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Submission + - Fog clears around encrypted email provider Lavabit court documents (nytimes.com)

snowtigger writes: The New York Times reports that on Wednesday, a federal judge unsealed documents in the case (covered here), allowing the tech entrepreneur to speak candidly for the first time about his experiences. Among other things, a court order required provide the F.B.I. with “technical assistance,” which agents told him meant handing over the private encryption keys, technically called SSL certificates, that unlock communications for all users.
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Submission + - Google Public DNS now supports DNSSEC validation (blogspot.com.au)

snowtigger writes: Google’s Public DNS service, behind the well-known 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 IP addresses, now supports DNSSEC validation. Previously, the service accepted and forwarded DNSSEC-formatted messages but did not perform validation.

Effective deployment of DNSSEC requires action from both DNS resolvers and authoritative name servers. Resolvers, especially those of ISPs and other public resolvers, need to start validating DNS responses. Meanwhile, domain owners have to sign their domains. Today, about 1/3 of top-level domains have been signed, but most second-level domains remain unsigned. From the daily 130 billion DNS queries the service receives, only 7% of queries from the client side are DNSSEC-enabled (about 3% requesting validation and 4% requesting DNSSEC data but no validation) and about 1% of DNS responses from the name server side are signed.

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Submission + - Google Maps released on iOS (blogspot.com.au)

snowtigger writes: Google just released the Maps for iOS. It’s a sharper looking, vector-based map that loads quickly and provides smooth tilting and rotating of 2D and 3D views. Google also released the Google Maps SDK for iOS, and a simple URL scheme to help developers use Google Maps when building their beautiful and innovative apps. The new Google Maps app is available for the iPhone and iPod Touch (4th gen) iOS 5.1 and higher, in more than 40 countries and 29 languages

Submission + - Google TV update (blogspot.com)

snowtigger writes: Google announced updates to the Google TV today. Features include better streaming video and music integration, a simpler user interface and apps from the Android market

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