Big Blue is betting big on identity intelligence. IBM just acquired a private firm with security software to govern user access to apps and data across cloud and on-premise environments. The world's largest online retailer, Amazon.com, is facing off in India against a new name in e-commerce that was founded by former Amazon employees. Amazon will invest $2B to expand. The little blue bird is flying high. Stronger-than-expected financial results pushed Twitter's stock sharply higher after the service said its revenue more than doubled in the second quarter. Think you're in control? Think again. Facebook and OKCupid admitted they manipulated user experiences. But they're not the only ones studying unsuspecting customers. Retailers do much the same. Under fire from investors over how much it pays its top brass, technology giant Oracle appears to have slashed by more than half the annual stock options it awards CEO Larry Ellison and other execs.
USB Security Flaw Lets Hackers Hijack PCs Hackers can use the firmware that controls USB functions to take control of computers, say security experts. That means there may be a new class of attack for which there are no defenses.
Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
AMD's ARM-Based Opteron Out in $3K Dev Kit It's dubbed "Seattle" and it's AMD's first 64-bit ARM-based Opteron processor. The low-power chip is being released as part of AMD’s Opteron A1100-series developer kit, and aimed at high-end data center needs.
Virgin Mobile Offers Custom Smartphone Plans As the wireless carrier wars continue heating up, Virgin Mobile just threw the customization coal onto the fire. The firm has debuted a no-annual-contract plan with rates based on individual use.