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With work on MinuteTechNews coming to a stand still because I cannot afford the time (between paying clients and this 100-day thing), I’ve been practicing writing news in brief (and trying out some different formats) so that I’m ready the moment I decide to go back to working on it.
So here’s some more tech news in brief… this time it’s about Bitcoin, Microsoft, and the state of surveillance in the UK.
The news “articles” will be in bullet form this time. Click on the links for more information, or don’t and just enjoy the bite-sized version.
BITCOIN KEEPS SURGING
- After a stellar 2013, Bitcoin spent all of 2014 and most of 2015 tumbling down and bouncing around the $200-300 mark
- Bitcoin has been rising upwards for the past seven weeks straight, the longest “winning streak” since 2013
- Trading at around $200 at the beginning of October, Bitcoin has now broken $400 and shows no sign of slowing down
- Speculation as to why this is happening revolves around two theories:
MICROSOFT TO RETIRE UNLIMITED STORAGE
- In 2014, Micosoft announced that they’ll be removing the limits on their storage accounts for Office 365 OneDrive users
- 13 months later, Microsoft seem to be regretting their decision as they have now announced that they will no longer offer unlimited storage
- Their reasoning is that some users were abusing the service
- “…a small number of users backed up numerous PCs and stored entire movie collections and DVR recordings…”
- “…this exceeded 75 TB per user or 14,000 times the average…”
- Subscriptions will now include 1 TB of disk space, and a 50 GB plan will be introduced early 2016 for $1.99
UK WILL NOT ALLOW INTERNET COMPANIES TO PROVIDE TOTAL ENCRYPTION TO THEIR CUSTOMERS
- In one fell swoop, the UK is set to ban companies like Apple and Google from providing complete end-to-end encryption to its users, removing any expectation of privacy from those internet services everybody loves and uses
- “Please, let’s not have a situation where we give terrorists, criminals, child abductors, safe spaces to communicate,” said Prime Minister David Cameron
- Apple’s encryption on the iOS 9 is so solid, that a cybersecurity firm is offering $1 million to anyone who manages to jailbreak it, but with the new law, all that would be required to view someone’s private content is a warrant
- The GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters) in the UK has been secretly collecting trillions of metadata records on everybody’s browsing habits for years
- This includes hacking and tracking anybody’s phone remotely
- CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, has repeatedly taken a stand against mass user surveillance
- “They’re gobbling up everything they can learn about you and trying to monetize it. We think that’s wrong. And it’s not the kind of company that Apple wants to be,” he said last June