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Still no smartphone kill switch? Blame the carriers

Samsung emails reveal that the major US carriers vetoed plans to pre-package a kill switch on every phone.

on techhive.com

In the wake of NSA spying, Yahoo promises encryption everywhere

By March, Yahoo users will have the option to encrypt all data flow to and from the Web company's services.

on pcworld.com

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Google to pay $17 million to states in Apple cookies case

The states accused Google of placing tracking on computers of Safari users when they visited sites in Google’s DoubleClick ad network in 2011 and 2012.

Google fixes Chrome vulnerabilities exploited at Pwn2Own contest

New versions of Chrome for Windows, Mac, Linux and Android patch a full sandbox escape vulnerability.

on pcworld.com

Adobe patches critical vulnerabilities in Flash Player, ColdFusion

Vulnerabilities in Adobe's software could have allowed unauthorized remote code execution or remote read access.

Facebook forces some users to reset passwords because of Adobe data breach

Facebook locked some users out of their accounts after determining that their log-in credentials were exposed as a result of a security breach at Adobe.

on techhive.com

Google's Chrome will automatically block malware

A version of Chrome designed for early testing by developers will display a small warning note letting users know when it prevents malware from being downloaded.

on pcworld.com

Touch ID takes hardware security to new levels - Here's how, why, and what it means!

imore.com

iMore took an in-depth look at Touch ID and its security system alongside repair company mendmyi. A fascinating piece on how Touch ID keeps your fingerprints secure.

Adobe security breach worse than originally thought

A security breach at Adobe earlier in October will impact at least 38 million users, according to Krebs on Security—and that number could grow because a recent file dump of usernames and hashed passwords taken from Adobe.

Mozilla developing geolocation data service for public use

The privacy-aware geolocation project will use publicly available cell tower and Wi-Fi signals.

on pcworld.com

Flash Player now sandboxed under Safari on Mac OS X

The Flash Player plug-in has more restrictions, which should mean improved security under Safari on Mac OS X Mavericks.

Apple rebuts claims of iMessage insecurity

allthingsd.com

Apple's responded to earlier claims that iMessage is inherently insecure, but only to say that it has no intention of re-engineering the system to take advantage of theoretical loopholes found by researchers.