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Apple, Google, Microsoft tell GCHQ to drop 'ghost' spy protocol

A proposal floated last year by Britain's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) to create an invisible listening-in facility for end-to-end encrypted messaging services has been slammed by a coalition of technology companies, civil rights organisations and security experts as dangerous and a threat to basic human rights.

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5G: Upgrade or Uncertainty?

5G is the next generation of mobile communications that offers higher speeds then have been achievable in the past.With the ever increasing transmission of data, this has become important.
There has been a great deal of discussion about whether 5G is dangerous or not. I am not an expert on the subject but I trust the article from Skeptoid to be factual and reasonable.
The conclusion from the linked article is that it is not dangerous.
Source is Skeptoid Article
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Poland files complaint with EU's top court over copyright rule change

Poland has submitted a complaint to the European Union's top court against copyright rules adopted by the bloc in April to protect Europe's creative industries, which Warsaw says may result in preventive censorship.
Yes, the innocuous appearing legislation! Today the likes of Google, Facebook and Twitter absolve themselves of responsibility for content but actively censor anything they consider to be wrong-speech. The mainstream media have become on the whole propagandists that censor and distort any information that does not correspond to their narrative. Interesting that a former east block communist country stands up for freedom.
Full article from itNews (originally from Thomson Reuters):
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Snapchat employees abused company data access tools to spy on users

According to a report on Thursday, a number of Snap employees abused privileged data management tools to snoop on Snapchat users, in some cases potentially gaining access to location and contact information, as well as saved Snaps.
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Google has stored some passwords in plain text since 2005

Google announced today that it's the latest tech giant to have accidentally stored user passwords unprotected in plaintext. G Suite users, pay attention.
Google says that the bug affected "a small percentage of G Suite users," meaning it does not impact individual consumer accounts, but does affect some business and corporate accounts, which have their own risks and sensitivities.

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Apple updates 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros

Apple has announced a new crop of MacBook Pro models with Intel's newest 8th and 9th generation Core processors and is addressing concerns with its ultra slim butterfly keyboards with new enhancements to substantially reduce issues users may experience with stuck or unresponsive keys.

Read more at:
Apple AU or watch a video at: AppleInsider

Apple is fixing the keyboards on Macbook Pros

Following on from some users having experienced issues with their Macbook Pro’s butterfly keyboards, Apple will extend its keyboard repair program, in a bid to appease Apple laptop owners who have been frustrated by stuck or double-typing keys.

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Apple Fixing Keyboards

Thousands of Linksys Routers Leaking Sensitive Data: What to Do Now

Security researcher Troy Mursch last week revealed that more than 25,000 Linksys home Wi-Fi routers around the world are secretly leaking sensitive information about themselves, and the devices on their networks, to anyone who knows what to look for. There's a full list of the roughly three dozen affected models here.

App Store antitrust suit against Apple to proceed

Is this just another money grab by get rich quick lawyers? The arguments are complex. For example, Apple pays for and supports the infrastructure that allows for the apps to be distributed. It takes measures to ensure that the apps are not malware and actually do what they state they are intended to do, thereby giving a level of security to the customers.

I have no way of knowing if 30% is too much or a fair price for the marketing, security and infrastructure supplied to developers. What is the alternative? If you allow apps to be purchased wherever then you end up with the problems faced with the Android market where malware runs rife.

It just seems to me that it is like the arguments with the Book Store where Apple let the publishers determine the price they wanted to charge for their books. Amazon takes a big cut too and determines the prices to be charged on the publishers' books and yet, it was Apple that was dragged through the courts when their system seemed much more equitable for the publishers than did Amazon’s.

Source: Itnews

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