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EU mulls age limit for social media use

The European Union is mulling setting an age for parental consent, perhaps as high as 18, for users of social media The European Union was mulling the possibility Tuesday of setting an age for parental consent, perhaps as high as 18, for users of social media such as Facebook, EU sources said. Officials from the European Council of member states, ... Read More »

Twitter acts to curb ‘abusive,’ ‘hateful’ content

Twitter executives said December 29, 2015 that the service would take new steps to curb “abusive behavior and hateful conduct” on the global socia-media platform, as the US and other governments eyed jihadists’ use of the service as a recruiting tool Twitter said Tuesday it was taking new steps to stem “abusive behavior and hateful conduct” on the global messaging ... Read More »

Facebook, LinkedIn Reflect on 2015: The Year in Open Source

Both Facebook and LinkedIn look back on 2015 as a seminal year for open-source technology at their respective companies. With 2015 at its end, Facebook took a look back at its year of using, developing and contributing to open-source software.In a blog post, Christine Abernathy, developer advocate for the Facebook open-source team, said the open-source program at Facebook has grown, ... Read More »

Free Internet service for over 3 million Egyptians shut down

In this March 30, 2011, file photo. an art student from the University of Helwan paints the Facebook logo on a mural commemorating the revolution that overthrew Hosni Mubarak in the Zamalek neighborhood of Cairo, Egypt.  A program that had been giving free basic Internet services to over three million Egyptians was shut down on Wednesday, social media site Facebook ... Read More »

Rating KDE Applications: Great to Not too Good

On the Manjaro mail forum, a thread is rating KDE applications into three categories: second to none, decent, and better uninstalled and replaced. Despite the modern proliferation of desktop environments, such a rating could only be done with GNOME or KDE. No other desktops have encouraged as extensive ecosystems of applications, and, in fact, most modern desktops borrow from GNOME. ... Read More »

MIT, Adobe aim to end ‘code rot’ by letting software auto-optimize

In a job market absolutely stuffed with computer programming positions, few in the general population care, or should, about the complaints of pampered coders. “Oh, is PHP disorganized and difficult to bug-check? Boo-hoo, you’ll just have to bill some more over-priced hours, I guess.” But that sort of schadenfreude is self-defeating, since coders create the tools we use to interact ... Read More »

Strangling Superfish: Microsoft will block ad-injection software to prevent attacks

Lenovo’s Superfish scandal of early 2015 was one of the mostsignificant computer security issues of the last decade. For those of you who don’t recall, the Chinese manufacturer shipped a number of IdeaPad models with a root certificate installed that fundamentally broke SSL encryption, and allowed a third party to inject content virtually at will, as well as to spy on ... Read More »

The Juniper VPN backdoor: buggy code with a dose of shady NSA crypto

Security researchers and crypto experts have spent the last few days trying to figure out the details of a recently announced backdoor in Juniper NetScreen firewalls that could allow attackers to decrypt VPN (Virtual Private Network) traffic. They believe that they found the answer: a combination of likely malicious third-party modifications and Juniper’s own crypto failures. According to experts, Juniper ... Read More »

HP might soon launch its first Windows 10 smartphone in 2016: Report

Hewlett-Packard (HP) will reportedly introduce a smartphone powered by Windows 10 next year. Being termed as the “HP Falcon” flagship smartphone, we might get a glimpse of the device at the Mobile World Congress 2016. According to a report by Bidnessetc, the device is likely to sport a 5.8 inch QHD display and will be powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset ... Read More »

No, Microsoft isn’t uploading your cryptographic keys so it can hand them to the FBI

A recent report making the rounds is claiming that Windows 10 — an OS with a significant number of privacy issues — automatically implements full disk encryption, at least on new and compatible hardware, and then stores the recovery key in the cloud unless specifically told not to do so. (Note that this only applies to consumers; business and enterprise users that ... Read More »