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Havas CEO Thinks Surprise Omnicom-Publicis Merger Might Be Bad For Clients And Staff

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/havas-ceo-thinks-surprise-omnicom-publicis-merger-might-be-bad-for-clients-and-staff-2013-7

David Jones Havas

Earlier today, rivals Publicis Groupe and Omnicom announced a surprise merger that makes the new entity the biggest holding company in the world. Now totaling $23 billion in revenues, the newly minted Publicis Omnicom Groupe surpasses WPP, which used to be number one.

But some ad execs are questioning if the new partnership will actually hurt staff and clients.

Havas CEO David Jones said in a statement, “I’m not sure this is in the best interests of their clients or their talent. Clients today want us to be faster, more agile, more nimble and more entrepreneurial, not bigger and more bureaucratic and more complex.”

And can it be more agile at such a large scale? Particularly “in a world where digital and technology have made scale irrelevant.”

Jones continued, “Our business is very simple – it’s about clients and talented employees – and as I said, I’m not sure this move is good for either of them.”

But Omnicom CEO John Wren said at the press conference today that “anyone who is concerned about any of this should not be.”

 

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Sunday, July 28th, 2013 news No Comments

Intel, IDT to make resonance charging a reality, see reference chipset coming in first half of 2013

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/08/29/idt-to-make-intel-resonance-charging-a-reality/

IDT to make Intel resonance charging a reality, sees reference chipset coming in early 2013

Intel has been talking up wireless charging for years, to the point where we thought its implementation would forever remain a concept for the lab. Not so: Intel is having Integrated Device Technology (IDT) build a real-world chipset to support resonance charging in our gadgets. The lofty goal is to have a ready-made platform for charging up a mobile device or peripheral just by keeping it close to another device with a charger built-in, such as an Ultrabook; there’s none of the unseemly contact plates used with inductive wireless power. Intel’s commitment is still very much early and won’t put a full, two-way resonance chipset into the hands of hardware makers until sometime during the first half of 2013, let alone into a shipping product. We’ll take it all the same, as it just might be the first step toward embracing wireless power on a truly large scale.

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Wednesday, August 29th, 2012 news No Comments

Android Account Info Leakage Epidemic

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5802617/androids-account-info-leakage-epidemic

Android's Personal Data Leakage ProblemI own an Android. You own an Android. Heaps of people own Androids. But apparently 99 per cent of them can be easily attacked, every time we log into a website on an unsecured network.

This is according to researchers at the University of Ulm, in Germany, who found that any phones running a version of Android prior to 2.3.3 are vulnerable to an attack thanks to a weak ClientLogin authentication protocol. Any time an Android user signs into a service such as Twitter, Facebook or a new Google account, the authToken information is stored for 14 days, and accessible if you know how to go about it, claim the researchers:

“To collect such authTokens on a large scale an adversary could setup a wifi access point with a common SSID (evil twin) of an unencrypted wireless network, e.g., T-Mobile, attwifi, starbucks…With default settings, Android phones automatically connect to a previously known network and many apps will attempt syncing immediately. While syncing would fail (unless the adversary forwards the requests), the adversary would capture authTokens for each service that attempted syncing.”

The team feigned an attack, and found it was “quite easy to do so.” Gulp. The reason 99 per cent of the Android handsets in existence are said to be vulnerable to such an attack? It’s because any phone not running Android 2.3.4, which Google released a few weeks ago, hasn’t had the security hole patched yet.

While a fix from Google would solve this problem, Android users are recommended to only use ClientLogin on https sites for now. [Uni-Ulm via The Register]

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