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Facebook begins testing encrypted emails

Facebook begins testing encrypted emails

Facebook is experimenting with a new feature that'll likely not win it favor with the NSA. This morning the social network announced that it is rolling out a feature that will allow privacy-conscious users to receive encrypted emails from Facebook, with the feature covering emails that are of a sensitive nature — password reset messages, for example. Under this new feature, one can add OpenPGP public keys to their Facebook profile, and can also opt-in to an encrypted notifications option for getting more secured messages.

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Hola makes Steve Jobs defense over VPN botnet

Hola makes Steve Jobs defense over VPN botnet

VPN-under-fire Hola has issued a mea-culpa after fears the service had turned users' computers into a botnet. Concerns about the way the company's P2P virtual private network had been utilized for potentially nefarious purposes kicked off last week, after users realized that their idle bandwidth was being sold off under a secondary brand, and possibly used to commit distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on servers.

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Hola VPN is selling users’ bandwidth as botnet

Hola VPN is selling users’ bandwidth as botnet

Free virtual private network (VPN) service Hola, available as a popular Chrome extension, is well-known among users who frequently like to watch videos and TV shows from other countries that location blocked. Sadly, it has just been discovered that owners of the service have actually been selling users' bandwidth as botnet, or bulk traffic that can be purchased and used in a denial-of-service attack on a website. Hola claims this has always been clear in their terms of service, but users say they have never been made aware of this bandwidth usage.

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New Need for Speed game will require constant online connection

New Need for Speed game will require constant online connection

Now that it has been revealed that a new entry in the Need for Speed game series is coming this year and will act as a "reboot" of the franchise, players have been wondering what they can expect this time around. Publisher EA has recently taken to answering some questions on Twitter, and yesterday stated in one reply that the game will require and internet connection at all time to be played. This sort of thing may sound familiar, as it was a controversial part of Microsoft's initial announcement of the Xbox One console.

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Facebook is testing new Security Checkup tool

Facebook is testing new Security Checkup tool

On Wednesday Facebook announced that it is testing a new security checkup tool, something that is akin to the previous privacy checkup tool that users were seeing. Facebook has been criticized in the past for what some think are lax security measures, or then-convoluted menus that made finding security settings difficult for some. These changes bring the security settings directly to the user’s eyes, and makes them go through a quick checkup that ensures all the settings are as desired.

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Internet penetration stalls out at 60% worldwide

Internet penetration stalls out at 60% worldwide

A report from KPCB this week suggests that internet penetration worldwide is stalling out at around 60%. This means that 6 out of every 10 people around the world have access to the internet - or choose to make use of it. Most of the world's top 15 countries ranked by number of internet users have well over 50% penetration of population, but that's just about as good as it's going to get, according to year-over-year growth rates. People are just being born too fast for internet availability to keep up, clearly.

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Grumpy Cat to star in her own comic book series

Grumpy Cat to star in her own comic book series

Ah, Grumpy Cat, the star of memes worldwide and the icon of an internet generation. If merchandise, books, and even a Lifetime Original movie weren't enough to prove that the feline's 15 minutes of fame are quickly expiring, then this news surely will. Grumpy Cat will starring in her own comic book series from publisher Dynamite Entertainment, titled The Misadventures of Grumpy Cat. Bet you can't wait to pick this up from your local comics outlet.

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Sling TV hits Android TV, Google Nexus Player, NVIDIA SHIELD

Sling TV hits Android TV, Google Nexus Player, NVIDIA SHIELD

Sling TV announces availability of its internet TV system on Android TV, bringing functionality to Google's Nexus Player first. The app for Sling TV will be made available for download from the Google Play app store as early as this afternoon, while Sling TV and Google are teaming up to bring a deal to those that wish to purchase hardware at the same time as they subscribe to the other. This update brings Sling TV to a wide variety of devices, also including the upcoming NVIDIA SHIELD and Razer Forge TV.

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Court orders Popcorn Time websites be blocked by Israeli ISPs

Court orders Popcorn Time websites be blocked by Israeli ISPs

With its nickname of "Netflix for pirates," the app/service Popcorn Time has quickly become popular the world over among, well, internet pirates, and with new features like the ability to watch content in a web browser, media giants and copyright holders are quickly becoming concerned. Following a similar move in the UK last month, media companies in Israel have successfully petitioned a court to order the nation's internet service providers block all Popcorn Time websites.

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High schooler hits entire school district with week-long cyberattack

High schooler hits entire school district with week-long cyberattack

Teenagers regularly make poor decisions when it comes to technology, and too many of them in recent times involve swatting pranks. This latest episode of poor teenage judgement comes in the form of an alleged cyberattack, however, and now that high school student is facing a possible felony charge, according to KTVB. The unnamed 17-year-old is said to have instituted a DDoS attack against the West Ada school district in Idaho — it’s the largest school district in the state, and for one miserable week students and faculty across dozens of schools suffered because of it.

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