Here’s how, and why, the Spectre and Meltdown patches will hurt performance
Jan12

Here’s how, and why, the Spectre and Meltdown patches will hurt performance

Enlarge (credit: Aurich / Getty) As the industry continues to grapple with the Meltdown and Spectre attacks, operating system and browser developers in particular are continuing to develop and test schemes to protect against the problems. Simultaneously, microcode updates to alter processor behavior are also starting to ship. Since news of these attacks first broke, it has been clear that resolving them is going to have some...

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Skype finally getting end-to-end encryption
Jan12

Skype finally getting end-to-end encryption

Enlarge (credit: Skype) Since its inception, Skype has been notable for its secretive, proprietary algorithm. It’s also long had a complicated relationship with encryption: encryption is used by the Skype protocol, but the service has never been clear exactly how that encryption was implemented or exactly which privacy and security features it offers. That changes today in a big way. The newest Skype preview now supports the...

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Skype Introduces End-to-End Encrypted Texts and Voice

After years of lingering questions about Skype’s commitment to protecting user data, it will soon offer end-to-end encryption to its 300 million monthly users.

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Congress Renews FISA Warrantless Surveillance Bill For Six More Years

The House of Representatives Thursday strengthened spying powers authorized under Section 702 of the 2008 FISA Amendments Act.

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Japan’s DMM Bitcoin Exchange Opens for Business With 7 Cryptocurrencies
Jan12

Japan’s DMM Bitcoin Exchange Opens for Business With 7 Cryptocurrencies

Japanese e-commerce and entertainment giant DMM Group has launched its crypto exchange, supporting 7 cryptocurrencies and 14 trading pairs. The group is also preparing to launch another crypto exchange in the Spring aimed at inexperienced investors. Also read: South Korea Urges 23 Countries, EU, and IMF to Collaborate on Curbing Crypto Trading DMM’s Crypto Exchange Launched Japanese internet and entertainment conglomerate...

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