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Bon appetit: Restaurants can document who you're dining with

Restaurant chains tout them as a customer convenience that you can use to order your food, pay your tab, and even buy games to keep your kids occupied at the table. But there's one more thing those tablets can be used for that you should be mindful of--they can collect data on your visit from pictures or videos of who you sat down at the table with to what you ate and drank to who paid the bill.

Announcing my new book Data Divination: Big Data Strategies

Data Divination: Big Data Strategies was written to focus entirely on strategy from how to accurately calculate ROI, present a winning business case and empower your workforce from the CEO down, to developing overall and project-specific strategies that actually work.

Google finally addresses battery-eating bug in Chrome

Google has finally responded to a bug in Chrome for Windows that has been quietly zapping up the battery life of some laptops for years.

How serious is the newly reported Active Directory design loophole?

A design flaw in Active Directory that could potentially be used to compromise enterprise systems has been uncovered, says cybersecurity firm Aorato.

Just one year left for an estimated 15M Windows Server 2003 deployments

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 will cease to be supported by Microsoft as of July 14, 2014--less than a year from today.    

GCHQ leak reveals digital hacking tools spies can access

A document--which appears to list a large number of cyber tools developed by the GCHQ--offers a glimpse of the digital arsenal that spies have at their disposal.

Oracle releases 113 security patches across 14 products

Oracle has released a major Critical Patch Update this week, consisting of over a total of 113 security patches spread over 14 different products.

Should AI development and machine learning be capped by law?

"One can imagine such technology outsmarting financial markets, out-inventing human researchers, out-manipulating human leaders, and developing weapons we cannot even understand. Whereas the short-term impact of AI depends on who controls it, the long-term impact depends on whether it can be controlled at all," wrote Stephen Hawking, Stuart Russell, Max Tegmark  and Frank Wilczek in a post in The Independent. 

State of data security: Report finds finance, manufacturing, education more prone to phishing attacks

The newly released ForeScout State of IT Cyber Defense Report, based on independent research conducted by IDG Connect surveying 1600 IT information security decision-makers, reveals the nature and extent of the security threats and defense maturity in the finance, manufacturing, healthcare, education and retail sectors in the U.S., U.K., Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

Denmark analyzes medical histories of entire population

In a massive big data project, researchers analyzed the medical histories of the entire population--over 5.5 million people--in Denmark to find links in medical conditions and to predict disease outbreaks before they happen.