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The latest headlines about the tech world. This is the featured news that reaches the frontpage of Lunarsoft.

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Scout is an upcoming Mozilla voice controlled browser

Mozilla may be working on a voice-controlled platform of its own. A listing for an all-hands internal meeting appeared about what seems like a new project: Scout. “With the Scout app, we start to explore browsing and consuming content with voice,” it read. It’s very unclear what the platform may or may not end up doing, as the meeting is focused on technical requirements...

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Microsoft Office gets Fluent design system

Microsoft is redesigning its Office productivity apps to make them easier to use, as it faces stiffer competition from Google. Microsoft said Wednesday it’s refreshing Office 365 apps, including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint, in part so that they’re more accessible for users with disabilities. The company is vastly reducing the size of the ribbon — the toolbar that for so many years has...

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Apple makes data harvesting more difficult

Apple has updated its rules to restrict app developers’ ability to harvest data from mobile phones, which could be bad news for a Facebook-owned data security app called Onavo Protect. Onavo ostensibly provides users with a free virtual private network (VPN) which, it claims, helps “keep you and your data safe when you browse and share information on the web”. What is not immediately...

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Project Fusion aims to bring Super Private mode to Firefox

The Tor Project announced that it’s working with Mozilla to integrate Tor into Firefox. Eventually, this should completely eliminate the need for the Tor Browser, as most of its features would be merged into Firefox’s new “super-private mode.” Tor Browser Development Largely Redundant The Tor Browser is based on the Extended Support Release (ESR) version of Firefox, because it’s a more stable development cycle...

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It’s Official: Microsoft acquires GitHub for $7.5 billion

It has just been announced that Microsoft has acquired GitHub for $7.5 billion in Microsoft stock. The news comes after days of speculation about the deal. This is big news as GitHub hosts the world’s largest collection of code, with many developers using it as a repository for projects. As of March 2018, GitHub claimed there were 28 million developers in its community, and...

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Rumors are saying Microsoft acquired GitHub

Rumors are going around that Microsoft acquired GitHub, and could announce the deal as early as Monday. Bloomberg reports that the software giant has agreed to acquire GitHub, and that the company chose Microsoft partly because of CEO Satya Nadella. Business Insider first reported that Microsoft had been in talks with GitHub recently. GitHub is a vast code repository that has become popular with...

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Windows Insiders see Line Feed Notepad fix

Windows Notepad users, rejoice! Microsoft’s text editing app, which has been shipping with Windows since version 1.0 in 1985, has finally been taught how to handle line endings in text files created on Linux, Unix, Mac OS, and macOS devices. “This has been a major annoyance for developers, IT Pros, administrators, and end users throughout the community,” Microsoft acknowledged in a blog post today,...

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Netflix cancels badge scheme for kids binge watchers

Netflix is killing an experimental feature that would have made binge watching a game targeted at children. Twitter users recently noticed that the company was testing a system that rewarded kids for binge watching, doling out “reward patches” to kids that managed to watch entire series or specific programs like “Trollhunters,” “Fuller House” and “A Series of Unfortunate Events.” The company confirmed the plan...

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Netflix debuts the public bug bounty program

Netflix’s goal is to deliver joy to our 117+ million members around the world, and it’s the security team’s job to keep our members, partners and employees secure. We have been engaging with the security community to achieve this goal through programs like responsible disclosure and private bug bounty over the past 5 years. We are now publicly launching our bug bounty program through...

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Chrome 66 will block autoplaying videos

Google is finally getting serious about blocking annoying autoplay videos that start with the sound blaring. The next update to Chrome (version 66) will include changes to autoplay videos that mean the browser will only play them automatically if the sound isn’t playing by default, or if you click and interact with the site, or have previously “shown an interest in media on the...