There’s a war going on over 5G (and no, that’s not a conspiracy theory)

There’s a war going on over 5G (and no, that’s not a conspiracy theory)

First there’s Trump himself, whose attacks on Chinese tech companies appear to be part of a broader strategy aimed at getting a better trade deal out of China.

How Development Teams Buy SaaS

How Development Teams Buy SaaS

In the future, every company will become a software company.” Additionally, you often hear expressions like, “In the application economy, software developers reign supreme.” And yet, there is a persistent stereotype that executive management holds all of the power in how organizations evaluate and purchase technology.

How the U.S. Military Buys Location Data from Ordinary Apps

How the U.S. Military Buys Location Data from Ordinary Apps

The app has been downloaded over 50 million times on Android, according to the Google Play Store , and over 98 million in total across other platforms including iOS, according to Muslim Pro's website .The news highlights the opaque location data industry and the fact that the U.S. military, which has infamously used other location data to target drone strikes , is purchasing access to sensitive data.

Perhaps Mozilla Should Unfck Itself Before “Unfcking The Internet”

Perhaps Mozilla Should Unfck Itself Before “Unfcking The Internet”

Yet, people get laid off because there’s no money, despite the “fellowships & awards” category at Mozilla’s blog showing an at least +$10 million spending (With help of other funds) on these social activities and other web projects just in the last two months.

Urbit is for Communities

Urbit is for Communities

When I think of the places in the physical world where people seem to feel the most at home, they’re places that have evolved over long periods of time and are owned by the communities that inhabit them.

Tails - Tails report for September, 2020

Tails - Tails report for September, 2020

Disable the feature to Turn on Wi-Fi Hotspot in the Wi-Fi settings because it doesn't work in Tails.Settled on a new policy for kernel updates, that balances rapid hardware enablement with lower risk of regressions (#17911).

Google says Android 12 will make using third-party app stores easier

Google says Android 12 will make using third-party app stores easier

The company says that “all developers selling digital goods in their apps are required to use Google Play’s billing system,” and it’s tweaking language in its payment policy to make that clear.

Russia wants to outlaw TLS 1.3, ESNI, DNS over HTTPS, and DNS over TLS

Russia wants to outlaw TLS 1.3, ESNI, DNS over HTTPS, and DNS over TLS

The draft law (text in Russian) “bans the use of encryption protocols allowing for hiding the name (identifier) of a web page or Internet site on the territory of the Russian Federation.” This is supposed to help the Roskomnadzor in their job as Russia’s censor.

CipherTrace Announces World’s First Monero Tracing Capabilities...

CipherTrace Announces World’s First Monero Tracing Capabilities...

CipherTrace’s contract with DHS Science & Technology Directorate resulted in the development of forensic tools for law enforcement and government agencies to trace and visualize Monero transaction flows for criminal investigations.

Omar Roth

Omar Roth

In either case, I consider myself extremely lucky to have people that can manage the project in future, and can only imagine what it would be like for someone without that luxury.

Introducing IOTA Stronghold. Stronghold is a collection of…

Introducing IOTA Stronghold. Stronghold is a collection of…

There are many challenges involved in securely managing digital secrets like passwords, vehicle access codes, and wallet seeds:High-value secrets like private keys need to be encrypted at rest, using modern and secure algorithmsSuch secrets need to be purged from device memory immediately after useUsers must be able to configure systems to their security needsApplications need to run on any type of hardware from phones to cars, where possible leveraging Trusted Execution Environments.

Fawkes tool protects your image from being identified by facial recognition software

Fawkes tool protects your image from being identified by facial recognition software

Try out Fawkes the new pixel blurring tool to avoid artificial intelligence and deep learning facial recognition software.The researcher have noted that during experiments, Fawkes provided high levels of protection against facial recognition models, the team said, regardless of how the models were trained.

US policy arm of major computing association urges suspension of facial recognition technology

US policy arm of major computing association urges suspension of facial recognition technology

The Association for Computing Machinery's US Technology Policy Committee (USTPC) today called for "an immediate suspension of the current and future private and governmental use of facial recognition (FR) technologies in all circumstances known or reasonably foreseeable to be prejudicial to established human and legal rights" in its "Statement on Principles and Prerequisites for the Development, Evaluation and Use of Unbiased Facial Recognition Technologies.".

German EPP delegation want special treatment for app users

German EPP delegation want special treatment for app users

MEPs belonging to Germany’s CDU/CSU outfit have published a wish list for a European digital response to the corona pandemic, featuring recommendations for the lifting of quarantine restrictions for people who install contact tracing apps.

None of seven proposed corona apps meets privacy criteria, says legal advisor

None of seven proposed corona apps meets privacy criteria, says legal advisor

Veldhuis was asked to assess the seven contenders against a number of criteria including anonymity, accuracy, transparency and whether the app would be deleted once it was no longer required.

