You can now edit files from Egnyte in Office 365 and Salesforce

The Egnyte booth at VMware's 2015 VMworld conference in San Francisco on Aug. 31.

Egnyte, a startup with file syncing and sharing software that can run in the cloud (like Dropbox) and in companies’ on-premises data centers (like Microsoft SharePoint), has developed new integrations with web-based Microsoft Office 365 and Salesforce Sales Cloud. The integrations allow people to edit and save files right from within Office 365 and Salesforce.

With the Office integration, you can now open and edit files inside Office desktop apps like Word, as if it’s just another file locally stored on a PC. The integration also works with Microsoft’s Office mobile apps and on the Internet.

An Egnyte employee was showing off the new integrations today at the Egnyte booth on the exhibition floor at VMware’s 2015 VMworld conference in San Francisco. The company has not officially announced the news.

Box, which only offers cloud-based file syncing and sharing, made an announcement about a similar integration with Office Online earlier this year.

These integrations matter for Egnyte because people actually write documents in Word, prepare presentations in PowerPoint, and assemble spreadsheets in Excel. And salespeople live in Salesforce. (Okay, and email too). It’s just a little easier for everyday users, and Egnyte is now able to say it has a native Office integration right up there with Box — now a publicly traded company — when it comes to support for the Microsoft workflow. Egnyte already has a Google Drive integration.

Backed by Google Ventures and others, Egnyte last announced funding in December 2013. Customers include Bloom Energy, Home Depot, and Ikea.

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India accuses Google of rigging search results following complaints by Facebook, Microsoft

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The Indian government has formally accused Google of manipulating its search results to favor its own products.

According to a story today in the Economic Times of India, the government took actions after receiving a host of complaints from Google’s competitors, including Facebook, Microsoft, Flipkart, Nokia’s maps division, and The charges made by India’s Competition Commission closely mirror the anti-trust charges filed earlier this year by the European Commission.

The Times story said the agency had canvassed 30 businesses that provide a range of services that compete with Google. The case was filed last week, and Google has until Sept. 10 to file a response. If the ruling goes against Google, the company could be forced to pay up to 10 percent of its revenues in penalties.

The charges are the latest regulatory headache for a company that has been trying to argue for years that it is not abusing its dominant position in search across the globe. While U.S. regulators opted not to pursue a case, EC officials filed their formal case after spending years trying to negotiate a settlement with Google.

With Google essentially locked out of the massive Chinese Internet market, it would be a big blow to the company if it is also forced to curtail its activity in India. That country is one of the fastest growing in terms of smartphone use and Internet adoption, making it a lucrative target for many U.S. tech companies looking for ways to continue growing.

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Russia’s Kaspersky threatened to ‘rub out’ rival, email shows

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(By Joseph Menn, Reuters) – In 2009, Eugene Kaspersky, co-founder of one of the world’s top security companies, told some of his lieutenants that they should attack rival antivirus software maker AVG Technologies by “rubbing them out in the outhouse,” one of several previously undisclosed emails shows.

He was quoting from Vladimir Putin’s famous threat a decade earlier to pursue Chechen rebels wherever they were: “If we catch them in the toilet, then we will rub them out in the outhouse.”

Former employees say that the reprisal Kaspersky was pushing for was to trick AVG’s antivirus software into producing false positives – that is, misclassifying clean computer files as infected.

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As previously reported by Reuters, the plan involved creating fake virus samples and malware identifications to fool competitors into disabling or deleting important files, thereby creating problems for their customers.

“More and more I get the desire to smack them with their falses,” Kaspersky wrote in Russian in one email seen by Reuters, dated July 23, 2009. He accused AVG of poaching staff from his company. “AVG is carrying out an HR attack on the company, mostly the managers.”

The emails shed fresh light on the allegations of two former Kaspersky Lab employees that the Moscow-based company had sought to sabotage rivals to gain market share and retaliate against competitors it believed were mimicking its malware detections instead of relying on their own research.

Kaspersky Lab has strongly denied the allegations. On Friday, it said the emails “may not be legitimate and were obtained from anonymous sources that have a hidden agenda.”

“Kaspersky Lab has never conducted any secret campaign to trick competitors into generating false positives to damage their market standing. Such actions are unethical, dishonest and illegal,” the company said in a statement.

The ex-employees told Reuters that AVG, Microsoft  and Avast Software were among the companies targeted by Kaspersky Lab in campaigns between 2009 and 2013 to spread false positives through threat information-sharing programs.

“To be honest, I’ll feel pretty bad when AVG goes public and earns a billion. They won’t say thanks to you or me – don’t even hope,” Kaspersky wrote in another email seen by Reuters, dated Oct. 8, 2009.

“‘Rubbing out’ – is one of the methods, which we will DEFINITELY use in combination with other methods.”

A day earlier, Kaspersky had urged his team in another email to consider “rubbing them out in the outhouse,” noting that his European chief was “very positive about falses.” The emails do not confirm that an attack was launched against AVG or say how effective it might have been.

AVG’s former chief technology officer, Yuval Ben-Itzhak, previously told Reuters the company was hit with waves of doctored virus samples from 2009 to 2013.

AVG, Microsoft and Avast have all declined comment on who might have been behind the sophisticated assaults. AVG did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the emails.

China campaign

In the emails, Eugene Kaspersky did not give specifics on the “rubbing out” method that he envisioned using against AVG. But he said it was a trick that the company had used against a competitor in China years ago. He did not identify the company in the email.

“We’ve already had an experience ‘rubbing out’ – in China. In year 2002-2003. And we did end up moving one of then-market leaders,” Kaspersky wrote.

