Rob Ale

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Report: 97% Of Mobile Malware Is On Android. This Is The Easy Way You Stay Safe

In 2013 Android grew to a very large number: 87%. This was its share of the global smartphone market. It also grew to an even larger one: 97%. This was Android’s share of global mobile malware.<p>Unless you’ve had your head under a rock you’ll have noticed the latter is fast becoming the weapon of …

China wants the US to stop spying on its companies

China has demanded that the United States put an end to its spying practices, following reports that the NSA built backdoors into Chinese telecom giant Huawei's communications equipment and has been spying on the company for years, reports Reuters. A spokesperson for China's foreign ministry …

Microsoft renames ‘Windows Azure’ as ‘Microsoft Azure’

In his first public remarks as Microsoft’s new CEO, Satya Nadella promised Microsoft is readying itself for a cross-platform future. In addition to actually supporting an open ecosystem of devices and service, that also entails rebranding services so they <i>seem</i> open, too.<p>Microsoft intends to rebrand …

Microsoft to take the Windows out of Windows Azure

Given Microsoft’s new CEO Satya Nadella and his mobile-device-and-cloud message, you had to figure a rebranding of Windows Azure to Microsoft Azure …

Hackers give a boost to credit monitoring firms

Increasing activity by data hackers has produced millions of victims and one clear winner: the credit monitoring business.<p>Services with names such as BillGuard and Identity Guard report a surge in sign-ups from people anxious to be protected. Nervous consumers worry that the parade of data breaches …

Identity Theft

As KiOR crashes, it’s another cautionary tale for energy innovation

On a foggy spring morning in 2010, at a lodge at the base of the north side of the Golden Gate Bridge, a group of investors, entrepreneurs and …

China’s Xiaomi is taking on India’s Micromax on its home turf

Xiaomi, the much-hyped Chinese smartphone maker, certainly knows how to do things in style. Last night, it confirmed that it is entering the Indian market, the world’s largest after its home in China, and the head of Google India, Rajan Anandan, and the vice president of Xiaomi, Hugo Barra, …

Mobile Technology

Chinese store sells complete stock of Nokia X handsets in just 4 mins

JD.com, one of China’s largest online stores, has sold its complete stock of Nokia X handsets in just 4 minutes. In the run up to the device’s official release it was reported that JD.com had pre-orders for over 1 million devices. The new phone went on sale at 10:00 AM on March 24 (Beijing time) …

NSA would gain access to cellphone records under Obama plan

WASHINGTON -- The National Security Agency would lose its authority to collect and hold years' worth of telephone calling records but gain access to cellphone information it currently lacks under an Obama administration proposal aimed at quieting controversy over the spy agency’s data archive.<p>The …

PayPal’s secret weapon: A Silicon Valley success story you’ve never heard of

Stan Chudnovsky might have a classic Silicon Valley story, but he’s anything but a typical tech exec.<p>Chudnovsky landed at San Francisco International from his home in Moscow in 1994 with $20 in his pocket.<p>Twenty years later, the affable and intensely intelligent Russian emigre finds himself …

How Mobile Games Can Make A Difference (and Still Be Profitable)

<i>Oliver Miao is the CEO of Pixelberry Studios.</i><p>Mobile game developers are always looking for ways to build strong relationships with their user bases, and rallying players around important social issues is a great way of doing so.<p>This strategy has already seen great success in the PC and console …

Why Samsung Ditched Google In Its New Smart Watch

But Samsung made an unexpected move in the new version by abandoning Android as the watch's operating system. Instead, the new Gears run Tizen, another open source operating system that Samsung, Intel, and others are working on.<p>Some see the move to Tizen as a signal that Samsung wants to distance …

Why it’s time to stop worshipping coders

Software developers are the superheroes of the startup world, and Silicon Valley can’t seem to get enough of them. With the number of coding jobs in America exploding twice as fast as standard job growth, it’s no surprise that everyone wants to learn to code. It’s a “hot” profession, one that comes …

The WhatsApp Effect

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i>Semil Shah works on product for Swell, is a</i> TechCrunch <i>columnist, and an investor. He blogs at Haywire, and you can follow him on Twitter at @semil</i><p>It’s no secret that many entrepreneurs and investors are seduced by the specter of network effects. Walk around any young company …