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Facebook tells US, UK and Australia it won't weaken chat encryption

If officials were hoping that Facebook would stop end-to-end encryption in its messaging apps just because they sent a strongly-worded letter, they had another thing coming. Facebook has sent its own letter to US Attorney General Bill Barr, acting Ho… Source: Engadget | Facebook tells US, UK and Australia it won't weaken chat encryption

Former Apple exec claims the company spied on his text messages

A former Apple executive is claiming the company spied on his text messages before suing him. In February, Gerard Williams III, who spent almost 10 years working on mobile device chips at Apple, left the company. The same month, he joined NuVia Inc -… Source: Engadget | Former Apple exec claims the company spied on …

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FCC bans carriers from buying Huawei, ZTE gear with subsidies

The FCC is acting on its vow to keep Chinese technology out of American wireless networks. Commissioners have unanimously approved an order barring any carrier receiving Universal Service Fund subsidizes from using that money to buy equipment from co… Source: Engadget | FCC bans carriers from buying Huawei, ZTE gear with subsidies

2K's Social Media Accounts Have Been Hacked, Posted Some Bad Stuff

Publisher 2K have suffered quite the security breach tonight, as pretty much every aspect of their social media presence, from Twitter to Facebook, have been hacked, with those responsible posting their own ramblings across the accounts.Read more… Source: Kotaku | 2K's Social Media Accounts Have Been Hacked, Posted Some Bad Stuff

Pre-installed apps on low-end Android phones are full of security holes

In what has become an annual reckoning, security research company Kryptowire recently published its 2019 report on the state of manufacturer-installed software and firmware for Android devices and, to no one's surprise, they found more than 140 bugs… Source: Engadget | Pre-installed apps on low-end Android phones are full of security holes

Interior Department grounds drone fleet over security concerns

The US Department of the Interior has halted the use of its 800 drones, which help monitor endangered species, inspect federally protected land and fight forest fires. According to The Wall Street Journal, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt called fo… Source: Engadget | Interior Department grounds drone fleet over security concerns

Garmin's new nav system can emergency land small planes

Flying in a small plane is thrilling (and at least slightly terrifying) when things go as planned. It's another story when the pilot of the small plane is, for whatever reason, suddenly unable to fly or land it. Most passengers would have no idea wha… Source: Engadget | Garmin's new nav system can emergency land …

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WhatsApp's fingerprint unlock feature finally arrives on Android

Earlier this year, WhatsApp added an extra layer of privacy for iOS users when it enabled support for Touch ID and Face ID. Today, it announced Fingerprint Lock for Android. Now, WhatsApp users can unlock the app with their fingerprint on Android, to… Source: Engadget | WhatsApp's fingerprint unlock feature finally arrives on Android

Samsung's fix for Galaxy S10 fingerprint scanning will roll out soon

Samsung is acting on its promise to fix its fingerprint reader security flaw. The tech firm is alerting Galaxy S10, S10+, Note 10 and Note 10+ owners that it'll send a notification for the patch "within 24 hours" (clearly less time than that as you… Source: Engadget | Samsung's fix for Galaxy S10 fingerprint scanning …

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Facebook’s 2020 election 'protections' still allow for lying politicians

Today, Facebook outlined new measures to stop abuse and interference in the 2020 election. They include safeguards meant to make Facebook more secure and transparent, but they make one glaring omission. The new policies don't change Facebook's rules… Source: Engadget | Facebook’s 2020 election 'protections' still allow for lying politicians

Georgia court rules police need a warrant to get data from your car

Your connected car data might be safer from prying eyes — Georgia's Supreme Court has ruled that police need a warrant to obtain personal data from cars. The decision overturns an earlier state Court of Appeals ruling that defended police obtaining… Source: Engadget | Georgia court rules police need a warrant to get data from …

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NordVPN admits to 'isolated' server breach in Finland

Virtual private network provider NordVPN has confirmed an attacker breached one of its servers, though the tangible impact of the breach seems to be pretty limited. There were no user activity logs on the server — the company says it doesn't track,… Source: Engadget | NordVPN admits to 'isolated' server breach in Finland

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