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Twitter today announced that it was doing everything it could to bring in some profit, and this was swiftly followed by the announcement that the company is to close down Vine.

Vines that have already been created will live on via the website, but the mobile apps will be shuttered, and no more Vines can be created. The precise date of the closure has not been revealed, but it is some time in the coming months.

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In terms of industry buzz and discussion, it is unlikely you’ll find a technological concept that’s more popular at the moment than cloud computing. Since it burst on to the scene a few years ago, cloud computing has proven its utility within a huge range of business and consumer markets.

With the flexibility, productivity and cost advantages being delivered by the cloud, it can truly claim to have had a profound impact on the way that we live our lives.

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Snapchat—the app known for its disappearing messages, for capturing the hearts of young smartphone users, and for allowing users to visually morph themselves into dogs, unicorns, and cowboys—may be on the precipice of a pretty huge deal.

According to reports from The Wall Street Journal, Snapchat’s parent company, Snap Inc., is considering a 2017 initial public offering that would value the brand at $25 billion. According to the report, the IPO could happen as soon as March, and could represent the biggest IPO since Alibaba’s $168 billion offering in 2014.

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Back in July, Verizon (the parent company of Engadget) agreed to acquire (most of) Yahoo for $4.83 billion, and normally, that would be the end of things. However, since then, Yahoo confirmed it suffered a massive security breach in 2014, and reports claim that its security chief quit last year after discovering its participation in bulk US government surveillance of incoming emails.

Now, the New York Post cites multiple sources claiming that executive Tim Armstrong is upset about the lack of disclosure and seeking to get out of the deal or cut the price.

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Echoing the findings we reported earlier that companies leave cloud protection to third-parties, a new study from cloud security company Netskope reveals most companies don’t scan their cloud services for malware either.

The study conducted with the Ponemon Institute shows 48 percent of companies surveyed don’t inspect the cloud for malware and 12 percent are unsure if they do or not. Of those that do inspect 57 percent of respondents say they found malware.

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The U.S. government just relinquished control over one very large entity — the internet. As of Saturday, October 1, the federal National Telecommunications and Information Administration no longer exercises control over the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which has long been the manager of internet domain names. But now, ICANN is truly an independent non-profit, free from the oversight of the American government.

Instead, as an autonomous not for profit organization, ICANN will now answer to international stakeholders across the internet community, including a governmental advisory committee, a technical committee, industry committee, internet users, and telecommunications experts.

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Over the past few years public awareness of VPNs has grown, but for many they are still a mystery. Traditionally, they were used by businesses to enable their employees to access a company’s internal network securely. Nowadays people use them for two main things: watching TV and privacy.

We all view catch-up TV video. Unfortunately, a lot of this is intended only to be watched in home territories. The BBC iPlayer and Sky Go, for example, are only meant to be viewed in the UK, and while Netflix is accessible around the globe, the content available varies across countries due to licensing restrictions.

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Enterprises moving to hybrid cloud

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Cloud computing seems to be a feature of successful businesses, but still a lot of workloads remain on premises, a new study by IBM suggests. More than 1,000 C-suite executives from 18 industries were interviewed, face-to-face, to come to this conclusion.

In 78 percent of cases, cloud initiatives are either “coordinated” or “fully integrated”, which is a significant jump, compared to 34 percent we had in 2012. More successful the company is the higher the percentage too. On the other hand, 45 percent of workloads remain, and are expected to remain, on premises.

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Software-defined networking is here, whether enterprises are ready or not

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Software-defined networking will enable today’s explosive data growth to continue by making telecoms more agile and scalable.

Network traffic is growing at an astonishing rate. We attribute this to video conferencing, dynamic cloud workloads and unified communications. Data traffic on the AT&T wireless network grew more than 150,000 percent between 2007 and 2015. This is only the beginning, though. New technology will continue to push bandwidth demand even higher in the future. This includes the Internet of Things, 4K video, virtual reality and augmented reality.

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PlayStation Network finally adds two-factor authentication

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Considering how much the PlayStation Network breach cost Sony, it’s kind of crazy that the service didn’t offer two-factor login authentication before now. But, that’s no longer the case. Protecting your PlayStation account is SMS-based (which has its own limitations) versus using an authenticator app, however. You can set up device passwords for the PlayStation 3 and Vita handheld, and, really, from there it doesn’t differ much than you’re used to with other apps and services.

Xbox One has had something similar for a few years, but hey, with how susceptible seemingly every service is to ne’er-do-wells these days, a late arrival for the feature is definitely preferable to never getting it at all

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