working with the NSA, even if the proposed bill becomes law. The Senate initiative, called the “USA Freedom Act,” was introduced by Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., on July 29.

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Anger mounts over Facebook’s news feed experiment, company denies wrongdoing

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Facebook’s admission that it manipulated news feeds to measure how it would impact user response is kicking up a great deal of controversy — and the company doesn’t seem to understand the problem.

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/computing/185544-anger-mounts-over-facebooks-news-feed-experiment-company-denies-wrongdoing

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