LastPass Finds Security Holes In Its Online Password Manager, Doesn’t Think Anyone Exploited Them

Makes me think twice about using iCloud



When you’re in charge of keeping many hundreds of thousands of passwords under lock and key, trust is everything. Maintaining that trust means fessing up when things go wrong — even if it’s something you don’t think affected your users.

Such is the case today for LastPass, a popular password manager for Safari, Chrome, Firefox and Opera. They’ve just published details of two security exploits discovered lurking in their products, though they say they don’t believe the exploits were ever used maliciously.

You can read their full post here, but here’s the gist of it:

  • The first bug is tucked into their less-used bookmarklet offering, not the more popular LastPass plugin. LastPass says “less than 1%” of its userbase uses these bookmarklets.
  • With this first exploit, if a user clicked on their bookmarklet while on a site specifically built with this hack in mind, LastPass could be coaxed…

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Startup envy (or how do you setup a startup in an enterprise)

With bags of experience working in massively large enterprise companies with complex politics, difficult infrastructure challenges and huge amounts of money to spend, I always find it humbling to be in the presence of entrepreneur power. I think it’d partly due to the fact that

A) After almost 4 months locked away in one of the massively large enterprises and

B) A couple of day being in and around Techstars this week I decided to

Ask whether I could try and setup a startup in the enterprise.

A start or a startup?

A start or a startup? 

“Of course” said the boss , here you go….

That was 3 weeks ago , we had a table, 8 chairs, a load of problems and no product. There were three of us …..(not a bad start) and we did actually have a product but a start up version of a seemingly easy product to provide High speed secure Wi-Fi

What makes this difficult I thought, I realised again that the problem is the people have become institutionalised , enterprises have rules, lots of them. They have warders (usually the financial controllers) to police the rules and they have a system that make it very difficult to break the rules.

So … I decided to show some of the people how life can exist without all of the rules. A tech start up! With so many of our doorstep in london we arranged a day release (@AireScore @getglimr @katalysatorlab @ClauseMatch @VirtualViewApp @TryumLondon @crowdestates @themarketiq @GustPay @novicap ) to a latest Techstars location.

We are very much a work in progress , but the experiment will be interesting

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Project management (re)boot camp: adding value in transition

I am trying to do this at a very large enterprise at the moment. This article is spot on – it’s incredibly stressful for the Project management souls who like to be in the warm comfort of a multi year project. Doing the same same every day…..

I see a funny sight every day, where a project manager who is paid to deliver a specific number of widgets a day turns up to work, opens his newspaper until the clock strikes 9am , he then closes the newspaper and works until the target is achieved and then opens his newspaper again……

Perhaps he could have a day off instead if he worked from when he arrived at work to when he went home…?


Moving away from top-heavy project management toward more-rapid, iterative, user-first processes can bring a number of benefits, but it isn’t free. Methodologies like agile can create a large number of new projects, stressing existing project-management resources. Some businesses have attempted to eliminate their PMOs, hoping those projects can run themselves.

In the end, someone needs to manage a project, regardless of where that person sits in the organization. In some cases, that person is a business manager without any formal project-management training but with a deep understanding of business needs. In others, it may be a seasoned project manager cut off from familiar methodologies and tools, faced with the task of creating order from chaos. Both types of project leaders will need a tremendous amount of help guiding the machinery that will get the project to delivery.

In this webinar, our panel will discuss these topics:

  • What demands do…

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Nuance has reportedly held acquisition talks with Samsung

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Retail/banking and wearables

I think 2014-16 is going to see some really exciting use cases for wearable and retail (inc banking)

I know barclays have got some interesting plans in store.

wearables and Barclaycard

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Sony has figured out how to cram 185TB of data onto a single cassette tape

Bit different to the humble music cassette from my youth. 45, 60, 90 and a whopping 120. Minutes of audio. #oldschool


It turns out that audio cassette taps might be the wave of the future after all, at least when it comes to data storage. Forbes reports that Sony has figured out how to cram a whopping 185TB of data onto a single cassette tape using technology called sputter deposition that Forbes says “involves layers of magnetic crystals firing argon ions at a polymer film substrate.” To get an idea of just how amazing this is, consider that a typical Blu-ray disc holds around 50GB of data, which means that Sony’s new storage cassette can hold somewhere in the neighborhood of 3,700 Blu-ray films. Sony says that it’s working on ways to make magnetic tape used in cassettes a practical technology for storage and backup and it hopes to release a commercial product based on its breakthroughs in the future.

