This article about WhatsApp made security experts furious

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Last week, The Guardian published a bombshell “exclusive” report claiming to reveal disturbing information about a “backdoor” into WhatsApp’s encrypted messaging platform. According to the story, the vulnerability could potentially expose the service’s user base of over a billion to “snooping” by prying eyes. 

The article was met with near-immediate backlash from information security experts and cryptologists, who took to Twitter to voice their complaints. Many alleged the article misrepresented a feature of the encryption WhatsApp’s parent company, Facebook, called “expected behavior.”  Read more…

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Apps aren't dead — they're thriving to the tune of $89 billion

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In case there were still any doubts, we now have more proof than ever that the app business is as strong as it’s ever been — $89 billion strong, to be precise. 

That’s the finding of a new report from app analytics firm App Annie, which said that usage, downloads and revenue were all up significantly in 2016, compared with the previous year. 

That runs counter to reports that came earlier in 2016 that led some onlookers to suggest the app business was on the decline. We now know that’s not the case.

Let’s start with revenue. Developers worldwide raked in more than $35 billion in 2016 across the App Store and Google Play, App Annie reports. But, when you factor in revenue from advertising and third-party app stores, the total shoots up to more than $89 billion, according to the firm.  Read more…

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Apps aren't dead — they're thriving to the tune of $89 billion

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In case there were still any doubts, we now have more proof than ever that the app business is as strong as it’s ever been — $89 billion strong, to be precise. 

That’s the finding of a new report from app analytics firm App Annie, which said that usage, downloads and revenue were all up significantly in 2016, compared with the previous year. 

That runs counter to reports that came earlier in 2016 that led some onlookers to suggest the app business was on the decline. We now know that’s not the case.

Let’s start with revenue. Developers worldwide raked in more than $35 billion in 2016 across the App Store and Google Play, App Annie reports. But, when you factor in revenue from advertising and third-party app stores, the total shoots up to more than $89 billion, according to the firm.  Read more…

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Apple files $1 billion lawsuit against major iPhone partner

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Apple just did the unthinkable: The tech giant is suing Qualcomm, which makes the iPhone’s baseband processor — the smartphone’s modem for connecting to mobile networks — to the tune of $1 billion.

First reported by CNBC, the lawsuit is related to another legal action from earlier this week, when the FTC filed an antitrust lawsuit against the chipmaker, alleging Qualcomm was using its patents to strong-arm competitors into paying exorbitant royalties, even for devices that didn’t use Qualcomm-made modems.

Apple was prominently named in the FTC lawsuit, which also alleges Qualcomm pressured Apple in specific ways to guarantee it would use its modem tech exclusively for a five-year period, from 2011 to 2016. The agreement essentially shut out every other manufacturer of baseband processors from the world’s most popular smartphone, which the lawsuit says unfairly hampered their development. (With the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, Apple began producing some iPhones with Intel modems.) Read more…

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One of the most popular White House website pages is a petition seeking Trump's tax returns

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As President Donald Trump assumes the oval office, an anti-Trump petition is climbing up the popularity charts on whitehouse.gov.

The second-most popular page on the site as of this writing is a petition calling for the release of Trump’s tax returns, according to an analytics website that tracks the webpages of U.S. federal government agencies. 

As of this writing, again, around 7,500 people were on the petition’s page, and the petition was approaching 3,000 signatures. The only page eclipsing the petition is the White House’s home page. Read more…

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