Cablevision sells out to European conglomerate for $17.7 billion

Altice is not a readily recognizable name, but it’s a company with big ambitions to be a global player in the cable TV market, and today it’s made its splashiest acquisition in the United States by announcing the $17.7 billion takeover of Cablevision. This follows the $9.1 billion purchase of majority control of St. Louis-based Suddenlink Communications in May, which was Altice’s initial entry into the US. Already established with a number of significant brands in western Europe, Altice provides the so-called quad-play package of internet connectivity, fixed and mobile telephony, and pay-TV services. The combined footprint of Cablevision and Suddenlink immediately vaults it to the position of being the fourth largest US cable provider,…

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Author: Vlad Savov

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A new report ties the Russian government to a seven-year malware campaign

A new report from F Secure has found evidence that the Russian government is behind the widespread Duke malware strain, orchestrating a seven-year campaign that has targeted Chechnya, NATO and possibly as far as the State Department and White House. Titled The Dukes: Seven Years of Russian Cyberespionage, the report details the results of research dating back to 2008, connecting the dots between more than a dozen different incidents. The team behind the Duke malware waged their campaign with nine different variants, each tailored to specific systems and situations. The variants have been the subject of a number of security reports over the years, but this is the most definitive evidence yet that the Russian government has been sponsoring…

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Author: Russell Brandom

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Apple adds two-factor authentication to iTunes

At the same time as Apple released iOS 9, its next big update for its mobile operating system, the company has also put out an update for iTunes. Version 12.3 of the software adds support for both iOS 9 and Mac OSX El Capitan, fixes a selection of small bugs, and — most importantly — enables two-factor authentication. The 233 MB update, the first for major update iTunes since late June, is now available to download.

Apple has been steadily adding support for two-factor authentication to its software and services, updating iMessage and FaceTime with the enhanced verification in February, after introducing it to iCloud websites and apps in July last year. Apple originally added two-factor verification to Apple IDs in 2013, but as shown…

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Author: Rich McCormick

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Ford launches smartwatch apps for its electric and plug-in hybrid cars

A number of automakers have shown smartwatch apps in the past year — some have even launched them — and now Ford is joining the party with Apple Watch and Android Wear apps of its own. The update for MyFord Mobile on Android and iOS adds the watch extensions, which feature remote climate control, lock and unlock, mileage, and walking directions for finding your car, among other things.

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Author: Chris Ziegler

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Facebook is expanding its workplace social network to hundreds of companies

Facebook will expands its business-oriented site, Facebook at Work, to hundreds of more companies after a nine-month trial period, the company announced today. Facebook at Work, which started its pilot program in January with up to 100 businesses, may be released as a freemium product by the end of the year, according to Recode.

Facebook at Work looks identical to the standard Facebook, but is used to communicate with coworkers. Facebook’s primary target is popular San Francisco startup Slack, which makes chat software designed to cut down on email. Slack, which boasts more than 1 million daily users, is leading a trendy attack on email that offers employees a better designed and more powerful way to stay in constant touch with one…

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Author: Nick Statt

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