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Chinese hackers target think tanks instead of U.S. tech firms — to protect oil interests

China’s Deep Panda hacking crew, considered one of the world’s best for its skilled insertion of malware into adversaries’ data streams, has apparently changed its snooping habits. Deep Panda has switched its focus, at least temporarily, from American technology giants and financial targets to major U.S. think tanks who employ former ranking government officials. The change is likely coming about because Deep Panda is ... Read More »

Funding Daily: Boxes of cash

Get all the tech funding news of the day delivered straight to your mailbox! Sign up for Funding Daily and never miss a deal. Here are the day’s funding stories: Online storage startup Box just raised $150 million from private-equity firm TPG, reports the Wall Street Journal. The investment firm was reportedly in talks with Box in June about potential ... Read More »

Google’s Jason Spero on how Google is embracing the latest mobile ad innovations (Q&A)

On the eve of his opening session at our MobileBeat conference tomorrow, Google’s head of performance media, Jason Spero, tells us how the company is approaching mobile ads, attribution, and more. At MobileBeat, Spero will be discussing what’s driving mobile growth today, as well as what lies ahead. Grab your tickets now, or risk missing out! VentureBeat: You were a ... Read More »

With $10M and a long list of big-name investors, Opendoor is almost open for business

Image Credit: Shutterstock It’s official: Keith Rabois’s new startup, Opendoor, has closed its first round of funding with $9.95 million. The news follows a couple months of pre-launch hype. In April, Rabois announced that he would be starting a new venture in the real estate realm to help people sell their houses faster. The company quietly filed a legal document ... Read More »

The Amazon cloud seems to be surfacing in Germany

New evidence suggests the Amazon Web Services public cloud is finally taking shape in Germany. At some point late last week, some IP addresses were apparently associated with Amazon servers in a data center labeled “ec2.eu-central-1.amazonaws.com,” presumably in or around the German city of Frankfurt am Main. Nils Jünemann, vice president of operations at Berlin-placed Bitplace, spotted the name of ... Read More »

Amnesty International offers an SOS app for activists

Just as apps have seemed to reach the peak of frivolity (we’re looking at you, Yo), here comes a new one that could literally save lives in the most oppressive countries around. Panic Button does just what you might expect from the name. Developed by Amnesty International in collaboration with iilab from an idea generated during an open competition, the ... Read More »

Apple’s iPhone 5S tops Samsung for #1 slot in global smartphone rankings -report

Image Credit: Jolie O’Dell/VentureBeat How can you leverage mobile to increase profitability for your company? Find out at MobileBeat, VentureBeat’s 7th annual event on the future of mobile, on July 8-9 in San Francisco. There are only a few tickets left! Apple has a good reason to smile. That’s because Apple’s 5S 16GB is the world’s most popular smartphone for ... Read More »