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Why Google Killing Google Voice Would Be Fantastic

Brace yourself Google Voice fanboys, your treasured service is probably not long for this world. But don’t you worry; the sooner it’s dead the better we’ll all be.


WhatsApp Is Getting Voice Calling

Facebook’s new messaging service is about to turn into Facebook’s new voice service. Today at Mobile World Congress, WhatsApp announced it’s branching out into phone calls.


The FCC Is Beta Testing The Future US Phone Network

We already knew that the FCC in the US had plans to rewrite the technology that supports the nation’s ageing landline phone network, and now its decided to start beta testing new infrastructure to ensure it can deliver.


FCC's New Chairman Wants To Rewrite How Phones Work

Tom Wheeler, the newly crowned chairman of the Federal Communications Commission in the US, has ambitious plans. He’s already on a crusade to get carriers to allow mobile phone unlocking, and now he plans to rewrite the technology that supports America’s ageing landline phone network.


Why Doesn't Skype Protect You Against Eavesdropping?

Skype has long claimed to be “end-to-end encrypted”, an architectural category that suggests conversations over the service would be difficult or impossible to eavesdrop upon, even given control of users’ internet connections. But Skype’s 2005 independent security review admits a caveat to this protection: “defeat of the security mechanisms at the Skype Central Server” could facilitate a “man-in-the-middle attack” (see section 3.4.1).


The Technology You Need To Protect Against Mass Surveillance

In the past several weeks, EFF has received many requests for advice about privacy tools that provide technological shields against mass surveillance. We’ve been interested for many years in software tools that help people protect their own privacy; we’ve defended your right to develop and use cryptographic software, we’ve supported the development of the Tor software and written privacy software of our own. This article looks at some of the available tools to blunt the effects of mass surveillance.


Your Skype Messages Aren't As Private As You Think They Are

Most people think of Skype as a secure means of communication, with messages kindly delivered using end-to-end encryption. But a new report by Ars Technica suggests that’s far from the case — and Microsoft is often dipping into your communications.


Microsoft Makes Skype Available From Within Browsers

Microsoft has finally decided to roll out web-based Skype calling. Over the coming weeks, users will be able to make Skype video and voice calls from within Outlook.com on their browsers.


Should The Cops Be Able To Listen In To Your Skype Calls?

Skype is facing the potential for criminal charges in France if it doesn’t allow the French constabulary to listen into calls. Is that a reasonable position in the Internet age?


iiNet Wants To Budii Up To You

What do you get if you feed iiNet’s BoB a healthy dose of steroids? Budii, a combined modem, Android handset and tablet device that iiNet says it’ll start selling soon.


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