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Microsoft patents end-to-end encryption, but for what?

Microsoft patents end-to-end encryption, but for what?

Microsoft has patented end-to-end security for hardware running verified software. This comes at a time at which encryption and software security is a big, important topic for not only traditional computers, but mobile devices as well. Windows Phone 8.1 has device encryption - but only if you're got your device set up at an enterprise level. Windows Phone 10 (or Windows 10 Mobile, if you prefer) has Device encryption built in for everybody. Just like a real good device manufacturer should mean it to be.

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Reddit expands user-blocking feature to deal with bullies

Reddit expands user-blocking feature to deal with bullies

Reddit, as great as it can be, is packed full of trolls and other annoying folks who can ruin the experience. That’s a common issue across the Internet, but one fueled by Reddit’s utter simplicity — harassing someone is as simple as making a throwaway account and sending someone foul messages. To deal with this, the company has unveiled a new “user block” feature that allows Redditors to block other Reddit users.

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Oculus software said to be always on, privacy worries arise

Oculus software said to be always on, privacy worries arise

Oculus has just recently launched the consumer version of its Rift VR headset and, aside from some delays in shipping, things look good for the company so far. Reviewers are still on the fence about virtual reality in general but most seem to be quite positive about the experience using the Oculus Rift. However, Oculus commercial journey has just begun and already it might be entangled in some controversy around the thorniest of topics these days: privacy. The Oculus services installed on PCs have been discovered to always be running. Coupled with some privacy policies, the situation is raising some alarms for some people.

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Report: Egypt nixed Free Basics over Facebook’s refusal to spy

Report: Egypt nixed Free Basics over Facebook’s refusal to spy

In December, news surfaced that Egypt had shut down Facebook’s Free Basics Internet service, news that itself followed the social network’s troubles in India. The move was a sudden one, and officials made no public announcements about their reason for pulling the plug. According to new sources who have surfaced, Free Basics was canned because Egyptian government officials wanted access to spy on users, something Facebook reportedly rejected.

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Reddit’s 2015 Transparency Report teases National Security Letter

Reddit’s 2015 Transparency Report teases National Security Letter

Reddit has released its 2015 Transparency Report, the followup to its 2014 report with updated numbers on government requests and more. Says Reddit, it aims to show users a couple different types of data, namely the number and variety of requests it gets for user information and content removal, as well as how many requests it gets that it is legally required to act on. It seems this time around, Reddit may have received a National Security Letter, as well.

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Apple makes encryption stand: “we will not shrink” insists Cook

Apple makes encryption stand: “we will not shrink” insists Cook

Today at the Apple Town Hall meeting, CEO Tim Cook took the stage after showing off a brief history of the company. They showed 40 years of the company in 40 seconds, which was little more than a quick flash of words such as "Lisa" "1984" "iMac" and more. After letting us know that Apple's 40th birthday was coming up on April 1st, he took a moment to talk about something far more important.

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FTC warns Android developers about apps that monitor users’ TV habits

FTC warns Android developers about apps that monitor users’ TV habits

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued warnings to a handful of Android app developers using controversial software that could invade users' privacy without their knowledge. Known as "SilverPush," the advertising framework can use an Android device's microphone to listen for television shows in the background, in turn providing third-party advertisers with information on users' viewing habits.

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Encrypted ProtonMail opens service to public, mobile apps ready

Encrypted ProtonMail opens service to public, mobile apps ready

The fight between Apple and the Justice Department over the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone has once again put the spotlight on security, privacy, and encryption. The last time that was a hot topic was nearly 3 years ago at the height of the "Snowden Files". Born out of that very same controversy, Swiss encrypted email provider ProtonMail has seen it fit to finally open up its service to the general public, removing the invite-only barricade for individuals and groups to sign up for an end-to-end encrypted secure e-mail service.

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Man charged, pleads guilty in celebrity photo iCloud hacking case

Man charged, pleads guilty in celebrity photo iCloud hacking case

A Pennsylvania man has been formally charged in the hacking case that saw hundreds of private photos from celebrities stolen from their iCloud and other cloud storage accounts and posted online in the fall of 2014. The US Department of Justice says 36-year-old Ryan Collins is facing felony computer hacking charges after he broke into more than 50 iCloud accounts and 72 Gmail accounts. He has agreed to plead guilty, and is expected serve at least 18 months in prison.

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Google webpage encryption made transparent

Google webpage encryption made transparent

This week Google has opened up a new section in their ever-changing, ever-updating Transparency Report for the public. In this new section, google delivers encryption for the masses. Not that they hadn't been moving toward encryption and data security in all things public before - now it's just that they're making more of an effort to show you, the user, how they're doing in their move to HTTPS. This new Transparency Report section is called - appropriately enough - HTTPS at Google.

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Apple FBI case simplified by John Oliver Encryption video

Apple FBI case simplified by John Oliver Encryption video

If you weren't already convinced one way or the other about the Apple FBI encryption case, today "Last Week Tonight" will do that job for you. John Oliver tackles encryption, showing how the situation has played out so far and how absurd everything has been. In this Last Week Tonight, like all Last Week Tonight episodes, Oliver not only takes the case and makes it all simple enough for any person to understand, he drops the mic at the end as well.

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What the new FCC Internet Privacy rules mean for you

What the new FCC Internet Privacy rules mean for you

On March 10th, 2016, the FCC proposed a set of broadband rules for consumer privacy across the United States. What we're looking at here is what might be - not what is just yet. What you'll find is that FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is proposing is that "when consumers sign up for internet service, they shouldn't have to sign away their right to privacy." Novel concept, yes?

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