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Skype still down worldwide

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According to monitoring site DownDetector, Skype went down worldwide today at 1:23 a.m. PT. As of 8:30 a.m., it’s still down. When Microsoft first detected the outage, the Microsoft Heartbeat service reported: Some of you may experience problems with Skype presence...
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The perils of free digital certificates

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Let’s Encrypt, the open source digital certificate authority backed by industry stalwarts Mozilla, Cisco, and Akamai, announced the release of its first certificate two days ago. Intended to ease the transition to TLS (Transport Layer Security) protocol, the more secure successor to...
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IPv6 will get a big boost from iOS 9, Facebook says

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Apple’s iOS 9 is expected to cause a boom in the use of IPv6, which could speed up service provider networks but create a lot of work for mobile developers.  The new Apple mobile OS, coming out on Wednesday, will...
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The Web's 10 most dangerous neighborhoods

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Wouldn’t it be convenient if all the spam and malware sites were all grouped together under one top-level domain — .evil, say — so that they would be easy to avoid? According to a new study from Blue Coat, there...
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Mozilla's mobile misstep puts the Web at risk

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Mozilla’s mission is at risk. That, in turn, could put the entire Web at risk. Mozilla, the foundation behind the Firefox Web browser, may declare in its mission statement that “the Internet is a global public resource that must remain...
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Google to freeze some Adobe Flash content on Sept. 1

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Google will stop some Flash content from automatically playing starting Sept. 1, a move it decided on earlier this year to improve browser performance. Flash, made by Adobe Systems, is still widely used for multimedia content, but security and performance...
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Tech nightmares that keep Turing Award winners up at night

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It’s safe to say that Turing Award winners know a thing or two about computing, so when they express concern about key trends in the tech world, it’s worth paying attention. That, in fact, is just what three award winners...
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Carriers want to take your Wi-Fi for their own use

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Politics, it’s often said, makes strange bedfellows. It turns out that spectrum does too. An unusual coalition that includes Comcast and other cable companies, consumer advocacy groups, and Google is facing off against T-Mobile and other cellular carriers. At stake,...
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