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TITLE: Putter Panda is Coming For Your Data * 1025CO-ANCHOR: Joe Panettieri

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This is Tech News Today for Tuesday, June 10, 2014!

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A new hacker group with ties to China’s army has been implicated in stealing American, European and Japanese secrets. According to the security company CrowdStrike, the Shanghai-based unit has specialized in hacking satellite, aerospace, and communication companies. The group is codenamed "Putter Panda." http://cdn0.vox-cdn.com/assets/4589853/crowdstrike-intelligence-report-putter-panda.original.pdfhttp://www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/10/us-cybersecurity-china-idUSKBN0EL0N420140610

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Joseph Menn is a reporter for Reuters
Q: Why is the group called "Putter Panda"?
Q: Your report said the hacking group went after military contractors. Is that how these hacking groups operate? They specialize in industries?
Q" You wrote the group used applications like Adobe Reader and Microsoft Office to deploy custom malware. How did those attacks work?
Q: CrowdStrike's report was previously sent to its clients and US intelligence agencies. When did that happen?
Q: Are some of these hackers actually soldiers in the Chinese Army?
Q: You tried to contact some of the hackers. Any response?
Q: What was the official Chinese government response to CrowdStrike's allegations?
Q: How credible do you believe the CrowdStrike report is?
Joseph Menn
Reporter, Reuters @josephmenn

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A: hackers used emails w/ job postings, conference invitations, yoga studio brochure to distribute custom malware
A: been around since 2007
A: Putter Panda also known as Unit 61486, the 12th Bureau of the PLA's 3rd General Staff Department
A: Different unit from one linked with cyber espionage by Mandiant - that was 61398.
A: NYT: “China’s decade-long economic espionage campaign is massive and unrelenting
A: CrowdStrike's Adam Meyers lead guy on project?

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Joseph Menn * reuters.com * @josephmenn

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Well Mike, Jason -- it looks like Salesforce.com is the latest company trying to make a fashion statement in the wearable market. The cloud CRM company has launched Salesforce Wear -- a developer pack to help write enterprise applications for the weable market, notes ZDNet.http://www.zdnet.com/salesforce-com-wear-launched-for-wearable-app-developers-7000030358/

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A: Are there some example apps developers can see? Yes, a reporting app for Pebble Smartwatch; a service app for Google Glass; a notification app for Android Wear; an armband app and an identification validation app.https://developer.salesforce.com/wear?language=en

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A: But don't forget we're early in the wearable game.

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A. Google just announced designer glasses.

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A. InformationWeek points to the wearable market growing to 180 million devices in 2018 from 50 million now.

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A. But it's tough to say what form, if any, those devices will take.

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A. Sales so far: Q1 2014 smartwatch sales were 700,000 units. Samsung sold about 500,000 of those units, according to Strategy Analytics.http://gadgets.ndtv.com/wearables/news/samsung-holds-71-percent-global-smartwatch-share-in-q1-2014-report-527370

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A. So let's assume I'm just getting started. Where do I go? A good choice is Wearables TechCon conference. MArch 2015, Santa Clara

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A. And as for Salesforce, you can get started with the Wearable development at GitHubhttps://github.com/developerforce/WearablePack-Pebble/blob/master/samples/SF1PebbleDashboard/README.md

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eBay plans to shut down its eBay Now local delivery service, according to an exclusive by Harrison Weber at VentureBeat. http://youtu.be/tWhxPUrljYQhttp://venturebeat.com/2014/06/10/ebays-local-delivery-plans-unravel-ebay-now-may-shut-down/

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Harrison Weber is here to tell us more.
Q: Can you give us a little background on the eBay Now service?
Q: You talked to a former eBay Valet. What did he or she tell you?
Q: You also talked with an eBay spokesperson. What did they tell you about shutting the service down?
Harrison Weber
News Editor, VentureBeat @HarrisonWeber

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A: eBay Now comes from $75 million acquisition of Milo
A: Competed with WunWun and Postmates
A: Recently competed with Google and Uber
A: eBay fired "valets" in April; went with third party couriers thanks for prior acquisition of Shutl
A: eBay’s director of local commerce and East Coast operations head departed
A: eBay ended relationship with early retail partners, including Best Buy
A: current markets: San Francisco, San Jose, New York, Chicago, and Dallas
A: eBay had agressive plans to operate in 25 cities, plus internationally, by the end of this year
A: An e
same-day delivery,” including “Bloomingdales, Walgreens, Macy’s, Home Depot, Target, and others.”

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Harrison Weber * VentureBeat.com * @HarrisonWeber

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Shifting gears a bit to an old giant, there's a new debate about who caused IBM's current revenue and business woes. Quarterly revenue at IBM has fallen eight quarters in a row. Some experts blame IBM's struggle to shift from big hardware sales and enterprise software licenses to cloud computing. Others blame the CEO transition from Sam Palmisano to Ginni Rometti in January 2012. But here's a new spin on the problems: Perhaps Lou Gerstner, the CEO who saved IBM in the 1990s, bears some of the blame for the company's latest setbacks.http://gigaom.com/2014/06/09/lou-gerstner-shares-some-blame-for-ibms-current-mess-according-to-new-book/

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A: A new eBook from blogger Robert X. Cringely -- called The Decline and Fall of IBM -- mentions how Gerstner pay packages and business strategies worked in the 1990s but those legacy moves may be causing some damage now.http://www.amazon.com/The-Decline-Fall-IBM-American-ebook/dp/B00KRHWZ22/ref=as_sl_pc_qf_sp_asin_til?tag=icr0c-20&linkCode=w00&linkId=PA3E4MOYANIRWBCR&creativeASIN=B00KRHWZ22

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A: Cringely notes that Gerstner and then Palmisano got super rich running IBM, according to GigaOm.

