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Tech giants rally together to curb NSA spying

A number of big-name tech companies are teaming up to lobby the Senate to pass legislation that would limit the reach of the NSA's spying activities, Bloomberg reported today. The coalition of tech giants includes the likes of Apple, Google, and Microsoft, among others.

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Snapchat is clamping down on third-party apps, threatens to lock accounts

Snapchat has a had a rough few weeks in terms of security. People's photos were allegedly stolen and posted online recently through the use of a third-party apps. Those apps used reversed-engineered APIs to access the service, which creates a significant vulnerability in account security.

Now, the company appears to be taking a hardline against the practice by sending out emails to those who have been utilizing third-party apps.

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Microsoft launches beta version of Skype for Web

Microsoft has unveiled Skype for Web, a browser-based version of the VOIP service. Currently in beta, Skype for Web functions just like its native desktop counterpart, with voice and video calling and text messaging. The beta is available for Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Firefox on Windows, and Safari 6.0 or later on OS X.

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Apple comments on 'Masque Attack', reminds users of built-in security safeguards

Masque Attack — the abuse of Apple's iOS Enterprise Developer or standard developer systems to try and trick people into installing malware apps on their iPhones or iPads — made for sensational headlines earlier this week, despite it being a threat to relatively few users. In response to Masque Attack, Apple gave iMore the following statement:

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Volvo embraces Google Cardboard to create a virtual test drive on your iPhone

It seems that Volvo is becoming the first major brand to take advantage of Google Cardboard, Google's VR-on-the-cheap. The car manufacturer announced that it will soon release an app called 'Volvo Reality' on the App Store that drops users into various virtual driving situations with its new XC90 in an effort to promote sales of the SUV.

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U.S. government accused of spying on citizens with fake towers to collect phone data

A new report suggests that a U.S. Marshals Service spy program operating under the Justice Department is collecting thousands of cellphone identification numbers from Americans by employing fake communication towers. The program has been operational since 2007 and the towers are mounted on Cessna airplanes operating out of at least five metropolitan-area airports. These fake towers would trick cell phones on the ground into sending their identification numbers, which are then collected by the government for use in criminal cases.

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Apple seeds new Safari beta to developers, also rolls out Thunderbolt Display firmware update

Apple has seeded a new beta version of Safari to developers today. The beta covers versions 8.0.1, 7.1.1, and 6.2.1 for OS X Yosemite, Mavericks, and Mountain Lion.

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Apple's Jony Ive rails against today's design education landscape

Speaking at London's Design Museum last night, Apple's Jony Ive called the current design education landscape "tragic." The talk came about as Ive spoke about how Apple's efforts to hire young designers often fail because schools aren't teaching them how to make products — instead preferring to spend instructional time on studying the design of three-dimensional objects, rather than creating them.

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FTC reportedly wants privacy guarantee for collected Health app data

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has reportedly asked Apple to protect sensitive health data collected in the company's Health app on iPhones. According to reports, the FTC wants assurances that Apple won't share health data without the consent of owners.

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Tony Fadell-backed 'Kiss' to share tech brings fast wireless transfers

The godfather of the iPod and creator of the Nest Learning Thermostat wants to get intimate with your phone through a new technology called Kiss. Tony Fadell has backed a startup called Keyssa, a company that is working on a a racy new wireless transfer protocol called Kiss, allowing two phones to touch together to pair and share content. Keyssa's technology would allow users to transfer an HD movie between two devices in just seconds thanks to wireless transfer speeds of 6 Gbps.

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