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Be warned: Google enlists Chrome in push for encrypted Web
CNET
Google just gave Chrome something of an insecurity complex. That's because the company has enlisted Chrome — the No. 2 desktop browser worldwide — in its effort to make secure, encrypted connections on the Web the rule rather than the exception. Encryption scrambles data during transmission to protect users from identity thieves and prying governments. Google built a feature into a test version of Chrome to explicitly warn people about Web pages that are delivered without encryption.
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10 web design trends to watch out for in 2015
Examiner.com
Thanks to DIY website builders such as Weebly, Wix, Yola, Web Start Today, you can now easily create your own website for free, and at the same time, get free domain hosting services as well; however, it doesn't imply that creating a well-executed and designed website is a simple affair. As web today has become more accessible to both novice and discerning users, having a user-friendly yet professional web design has become essential for today's online entities.
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China steps up Internet censorship by cracking down on VPNs
Toronto Star
Beijing is blocking Internet services that let users bypass the Great Firewall of China. "China has the upper hand when it comes to blocking sites and services." says Karl Kathuria, CEO of Psiphon, a Toronto-based VPN company. VPN (virtual private network) allows a user to encrypt their Internet data.
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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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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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Google explains why it's not fixing web security in old Android phones
Engadget
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 Web has privacy holes that could expose user photos
Naked Security
WhatsApp has just rolled out a new service called WhatsApp Web that allows users to sync the messaging app between their mobile devices and desktop, but the new web client has a couple of privacy pitfalls that show it's not really ready for its close-up. The problems with the web client, which were reported to us by Indrajeet Bhuyan, a 17-year-old security blogger, undermine privacy settings that work just fine on the WhatsApp mobile app.
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Snapchat just added their first 'in-app web series,' are they copying Netflix?
Tech 2
Snapchat seems to be continuously on the move to make rapid changes and improvements to their app. After partnering with media companies to bring news and entertainment videos to their app, Snapchat will now introduce their first in-app episodic video series. Trouble for Netflix? According to Hollywood Reporter, the web series called 'Literally Can't Even' comes from writers Sasha Spielberg and Emily Goldwyn, the daughters of Steven Spielberg and John Goldwyn.
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Halifax Internet Exchange just months away from launching
CBC News
A local group is working to make internet in Halifax faster — and hopefully cheaper. Halifax Internet Exchange is just a few months away from launching. Group president John Sherwood says it will improve local internet service. The not-for profit group is working on setting up an internet exchange point (IXP). There are IXPs in more than 600 cities in 115 countries in the world, according to Packet Clearing House, a non-profit internet research institute.
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Geist: CRTC says no to Internet fast and slow lanes
Toronto Star
With the United States embroiled in a heated battle over net neutrality — millions have written to the U.S. regulator to support rules to prohibit Internet providers from creating fast lanes and slow lanes that would treat similar content in different ways — observers might want to take a closer look at how Canada has emerged as a leader in the area.
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