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A. A Palmisano mandate for IBM to hit earnings per share of $20 by the end of 2015 was designed for shareholders and may have hurt R&D innovation, and has certainly led to layoffs this year.http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/mar/02/ibm-fires-small-town-workers-for-wall-street-numbers

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A. The Cloud: IBM SmartCloud was a dud, and lost government contracts to Amazon Web Services. IBM's buyout of SoftLayer last year seeks to fix that.

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A. And while IBM was never really a consumer giant, the company at least had consumer brand equity a decade ago. Now, the millinnial workforce likely doesn't see IBM technology in their day to day jobs.

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Honeywell introduced today a competitor to Google's Nest Thermostat. It's called the Honeywell Lyric and it costs $279. Like the Nest thermostat, you adjust the Lyric with either a round dial or a smartphone app. The thermostat connects via your home WiFi network. Unlike the Nest, the Lyric uses your phone's location to figure out when to change the temperature. When you leave, it goes into energy-saving mode. http://blogs.wsj.com/personal-technology/2014/06/10/honeywell-lyric-smart-thermostat-knows-when-youre-coming-home/

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A: you just install multiple thermostats, and tie them all together in the same iPhone app.
A: iOS or Android
A: “Fine Tune” feature looks up local outdoor temperature, humidity and weather, tweaks accordingly.
A: Thermostat itself shows weather
A: Available now through contractors; in August at retail stores.

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RadioShack is trying to remain relavant -- and trying to remain in business -- after reporting a Q1 loss of nearly $100 million earlier today.The retailer's big bet for a turnaround involves Fix It Here -- a program to fix phones and tablets that have cracked screens, broken buttons, water damage and more. But could we also see a return to the days when Radio Shack made its own devices -- the type of devices that people actually want?http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/06/10/radioshack-earnings-report/10244537/

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A. Remeber when Radio Shack had its own brands -- the TRS-80 ("trash-80"), Tandy and more? Now for the most part they're merely "reselling" and fixing commodity products.http://oldcomputers.net/trs80i.html

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A. The first time I ever got "online" -- it was with a TRS-80 around 1984 or so.

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A. But while modern retailers like Amazon launched their own products -- Kindle Fire, FireTV and more -- RadioShack is still that tired reseller of other goods.

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A. RadioShack appears to be prepping its own private label brands in partnership with Quirky (smart toys) and PCH (new hardware innovations). Powered by PCH will reach 2,000 current Radio Shack stores in next few months.https://www.quirky.com/radioshack

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A. The company still has about 4,300 US stores, 275 in Mexico and 950 dealer outlets worldwide.

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A. But for how long?

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A new mobile app called DinnerTime won't let your kids use their phones until they're done with dinner. The app temporarily bricks kids' phones at dinner time, then brings them back to life afterwards. The app also has a Bed Time mode, which locks devices all night. Both parent and child need to run the app, and the apps are synced. The parent app can be either iOS or Android, but the child version supports only Android. DinnerTime is free, but for $1.99 you get more detailed usage reporting and the ability to link to up to 5 kids' phones. http://youtu.be/QpJXND3AZr8http://thenextweb.com/apps/2014/06/09/dinnertime-app-forces-kids-phones-asks-eat-rest-family/

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Reuters reporter Joseph Menn is here to talk about a newly unmasked Chinese Army hacking unit.

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And VentureBeat's Harrison Weber joins us to share his exclusive on eBay's delivery business.

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Plus: SalesForce.com goes big on tiny wearables...

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IBM's former CEO gets thrown under the bus...

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There's a hot new thermostat that tracks your location...

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And a new app won't let your kids use their smartphone until they've eaten all their broccoli.

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Apple Rejecting Apps That Offer Rewards For Views, Sharinghttp://techcrunch.com/2014/06/09/apple-begins-rejecting-apps-that-offer-rewards-for-video-views-social-sharing/

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‘Grand Theft Auto V’ Coming To PChttp://www.pcworld.com/article/2361660/its-finally-happening-grand-theft-auto-v-coming-to-pc.html

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Salesforce.com Wear Launchedhttp://www.zdnet.com/salesforce-com-wear-launched-for-wearable-app-developers-7000030358/

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Apple Patent Reveals New Fitness Tracking Ideashttp://appleinsider.com/articles/14/06/10/apple-patent-hints-at-iwatch-enabled-weightlifting-tracker

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Facebooks Launches, Pulls Slingshothttp://www.theverge.com/2014/6/9/5794388/facebook-takes-another-stab-at-snapchat-with-slingshot-app

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Facebook Hires President of Paypal/jphttp://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/10/technology/facebook-hires-from-paypal-to-focus-on-messaging.html

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Microsoft Consumer Cloud Will Drive Enterprise Cloud/jphttp://www.zdnet.com/why-microsoft-is-betting-big-on-consumer-cloud-services-hint-its-about-the-enterprise-7000030339/

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RadioShack: End of Another Error, er, Era?http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/06/10/radioshack-earnings-report/10244537/