Tech Round-up for 8/14/13

By Mark Handelman
Posted in Virtualization
On August 14, 2013

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

Brad Anderson, Microsoft’s Corporate VP of Windows Server and System Center, announced in a blog post that Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2, and a new update for Windows Intune will be available October 18. This is the same day Microsoft will release the consumer version of Windows 8.1.

Microsoft’s August Patch Tuesday update was released yesterday. The update covers 23 vulnerabilities in Windows, Windows Server, Internet Explorer, and Exchange.

A security researcher found vulnerabilities in the Philips Hue LED lighting system. The researcher found that the bulbs use a weak authentication system to receive commands from smartphones and computers, which can be easily detected by a hacker.

VMware’s Pratap Subrahmanyam, a Principal Engineer with the company, was named a VMware Fellow, the highest technical level one can attain at the company. VMware also gave an $800,000 endowment in Subrahmanyam’s name to Stanford University’s computer science program.

Google announced that since the company started its bug bounty program three years ago, it has logged over 2,000 bug reports and paid more than $2 million in rewards to people who found vulnerabilities in Google’s software.