Friday, March 27, 2015

Around The Net

  • Slack, an App Designed to Make Email Obsolete, Has Been Hacked CNN Money

    Slack, a startup that goes after email with a chat-based product, has been hacked. The compromised database includes customer usernames, email addresses, phone numbers and Skype IDs. Passwords were also stored on the database, but they were encrypted, so the company says that they will be difficult to access. ...Read the whole story

  • Salesforce Chief Marc Benioff Asks Business Leaders to Boycott IndianaABC News

    Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.com, the company that acquired the Indiana-based email marketing firm ExactTarget in 2013, is calling on other tech leaders to avoid doing business in Indiana. The boycott comes in response to Indiana Governor Mike Pence who signed a "religious freedom" bill this week, allowing businesses to refuse service to gays and lesbians for religious reasons. "We firmly believe in the separation of church and state as provisioned in the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. The [Religious Freedom Restoration Act] clearly blurs that line and opens the door to blatant discrimination," Benioff wrote ... ...Read the whole story

  • John Kerry Calls For Inquiry in How State Department Manages EmailReuters

    Secretary of State John Kerry wants his organization to investigate its procedures for managing employee emails. State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said that this request is not specifically targeting Hillary Clinton. It comes after Clinton has faced scrutiny for using a private email account and email server while she served for the department. ...Read the whole story

  • Data Breaches Cost Big Companies Less Than You'd ThinkFortune

    While massive data breaches are a headache for big brands, they are not as costly as they might seem. Benjamin Dean, a fellow at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. Dean, who also has a background in accounting, looked at large companies that had suffered data breaches including Sony, Home Depot and Target. When comparing the money they spent in lawsuits and fines against their earnings, Dean found that these breaches cost these companies very little. ...Read the whole story

  • AnyMeeting Makes Scheduling Phone Calls Via Email Much EasierSlash Gear

    AnyMeeting is a new tool designed to make scheduling a conference call via email less messy. The tool lets users create a conference call by adding talk@anymeeting.com to an outgoing email. The tool will schedule meetings based on the participant's availability, send out an invite with dial in details and will also send a reminder 15 minutes before the call is scheduled. ...Read the whole story