Facebook drops Bing, Washington’s Uber-esque app, Iranian hackers aim at US


Ah, Sunday. A day to kick back and relax. But while you’re doing that, here’s what’s been happening around you:

Bing no longer used in Facebook Search


So it turns out that popular social networking site Facebook has ceased usage of Microsoft’s Bing search engine. Affirmed by a spokesperson, this news comes right after the site redid its own search platform. This was done in turn to foster Facebook’s improved Graph Search. Just this week, the social networking giant made several additions to its search function such as the ability to search posts from news feed as well as find past comments and it even launched Graph Search to mobile platforms. The decision to rely just on their own search engine shows just how seriously the company takes the search technology now. CEO of Faceboom Mark Zucerkerg in a conference held in July said “There are more than a trillion posts, which some of the search engineers on the team like to remind me, is bigger than any Web search corpus out there,”

By taking out web searches, they will also be restricting all searches performed within the site to the shared information by Facebook’s 1.35 billion users. According to latest stats from market analytics comScore, Microsoft’s Bing comes second as the most used search engine.

Washington touts release of Uber-contender


With Uber’s somewhat disastrous history, many governments have done the usual; Ban Uber from their cities. But the taxi Commission of Washington DC has a different idea. They are making their own Taxi App.

Titled “Universal D.C Taxi App, the taxi commission plans to beta test the app amassing an approximate 7000 licenced taxis in the area but private services such as Uber and Lyft will still be allowed.

Not surprisingly, the reception of Uber has not gone down too well in other countries. In fact the company was banned in Spain, India, and Thailand this week, after recently winning the right to operate in Berlin. Will Uber use the same business tactics with the commission as it did with private companies? We’ll just have to wait and see.

Iranian hackers may have US energy and defence firms in their sights


The FBI has taken steps to warn businesses in the US to be on watch against advanced Iranian hacking operation whose targets include defense contractors, energy firms and educational institutions

Identified by cyber security firm Cylance as targeting critical infrastructure organizations worldwide, they said that they have uncovered more than 50 victims from an attack titled “Operation Cleaver”, which spreads across 16 countries including the United States.

The “Flash” report by the FBI gives all the necessary technical details about malicious software and techniques used in the attacks, along with advice on how to  defend against the the hacker and also asks businesses to contact the FBI if they believed they were victims.



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