ByLeopold Epstein:Now that Apple's (AAPL) growth trend has been broken, the world is no longer in denial about how the smartphone market is competitive. There are many companies that will increase competition based on price and new features.
Lots of companies want to let their employees use personal devices for work purposes but aren't yet doing so. There are a ton of security and privacy concerns with such a move, especially if an employee loses their device. VMware and Verizon's enterprise group say they've got a solution for this nightmare scenario.
The electorate has spoken, and there will be four more years of a Barack Obama presidency. The Democrats have retained control of the Senate, and the Republicans have a comfortable margin in the House of Representatives. Since neither party has been given a mandate to govern, it means that either gridlock will continue or bipartisanship will return to Washington.
Recently, Facebook got into hot water with investors when it was revealed that as many of its 1.18 billion active users 14.1 million (and likely orders of magnitude more) were fraudulent. Things are even worse at Twitter, where Italian security researchers Andrea Stroppa and Carlo De Micheli found that of the social network's 232 million monthly active users about 20 million are fake and for sale, while Jason Ding of Barracuda Labs said 10% of more of all Twitter accounts are fake.
A free service launched on Wednesday called PrivateSky lets Internet users shield email, Facebook updates, and other online exchanges from hackers or other unwanted snoops.The service from startup CertiVox comes as hackers appear to be rampaging through the Internet, cracking defenses at companies, attacking public websites, and tricking their way into email accounts to spy on contents.PrivateSky works with Internet Explorer (IE) browsers to provide encryption for whatever people type into message boxes and decodes it only for those they chose.