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Firefox now supports the newest internet security protocol

Last Friday, the Internet Engineering Task Force released the final version of TLS 1.3 . This is a major update to TLS 1.2, the security protocol that secures much of the web by, among other things, providing the layer that handles the encryption of every HTTPS connection. The updated spec promises improved security and a bit more speed, thanks to the reduced need for round trips as the browser and server negotiate the security settings. And the good news is, you can already use it today, because, as Mozilla today  announced , Firefox already supports the new standard out of the box. Chrome, too, started supporting the new protocol (based on earlier drafts) in version 65. TLS 1.3 has been a few years in the making and it’s been 10 years since the last version launched. It’s no secret that TLS 1.2 had its share of problems — though those were mostly due to its implementations, which are obviously a favorite target for hackers thanks to their ubiquity and which opened up bugs like the infamous Heartbleed vulnerability. But in addition to that, some of the algorithms that are part of TLS 1.2 have been successfully attacked. It’s no surprise, then, that TLS 1.3 focuses on providing access to modern cryptographic methods (the folks over at Cloudflare have a more in-depth look at what exactly that means). For users, all of this ideally means that they get access to a more secure web, as well as a slightly faster one, as the new protocol allows the browser and server to quickly negotiate which encryption to use without lots of back and forth. Some of the companies that already support TLS 1.3 include Facebook (which says that it already serves almost half of its traffic over the new protocol ), as well as Google and Cloudflare

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Chrome Updated With Windows 10 Notifications Support – Ubergizmo

Ubergizmo Chrome Updated With Windows 10 Notifications Support Ubergizmo Chrome, one of the most widely used web browsers on the planet, has received an update for Windows this week. The update brings support for the native notification center in Windows 10. Google has actually been testing out support for Windows 10 ... and more »

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Baidu says its DuerOS AI assistant is now installed on 100M devices, up from 50M just six months ago, and 200+ partners have launched 110…

Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat : Baidu says its DuerOS AI assistant is now installed on 100M devices, up from 50M just six months ago, and 200+ partners have launched 110 DuerOS-powered devices   —  Amazon's Alexa.  Microsoft's Cortana.  Apple's Siri.  The Google Assistant.  They're among the world's most popular voice assistants …

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Roku beats estimates in Q2 with revenues of $156.8M, up from $99.6M in Q2 2017, and net loss of $100K, as platform revenues grow 96% YoY to $90.3M;…

Janko Roettgers / Variety : Roku beats estimates in Q2 with revenues of $156.8M, up from $99.6M in Q2 2017, and net loss of $100K, as platform revenues grow 96% YoY to $90.3M; stock up ~9%   —  Ad-supported streaming continues to lift Roku's results: The company solidly beat market expectations with its Q2 2018 earnings …

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DHS official says at BlackHat that DHS-funded researchers found major vulnerabilities in phones sold by all four major US carriers, doesn’t list…

Justin Lynch / Fifth Domain : DHS official says at BlackHat that DHS-funded researchers found major vulnerabilities in phones sold by all four major US carriers, doesn't list manufacturers   —  Research funded by the Department of Homeland Security has found a “slew” of vulnerabilities in mobile devices offered …

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Apple says iOS’ Health Records, which improves patient data portability, now has 75+ different health institutions on board, up from 12, and uses open…

Jeremy Horwitz / VentureBeat : Apple says iOS' Health Records, which improves patient data portability, now has 75+ different health institutions on board, up from 12, and uses open standards   —  Apple's initiative to enable iPhone users to securely access and carry their own medical records has continued to expand …

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Uber Eats says it’s switching from flat $5 delivery fees to variable fees based on distance, usually between $2 and $8; the new pricing is rolling out…

Dara Kerr / CNET : Uber Eats says it's switching from flat $5 delivery fees to variable fees based on distance, usually between $2 and $8; the new pricing is rolling out today   —  When you order food with Uber Eats, you pay for a few different line items.  —  First, there's the cost of the pizza, sushi, ice cream or whatever it is you're ordering.

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Images and video of alleged Google Pixel 3 XL production unit leak, showing a large notch on the top of the display and USB-C earbuds in the box…

Scott Scrivens / Android Police : Images and video of alleged Google Pixel 3 XL production unit leak, showing a large notch on the top of the display and USB-C earbuds in the box   —  We're now just a couple of months out from the reveal of Google's latest Pixel phones, so we expected that leaks and rumors would start to intensify.

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Sources: SoftBank-backed Chinese truck-hailing platform Manbang seeks to raise $1B+ at a $10B valuation, up from April’s $6B+ figure (Wall Street…

Wall Street Journal : Sources: SoftBank-backed Chinese truck-hailing platform Manbang seeks to raise $1B+ at a $10B valuation, up from April's $6B+ figure   —  Manbang Group is speaking to U.S.-based mutual funds and late-stage investors as it looks to raise $1 billion  —  Manbang Group, a Chinese truck-hailing platform …

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Patreon says it’s acquiring white-labeled subscription service Memberful for an undisclosed sum, to be run as a separate business by its seven-person…

Josh Constine / TechCrunch : Patreon says it's acquiring white-labeled subscription service Memberful for an undisclosed sum, to be run as a separate business by its seven-person team   —  Patreon is forming a patronage empire.  Today it acquired white-labeled subscription membership platform Memberful …

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LetGo, the second-hand shopping app, raises another $500M from Naspers, the South African e-commerce and media firm, source says at a $1.5B+ pre-money…

Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch : LetGo, the second-hand shopping app, raises another $500M from Naspers, the South African e-commerce and media firm, source says at a $1.5B+ pre-money valuation   —  LetGo, the app-based marketplace for people to sell each other second-hand goods, has nabbed a great deal of its own.

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Trade group says Verizon lied about its 4G LTE coverage, potentially preventing smaller carriers from obtaining funding to expand in underserved rural…

Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica : Trade group says Verizon lied about its 4G LTE coverage, potentially preventing smaller carriers from obtaining funding to expand in underserved rural areas   —  “Sham coverage map” could prevent rural carriers from getting network funding.  —  Verizon “grossly overstated” …

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