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You might not know the name, but you probably haven’t missed their work — highly targeted credit card skimming attacks, hitting Ticketmaster and British Airways, as well as consumer electronics giant Newegg and likely many more sites that have been silently hacked to scrape consumer credit card data at the checkout. —Zack Whittaker @Tech Crunch

Given this level of concentration, the notion of a “free and open” internet now seems almost quaint. Most information transmitted online today is sieved through a few large search engines, social media networks, and streaming video services. These firms may collectively be referred to as “edge companies”: they provide online content or services over a network, but they do not own the network themselves. —Travis Kavulla @American Affairs

Google is increasingly divided over supporting the news industry, either through direct funding, or with a set of initiatives directly aimed at improving publishers’ bottom line. —Frederic Filloux @Monday Note

To hear the moans on Wall Street, you’d think the end of the world is no longer coming—it has arrived. Successive waves of selling have pushed share prices down this year. To about where they were at the beginning of the year. Hardly a catastrophe for investors. —Irwin M. Stelzer @The Weekly Standard

Maybe you were once advised to “look for the padlock” as a means of telling legitimate e-commerce sites from phishing or malware traps. Unfortunately, this has never been more useless advice. New research indicates that half of all phishing scams are now hosted on Web sites whose Internet address includes the padlock and begins with “https://”. @Krebs on Security

Traditionally, data centers have relied on cable and conduit to distribute power, and this approach has worked (and still does work) reasonably well for many facilities. But as data center power demand grows, it’s worth considering what alternative solutions better suit operators’ need for efficiency, safety and maximized physical space. In recent years, it has come to mean looking at busways. —Steve Lovell @Data Center Journal