Posts by Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson covers the microchip industry, cyber security and the big-technology sector that includes Hewlett-Packard, Oracle and Cisco Systems.

  • White House said to be preparing sweeping privacy legislation

    White House said to be preparing sweeping privacy legislation

    As the Federal Trade Commission has requested, the White House reportedly is preparing to ask Congress to bolster the FTC’s power to police privacy violations by Internet-related businesses, including online […]

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  • FTC urges gadget makers to be careful with consumer data

    FTC urges gadget makers to be careful with consumer data

    The Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday urged businesses to take a variety of measures to insure that the smart gadgets they make, which are flooding the so-called Internet of Things, […]

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  • Words Linkedin job hunters ought to avoid

    Words Linkedin job hunters ought to avoid

    People looking for a new job need to first look in a thesaurus before posting their self-promoting blather on Linkedin, according to the Mountain View-based online professional network. Among the […]

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  • Infographic shows how much crooks pay for personal data

    Infographic shows how much crooks pay for personal data

    Ever wonder how much your personal information is worth when some nasty cyber crook gets their hands on it? You now can get an  inkling of that from an interactive […]

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  • Report cites new hacker tricks in 2014

    Report cites new hacker tricks in 2014

    Cyber crooks and other mischief-makers on the Internet pretty much had a field day in 2014, often with the unwitting help of computer users, according to Cisco Systems’ annual report […]

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  • U.K. drops probe of Autonomy sale to HP

    U.K. drops probe of Autonomy sale to HP

    Citing “insufficient evidence for  a realistic prospect of conviction,” United Kingdom investigators on Monday dropped their probe of Hewlett-Packard’s claims that the Palo Alto corporation was tricked into grossly overpaying […]

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  • Intel announces family bonding-leave plan for employees

    Intel announces family bonding-leave plan for employees

    New moms and dads who work at Santa Clara-based Intel will now get a little more time to spend with their young ones on the company’s tab. Brian Krzanich, the […]

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  • Chip sales up, Intel still tops the market

    Chip sales up, Intel still tops the market

    Sales of microchips – long one of Silicon Valley’s bread-and-butter businesses – enjoyed a healthy increase in 2014, according to preliminary data made public Tuesday by research firm Gartner. It […]

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  • Retaliatory attacks on cyber crooks reportedly sparks FBI probe

    Retaliatory attacks on cyber crooks reportedly sparks FBI probe

    The FBI is investigating whether some U.S. companies have been hacking back at cyber crooks, according to the news organization Bloomberg. Citing interviews with security professionals, Bloomberg said “a growing […]

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  • 2015 tech prediction: Hack attacks

    2015 tech prediction: Hack attacks

    Cyber criminals will be more active than ever in 2015, resulting in some nasty new problems for consumers. Here are five of the more worrisome predictions from security companies: Blackouts: […]

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