Daily: Android Won’t Merge With Chrome & 9 Top Stories

Daily: Your everyday brief of tech news is here. In today’s edition: Google will not merge Android and Chrome & 9 top stories from around the web.

Gov

BB10 And PlayBook Getting Approved By The DoD In April: BlackBerry has now issued a statement confirming that its relationship is still on with the Department of Defense — for its sake hopefully closing the loop on the story that started with reports that the DoD would be dumping its deal with the troubled Canadian handset maker, once a mainstay of business users, who are now migrating to Apple and Android devices.  More here.

Inc

Graph DownOracle Tumbles as Sales and Profit Miss Amid Cloud Competition: Oracle reported sales and profit that missed analysts’ estimates as corporate customers transitioning to Web-based programs bought less hardware and software. The shares fell the most since 2011. Fiscal third-quarter profit excluding some items was 65 cents a share on adjusted sales of $8.97 billion, the company said in a statement yesterday. That compares with analysts’ average projection for profit of 66 cents on sales of $9.37 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. More here.

Apple Says Data Centers Now Use 100% Renewable Energy: Apple now uses only renewable energy sources to power its data centers, the iPhone maker said in an updated report on its environmental policies. The company’s data centers now run on energy sources such as solar, wind and geothermal, instead of coal or other fossil fuels, Apple said on its website. More here.

Southeastern had eyed joining Dell buyout group: Dell Inc is set to disclose next week that its largest independent investor, Southeastern Asset Management, originally expressed interest in joining the proposed leveraged buyout deal that it now opposes, according to two people familiar with the matter. More here.

Hackattack

South Korea Says Chinese Code Used in Computer Attack: The biggest cyberattack on South Korean computers in two years used malware code from China, according to an initial investigation that is focusing on possible links to North Korea. Around 32,000 servers were damaged in yesterday’s attack on broadcasters and banks, the Korea Communications Commission said today in a statement. More here.
BBC Twitter accounts hacked by pro-Assad online group: The Twitter account belonging to the BBC’s weather service was hacked on Thursday, the public broadcaster said. The “Syrian Electronic Army”, a group of pro-Assad hackers and online activists that has already disrupted the Facebook page of Barack Obama, claimed responsibility for the breach. More here.

Hacker “Guccifer” leaks emails from noted venture capitalist:  John Doerr, a venture capitalist known for early investments in companies such as Amazon and Google, has become the latest victim of the hacker known as Guccifer, according to the Smoking Gun website. More here.

Apple beefs up iCloud, Apple ID security with two-step verification: Today, Apple has rolled out a new two-step verification service for iCloud and Apple ID users. This functionality greatly enhances the security of Apple accounts because it requires users to use a trusted device and an extra security code. This security code can be sent via SMS or via the Find my iPhone iOS app (if it is installed). Users can now setup two-step authentication on their devices via the Apple ID website. Users need to access the security tab on this website to conduct the setup process. More here.

Stuff

ChromeNo, Google will not merge Android and Chrome, for obvious reasons: Even before Google Chairman Eric Schmidt dispelled the rumors that Google would merge Android and Chrome, we should have known it was never going to happen. More here.

Google launches Google Keep, an app to help you remember things: Google’s new Android and web app, Keep, lets users jot down ideas and make lists. The app will soon be fully integrated with Google Drive. More here.

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