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Facebook Messenger starts testing end-to-end-encryption in secret chat mode

Facebook is testing out a feature within its Messenger app to ensure that — as it becomes an indispensable way to communicate — people are able to do so securely and safely. The social networking company announced that it is using the Signal Protocol developed by Open Whisper Systems to provide …

Homeland Security's big encryption report wasn't fact-checked

If you watch <i>Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.</i>, <i>Blacklist</i>, or any other TV show with make-believe espionage, you probably hear the term "going dark" at least once a week.<p>In the real world, "going dark" has become FBI shorthand for when baddies can't be spied on, or manage to vanish into thin internet, …

eBay XSS Flaw: How Websites Might Help Criminals Phish Customers’ Passwords

A security researcher discovered a critical XSS security flaw on eBay’s website which could allow malicious hackers to steal customer passwords.

Don't give blood, grow it in a lab

Back In 2007, the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) issued an open call for a project. It required applicants to make a bioreactor …

Cell Biology

A Guide to the World’s Whisk(e)y Making Traditions

Know What You're Drinking<p>Whisk(e)y at the most basic level is distilled alcohol produced from fermenting a mash of grain — or corn in some cases. …

This Is Why We Want to Send CEOs to Prison

The Knobe Effect is a psychological double-standard that allows us to blame people for a bad outcome, yet not give them credit for a good one. …

Loneliness May Warp Our Genes, And Our Immune Systems

Loneliness has been linked to everything from heart disease to Alzheimer's disease. Depression is common among the lonely. Cancers tear through their bodies more rapidly, and viruses hit them harder and more frequently. In the short term, it feels like the loneliness will kill you. A study suggests …

Loneliness

Forget Wi-Fi: You may soon access the internet via ordinary light bulbs

Light-speed internet may be upon us. A technology called “Li-Fi” uses light waves from ordinary LED light bulbs to deliver internet connectivity that that is cheaper, more secure and 100 times faster that broadband internet.<p>Velmini—a tech company in Tallinn, Estonia—is the first to test visible …

Wi-Fi

Infographic: The Top Four Cybercrime Trends Are...

Would you seek medical treatment from someone who’s never actually practiced medicine, only studied it? What about take your car to a mechanic who’s …

How to securely erase hard drives (HDDs) and solid state drives (SSDs)

Got a pile of old drives that you need to wipe before sending them to Silicon Heaven? Or do you want to wipe a drive in a computer that you are …

Operating Systems

Hackers have infiltrated the US arrest records database

Earlier this year, a hacking group broke into the personal email account of CIA director John Brenner and published a host of sensitive attachments that it got its hands on (yes, Brenner should not have been using his AOL email address for CIA business). Now, <i>Wired</i> reports the group has hit a much …

Fixing Our Unhealthy Obsession with Work Email

<i>HBR STAFF</i><p>Our dysfunctional relationship with work email has become so normal, I’m not sure most of us can even see it anymore.<p>Typical is this quote from the recent article, “How Successful People Spend Their Weekends”:<p>“I never go into the office on weekends,” Spencer says, “<b>but I do check e-mail at</b> …

Hillary Clinton

The Thucydides Trap: Are the U.S. and China Headed for War?

In 12 of 16 past cases in which a rising power has confronted a ruling power, the result has been bloodshed.<p>When Barack Obama meets this week with Xi Jinping during the Chinese president’s first state visit to America, one item probably won’t be on their agenda: the possibility that the United …

Geopolitics

MRI scans used to create 3D-printed hearts for surgery practice

Heart surgeries could be so much safer if surgeons can see <i>and</i> feel an actual representation of the patient's organ before the procedure itself. A system developed by a group of researchers from MIT and Boston Children's Hospital might make that a viable option. By using MRI scans as a blueprint, it …

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings asked his board to fire him twice early in his career — and they refused

And through it all, Hastings has drawn praise for helping craft a unique culture at Netflix and taking down industry heavyweights like Blockbuster at the same time.<p>But that doesn't mean Hastings hasn't been prone to mistakes — serious ones in fact. He infamously tried to split Netflix into two …

Televisions

Facebook rescinds internship to Harvard student who exposed a privacy flaw in Messenger

For Aran Khanna, landing a highly sought-after internship at Facebook didn’t quite turn out to be the experience he expected.<p>In fact, the computer science student at Harvard University didn’t even get the chance to start working for the social media giant before they turned him away after he …

Privacy

55 Ways To Say ‘I Love You’

1. I’m always here for you.<p>2. I’m not like anyone else.<p>3. You’re the only one who makes me smile constantly.<p>4. You’re the only one who makes me feel …

Why Google doesn’t care about hiring top college graduates

Google has spent years analyzing who succeeds at the company, which has moved away from a focus on GPAs, brand name schools, and interview brain teasers.<p>In a conversation with The New York Times’ Tom Friedman, Google’s head of people operations, Laszlo Bock, detailed what the company looks for. And …

Employment

Do You Really Need to Hold That Meeting?

“Let’s schedule a meeting” has become the universal default response to most business issues. Not sure what to do on a project? Let’s schedule a meeting. Have a few ideas to share? Let’s schedule a meeting. Struggling with taking action? Let’s schedule a meeting.<p>Although scheduling a meeting <i>can</i> be …

Management

Just Because You’re Happy Doesn’t Mean You’re Not Burned Out

A new survey report just published by Staples Advantage offers a paradoxical set of findings about US office workers. Overwhelmingly, they are happy. Yet the majority of them feel burned out. How could both things be true?<p>First, a look at the statistics. The good news is that 43% of respondents …

The Workplace

Today's management tip: Don't stay in a negative state of mind http://t.co/i3ZhJ2ABgM

Canopystair

Canopystair is a spiral staircase that straps around any tree trunk! The ingenious contraption requires no tools to set up and won´t harm the tree, …

Cancelling One-on-One Meetings Destroys Your Productivity

We all can agree that we have too many meetings. From the one-off event to the weekly check-in with an employee, meetings are taking an increasing amount of time in our daily work. But removing meetings from your calendar isn’t always the best way to take back your time.<p>When faced with an onslaught …

Time Management

Unpatchable Android?

There’s another vulnerability affecting the Android platform that this week once again raises the question: am I vulnerable?<p>Researchers from …

Sony Pictures: Inside the Hack of the Century, Part 3

<b>By Peter Elkind</b><p>June 27, 2015, 8:00 AM EDT<p>Above video by Sinelab<p><b>A cyber-invasion brought Sony Pictures to its knees and terrified corporate America.</b> …

Stephen King

Debriefing: A Simple Tool to Help Your Team Tackle Tough Problems

Your team has identified an important goal to hit, challenge to be addressed, or opportunity to be pursued. You call a meeting or two, set objectives, put a plan together, and start to execute. Everything looks good on paper.<p>But then your plan starts to hit some snags. Certain objectives are harder …

Management

No Patch For Incompetence: Our Cybersecurity Problem Has Nothing to Do With Cybersecurity

On Wednesday, June 17, Reuters reported tersely that the White House “continues to have confidence” in the beleaguered Office of Personnel Management …

Clint Eastwood