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Swift language popularity soars, Famo.us partners with jQuery, Musk makes AI donation—SD Times news digest: Jan. 16, 2015

In its latest programming language rankings, RedMonk announced Apple’s Swift language has risen 46 spots from No. 68 to No. 22 in the rankings from Q3 to Q4. “The growth that Swift experienced is essentially unprecedented in the history of these rankings,” the rankings report stated. “When we see dramatic growth from a language, it … continue reading

From the Editors: Security is no longer obscurity

If there was one word that could best sum up the software security situation in 2014, it would be “Egad!” With major enterprises like Target, Home Depot and Sony getting not just hacked but completely compromised in 2014, what hope do smaller firms have at keeping the attackers at bay? Fortunately, things are already looking … continue reading

EFF wants to make HTTPS the default protocol

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, along with a coalition of tech companies, organizations and researchers, have announced Let’s Encrypt: a new certificate authority (CA) initiative to implement the HTTPS encryption and communications protocol across the entire Web. Let’s Encrypt, which is also backed by Akamai, Cisco, IdenTrust, Mozilla and University of Michigan researchers, is intended as … continue reading

Electronic Frontier Foundation: APIs can’t be copyrighted

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has legally weighed in on the ongoing software copyright dispute between Google and Oracle, and its message is clear: APIs cannot be copyrighted. The nonprofit digital rights organization has filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, signed by 77 computer scientists and legal experts, arguing that the latest appellate court … continue reading

Top messaging apps fail EFF’s security check

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is calling out top messaging apps on their poor security habits. The organization recently released its Secure Messaging Scorecard, where it evaluated dozens of messaging technologies on their security practices. “The revelations from Edward Snowden confirm that governments are spying on our digital lives, devouring all communications that aren’t protected … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Oct. 24, 2014 – Apple’s TestFlight, EFF’s Surveillance Self-Defense, Microsoft’s earnings report and Microsoft Lumia

Apple opens up its TestFlight Beta Testing Apple is giving developers the ability to invite up to 1,000 beta testers to try out their iOS 8 apps before releasing them to the App Store. The company has released its TestFlight Beta testing service to the public. “You can now invite up to 1,000 testers to … continue reading

The EFF wants developers to help defend online security

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has developed numerous technology projects that aim to defend online freedom, privacy and security, and now it wants the help of developers. The EFF has announced Coding with EFF, an initiative to get developers to assist on their open-source projects. “We at EFF are always excited to unveil new ways for … continue reading

SD Times news digest: August 6, 2014—MongoDB CEO steps down, Microsoft announces Windows 8.1 update, EFF fights patent trolls

MongoDB CEO Max Schireson steps down; ex-BMC Software exec steps up MongoDB’s Max Schireson announced he will step down as CEO in less than a month, and will be replaced by former BMC Software executive Dev Ittycheria. Effective Sept. 3, Schireson will transition into the role of vice chairman and remain with the company full-time. … continue reading

SD Times news digest: July 23, 2014—One huge Windows platform, Privacy Badger, Firefox 31, and more

All major versions of Windows to merge into one Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has confirmed that the company has plans to unify all major versions of Windows into one operating system, according to Business Insider. “This means one operating system that covers all screen sizes,” Nadella said to analysts on the quarterly conference call, according … continue reading

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