Contacts Generator

Contacts Generator

·This app has three main functions: Contacts generation, deletion and pulling DB.·You can generate random contacts on the specific account you select easily.·You can delete all contacts on the specific account you select by one click.

Memento Labs, the Reborn Hacking Team, Is Struggling

Memento Labs, the Reborn Hacking Team, Is Struggling

"There’s only two developers left, and none of them are competent enough to keep up certain projects," a former Hacking Team and Memento Labs employee, who asked to remain anonymous to discuss internal issues, told Motherboard.

Private Internet Access announces Wireguard VPN Beta

Private Internet Access announces Wireguard VPN Beta

Private Internet Access has long had established server-client connection best practices for all of our VPN connection types such as OpenVPN and IPSec. We have added these best practices to our WireGuard implementation to ensure the same no logging VPN service that our users expect and will always get.

Android users, your WhatsApp chat backup on Google Drive may soon be encrypted

Android users, your WhatsApp chat backup on Google Drive may soon be encrypted

The company itself mentions this on its FAQ website “Media and messages you back up aren’t protected by WhatsApp end-to-end encryption while in Google Drive.”.As mentioned by the WABeta Info account, Google Drive backup of chats might finally be encrypted.

Vatican joins IBM, Microsoft to call for facial recognition regulation

Vatican joins IBM, Microsoft to call for facial recognition regulation

“New forms of regulation must be encouraged to promote transparency and compliance with ethical principles, especially for advanced technologies that have a higher risk of impacting human rights, such as facial recognition,” the document said.

Clearview AI - super crime fighter or the death of privacy as we know it?

Clearview AI - super crime fighter or the death of privacy as we know it?

In a nutshell, the New York Times published an article on Ton-That (and others’ as you will see) tiny company Clearview AI on January 18, 2020 that revealed, among many other serious things, that the company claims to have quietly scraped Facebook, YouTube, Venmo and millions of other websites to assemble a database of 3 billion faces.

Swift Crypto helps more developers than ever to build secure applications

Swift Crypto helps more developers than ever to build secure applications

Apple has introduced a new open-source Swift Crypto package which makes the secure capabilities of Apple’s CryptoKit available to the wider Swift community — even if they’re deploying their software on platforms other than Apple’s own.

Reviving Sandstorm

Reviving Sandstorm

While Sandstorm had had a healthy community of folks using it and building apps, there had been fewer contributions to Sandstorm itself from outside the company, and no one but Sandstorm employees had been doing major core development on a regular basis.

#EthicalWebDev – guide for ethical website development and maintenance

#EthicalWebDev – guide for ethical website development and maintenance

For example, it has become more and more common for web developers to take “free” resources, such as fonts and scripts and use them on the websites that they design.Ethical Web Dev – Guide for ethical website development and maintenance.

Paid Cerberus 'lifetime' licenses are expiring, customers are mad (Update: Complaints deleted from forum)

Paid Cerberus 'lifetime' licenses are expiring, customers are mad (Update: Complaints deleted from forum)

However, in the publicly visible terms and conditions from October 2011, active when our tipster purchased the service, the company didn't bring up an expiration date at all (it did state the license is "revocable," though).

Welcoming Beat Games to Facebook

Welcoming Beat Games to Facebook

They will join Oculus Studios as an independently operated studio in Prague, continuing to create new ways for people to experience music and VR gaming.The Beat Games team will operate the same way they have to date as an independent studio, and they’ll continue to work on Beat Saber across all currently supported platforms.

Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs secures conditional nod for Toronto smart city

Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs secures conditional nod for Toronto smart city

TORONTO (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc’s Sidewalk Labs unit secured conditional approval to move forward in the process to build a smart city in Toronto after agreeing to develop a smaller area than initially proposed and make concessions on data collection and privacy, the city’s waterfront development board said on Thursday.

Toronto’s City of Tomorrow Is Scaled Back Amid Privacy Concerns

Toronto’s City of Tomorrow Is Scaled Back Amid Privacy Concerns

Waterfront Toronto, the government agency responsible for development of the area, voted unanimously to limit the ambitions of the company, Sidewalk Labs, from its original 190-acre plan to 12 acres.

An Interview With Zlatan Todoric, Open-Source Developer & Former Purism CTO

An Interview With Zlatan Todoric, Open-Source Developer & Former Purism CTO

Entire paychecks were cut during campaign for several people (including me, though later repaid us and kept promises on bonuses) and the campaign was going bad (as most of us predict) but then [Klumpp] and I talked about getting KDE community involved as they had Plasma Mobile which was pragmatic way to look at as phone OS base and Todd agreed that we contact them and make deal with them.

Web Tracking Is Killing The Planet

Web Tracking Is Killing The Planet

Every year, these companies pay millions of dollars for web development, and their sites are still so bloated, they have to pour even more money into the most expensive hosting platforms and content delivery networks to keep them running.