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Spam turns 20 and is still going strong

We recently passed an Internet milestone: April 12 marked the 20-year anniversary of commercialized spam. But even with two decades and trillions of unsolicited messages behind us, it seems there is still no end in sight.

There were certainly unsolicited messages sent before April 11, 1994, but that’s the day two lawyers pitched a green card lottery to the vast Usenet News audience. It’s been mostly downhill since.

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Twitter app downloads could put users at risk

Twitter announced that it is putting its MoPub acquisition to use by enabling Twitter marketers to promote and distribute mobile apps. There is a potential opportunity there, though, for attackers to exploit the system if users become conditioned to download apps from their Twitter feed without thinking.

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Microsoft takes fight to Google’s home turf with Office Online Apps

Microsoft has adopted a new strategy for its Office productivity tools. Rather than holding Office hostage on Windows devices in an effort to attract customers, it will try and make the suite the default productivity choice no matter what platform or device people are using—including Chrome OS and Chromebooks.

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Converged Infrastructure: 3 Considerations

If you’re looking at a converged platform as a way to increase data center efficiency, here are three factors to keep in mind.
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Networking Vendors Issue Heartbleed Fixes

Cisco and Juniper report progress in addressing far-reaching OpenSSL vulnerability that hit switches, VPNs and other products.
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SDN Strategies Part 2: Cisco, Arista, HP

In the second part of this series examining vendors’ SDN products, I look at Cisco ACI, Arista’s programmable approach, and HP’s commitment to OpenFlow.
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Is RAID Fading Into The Sunset?

With the arrival of faster networks and SSDs, RAID can no longer keep up. Data protection alternatives such as replication and erasure codes are gaining traction.
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Reverse Heartbleed puts your PC and devices at risk of OpenSSL attack

The Internet has been abuzz for the last week or so in response to the Heartbleed vulnerability in OpenSSL. While almost all of the attention has centered on patching Web servers and advising users to change their passwords, security researchers have discovered that individual client PCs and devices are also at risk thanks to “Reverse Heartbleed.”

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SDN Strategies Part 1: Vendors Vie For Market, Mindshare

It’s a land grab in the software-defined networking market, with heavyweights and startups rolling out an array of technologies for automating the network.
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NHR End Of Life Alert, April 2014

Don’t let network hardware maintenance issues take you by surprise. Find out which Cisco routing and switching products are retiring this month.
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