WhatsApp Co-Founder Puts $50M Into Signal To Supercharge Encrypted Messaging

WhatsApp Co-Founder Puts $50M Into Signal To Supercharge Encrypted Messaging

In the four or so years since it launched, end-to-end encrypted messaging app Signal has become the security community's gold standard for surveillance-resistant communications. Its creators have built an encryption protocol that companies from WhatsApp to Facebook Messenger to Skype have all added to their own products to offer truly private conversations to billions of people. And it's done so as a non-profit with, at any given moment, a tiny staff that includes just two or three full-time coders. Now imagine what it might accomplish with actual Silicon Valley money behind it.

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1Password bolts on a ‘pwned password’ check

1Password bolts on a ‘pwned password’ check

Password management service 1Password has a neat new feature that lets users check whether a password they’re thinking of using has already been breached. At which point it will suggest they pick another. This is in addition to the more usual password strength indicator bar that tries to encourage web users to improve their security practices. The pwnage check builds on that by further reducing the risk of password reuse because it’s verifying if the specific password has appeared in a number of known data breaches.

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Bank of America Admits Bitcoin is a Threat in SEC Report

Bank of America Admits Bitcoin is a Threat in SEC Report

In an annual filing to the Security and Exchange Commission, America's second-largest bank has expressed fears over cryptocurrency's potential to undermine the control of major banks. It has long been speculated that Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies pose a threat to major banks and traditional financial institutions. Now, Bank of America admits it could be forced to deal with the “substantial” costs associated with the emerging market.

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Why Do Google, Airbnb, And Pinterest All Have Such Similar Logos?

Why Do Google, Airbnb, And Pinterest All Have Such Similar Logos?

Why do so many tech companies’ logos look the same? From Google and Airbnb to Spotify and Pinterest, these companies have gradually shifted their branding from idiosyncratic typefaces to remarkably similar sans-serif fonts. This month, a viral tweet from the type studio Oh No Type Co compared those four companies’ former and current logos, demonstrating how alike each company’s current branding looks.

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Small b blogging

Small b blogging

There’s an idea that starting a blog is harder than it used to be. That there used to be a way to write a few words, slap it online and wait for the traffic to roll in.

I call BS. It’s not that it’s not true exactly – but that kind of thinking is living in the shadow of the Digg homepage.

I’d like to propose a new mental model for blogging – small b blogging. Let me show you what I mean.

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Intel confirms it didn’t tell national security officials about chip flaws

Intel confirms it didn't tell national security officials about chip flaws

There was "no indication that any of these vulnerabilities had been exploited by malicious actors," the chipmaker said. Intel has confirmed to Rep. Greg Walden that the company withheld information about security weaknesses in its computer chips from U.S. national security officials until after news of the vulnerabilities leaked out online.

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Oregon Looks to Repeal Law That Gave Comcast a Huge Tax Break

Oregon Looks to Repeal Law That Gave Comcast a Huge Tax Break

A few years ago, you might recall that Oregon legislators passed a new law giving tax cuts to ISPs willing to quickly deploy gigabit broadband in the state. The goal was to encourage the rise of smaller broadband competitors, easing their entry into what traditional has been a very hostile market controlled by politically-powerful incumbents. But the effort had numerous issues, first of which being that an initial draft actually make deployment more expensive for companies like Google Fiber. The other problem: Comcast quickly nabbed millions in tax breaks due to the legislation without having to do much of anything different.

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Crazy new Swedish bill makes sharing music and TV as bad a “crime” as manslaughter (yes, really)

Crazy new Swedish bill makes sharing music and TV as bad a “crime” as manslaughter (yes, really)

A new crazy bill in front of the Swedish parliament makes ordinary sharing of TV, music, and movies as severe a “crime” as some types of homicide. The Swedish IT industry and net community is in shock and disbelief, while the copyright industry lobbyists are cheering.

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Bank of England Governor Claims “Bitcoin Has Failed”

Bank of England Governor Claims “Bitcoin Has Failed”

Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England (BoE), has claimed that “[Bitcoin] has pretty much failed thus far on … the traditional aspects of money. It is not a store of value because it is all over the map. Nobody uses it as a medium of exchange.” These comments were made Monday evening at an event at Regent’s University in London.

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