Yahoo, one of several tech companies swept up in the government spying controversy, has revealed that it'll be giving its Mail users an end-to-end encryption option starting next year. The announcement was made at Black Hat earlier today, where Yahoo Chief Information Security Officer Alex Stamos detailed the plan.
A Hong Kong court has granted Albert Yeung Sau-shing's libel lawsuit against Google over an auto-complete search suggestion that includes the word "triad". Though automated, the court has found that Google is responsible for its search suggestions, despite efforts on the Internet giant's part to have the lawsuit thrown out.
Speaking at the US Africa Leaders Summit, President Obama had some interesting remarks regarding net neutrality. The ongoing discussion has clearly worked its way into the White House, and the President’s comments could indicate there is internal discourse on the matter.
This evening Comcast is having issues in a number of states across the USA. If you live in Minneapolis/St.Paul, San Francisco, Houston Texas, Orlando, Atlanta Georgia, Richmond Virginia, Philadelphia, NYC, Claremont New Hampshire, Detroit, Chicago, or Seattle - you’re in the yellow zone. It would appear that problems are revolving around internet, though a small amount of complaints suggest a TV blackout is in effect as well.
Comcast, not the most popular company out there, is seeking favorable attention from the public by way of altruistic programs -- namely, up to half a year of free service for low-income families. This is part of its Internet Essentials program, and is hailed as being in time for back to school season.
Twitter has published its latest transparency report, and in it we see the continual struggle tech companies face when it comes to the balancing act between government and users. The company has pushed for permission to publish more detailed information on national security requests, but still has not gained it.
While you're busy pining away for Google Fiber, a group of researchers at the Technical University of Denmark have been busy putting it to shame. Trumping their last network milestone achieved back in 2009, the group has developed a fiber network that pushes more than 5TB of data per second through a single optical cable.
In the same way it did with Comcast and Verizon, Netflix has struck a peering agreement with AT&T to bring subscribers' buffering woes to an end. This news was first rumored earlier today, and later on confirmed by AT&T in a statement saying, in part, "We’re now beginning to turn up the connections, a process that should be complete in the coming days."
In late 2004, a trio of small cities in Illinois were preparing to vote on what would amount to a municipal fiber Internet offering, something that would have undercut both Comcast and AT&T-owned SBC Communications. In all three locations -- Batavia, Geneva, and St. Charles -- Comcast and SBC took to action, spreading propaganda to squash its budding competition.