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Hackers steal records on 4.5 million patients from healthcare system

Included in the article is a link to the Health and Human Services (www.hhs.gov) which offers a “[…] list of breaches of unsecured protected health information affecting 500 or more individuals.”

A healthcare system spanning 29 states announced on Monday that cybercriminals operating from China stole information on approximately 4.5 million patients, including names, birth dates, and Social Security numbers.

via Hackers steal records on 4.5 million patients from healthcare system | Ars Technica.

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Steve Ballmer steps down as board member at Microsoft

Microsoft has posted Steve Ballmer’s resignation on their Website with Satya Nadella’s response.

I had not spent any time really contemplating my post-Microsoft life until my last day with the company. In the six months since leaving, I have become very busy.

via Steve Ballmer steps down as board member at Microsoft

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President Obama: No Internet Fast Lanes

Although Google and Facebook were mentioned on this article, we believe that an open internet is important for any and all people, business owners, and for mankind.

The Federal Communications Commission, which could soon allow phone and cable companies to block or interfere with Internet content, has been deluged with more than a million comments. Last week, President Obama offered some thoughts of his own by saying that the Internet should be left open “so that the next Google or the next Facebook can succeed.”

via President Obama: No Internet Fast Lanes – NYTimes.com.

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The First Pop-Up Ad

The First Pop-Up Ad - The Atlantic

An interesting article.  What other technology or piece of code can be considered a nuisance?

Zuckerman, who leads the Center for Civic Media at MIT, says he didn’t realize what he was bringing into the world when he wrote the code for the first pop-up ad more than 20 years ago.

via The First Pop-Up Ad – The Atlantic.

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Twitter says as many as 23 million accounts connect with automated services

We post to Twitter using automated methods as well as manually.  How does your organization interact with the micro-blogging platform?

In a new filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, the social networking service revealed that in the three months ended June 30, around 8.5 percent of its active accounts used third-party apps that automatically connect to Twitter for them, updating their streams without any effort. It’s unclear whether these services are used to automatically post to Twitter, or merely to read information from the network. Either way, this means among the 271 million active Twitter accounts in total, around 23 million aren’t putting much effort in.

via Twitter says as many as 23 million accounts connect with automated services – CNET.

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2.34 million people are still paying AOL 20 bucks a month

How many consumers that purchase AOL’s monthly dial-up service do not have access to broadband either because of location or budget?

…AOL’s solid Q2 numbers aren’t really based on its high-profile media properties like The Huffington Post, but rather the dial-up business…

via 2.34 million people are still paying AOL 20 bucks a month | The Verge