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Community Broadband an 'Ominous Threat to The First Amendment'

Community Broadband an 'Ominous Threat to The First Amendment'

The Trump FCC has declared towns and cities that vote to build their own broadband networks an “ominous threat to the First Amendment.” The claims were made last week during a speech given at the telecom-funded Media Institute by FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly. In his speech, O’Rielly insinuated, without evidence, that community owned and operated broadband networks would naturally result in local governments aggressively limiting American free speech rights.
Google Engineers Are Organizing A Walkout To Protest The Company’s Protection Of An Alleged Sexual Harasser

Google Engineers Are Organizing A Walkout To Protest The Company’s Protection Of An Alleged Sexual Harasser

A group of more than 200 engineers at Google are organizing a companywide “women’s walk” walkout for later this week to protest recent revelations about the search giant’s protection of employees that had allegedly engaged in sexual misconduct, according to four people familiar with the situation inside Google.
Stop Using Microsoft Edge To Download Chrome -- Unless You Want Malware

Stop Using Microsoft Edge To Download Chrome -- Unless You Want Malware

This weekend, Twitter user Gabriel Landau enjoyed his first few hours with a Windows 10 laptop by doing this exact thing (video in Twitter link). The top result for his "download chrome" search via Edge looked ordinary enough. Except that when he clicked it the resulting domain was "GoogleOnline2018.com." The fake site isn't an exact copy of Google's own Chrome landing page, but looks genuine enough to fool people. The download itself is called "ChromeSetup.exe," but examining the digital signature reveals "Alpha Criteria Ltd." That's definitely not Google.
Microsoft officially completed its acquisition of GitHub on October 26, 2018.

Microsoft officially completed its acquisition of GitHub on October 26, 2018.

Starting Monday, October 29, 2018, Nat Friedman will be GitHub's new CEO. In a blog post, Friedman reiterates GitHub will continue to operate independently and "developer-first" values, while offering a glimpse into what he plans to work on while CEO. Friedman says GitHub will now focus even more on its paper cuts project, improving core scenarios, making GitHub actions more widely available, and more.
Citus Data Donates 1% of Equity to Non-Profit PostgreSQL Organizations

Citus Data Donates 1% of Equity to Non-Profit PostgreSQL Organizations

Stock grant to benefit efforts to advance growth of the open source PostgreSQL database in the U.S. and in Europe Citus Data, a leading provider of scale-out Postgres database technologies, today announced it is donating 1 percent of its equity to the non-profit PostgreSQL organizations in the US and Europe. The United States PostgreSQL Association has received the stock grant and will work with the PostgreSQL Europe organization to support the growth, education, and future innovation of the open-source Postgres database in both the US and in Europe.
Mozilla is matching all donations to the Tor Project

Mozilla is matching all donations to the Tor Project

Firefox parent Mozilla is returning to back the Tor Project, its long-time ally after it committed to matching all donations made to fund Tor, the open source initiative to improve online privacy which has just started its annual end of year funding drive. Tor announced Mozilla’s support today, extending the pair’s partnership which last year helped Tor raise over $400,000 from a similar campaign last year. That is a small seed round for a tech startup, but it represents an important source of income for Tor, which began soliciting ‘crowdfunded’ donations in 2015 in a bid to offset its reliance on government grants.
Hackers breach Healthcare.gov system, taking files on 75,000 people

Hackers breach Healthcare.gov system, taking files on 75,000 people

A government system used by insurance agents and brokers to help customers sign up for healthcare plans was breached, allowing hackers to siphon off sensitive and personal data on 75,000 people. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services confirmed the breachin a late Friday announcement but revealed few details about the contents of the files stolen.
Encrypted SNI Comes to Firefox Nightly

Encrypted SNI Comes to Firefox Nightly

Firefox Nightly now supports encrypting the TLS Server Name Indication (SNI) extension, which helps prevent attackers on your network from learning your browsing history. You can enable encrypted SNI today and it will automatically work with any site that supports it. Currently, that means any site hosted by Cloudflare, but we’re hoping other providers will add ESNI support soon.
GitHub Actions: built by you, run by us

GitHub Actions: built by you, run by us

Yesterday at GitHub Universe, they announced GitHub Actions, a new way to automate and customize user's workflows. Configuring the apps and services that make up user development cycle takes significant time and effort. GitHub Actions applies open source principles to workflow automation, weaving together the tools user use from idea to production into one complete workflow. Users can also create, share, and discover any actions your projects require, just as they would create, share, and discover code on GitHub.
Twilio to Acquire SendGrid, the Leading Email API Platform

Twilio to Acquire SendGrid, the Leading Email API Platform

Twilio (NYSE:TWLO) and SendGrid today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement for Twilio to acquire SendGrid in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately $2 billion. At the exchange ratio of 0.485 shares of Twilio Class A common stock per share of SendGrid common stock, this price equates to approximately $36.92 per share based on today’s closing prices. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2019.


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