Yahoo vows to encrypt all its users’ personal data

Yahoo vows to encrypt all its users’ personal data

SAN FRANCISCO    (AP) — Yahoo is expanding its efforts to protect its users’ online activities from prying eyes by encrypting all the communications and other information flowing into the Internet company’s data centers around the world.

The commitment announced Monday by Yahoo Inc. CEO Marissa Mayer follows a recent Washington Post report that the National Security Agency has been hacking into the communications lines of the data centers run by Yahoo and Google Inc. to intercept information about what people do and say online.

Yahoo had previously promised to encrypt its email service by early January. Now, the Sunnyvale, Calif., company plans to have all data encrypted by the end of March to make it more difficult for unauthorized parties to decipher the information.

Google began to encrypt its Gmail service in 2010 and has since introduced the security measure on many other services. The Mountain View, Calif., company has promised to encrypt the links to its data centers, too. A Google engineer said that task had been completed in a post on his Google Plus account earlier this month, but the company hasn’t yet confirmed all the encryption work is done.

Other documents leaked to various media outlets by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden this year have revealed that Yahoo, Google and several other prominent technology companies, including Microsoft Corp., Facebook Inc. and Apple Inc., have been feeding the U.S. government some information about their international users under a court-monitored program called PRISM. The companies maintain they have only surrendered data about a very small number of users, and have only cooperated when legally required.

The NSA says its online surveillance programs have played an instrumental role in thwarting terrorism.

The increased use of encryption technology is aimed at stymieing government surveillance that may be occurring without the companies’ knowledge. Even when it’s encrypted, online data can still be heisted, but the information looks like gibberish without the decoding keys.

“I want to reiterate what we have said in the past: Yahoo has never given access to our data centers to the NSA or to any other government agency,” Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer wrote in a Monday post on the company’s Tumblr blog.

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Meet the Google executive who plans to cheat death: Ray Kurzweil takes 150 vitamins a day so he can ‘hold out long enough for invention of robots that will keep humans alive’

Meet the Google executive who plans to cheat death: Ray Kurzweil takes 150 vitamins a day so he can ‘hold out long enough for invention of robots that will keep humans alive’

  • Futurist Ray Kurzweil explains the biology of the body is like computer software that needs upgrading
  • Key is a ‘bridge to bridge’ system where you maximize current methods in order to live until life-lengthening technology is at its greatest 
  • Kurzweil is currently taking 150 vitamin supplements per day
  • We will eventually hit a stage where robots will subsidize our immune system 

Apel umanitar la “Sinteza zilei”: Ajutaţi-o pe Alexandra!

Apel umanitar la “Sinteza zilei”: Ajutaţi-o pe Alexandra!

În cadrul ediţiei de joi a emisiunii “Sinteza zilei”, Mihai Gâdea a făcut un apel umanitar pentru Alexandra Aron, o tânără de 23 de ani, care se luptă cu o tumoare cerebrală.

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Interview: Steve Wozniak on new iPhones, smart watches, Google Glass and more

Interview: Steve Wozniak on new iPhones, smart watches, Google Glass and more

Ahead of his conversation on stage at Apps World with Wired.co.uk’s editor Nate Lanxon, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak spoke to us about his view on new iPhones, wearable technologies, the future of apps and Google Glass.

“These young people with new ideas starting out — sometimes for the first time — are my favourite people in the world,” Steve Wozniak tells Wired.co.uk, “because it reminds me of when we started Apple.”

 

Since doing so in the 1970s with Steve Jobs, Wozniak has turned much of his attention, time and money to education and new businesses. Presently serving as chief scientist at flash storage company Fusion-io, he also readily invests in new technologies and applications. “The best things that capture your imagination are ones you hadn’t thought of before,” says Wozniak, “and that aren’t talked about in the news all the time.”

High on the list of ideal candidates are apps that take a smarter approach to the use of human speech, ones “where you talk to it like a normal person,” he says, “the way you would talk to a human being.”

“I want to be able to speak with errors in my wording, errors in my grammar,” he continues. “When you type things into Google search it corrects your words. With speech, I want it to be general enough, smart enough, to know ‘no, he couldn’t have meant these words that I think he said. He must have really meant something similar’. That’s going to take a lot of software, a lot of artificial intelligence work over the next five to ten years.”