Wednesday, June 29
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Bitcoin mining rewards just dropped by 50 per cent

It just became significantly harder to mine Bitcoins. The halving event rolled around on July 9, and means that the reward for mining just dropped by 50 per cent. The cryptocurrency is generated by machines around the world 'mining' for new bitcoins. Rewards of bitcoins are handed out for giving over computing power to process bitcoin transactions. It's a very, very slow way to make money - and it just got a whole lot slower. While there were previously 25 bitcoins (around $16,000) available globally to miners every 10 minutes, the figure is now just 12.5 bitcoins. But what does this mean for the digital currency? as it has become known) - something hardcoded into bitcoin in a bid to control inflation - means that many small scale bitcoin mining farms will close down. The sudden ...
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It’s time for IoT to get strategic

The Internet of Things (IoT) is clearly gaining momentum – a testament to its potential to improve customer experience, drive down costs, and transform business operations. As organisations evolve from successful, one off pilots into broader IoT deployments new thinking is required to ensure IoT truly delivers. How for example, does a food retailer advance the concept of using IoT to reduce refrigeration energy consumption to create a more sophisticated approach that addresses the critical business issues of food safety, quality and wastage? How can the business then leverage IoT economies of scale to drive incremental value? And what opportunities exist to exploit existing machine data alongside new devices to create new, automated business processes? , there are very significan...
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First impressions matter in email marketing

We all know that first impressions are important and it seems that the same is true when it comes to email marketing. According to a survey by email marketing company Campaigner 39 per cent of marketers say that the first email content new subscribers see from their brand is a thank-you-for-subscribing message. And those messages work, with almost half reporting that 21 per cent or more of new subscribers engage with them. .  
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Facebook and Israel clash over censorship issues

Facebook has reaffirmed that the social network is doing its part to remove abusive content found on its site, which is a direct rejection of allegations made by Israel that the company has been uncooperative in removing content that could lead to more violence in Palestine. For the past 10 months, there has been a spate of Palestinian street attacks. Israel believes there is a connection between the recent increase in attacks and posts on Facebook and other social networks. Currently, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party is drafting legislation that would give the government the power to order social networks to remove any posts it finds threatening or dangerous. On Saturday, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan added fuel to the fire by accusing Facebook of 'sabotagi...
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Google amends restrictions on ‘free news’

In an effort to help publishers grow their subscription revenues,has announced that it will relax its rules regarding how many free articles subscription news sites have to provide to its users daily to remain high in its search results. The company's “first click free” policy has been in place for the last decade to help non-subscribers overcome paywalls when clicking on news articles from its search engine.  News sites would have to provide users with three free articles per day or risk falling lower in Google search results. that allows users to pay for subscriptions using the credit card information they have already provided for Google Play purchases.  This will allow users to quickly and easily subscribe to their favourite news outlets without having to provide an...
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Four things that will shape 2017 for developers

Since Steve Ballmer’s famous speech a few years back, the importance of developers has grown and grown. Coding know-how has become one of the most sought-after skills to have and that shows no sign of changing any time soon. In fact, coding is so highly valued nowadays that CEO of GE, Jeffrey Immelt, said that he wants every new hire to learn to code, regardless of their job role. This is no great surprise; in fact it’s maybe more of a surprise that others aren’t following Immelt’s lead. The continued importance of mobile, acceleration of IoT deployments and growing trends such as VR, AI, digital assistants and cognitive applications all rely on harnessing the talent and creativity of the developer workforce. which investigated the reality of the digital skills shortage found tha...
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Google wants to know even more about you to personalise ads

Online ads aren’t going away anytime soon, and that'll keep the likes of Adblock Plus in business for the foreseeable future. But if you choose not to use an ad blocker and are therefore going to be bombarded with ads, they might as well be ads that are relevant to you, right? Google is rolling out a new feature that enables users to choose the topics they are interested in so the ads they see will be more appropriate to them. But as well as improving the ad experience for users, the new scheme means that advertisers are handed even more information about people that can be exploited for financial gain. It also enables Google to use information it gathers about users to tailor ads. - but be sure to read through all of thefirst.
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What you don’t know WILL hurt you

Gone are the days when attackers had to breach your perimeter to get inside your network and steal data. Businesses are expanding to the cloud, SaaS, mobile, and social channel to boost visibility and interact with customers, leading to a dramatic increase in the attack surface available to hackers and giving rise to an entirely new threat landscape outside the firewall. A CEO's social media presence, meant to build trust and visibility with customers, can turn into hundreds of rogue accounts impersonating him. A third-party plugin that makes a website more interactive can pose a significant vulnerability if compromised (remember the Panama Papers breach?).  
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Why fibre should be at the heart of operators’ connectivity strategies

Access to superfast broadband and speedy 4G services – we all have that as standard, right? Well, actually no. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case across the UK. While those in larger metropolitan cities such as London, Liverpool, Birmingham and Manchester might be lucky enough to have consistent, high quality connectivity, it is not an equal playing field for those in rural areas like North Wales, the Midlands and many areas across Scotland.  
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Mirai IoT botnet source code publicly released online

The source code responsible for the huge distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack launched against KrebsOnSecurity last month has been publicly released online, which will likely lead to numerous attacks using the Internet of Things (IoT) botnet.The English-language hacking community Hackforums announced the leak of the source code for the malware which has been dubbed “Mirai.” The malicious code works by spreading to vulnerable devices by continuously scanning the web for IoT systems that are protected by either factory default or hard-coded usernames and passwords.Mirai that seeds these vulnerable devices with malicious software which turns them into bots that report to a central control server. The bots can than be used in conjunction with one another to launch powerful DDoS attacks ...