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The Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump presidential debate set a YouTube record


Last night was the big debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Many people expected it to be very exciting. Unfortunately, it wasn't. Both candidates played it safe, and overall, it was sort of a snooze-fest. Still, I stayed with it for the entire 90+ minutes, just in case something did happen at the last minute.

Apparently, I was not the only one watching the debate and staying tuned-in. On YouTube in particular, the election event was wildly popular, where it set a new viewing record. While not the most-watched live stream overall, it was the most-watched political live stream in the site's history.

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Why Salesforce wants to buy Twitter


Salesforce is reportedly considering purchasing Twitter in a move that would give the software company access to the huge amount of data generated by the social network and could help fuel its push to develop artificial intelligence.

Marc Benioff, the CEO of, has grown his 17-year-old company to compete against Microsoft, Oracle and other big players in the field. Lately, the company has acquired a number of startups working in e-commerce and artificial intelligence. Talks between Twitter and Salesforce are said to be at an early stage but an acquisition could end up helping both companies.

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Microsoft teams up with Adobe in the cloud

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At the Microsoft Ignite event, the Redmond, Wash.-based software giant announced a new cloud partnership with none other than Adobe.  This one works both ways. On one side, Microsoft "will make Adobe Marketing Cloud its preferred marketing service for Dynamics 365 Enterprise edition", and, on the other side, Adobe will "make Microsoft Azure its preferred cloud platform for the Adobe Marketing Cloud, Adobe Creative Cloud and Adobe Document Cloud".

Interestingly enough, Adobe has so far used Amazon Web Services, but it was left unclear if this means Amazon is getting the boot or not.

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How to send secret messages in Facebook

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There are lots of different messaging apps available, including WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Google’s latest offering, Allo. Which you use will likely depend on what apps your friends prefer, but privacy might also be a big factor. Google Allo, for example, is a bit of a privacy nightmare, unless you use the Incognito mode.

You probably don’t want Facebook snooping on your private conversations, so may have steered clear of Messenger previously, but the good news is the social network now lets you send private messages to friends which can only be read on the device of the person you're communicating with -- and not by Facebook itself.

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The security risks of migrating legacy applications to the cloud [Q&A]

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Enterprise use of the public cloud is taking off in a big way and it's estimated that by 2018, half of the applications running in public cloud environments will be considered mission-critical by the organizations that use them.

But migrating legacy applications to the cloud can lead to new security risks as how the application is used and hosted could differ from the original deployment.

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Yahoo is still vulnerable

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The first thing you should do after getting your home or apartment robbed is, obviously, change the lock. Yahoo doesn’t seem to think so, as the same practices that were in place when it got breached are still being used according to a new report by Venafi.

What’s more, its practices have for years been known as unsecure. Venafi puts it simply: if you’re a Yahoo user, you should be worried about this. Here’s what it did (or, didn’t do): most importantly, 27 percent of certificates on external Yahoo sites haven’t been changed since January 2015.

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New cloud services aim to increase adoption of Skype for Business

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Cloud-based unified communications are an attractive option for businesses, but a lack of effective management and monitoring tools is holding back many from deploying the technology.

Managed cloud services company Unify Square is addressing this with the launch of an extended lineup of Skype for Business (SfB) cloud and hybrid services to help enterprises transition from on premise, to hybrid or full cloud deployments.

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Xiaomi unveils Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus flagships

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Xiaomi has beefed up its flagship Android line, announcing an updated Mi 5 and introducing a Plus version at a launch event today in China. Its new smartphones should allow it to better compete against Apple's new iPhone 7 and Samsung's popular Galaxy S7.

The Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus pack the latest and greatest mobile processor from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 821, new cameras, different fingerprint sensor, bigger battery, and more. Prices start at $299, for the Mi 5s, and go up to $389, for the Mi 5s Plus, making them very competitive against their main rivals.

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If you rip your music from YouTube, we've got some bad news for you

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In the eighties and nineties, MTV was the place to go to watch music videos. That’s all changed now of course. If you want to watch a music video, YouTube is the number one destination.

If you like a song, it’s really easy to rip the music from the video, using one of the many free online services. Just paste in the URL and hey presto it comes out as an MP3. Some sites even let you specify the audio quality, and add tags. However, the music labels understandably aren’t keen on this "stream ripping", and plan to put a stop to it.

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CipherLoc aims to fix 'broken' encryption


Companies are turning to encryption in order to protect their sensitive data, but many of the systems used can be cumbersome and don't necessarily offer total protection.

CipherLoc Corporation is launching a suite of data security solutions that eliminate the flaws and inadequacies in today’s encryption algorithms, adding an extra layer of protection to existing products, services, and applications.

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Updated DRM platform helps protect sensitive enterprise data

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Leakage of data, whether due to the action of hackers or simple error by insiders is a major problem for enterprises.

File security specialist FinalCode is launching a new version of its DRM platform to help businesses secure data both inside and outside the organization.

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Google unveils YouTube Go -- a social video Android app optimized for slow data


YouTube is a very popular destination for millennials -- and older folks -- to consume media. Entertainers like Gabbie Hanna (The Gabbie Show), Ian Carter (iDubbbzTV) and Justine Ezarik (iJustine) are the real stars for some of these young folks -- not dinosaurs like Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, and Courteney Cox. This is a huge shift for the entertainment industry.

Unfortunately, while YouTube popularity grows around the world, many countries still suffer with slow data connections. Apparently, in India, many citizens still use 2G, which creates a poor video streaming experience. Google is looking to change this, and today, it announces 'YouTube Go'. This new app not only optimizes the viewing for slow data, but adds easy offline viewing, and social aspects too.

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Block unwanted hotkeys with Simple Disable Key


Well-chosen hotkeys make a program much easier to use, but there can be problems: you might keep hitting one by mistake, or maybe it gives users quick access to a feature you’d rather restrict.

Simple Disable Key is a free Windows tool which can disable individual hotkeys globally, by program or using a custom schedule.

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Millennials want to share personal data -- but not for free

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Sharing for the sake of it won't suffice among millennials, a new study has shown. But if there are certain benefits to be had, well, that is now a completely different story. Business intelligence company SAS, together with research agency Future Foundation, came to these conclusions after extensive research.

It says millennials, which it also calls "Data Generation" (16 - 34 year-olds), expect a "hyper-personalized service from brands". They are willing to use their personal information as bargaining chips to get a better experience from businesses.

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Navigate the galaxy with Gaia Sky


Gaia Sky is what the developer calls a "real-time, 3D, astronomy visualization" package, which normally means you get to fly around like you’re in Star Trek, but with real-world deep-space images to make it more "educational".

The project is based around the European Space Agency’s Gaia mission to chart around one billion stars of our galaxy.

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