A former Kaspersky Lab employee said the Chinese target was Beijing Jiangmin New Science & Technology Co, one of the biggest antivirus companies in the country at the time. Jiangmin General Manager Guo Changsheng declined to comment.

In 2002, Kaspersky Lab had been struggling to gain traction in the massive Chinese market, where piracy was rampant in the software industry, according to former employees.

Jiangmin did well in part because it copied Kaspersky Lab’s identifications of malicious software files, said two former software engineers at Jiangmin, and a Chinese expert who had worked with both companies. The three sources spoke on condition of anonymity.

After repeated threats and attempts to reach a licensing deal with Jiangmin failed, the Chinese expert said, Kaspersky Lab began to fake some of its malware detections in China in order to cause problems on Jiangmin’s customer machines when the Chinese company copied them.

Kaspersky Lab did this to protect itself from more piracy, the Chinese expert said, adding that the campaign worked. “All of a sudden, customers came to Kaspersky.”

Jiangmin’s general manager declined to comment on the allegations that the company copied Kaspersky Lab’s detections. He also declined to comment on whether Jiangmin had suffered from false detections during the period in question.

Kaspersky Lab has previously said that it too had been hit with fake virus samples. It declined to provide copies of the samples or give other details.

It is not known how much business Kaspersky Lab may have gained in China or elsewhere as a result of these alleged attacks.

In one of the emails, Eugene Kaspersky said the China attack, which he called a “rubber bomb,” was a success. The term “rubber bomb” comes from a Russian joke about an explosive that keeps bouncing and inflicting more damage.

“Something tells me that without that ‘rubber bomb,’ things wouldn’t be so rosy for us in China,” Kaspersky wrote in the Oct. 8, 2009 email.

(Additional reporting by Gerry Shih in Beijing and Alina Selyukh in Washington; Editing by Tiffany Wu)

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U.S. International Trade Commission clears Microsoft of patent infringement

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By Andrew Chung

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp avoided a potentially costly setback to its mobile phone business on Friday as the U.S. International Trade Commission declined to block the import of its devices in a longstanding patent dispute.

The decision rejected a ruling in April by a U.S. trade judge who found that Microsoft had infringed two InterDigital Inc wireless patents, and recommended an import ban.

The commission’s action is good news for Microsoft, which has been struggling to compete with Apple and Samsung devices. The Redmond, Washington-based company has captured just 3 percent of the smartphone market in the United States and globally, according to recent estimates.

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Microsoft last month posted a record quarterly loss as it took a $7.5 billion charge on its handset business, which it bought from Nokia last year.

InterDigital’s Chief Executive Officer William Merritt said in a statement that the decision was disappointing but would have limited impact “given the decline of the Nokia mobile device business under Microsoft’s control and its limited market position.”

A Microsoft spokesperson said the company was “grateful the Commission stopped InterDigital from trying to block our products.”

InterDigital stock was down 3 percent after hours on Friday.

The two companies are at odds over how much InterDigital should be able to charge to license its patents, which are considered essential to cellphone technology.

Wilmington, Delaware-based InterDigital first accused Nokia in 2007 of infringing its technology for optimizing a cellphone’s power to connect to a network.

In April, the U.S. trade judge ruled that Microsoft used InterDigital’s patents, considered standard in the industry, but refused to pay for a license to them. An import ban would have affected any Microsoft phone using 3G cellular technology, including its Lumia smartphones.

After reviewing that ruling, the commission said on Friday that Microsoft did not violate the patents, but it did not address the issue of fair licensing for essential patents.

Earlier this month, Microsoft sued InterDigital in Delaware federal court, claiming InterDigital violated U.S. antitrust law by breaking promises to offer licenses on reasonable terms.

Companies frequently sue both at the ITC, which has the authority to block the import of products that infringe a U.S. patent, and in district court to win monetary damages.

The case at the ITC is No. 337-613.

(Reporting by Andrew Chung; Editing by Matthew Lewis)

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Alleged PlayStation Network, Xbox Live cyberattackers arrested by U.K. law enforcement

The U.K. equivalent of the FBI claims it has arrested the cyberattackers responsible for the PSN and Xbox Live holiday attacks.

The long arm of the law is also patient.

The United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency (NCA) has arrested six teenagers (via Variety) who are allegedly the cyberattackers who barraged the Xbox Live and PlayStation Network online services during the end-of-December holidays last year. That assault resulted in Xbox Live going offline on Christmas day while PlayStation Network suffered a week-long outage. The members are also allegedly members of the cyberattack group called Lizard Squad, who has taken credit for also attacking several other online services, including the World of Warcraft and Amazon servers.

If Lizard Squad sounds like a bunch of teen Internet vandals to you, there’s a good reason for that. It turns out that most were actually teen Internet vandals.

“A third of the individuals identified are under the age of 20,” reads a post on the NCA’s website. “And the activity forms part of the NCA’s wider work to address younger people at risk of entering into serious forms of cybercrime.”

While this is a big win for law enforcement, it does not look like the NCA was able to capture everyone involved as the Lizard Squad account on Twitter is still actively tweeting about this latest incident.

The NCA also shared information about the individuals it executed warrants on. These include three legal minors ranging in age from 15 to 17 years old. That’s in addition to three 18 year olds. All of these young people are male and are accused of using a tool referred to as “Lizard Stresser” (which we wrote about in depth right here) to target websites.

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Hisssssssssss People don’t like change. We just don’t. Especially when it comes to our favorite sites or apps. When you move our cheese we get confused and angry. In fact, Facebook can’t do anything without a group of people raging about it. Sure, change isn’t always bad, but in the case of these 10 situations, it was pretty bad. Read More