Tech Round-up for 8/1/13

By Mark Handelman
Posted in Virtualization
On August 01, 2013

Here are some of the technology stories that caught our eye today:

Microsoft has dropped its appeal of an English High Court ruling that said Microsoft’s SkyDrive name infringed on a trademark of the British Sky Broadcasting Group. The company will allow Microsoft time to transition its services to a new name.

U.S. General Keith Alexander’s keynote at the Black Hat 2013 security conference yesterday gave more details on how the government collects information under Section 215 of the Patriot Act and Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

Researchers at Dell SecureWorks say a breach of RSA’s SecurID in 2010 is connected to at least 64 campaigns going back seven years, targeting account details, intellectual property, and other information from businesses in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.

Microsoft announced a preview version of Windows 8.1 for enterprises. Features include a Windows to Go tool to take desktops from PC to PC, Direct Access for users to get data without a VPN, and VDI with Windows Server 2012.

Facebook now uses secure browsing by default, a feature first introduced two years ago. The company had to solve issues with session latency and moving third-party application developers to the secure platform before defaulting to HTTPS.

Microsoft released Office Mobile for Android phones yesterday. The software is free in the Google Play store, but users are required to have an Office 365 subscription.