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Here’s why 45,000 people just signed an open letter to Netflix

Here’s why 45,000 people just signed an open letter to Netflix

At the beginning of this year Netflix made a huge announcement. For the first time, they were going to stop turning a blind eye to customers who VPNs to access content outside of their geographical location. Over the last few months they've made good on that promise, and they've managed to upset at least 45,000 users.

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Microsoft axes contentious Windows 10 Wi-Fi sharing feature

Microsoft axes contentious Windows 10 Wi-Fi sharing feature

One of the themes that Microsoft has tried to push with Windows 10 is how the latest OS tries to make life easier for users by making decisions for them. While an almost nice goal, that usually meant Windows 10 added or enabled features sometimes without the user's consent or even knowledge. One of those conveniences was Wi-Fi Sense, which supposedly made it easier to share Wi-Fi access, meaning passwords, with people in your social networks who happen to also be in the same area. Unsurprisingly, it was a controversial feature that Microsoft is now removing almost a year later, but for a different reason.

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FBI: Maybe we have, maybe we haven’t, wiretapped an Amazon Echo

FBI: Maybe we have, maybe we haven’t, wiretapped an Amazon Echo

Take a count of how many microphones are around your right now -- your phone, of course, which is probably always listening, and your laptop most likely. Your TV? Perhaps, if it's new enough. Your wireless speaker probably has a microphone, too, for speakerphone functions. Your smartwatch might have a microphone. There are even smart refrigerators cropping up with integrated microphones (for voice commands, not spying), and, of course, dedicated personal assistants like Amazon Echo and Tap. How many of those microphones has the FBI tapped?

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Report: Twitter strips US intelligence agencies of Dataminr access

Report: Twitter strips US intelligence agencies of Dataminr access

A couple years ago, we reported that Twitter had teamed with startup Dataminr to monitor, find, and surface tweets related to specific things. The intention was providing news agencies like CNN with fast-access to tweets that may aid journalists in forming their stories. Dataminr is the only company with Twitter’s blessing to have real-time access to its public tweets and to sell those tweets back to various clients, some of whom have been U.S. intelligence agencies. According to a source, Twitter has decided to cut off those agencies’ access to Dataminr’s harvested data.

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Waze: hackers can’t track you specifically, so stop worrying

Waze: hackers can’t track you specifically, so stop worrying

Researchers detailed a security vulnerability affecting navigation app Waze this week, and it ignited concerns about potential privacy violations and mass surveillance. Waze has been quick to respond, saying in a lengthy statement today that it has tighten up the vulnerability, but also that concerns were overblown and you shouldn’t waste your time worrying. Among other things, the vulnerability wouldn’t have allowed anyone to find you specifically.

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Facebook: 60% of government requests ban notifying affected users

Facebook: 60% of government requests ban notifying affected users

Facebook has released its new Global Government Requests Report, and this time around it includes some case studies as examples of the types of requests it gets. The report also includes a bigger bit of information — the company says that about 60-percent of the government requests it received in the second half of 2015 included gag orders that prevented Facebook from notifying the affected users. On the flip side, though, Facebook has been able to disclose national security requests in bands of 500 rather than the previous 1000 it had to use before.

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Let’s Not use Dolphin Browser as it records us in incognito mode

Let’s Not use Dolphin Browser as it records us in incognito mode

It would appear that Dolphin Browser has been caught - again - sharing information about what you're browsing on the web with servers in China. Back in 2011, Dolphin Browser was caught sharing every link you clicked, every search term you enter, and every page that you end up loading. They responded after being caught sharing this information with a sort of "opt-in" feature for what they suggested was a feature. Here in 2016, there's a similar "feature" in place that makes us feel like we're not going to be able to trust Dolphin ever again.

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Facebook now sees 1 million users login via Tor each month

Facebook now sees 1 million users login via Tor each month

Tor (The Onion Router) is a popular technology used when people want to preserve their anonymity online. While it's sometimes blamed as a tool that enables illegal activity on the internet, it's also helpful to protect people from hackers, or from government surveillance in countries with strict online regulation. But in the last year or so, it turns out many people have been using it just for logging in to Facebook.

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Viber rolls out encryption for Android, iOS, and desktop

Viber rolls out encryption for Android, iOS, and desktop

Viber, the messaging service that has never quite reached a WhatsApp level of fame, has announced the launch of full end-to-end encryption, following in the footsteps of some other services to better provide users with protection against government spying and more. The feature is available on all devices Viber supports, including Android, iOS, Mac, and PC. The feature is rolling out to users now.

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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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