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Microsoft Buys GitHub for $7.5 Billion, Moving to Grow in Coding’s New Era

Microsoft, fully embracing a model it once saw as a threat, said on Monday that it was buying GitHub, an open software platform used by 28 million programmers, for $7.5 billion.The deal is a bid by Microsoft to gain ground in the internet era of software development, where applications increasingly run on remote data centers — on so-called cloud computing.Amazon is the leader in the cloud...

Google Chrome now lets you sign in to most services without a password

Google just released Chrome 67 for desktop, as spotted by ZDNet. This version of Chrome will allow password-free sign-ins for most websites, meaning you can avoid hunting through a password manager for specific credentials.Password-free sign-ins come from the Web Authentication standard, which was launched in March by the FIDO Alliance and the W3C. It lets you sign in to any virtually any online...

Best and Worst Internet Service Providers in the U.S. Revealed

Americans are becoming increasingly frustrated with their internet service providers, new figures have confirmed.According to the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), just 62 percent of U.S. residents are satisfied with their ISP. It represents a two percent drop on the previous year’s survey.ACSI questions around 250,000 consumers each year and quizzes them on all things digital,...

The GDPR and Our Balkanized Internet

The EU’s data privacy law went into force on Friday and U.S. companies leapt into action—by turning off their websites. Sites like the Chicago Tribune or A&E Networks, for instance, decided to show the digital version of a “closed” sign to European visitors rather than risk violating the law.Other U.S. sites, however, chose to comply with the famous (or infamous) data directive known...

FBI to America: Reboot Your Routers, Right Now

The FBI has issued a dire warning to everyone who has a router in their home. The Internet Crime Complaint Center sent a rare Public Service Announcement declaring: "Foreign cyber actors have compromised hundreds of thousands of home and office routers and other networked devices worldwide."The hackers are using VPNFilter malware to target small office and home office routers, the FBI said...

Alexa recorded a woman’s private conversation and sent it to a random contact

It's every smart home speaker owner's worst nightmare: a private message recorded and sent to a recipient without their knowledge. But that’s what happened to a Portland woman, who told a Fox News affiliate that her Amazon Echo recorded an audio clip of her conversation and sent it to a person on her contact list. The woman, who declined to provide her last name to Fox, said she was alerted...