Gears & Gadgets

HTTPS for all: Let’s Encrypt reaches one billion certificates issued

Enlarge / Encrypted communication has gone from “only if it’s important” to “unless you’re incredibly lazy” in four short years—and Let’s Encrypt deserves a lot of the credit for that. nternet1.jpg by Rock1997 modified. Let’s Encrypt, the Internet Security Research Group‘s free certificate signing authority, issued its first certificate a little over four years ago. […]

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SoftBank’s $100 billion Vision Fund had a no good, very bad year in 2019, but was still in the black overall. Here’s why experts are still struggling to make sense of it.

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Mobile

FCC chairman backs $9.7 billion plan to clear 3.7GHz C-band spectrum for 5G

(Reuters) — Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Thursday proposed $ 9.7 billion in incentive payments to accelerate the freeing up of spectrum in the key C-band by shifting existing satellite users. The telecommunications regulator had told lawmakers last month it was considering proposing “single-digit billions” in payments. Major satellite firms, including Intelsat, are […]

Emerging Tech

ISS astronauts succeed in fixing $2 billion ‘unserviceable’ instrument

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) have completed a 6-hour spacewalk to finish repairing a dark matter detection instrument which was previously considered “unserviceable.” Yesterday, NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan and European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano spent 6 hours and 16 minutes outside of the ISS, performing repairs to the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS). […]

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Google will face another probe from the Department of Justice, this time over its $2.1 billion acquisition of Fitbit

Hollis Johnson/Business Insider Google’s acquisition of Fitbit last month prompted immediate concerns about the tech giant’s new access to sensitive health data, amid government scrutiny over its already-broad access to a range of private data on its consumers. Now, the tech giant will face a government probe over $ 2.1 billion deal, according to a […]