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+ - Google Announces "End-To-End" Encryption Extension for Chrome

Submitted by Nexus Unplugged
Nexus Unplugged (2495076) writes "On their security blog today, Google announced a new Chrome extension called "End-To-End" intended to make browser-based encryption of messages easier for users. The extension, which was rumored to be "underway" a couple months ago, is currently in an "alpha" version and is not yet available pre-packaged or in the Chrome Web Store. It utilizes a Javascript implementation of OpenPGP, meaning that your private keys are never sent to Google. However, if you'd like to use the extension on multiple machines, its keyring is saved in localStorage, which can be encrypted with a passphrase before being synced. The extension still qualifies for Google's Vulnerability Reward Program, and joins a host of PGP-related extensions already available for Chrome."

+ - Google Launches 64-bit Version Of Chrome For Windows

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Google today announced the debut of a 64-bit version of Chrome for Windows, starting with the introduction of 64-bit Dev and Canary channels for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users. You can download both now from their respective pages: Dev and Canary. It's worth noting that in both cases the 64-bit version is offered by default if you are running a 64-bit flavor of Windows, though the 32-bit version is still available. This would suggest Google eventually plans to serve up the 64-bit version of Chrome as the default version for 64-bit Windows users."

+ - Bittorrent will release AppSync alpha at the end of April->

Submitted by roidelapluie
roidelapluie (1576355) writes "Bittorent has sent a mail to the people who registered to their private alpha program for SyncApp — a decentralized bittorent-based solution for file-syncing across many computers. The mail announced that they "have made some great progress with SyncApp" and they "will be opening the Alpha version of SyncApp for anyone o download by the end of April"."
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Cloud

+ - CloudFlare DNS goes down, takes nearly a million websites with it

Submitted by Nexus Unplugged
Nexus Unplugged (2495076) writes "Content Delivery Network and DNS provider CloudFlare was unavailable for about an hour early this morning, affecting the likes of Wikileaks, 4chan, Cydia, some Philippine government sites, and their own site. A TechCrunch article discussing the outage points out that "CloudFlare generates so many pageviews that it would be the tenth [largest] website in the world." The problem was quickly confirmed on Twitter, and service was restored shortly thereafter."
Networking

+ - IPv6 deployment picking up speed->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The Internet's addressing authority (IANA) ran out of IPv4 Internet addresses in early 2011. The IPv6 protocol (now 15 years old) was designed exactly for this scenario, as it provides many more addresses than our foreseeable addressing needs. However, IPv6 deployment has so far been dismal, accounting for 1% of total traffic (the high-end of estimates). A recent paper by researchers at the Cooperative Association for Internet Data analysis (CAIDA) indicates that IPv6 deployment may be picking up at last. The paper, published at the Internet Measurement Conference (IMC) shows that the IPv6 network shows signs of maturing, with its properties starting to resemble the deployed IPv4 network. Deployment appears to be non-uniform, however; while the "core" of the network appears to be ready, networks at the "edges" are lacking. There are geographical differences too — Europe and the Asia Pacific region are ahead of North America."
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The Internet

+ - co.cc goes the way of the Dodo

Submitted by Nexus Unplugged
Nexus Unplugged (2495076) writes "Free domain provider co.cc seems to have quietly and mysteriously disappeared. No official explanation has yet been provided, but a cached copy suggest that they stopped accepting new registrations some time ago. Speculation, however, seems to come to a single conclusion. From the article:

Due to its free nature (and it’s $10 for as many as you want), Co.CC was abused and used for scams and spamming and was even de-listed by Google at one point although they did re-enable it. Getting back to the article on hand a few days ago Co.CC seems to have removed its DNS records which ultimately has stops its own site from working and every sub domain it provided.

It's worth noting that free domains are still easily obtainable from places like DotTK."

Android

+ - CyanogenMod Domain Stolen->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The team behind CyanogenMod, one of the most popular community-driven, Android-based operating systems for phones and tablets, has announced that they're moving to Cyanogenmod.org after their .com domain was held ransom by a community member. He had been in control of the .com domain name for some time, but the team found out he was impersonating Cyanogen to make deals with community sites. When they removed his access to other parts of the CM infrastructure, he demanded $10,000 to relinquish control of the domain and threatened to change the DNS entries. When they refused to pay, he went through with it. The team is now disputing control of the domain with ICANN. They said, 'We will continue to be open about the what, when, how, but unfortunately, we may never know the "why" – though greed comes to mind. The team itself has not made a profit off of CM and that is not our goal. But to have one of our own betray the community like this is beyond our comprehension.'"
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Android

+ - Cyanogenmod.com domain hijacked by a former developer->

Submitted by fiji
fiji (4544) writes "The cyanogenmod.com domain has been taken over by a former developer. After making referral deals that he was not authorized to make, the developer was confronted by other members of the team. The fallout is that the main cyanogenmod domain has fallen off the net. For the time being, see cyanogenmod.org."
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Censorship

+ - Egypt Loves Internet Porn, But Just Banned It->

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Daniel_Stuckey
Daniel_Stuckey writes "Backed by “Pure Net,” a Salafist Muslim grassroots organization, conservative Egyptian public-prosecutor Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud has decided it’s time to finally enforce an outstanding 2009 court order to ban Internet porn. Arguing that porn goes against traditional Egyptian values and customs, Pure Net staged a demonstration last week, calling on this action. And who was going to oppose them publicly?

In a country that has been a world leader in Google searches (2006-2007) for “sex”, “sexy”, “bird sex”, “elephant sex” and “pig sex”, it feels like the nation of roughly 82 million is going to be full of a ton of upset dudes repressed into silence on the front of the issue, dealing with a nasty paradigm. Too embarrassed to fight for one of the wrongest rights in the free world, those who might bravely do so would ultimately incur suggested allegiances with cultures as Western as Vegas. The Catch 22’ing ensues.

But is it really time for Egypt to join China and Iran in kindergarten intranet world? After the revolutions of 2011, protestors and liberal voices have carried forth demands for expressive freedoms and decreased state control. With the state taking the reigns over pornographic content (which some have mused would be an operation spearheaded by eagerly volunteering young religious men) a continued stride over Internet freedoms by families-that-are-pissed-their-toddlers-found-daddy’s-bird-sex-gallery could signal a decline for one of Egypt’s most progressive and integral machines: The Internet."

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