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U.S. urges removing Superfish program from Lenovo laptops

U.S. urges removing Superfish program from Lenovo laptops | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
The U.S. government on Friday advised Lenovo Group Ltd customers to remove a "Superfish," a program pre-installed on some Lenovo laptops, saying it makes users vulnerable to cyberattacks.

The Department of Homeland Security said in an alert that the program makes users vulnerable to a type of cyberattack known as SSL spoofing, in which remote attackers can read encrypted web traffic, redirect traffic from official websites to spoofs, and perform other attacks.

"Systems that came with the software already installed will continue to be vulnerable until corrective actions have been taken," the agency said.

Adi Pinhas, chief executive of Palo Alto, California-based Superfish, said in a statement that his company's software helps users achieve more relevant search results based on images of products viewed. He said the vulnerability was "inadvertently" introduced by Israel-based Komodia, which built the application described in the government notice.

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of US government, Chinese laptops, and Israeli software "inadvertently" introduced vulnerabilities...

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Google Sells Motorola To Lenovo For $2.9 Billion

Google Sells Motorola To Lenovo For $2.9 Billion | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Google has signed an agreement to sell Motorola to Lenovo for $2.91 billion, the company announced after markets closed on Wednesday. Google will keep the "vast majority" of around 10,000 patents it acquired when it bought Motorola in 2012 for $12.5 billion.
Philippe J DEWOST's insight:
So roughly Google acquired 10.000 patents at $1 million each on average ? [Update: patent average price looks closer to 1/10th of my initial guesstimate as it seems that Google acquired closer to 17.000 patents for 1.6Bn$ net as evidenced by http://bgr.com/2014/01/30/google-motorola-lenovo-sale-patents-earnings/]
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