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Google last week released its E2EMail encryption code to open source as a way of pushing development of the technology.

“Google has been criticized over the amount of time and seeming lack of progress it has made in E2EMail encryption, so open sourcing the code could help the project proceed more quickly,” said Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT.

That will not stop critics, as reactions to the decision have shown, he told LinuxInsider.

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Worried how the recent trove of secret CIA documents affects you and the phone you’re currently using?

With regards to that particular set of bugs, (which describe numerous vulnerabilities in both Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS), iPhone owners are mostly in the clear, but not completely.

According to Apple, “many” of these vulnerabilities have already been patched in the latest version of iOS, and the company is working to “rapidly address” the remaining bugs.

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In a regulatory filing, Yahoo revealed some additional details about data breaches that have affected over a billion accounts. Among that information is the news that hackers who obtained Yahoo’s code and were able to create their own cookies were able to access 32 million accounts through 2015 and 2016. Additionally, the 10-K statement provided to the SEC says that Yahoo notified 26 individuals and consulted with law enforcement after it became aware that state-sponsored hackers had exploited its account management tool for access.

Yahoo publicly revealed the extent of these breaches in December, but admits in the report that in 2014 “it appears certain senior executives did not properly comprehend or investigate, and therefore failed to act sufficiently upon, the full extent of knowledge known internally by the Company’s information security team.”

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What happens when too many websites are hosted by the same service provider? Just in case that provider experiences some issues, a large part of the internet goes down. Yes, here I’m talking about Amazon S3 web-based storage service. AWS is mostly used for storing images for a lot of sites, and many of them also use to host entire sites.

This happened on February 28, when Amazon S3 started experiencing “high error rates”, causing chaos among many websites that depended on AWS to work. These sites and services include the likes of Medium, Slack, Quora, Giphy, Nest, etc.

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced Project Sangam, a cloud-based initiative to skill job-seekers as well as help them find better job opportunities, in India.

Speaking at Microsoft’s ‘Future Decoded’ event in Mumbai on Wednesday, Nadella said that Project Sangam “is actually the first coming together of Microsoft and LinkedIn” — the professional networking site which it acquired in a $26.2-billion deal last year.

“Project Sangam was born out of what we observed uniquely in India,” Nadella said at the congregation of business leaders, designers and thinkers. “It is a cloud-based solution for skill development and employment,” he said.

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Samsung will exhibit four new augmented and virtual reality projects out of the C-Lab program at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. C-Lab or Creative Lab is the chaebol’s in-house initiative that gives employees time off to work on their most innovative ideas. For instance, the first of the four exhibits is Relúmĭno — a visual aid app for the Gear VR that can help visually impaired people watch TV and read again “with new levels of clarity.” The app does that by enhancing visuals, repositioning images to get rid of blind spots and correcting images that appear distorted for people with metamorphopsia.

The next exhibit is called Monitorless, which is a pair of ordinary-looking glasses that can replace PC and smartphone monitors that you can see in the image above.

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Microsoft Is Winning a Battle Against Government Surveillance

Microsoft just scored a point for its customers’ privacy. Today, US District Judge ruled that the government can’t avoid a lawsuit alleging that its surveillance operations violate citizens’ constitutional rights. The judge in question is the same one that Donald Trump recently referred to as a “so-called judge.”

The case dates back to last April, when Microsoft sued the Department of Justice over FBI email searches that appeared to violate the First Amendment and Fourth Amendment rights of American citizens.

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Court indicts contractor who stole NSA's hacking tools (1)

A federal grand jury has indicted former NSA contractor Harold Thomas Martin for what could be the biggest theft of classified materials in the US. According to Reuters, the indictment alleges that Martin has been stealing from NSA, CIA and other intelligence agencies for 20 years as a private contractor with top security clearance. When he was arrested in October 2016, he was working for Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corp, the same consulting firm that Edward Snowden worked for when he leaked top secret files to the press in 2013. The event forced the company to hire former FBI Director Robert Mueller to audit its security and personnel.

Martin’s indictment listed all the documents he was accused of stealing. One document contained “extremely sensitive US planning and operations regarding global terrorists,” another contained intelligence on other countries’ cyber issues and foreign cyber intrusion techniques.

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97 tech firms team up against Trump's immigration ban (1)

As expected, Intel, Google, Microsoft, Apple and 93 other tech firms have filed an amicus brief in support of lawsuits against President Donald Trump’s executive order barring immigrants from seven countries. “The Executive Order abandons these principals [of tolerance, equality and openness],” the brief, spotted by Ars Technica, states. “[It] inflicts significant harm on American business, innovation and growth as a result.”

After suits were filed against the order in Washington and other states, US District Judge James Robart blocked the order, effective immediately.

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Hackers Targeted DC Police Cams Days Before Inauguration

A ransomware attack darkened the video surveillance system of the District of Columbia’s police department eight days before the presidential inauguration of Donald J. Trump.

Video storage devices for 70 percent of the CCTV system were unable to record anything between Jan. 12 and Jan. 15, as police techies scrambled to combat malicious software found on 123 of 187 networked video recorders, The Washington Post reported Friday.

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