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Google is going to address the concerns of European regulators about its compliance with an EU ruling over the "Right to be Forgotten," by extending it to other search pages. Google has confirmed it will start removing specific search results requested by EU citizens from all of its regional searches around the world, but only if the searches are started by people physically located within the European Union itself.
A series of soon to arrive Apple security certificate expirations will cause some problems, if users and developers do not take some steps to rectify the situation. A November-issued series of certificates, scheduled to expire on February 13 is affecting both game developer Aspyr. Additionally, Apple is mandating developers applications that generate passes for Apple Wallet, use Safari Push Notifications, or extend the functionality of Safari must use a renewed Apple Worldwide Developer Relations Intermediate certificate starting on February 14.
A new cross-party bill is being introduced to Congress later today, aiming to prevent state-level encryption bills from causing any issues. If passed, the Ensuring National Constitutional Rights of Your Private Telecommunications Act (ENCRYPT Act) will preempt state and local government laws that would affect the encryption of smartphones and other devices, in an attempt to make device security laws more cohesive across the United States.
A framework used by developers to perform software updates in Mac apps has potentially put the users of some popular tools at risk, via a recently discovered flaw. A vulnerability in the Sparkle framework makes apps including Camtasia, uTorrent, and Sequel Pro susceptible to man-in-the-middle attacks, which could lead to the installation of malicious code on the Mac desktop, all without the knowledge of the user.
Apple employees are often targets of hackers wanting to gain access to their company credentials, but it is claimed staff are being offered bribes to share their account details. According to a report, hackers are offering high prices for account passwords, with bribes to some staff exceeding $20,000, all in the name of acquiring precious internal information and data that could be sold online to interested parties for far higher figures.
A new study that compared the security of user data as transmitted by the short-range Bluetooth used by the leading fitness and health wearables has found, as one headline writer summed it up, that "every fitness tracker but [the Apple Watch] is a privacy nightmare." The report, done by the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab and Canadian privacy-rights group Open Effect, tested eight wearables and found that all -- apart from the Apple Watch -- leaked Bluetooth data that could be read nearby.
Happy birthday to us -- The MacNN Podcast turned one this week, and so -- when you listen to this episode -- picture us both wearing jaunty party hats. Back down to the usual two-man rowboat, this week MacNN Editor Charles Martin and Managing Editor Mike Wuerthele talk about a few hot topics, and by that we don't mean the emo superstore down at the mall. Naturally, our recent site redesign -- the first in a whopping eight years -- is our first focus.
If you ever need to get your Touch ID-enabled home button repaired, be sure to have it done by Apple Authorized Service Providers or Apple directly only: UK newspaper The Guardian reports that "thousands" of users who have had their Touch ID button repaired by third parties and found that their iPhone would then "brick" itself (become inoperative) after the next iOS update. The notorious "Error 53" that causes this, according to Apple, is a security measure to prevent low-level hardware hacking.
If you were worried the change in design of MacNN meant the end of Daily Deals, don't worry, as it's here to stay, providing you with more bargains, offers, and discounts on hardware, software, gadgets, and games. The still-active deals from yesterday have been carried over to today, with the new batch including the Canon Pixma MG2920 wireless inkjet all-in-one printer for $30, the refurbished Logitech X100 mobile wireless speaker for $9, and the Proscan Premium 43-inch 1080p HDTV for $230.
Every weekday, the writing team of MacNN scour the Internet's stores for bargains and offers on hardware, software, games, and accessories, and compiles them into the regular Daily Deals post. Alongside still-active deals from earlier in the week are new listings that include a reconditioned Samsung 28-inch 4K monitor for $300, a 60-inch LG HDTV for $848, and a Sony Bluetooth speaker less than half price at $88.