Facebook's relentless push to make Messenger happen is still happening, and you can now make video calls over data and Wi-Fi with Facebook's messaging app.
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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.
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.
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).
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.
Since launch, Skype has been regarded as secure and private, with its strong encryption and complex peer-to-peer network connections making calls almost impossible to intercept. Since Microsoft bought it out, though, things have been changing — and Slate suggests your privacy may not be what it once was.
Talmon Marco, founder of the VoIP app Viber (the sixth most popular all-time free iPhone app), was met at La Guardia airport this evening by a waiting posse of port authority cops. What did he do? Well, it's not quite as outrageous as Alec Baldwin getting in trouble for playing Words With Friends, but it's still a bit ridiculous.
The NBN isn't just a data network; the eventual aim of the rollout is to replace the copper network that not only provides ADSL (if you're lucky enough), but also voice services. NBN Co's announced that it's fast-tracking automatic user authentication to allow NBN-based VoIP services to roll out more smoothly.