Yahoo Disputes Scanning Report; Messenger Encrypted – With Strings

Posted October 5th, 2016 at 1:58 pm (UTC-4)
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FILE - A man walks past a Yahoo logo in Barcelona, Spain. (Reuters)

FILE – A man walks past a Yahoo logo in Barcelona, Spain. (Reuters)

Today’s Tech Sightings:

Yahoo Calls Report of Secret Email Scanning ‘Misleading’

Yahoo is disputing a Reuters’ story that said the company used custom software to scan users’ emails in real time for specific information to comply with a classified order from the U.S. government. Yahoo denied such a program exists and called the report misleading.

Facebook Missed a Big Opportunity With End-to-end Encryption in Messenger

Facebook now offers end-to-end encryption for Messenger users, should they choose to protect secret conversations. But writer Stan Shroeder takes issue with the approach, saying Facebook missed an opportunity to do end-to-end encryption right, first for neglecting to advertise it widely, if at all, and then for presenting it with limitations that will probably turn off some users.

Jack Dorsey Is Losing Control of Twitter

Speculation around a potential sale of Twitter has been in the news for some time, more recently focusing on Disney and Salesforce as possible bidders. It is still unclear if Twitter will remain an independent company. But writer Sarah Frier argues that CEO Jack Dorsey, a year after taking over, has “at least lost some control” as his “passive, contemplative style” has left a void for others to fill.


Aida Akl
Aida Akl is a journalist working on VOA's English Webdesk. She has written on a wide range of topics, although her more recent contributions have focused on technology. She has covered both domestic and international events since the mid-1980s as a VOA reporter and international broadcaster.

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