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Submission + - Facebook and Whatapp discontinue support for Blackberry (canadajournal.net)

Meshach writes: Today it has been announced that Facebook and WhatApp have both discontinued support for Blackberry smartphones including BlackBerry 10 and BBOS platforms. Apparently Blackberry fought to have the support continue but in the end they were not successful. BlackBerry has had to replaced their official Facebook App with a native app that uses a simple web interface.

Submission + - Edge is the default browser in Windows 10 (techcrunch.com)

Meshach writes: Chris Beard (CEO of Mozilla) sent an angry letter to Microsoft protesting how Windows 10 sets your default browser to Edge (the Internet Explorer replacement) even if you have previously set your default browser to something else. Users can customize the browser themselves but Beard says that this process is not obvious for non-tech users.

Submission + - Mystery of origin of Moon solved (scmp.com)

Meshach writes: There are many theories to how the Earth and Moon formed. One theory that the moon was formed when two proto-planets (Earth and Theia) collided. The situation hypothesized is that the collision destoyed Theia and the the left over parts eventually cooled and created the moon. This is viewed as more likely then the idea that the Earth and Moon formed independently because their composition is so similar. Previously it was thought that the chances for such a collision were very low but new research suggests that the odds are closer to 20 or 30 percent.

Submission + - Is open-source more secure then closed source? (vancouversun.com)

Meshach writes: Interesting article about whether open source sofware is able to be secured against threats as well as closed-source software. Open-source advocates say they are more secure than proprietary software because developers are constantly fixing flaws found by users. The recent Heartbleed and Shellshock outbreaks vindicate this theory. Critics say the open nature of the software leaves it vulnerable to hackers because the programing flaws are out in the open for all to see.

Submission + - Google heavily critizied for releasing new Bomb Gaza game (telegraph.co.uk)

Meshach writes: Google is being heavily critisized for releasing a game called "Bomb Gaza". Users play the part of Isreal and they drop bombs on terrorists and avoid civillians. The desctiption on the play store is as follows: “Terrorist cells are launching rockets into your country, do you have what it takes to protect your citizens?” A few users have complained but Google has been unavailable for comment.

Submission + - Harvard Bomber Hoax Perpetrator Caught through Tor (nbcnews.com)

Meshach writes: The FBI has caught the student who called in a bomb threat on December 16. The student used a temporary anonymous email account routed through Tor but the FBI were able to trace it because it originated in the Harvard wireless network. He could face as long as five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine if convicted.

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