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Submission + - Google Boosts Security of Gmail Infrastructure (securityweek.com)

wiredmikey writes: Google announced on Thursday that its Gmail service would use added encryption to protect against eavesdropping and keep messages secure. "Starting today, Gmail will always use an encrypted HTTPS connection when you check or send email,” Gmail security engineering lead, Nicolas Lidzborski, wrote in a blog post.

Lidzborski said that 100 percent of email messages that Gmail users send or receive are encrypted while moving internally. “This ensures that your messages are safe not only when they move between you and Gmail's servers, but also as they move between Google's data centers—something we made a top priority after last summer’s revelations,” he said.

Joseph Hall, chief technologist at the Center for Democracy and Technology, told AFP that Google's encryption "would make it very difficult" for the NSA or others to tap into email traffic directly. "I'm reluctant to say anything is NSA-proof," Hall said. "But I think what Google is trying to do is make sure they come through the front door and not the back door."

In December, Microsoft said it would “pursue a comprehensive engineering effort to strengthen the encryption of customer data” in order to protect its customers from prying eyes and increase transparency.

Submission + - Microsoft pays for positive XBox One coverage, requires breaking FTC rules (kotaku.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft, partnered with Machinima, has put forth a promotion for YouTube personalities — make a video about the XBox One and get money for it. Problematically, they also require that the review not mention anything negative and not disclose that they're getting paid, which breaks FTC disclosure rules. Microsoft has a well-known history of astroturfing, but is this the first proof of them doing it illegally?

Comment Re: He is not an expert... (Score 1) 303

Do you have more information on Apple's security track-record? Seems to me to be much better than Microsoft or Android.

No, this is not true. Two main notes:

1) The only reason people hear about Android "malware" is because antivirus companies are allowed to provide antivirus software for Android. Rarely do they mention that it's people downloading pirated apps from shady third party app stores after they've disabled all the security features.

2) All those "jailbreaks" for iPhones? Those are ALL security exploits. If they can be used to jailbreak the phone, they can be (and have been) used to completely pwn the phone.

Comment Re:Where's the led notification? (Score 1) 773

No way, the Google Now widget is indispensable.

When I turn on my phone in the morning, it tells me how long it'll take me to get to work, the current weather, any out-of-the-ordinary movement of the stocks I have in Google Finance, flight information if I have any coming up, release dates of video games movies or albums, etc. etc.

Pretty wonderful, and way more "magical" and "innovative" than anything Apple has done recently.

Submission + - Jekyll malware sneaks through Apple App Store, wreaks havoc on iOS (networkworld.com)

An anonymous reader writes: "Acting like a software version of a Transformer robot, a malware test app sneaked through Apple’s review process disguised as a harmless app, and then re-assembled itself into an aggressive attacker even while running inside the iOS “sandbox” designed to isolate apps and data from each other. The app, dubbed Jekyll, was helped by Apple’s review process. The malware designers, a research team from Georgia Institute of Technology’s Information Security Center (GTISC), were able to monitor their app during the review: they discovered Apple ran the app for only a few seconds, before ultimately approving it. That wasn’t anywhere near long enough to discover Jekyll’s deceitful nature." So much for Apple's draconian device control increasing security.

Comment Re:That's Just Silly (Score 1) 481

The thing is, he's not even making much sense. He's looking at fighting one fight and missing the overall battle.

Sure, preventing disease is a great thing and will save lives, but so will access to knowledge via the internet. Knowledge of how to prevent disease in the first place. Knowledge of how to best grow food in crappy soil. Knowledge of how to know if drinking water is safe. Knowledge of the first signs of disease so you can go to a doctor. Knowledge of preventative care.

Not to mention the fact that knowledge leads to development of society and better economies, which will help drag these nations out of poverty, which will do more for preventing disease than Gates could ever do.

Comment Re:The stock market isn't based on real value (Score 4, Insightful) 467

It's very straightforward when you think about it:

BP: The unknown was how bad the spill was going to be and how much it would cost them to clean up. Not to mention potential future dollars lost to people boycotting the brand. Uncertainty = stock price drop.

Facebook: Lots of companies are worth tons more than they're currently making because people believe they'll become profitable in the future. Example: if you got in on Apple when they were tiny, you'd be a bazillionaire now. Facebook then proved that they don't actually know how to make money well, and their stock fell flat.

Microsoft: It's not the $900m that made the stock drop $30b, it's what that number symbolizes. The world is quickly moving to making their primary computing devices phones and tablets, and the fact that Microsoft had to write off THAT MUCH unsold inventory means that they're going to be completely left behind in this revolution. That $30b is symbolic of the very real risk that Windows is dying.

Comment Relative dangers? (Score 1) 180

Sure, it may put out the same amount of particles as more common things, but I imagine they're different types of particle. The site is dead so I can't check, but is there anything said about the relative dangers of one particle compared to another? I'm sure, for example, nanoparticles of plastics are much more hazardous than nanoparticles of burnt toast.

Comment Re:Battery Drain (Score 1) 151

I've had a few really neat moments thanks to Now. Besides the obvious birthday reminders, flight updates, etc. (which are great), it's told me a couple times about new albums releasing that day (which I didn't know about but was very interested in), and even that a new episode of Top Gear was scheduled for that night.

This is a very promising area of technology - knowing about things you want to know without you having to ask - and I'm glad to see Google pursuing it.

Comment Facebook is doing the same thing. (Score 1) 192

News is breaking today that Facebook is doing the same thing. http://www.pcworld.com/article/2043271/facebook-moves-to-remove-ads-displayed-with-controversial-content.html

I don't have any insider knowledge, but I suspect it has something to do with this: https://www.google.com/search?q=coppa+july+1st

Comment Re:I'm sure it's effective (Score 5, Insightful) 419

YOU say that, but the majority of the US, who these officials represent, serve, and are employed by, disagree with you. You can't really expect the government to stop doing these things when so many people support it.

See: http://www.people-press.org/2013/06/10/majority-views-nsa-phone-tracking-as-acceptable-anti-terror-tactic/

The internet can be like an echo chamber, especially in places like Slashdot where a lot of like-minded people come together. With all the outrage that you see, it's easy to be blind to the reality of the situation.

You need to work on changing the minds of the public, then maybe you'll see changes in the government.

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