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Web of Trust selling user browsing history

Add-on companies are selling the browsing history of millions of users to third-parties according to a report that aired on German national TV. Reporters of Panorama managed to gain access to a large data collection that contained the browsing history of roughly 3 million German Internet users. The data was collected by companies that produce browser extensions for various popular browsers such as Chrome...

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Lunarsoft SSL support is site wide

During the early morning hours of October 26, 2016 I spent time getting Lunarsoft SSL support across all of the domains. I’ve updated all of the links on the forums, wiki, and frontpage software. I’m also updating image links that were posted with websites like imgur to make sure https is in use. I’ve made sure that every page – whether it’s content or...

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Twitter discontinues Vine video sharing service

Twitter is shutting down video-sharing service Vine “in the coming months,” the company announced Thursday. Vine, which lets you share short video clips, debuted in 2013. Twitter acquired Vine in 2012 before the service had even launched. The news comes the same day Twitter announced it would lay off more than 300 workers, or 9% of the company’s global workforce, within the company’s sales,...

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Microsoft Teams will compete against Slack

Microsoft is holding an event in New York City on November 2 next week. It’s an Office event, but beyond that, the company hasn’t officially said what it’s about. Microsoft is also building a competitor to Slack, the Web-based IRC-like messaging app that has become the darling of millennial-infested newsrooms and software startups around the globe. It looked like it was originally to be...

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Google Fiber halts service in several cities, CEO steps down

Google’s ambitious plan to spread high-speed internet service across the US has hit a bump in the road as the group leading the charge scales back its operations and is roiled by a management shake up. Craig Barratt, the head of Google Access, is stepping down and the company is freezing plans to roll out the high-speed Google Fiber broadband service to 8 new cities, company announced on Tuesday. Access, which...

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Microsoft releases toolkit to build human speech recognition

Last week, Microsoft announced a speech recognition breakthrough: a transcription system that can match humans, with a word error rate of 5.9 percent for conversational speech. This new system is built on an open source toolkit that Microsoft already developed. A major new update to the toolkit, now called the Cognitive Toolkit, was released today in beta. Formerly called the Computational Network Toolkit (CNTK),...

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iPhone hack possible when opening jpg, pdf, or fonts

What’s worse than knowing that innocent looking JPEGs, PDFs and font files can hijack your iPhone, iPad, and iPod. Yes, attackers can take over your vulnerable Apple’s iOS device remotely – all they have to do is trick you to view a maliciously-crafted JPEG graphic or PDF file through a website or an email, which could allow them to execute malicious code on your...

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Original Netflix content liked more than other content

Today’s Netflix looks very different than the company that was founded in 1997 – or, for that matter, the one that existed just a few years ago. Netflix went from being a movie rental service to the industry’s first true movie streaming service, and it created a market space that has attracted a lot of competition. That competition – in the form of services...

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Comodo’s broken OCR issues certs to the wrong organizations

A recent bug report on Mozilla’s Bugzilla states that Comodo’s broken OCR is issuing certificates to the wrong organizations. Details in the report outline that Comodo issued an incorrect certificate to the domain of a major Australian provider. What makes this worse is that the developers of the OCR software were aware of the faults. This issue also has an impact on the .eu...

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Dyn DDoS caused by Mirai malware is being investigated

This morning, several sites were shut down due to a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on Dyn, a large domain name server. Sites affected include Twitter, Spotify, the New York Times, Reddit, Yelp, Box, Pinterest, Paypal and potentially a lot more. It seems as if this attack was focused on the east coast. Now Reuters is reporting that the US government is investigating...