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McAfee: Cybercrime-As-A-Service Led To Credit Card Breach, While Mobile “Malware Zoo” Grew 197% In Q4

It looks like the rise of the “as a service” model, where people can buy software, platform access, security and more from a cloud-based provider for a fixed term, may have spawned its Damien: cybercrime as a service. The latest report from McAfee notes that the rush of point-of-sale credit card …

YouTube is the world’s biggest music streaming service, says Spotify

Spotify helpfully reminded us Thursday that YouTube (S GOOG) is still far more popular than Spotify’s own music subscription service. How so, you may …

Amazon is reportedly working on a music-streaming service

Amazon does much more than dominate the online-shopping space. With its Prime instant video service, complete with original series and exclusives, the company has taken on Netflix -- and it looks like challenging Spotify and other music services is Amazon's next step. According to sources who spoke …

We Spend More Time On Smartphones Than Traditional PCs: Nielsen

Parents of teens probably aren't surprised to hear this, but people worldwide now spend more time on their smartphones than on traditional PCs, …

Verizon CEO says he expects Netflix will pay for better streaming

Has Netflix–Comcast deal set a precedent that it will have to pay for carriage on all broadband pipes?<p>It was revealed over the weekend that Netflix and Comcast had struck a historic deal: for the first time the streaming-video service would pay the cable giant in order to ensure that the huge …

Sources: Netflix and Comcast have reached a peering agreement

Consumers’ troubles with online video may be subsiding — at least for Comcast customers. Comcast and Netflix appear to have resolved their …

Here’s the strategy the mobile industry will announce in Barcelona next week

Over the past few years, mobile operators have been reduced to dumb pipes ferrying data back and forth between customers and online behemoths such as Google and Facebook, which then reap the rewards of rich data from their users’ online activities. Now the mobile industry has had enough of standing …

Everything you need to know about Host Card Emulation

This week Visa and MasterCard announced new specifications for NFC mobile payments using host card emulation (HCE) . Until now mobile payment systems needed a special piece of hardware, normally in the SIM card, known as the secure element. It is used by the mobile payment system to perform certain …

Prompted by the upcoming merger or Google, Time Warner upgrades its Austin broadband

Time Warner Cable is upgrading the Austin area with broadband speeds of up to 300 Mbps — a big boost when existing speeds top out at 50 Mbps. The big …

America’s fastest mobile networks are left in the dust by Brazil, Russia, and Mexico

Mobile broadband speeds in the United States can’t keep pace with networks in other countries. In a study of 16 countries, the average US download speed in 2013, at 6.5 Mbps (Megabits per second), was faster only than the Philippines, and then just barely. Despite broad coverage and plenty of …

The next big step for cellular networks isn’t 5G. It’s the cloud

At Mobile World Congress next week we’re going to hear a lot about 5G, that amorphous term for the next generation of cellular network technologies. …

Report: LTE speeds drop in US over the last year

The download speeds of 4G LTE networks dropped in the US over the last year, according to measurements from network monitoring app OpenSignal.<p>In the February 2014 report, the United States ranked 15th of 16 countries for download speeds, losing ground as the average data rate dropped to 6.5Mbps …