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Why voice is the next big internet wave


At first glance, few technologies feel as unsexy as voice. From a user’s perspective, little has changed since the days of Alexander Graham Bell. Most see voice as a mature technology that simply connects people in real-time across a distance. But voice is experiencing a wave of innovation that will fundamentally alter this definition.

During Mobile World Congress, Jae-woan Byun, the CTO of SK Telecom, condemned current voice offerings as “boring for users” but promised a “second tsunami” that could change everything.

The first tsunami was about messaging. It swept away SMS volumes and revenues and resulted in the kind of valuation that Facebook placed on WhatsApp. Thanks to the elimination of the historical limitations that telephony placed on voice, we are already sensing the shockwaves of the next tectonic shift.

Voice will be:

Available every “wear.” Voice is fast becoming a primary interface for wearable technology. Voice will soon…

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With A Voice Interface API For Any App, Wants To Be The Twilio For Natural Language

I’ve been working in and around the voice space for a while now, that’s probably why I notice the news in voice technology funding, acquisitions and the like. Voice as an API and natural language tech definitely sparking interest.


Last year, voice technology giant Nuance quietly acquired VirtuOz, a developer of virtual assistants for online sales, marketing and support — a “Siri for the enterprise” that counted with the likes of PayPal and AT&T as customers. Now, Alexandre Lebrun, the founder and CEO of VirtuOz, has taken a dive back into the startup world to launch, a platform and API that will let a developer incorporate speech recognition and a natural language interface into any app or piece of hardware.

In Lebrun’s words, the idea here is to apply, effectively, a “Twilio or Stripe model” to the world of voice interfaces, where Wit is able to understand the intent of users, as well voice recognition.

Developers who want to incorporate this into their apps entering a few lines of code; for the first time, the developers themselves do not have to be experts in the field…

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JFDI Accelerator Raises $2.1M To Help Singapore Become Southeast Asia’s Startup Hub

This is the best name for an accelerator. Makes me smile every time I see them in the news.


Singapore’s Joyful Frog Digital Incubator has raised $2.1 million from investors led by Infocomm Investments to pursue the city state’s ambitions of becoming the startup hub for all of South East Asia.

Russia’s SpinUp Partners and the Silicon Valley-based Fenox are among other investors participating in the latest round. The idea behind getting more overseas investors is to gain from their expertise and collaborate.

“In Russia, we have talented startup teams and capital seeking access to world markets. Singapore is the gateway to Asia for us and we look forward to working closely with JFDI.Asia into the future,” Sergey Gorokhov, Director and Chairman of the Board at SpinUp Partners said in a statement.

The funding will be used to incubate more startup ideas in the region, and is part of the accelerator’s aim to raise around $4.7 million in total capital. The new funding will also be used to support the upcoming…

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Mozilla Cancels Firefox For Metro, Cites Fewer Than 1,000 Daily Active Users

Remember when browser wars used to be fought on M$FT Desktops


Mozilla today announced that it will halt development of its Firefox for Windows 8 Metro browser after about a year and a half of development.

According to Mozilla’s Firefox VP Jonathan Nightingale, the organization has never seen more than 1,000 active daily users for the Metro app, so in order to free up resources for products that have traction, Mozilla has decided to pull the plug on this project. Mozilla’s other pre-release version of Firefox, he says, are being tested by millions of users.

“Mozilla builds software to make the world better, but we have to pick our battles,” Nightingale writes. “We’re not as tiny as we were when we shipped Firefox 1.0, but we still need to focus on the projects with the most impact for our mission; the massive scale of our competitors and of the work to be done requires us to marshal our forces appropriately.”

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