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Google explains why it's not fixing web security in old Android phones
You might not be happy that Google isn't fixing a web security flaw in your older Android phone, but the search giant now says that it has some good reasons for holding off. As the company's Adrian Ludwig explains, it's no longer viable to "safely" patch vulnerable, pre-Android 4.4 versions of WebView (a framework that lets apps show websites without a separate browser) to prevent remote attacks.
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WhatsApp launches Web client
After Dawn
WhatsApp has launched their first web client, allowing desktop and mobile users to use the cross-platform messaging service directly from their Web browser. Reads the company's post: "Today, for the first time, millions of you will have the ability to use WhatsApp on your web browser. Our web client is simply an extension of your phone: the web browser mirrors conversations and messages from your mobile device — this means all of your messages still live on your phone."
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Internet fragmentation worries world business leaders
CBC News
Business leaders pushing for frictionless free trade have something new to worry about: the potential break-up of the internet, which today forms the backbone of the global economy. The issue is a hot topic at this year's World Economic Forum in Davos, and the forum is seeking to provide a platform for debate over ways to maintain an open, cross-border web in the face of pressures for national regulation.
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Steering a quantum path to improved internet security
Asian Scientist Magazine
Research conducted at Griffith University may lead to greatly improved security of information transfer over the internet. In a paper published in Nature Communications, physicists from Griffith’s Centre for Quantum Dynamics demonstrate the potential for “quantum steering” to be used to enhance data security over long distances, discourage hackers and eavesdroppers and resolve issues of trust with communication devices.

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How regulations from the rotary-phone era could impact the internet
In the midst of the gonzo traffic of back-flipping mini-drones, driverless cars and football fields of mobile internet fueled innovation at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week—FCC chairman Tom Wheeler sounded downright presidential. While typically a compliment, in this instance it sparked cause for concern. For months, chairman Wheeler has led a thoughtful and informed debate on the thorny issue of network neutrality, carving a careful path down the center by making clear that to foster innovation, openness, and competition, regulation must be the last resort.

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The precarious cybersecurity balancing act
The Globe and Mail
When British Prime Minister David Cameron publicly called on the world’s biggest technology firms to assist law enforcement agencies in breaking digital encryption, he became the latest politician to assert that it is possible to balance Internet security and surveillance. Whether that balance actually exists, however, is the subject of intense debate.

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The pitfalls of DIY web design services
Business 2 Community
When you use a do-it-yourself website builder, you better be prepared to act as a brand strategist, graphic designer, web designer, UX expert, copywriter, and marketing professional — while still carrying out the day-to-day operations of your business! Is it worth it? As a small business owner or manager, you've surely received offers from companies like Wix, SquareSpace,, and Network Solutions. These offers typically promise extremely low monthly payments along with the ability to design your own website using a simple do-it-yourself platform.
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What happens to privacy when the Internet is in everything?
Tech Crunch
Google's Eric Schmidt was recently on a panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where he suggested that the future Internet will be, in one sense, invisible — because it will be embedded into everything we interact with. "The Internet will disappear," he predicted (via The Hollywood Reporter). "There will be so many IP addresses…so many devices, sensors, things that you are wearing, things that you are interacting with that you won't even sense it. It will be part of your presence all the time."
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3 website design tips for niche industries
There are website design staples that have become more and more respected as time has gone by (like adaptive design or responsive design), and then web design trends that have decreased in popularity. Part of this is due to the fact that some design styles can seriously bolster various industries — while others may drag them down in Google search results.
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Google investment revives satellite Internet talks
USA Today
It was a hot idea in the '90s: Provide global Internet access with mega-constellations of dozens or hundreds of small satellites flying in low Earth orbit. The result was "a bloodbath of serial bankruptcies," one financial analyst wrote recently. Several companies including Teledesic, which planned to launch more than 800 satellites and claimed Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates as an investor, failed.
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