Topic: nsa

SD Times news digest: Tidelift’s open-source business plan, Red 2019 roadmap, and NSA’s free reverse engineering tool

Open-source company Tidelift has raised $25 million in a Series B funding round. According to the company, it plans to use the new funding to accelerate its business model for open-source. The company’s Tidelift Subscription provides a single source for open-source components, professional assurances of those components, and a software platform for tracking them. The … continue reading

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The NSA launches GitHub account

The government agency known for its secrecy is shedding some light on its work this week. The National Security Agency (NSA) has joined GitHub with more than 30 open source projects as part of the NSA Technology Transfer Program. “The NSA Technology Transfer Program (TTP) works with agency innovators who wish to use this collaborative … continue reading

Google previews Android N, Let’s Encrypt gets a new name and home, and Docker Swarm outperforms Kubernetes—SD Times news digest: March 10, 2016

Google is giving developers an early look into its upcoming Android operating system: Android N. The company said it is giving developers the preview earlier than usual in order to give them more time to address feedback and make changes. “By releasing a ‘work in progress’ build earlier in development, we have more time to … continue reading

Google’s Customer-Supplied Encryption Keys, NSA phone surveillance ending, and Microsoft’s Android launcher—SD Times news digest: July 28, 2015

Google is enabling developers to use their own encryption keys on its cloud platform. The company recently announced that Customer-Supplied Encryption Keys for Google Compute Engine, which allows developers to bring their own encryption key to encrypt resources, is in beta. “You create and hold the keys, you determine when data is active or at … continue reading

SD Times GitHub Project of the Week: SIMP

The NSA is getting into open source with the System Integrity Management Platform (SIMP), a cybersecurity tool for the masses. From the National Security Agency, the governmental organization that brought you PRISM and the arsenal of surveillance tools leaked in the Snowden files comes SIMP, a Linux framework designed to provide a combination of security … continue reading

Alive coding extension for Visual Studio, problems with Google’s self-driving cars, and Verizon buys AOL for $4.4 billion—SD Times news digest: May 12, 2015

Code Connect, a Microsoft developer tooling startup, has announced Alive, a live coding extension for Visual Studio 2013 and 2015. It provides immediate code feedback to developers with an immediate watch window directly inline with the code, accessible during design without launching the application. The extension currently supports only C# and .NET framework 4.5, as … continue reading

Google Glass made by Luxottica, NSA surveillance activities report, and Software AG to lead Predixion’s funding—SD Times news digest: April 27, 2015

Google Glass may be coming back to the market soon. According to the Wall Street Journal, eyewear maker Luxottica is currently developing a new version of Google’s augmented reality eyewear. Google shut down its Google Glass Explorer Program in January, but said it was still committed to launching it as a consumer product. A spokeswoman … continue reading

The Linux Code of Conflict, the TechHire Initiative, and Wikimedia’s lawsuit against the NSA—SD Times news digest: March 10, 2015

Linus Torvalds wants Linux developers to play nicer. The Linux creator has proposed a small kernel patch called the Code of Conflict, providing discourse guidelines for the kernel community and laying out mediation steps if anyone feels threatened. “The Linux kernel development effort is a very personal process compared to ‘traditional’ ways of developing software,” … continue reading

Microsoft to invest in Android OS-maker Cyanogen, EFF wins protracted NSA lawsuit, and an AWS Go SDK—SD Times news digest: Jan. 30, 2015

Microsoft is reportedly investing as part of a US$70 million funding round in Cyanogen, an Android ROM company, aiming to wrest control of the open-source operating system away from Google. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, Microsoft would be a minority investor in the company, and a source stated Microsoft’s interest is … continue reading

Oculus making virtual reality movies, the NSA’s Trojan horse, and IBM layoffs—SD Times news digest: Jan. 27, 2015

Oculus VR, the virtual reality startup acquired by Facebook for US$2 billion, is developing cinematic experiences specifically for its Oculus Rift VR headset. At the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, the new Oculus Story Studio, led by creative director and former Pixar animator Saschka Unseld, premiered its first short film, entitled “Lost.” Unseld, who created … continue reading

Google’s must-have Android apps, MIT’s Ur programming language and more NSA leaks—SD Times news digest: Dec. 29, 2014

Google released a list of its must-have Android apps, rattling off 127 of the most highly recommended and highest rated apps in the Google Play Store. The apps, most of them free, range from popular favorites including Netflix, Shazam and Spotify to mobile applications with fast-growing user bases such as Quip, Pushbullet and Lumosity. Google’s full … continue reading

EFF takes its NSA fight to court

Ever since former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden exposed the agency’s online surveillance activities, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has been working to increase cybersecurity and defend online rights. Today, the EFF will continue its fight against the NSA, arguing that the NSA’s data collection is unconstitutional before U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey White in … continue reading

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