President Barack Obama is using his last days in office to reduce the sentences of many people in federal jail and one of those affected by this activity is Chelsea Manning. She'll be out in five months, yet her original sentence would have kept her in prison for 32 years.
While WhatsApp might have denied the existence of a backdoor for intercepting and reading messages, that doesn't mean the security issue isn't present. According to the company, the code in question is a feature that ensures messages don't get lost, but the latest video shows
Facebook's period of heavily promoting live video may be coming to an end. The social network is "de-emphasizing" live video, reports Recode, and that means it'll no longer pay publishers to use the feature. Some publishers reportedly didn't even find the payments were worth it.
Support for payments may soon be added to Google Assistant. A teardown of the latest beta points to the existence of payment functionality, allowing users to spend money with their voice or potentially place orders within the Google Allo messaging app.
An analysis of 10 million leaked passwords completed by Keeper reveals last year's top password was the remarkably simplistic 123456. Filling in some of the other top spots were "123456789," "qwerty," and "12345678." Keeper chastised websites for allowing weak passwords.
Kathy Byron, a Virginia House Republican, has put forth a bill that would essentially block any municipal broadband in the state. Proposals of this sort can't be blocked by the FCC and they're supported by cable companies who would prefer not to compete with cities.
China's Cyberspace Administration (CAA) has implemented a requirement that all app stores in the country must register with the government. Stores that don't register and possibly submit themselves to greater oversight won't be operating in accordance with the law.
The Obama administration has used virtual reality on multiple occasions and it's turned to the tech again to bid farewell. Working with Facebook's Oculus, the White House has released an 8-minute tour of "The People's House" (White House) narrated by Barack and Michelle Obama.
A report in The Guardian claiming there's a "backdoor" in WhatsApp that could allow messages to be intercepted and read is being refuted by the Facebook-owned messaging service. According to the original report, security researcher Tobias Boelter found the vulnerability.
The next Google Chrome release (version 56) will come with support for FLAC lossless audio. Beta testers already have access to the feature. Support for the audio file format will please audiophiles, though it won't necessarily make much of a difference for most users.
Anime Strike is the first branded "Amazon Channel" from Amazon itself. The new streaming option costs $5 per month and includes a large on-demand library filled with series/films in the action, romance, and adult categories, among others. Both new and old content is available.
Snapchat has updated its interface and one of the greatest changes is a new universal search option. The universal search bar is always present at the top of the screen and it yields results from your friends, groups, Discover publishers, and Our Stories.
YouTube has introduced a livestreaming feature called Super Chat that's similar to Cheering on Twitch. It allows viewers to send money to creators in exchange for having their messages highlighted in the chat section. Messages can be pinned and show up in a bright color.
Google is rolling out some improvements to AMP that'll bring down its data usage and also make it more useful on low-end devices. One of the new features, AMP Cache, partly deals with images since they make up 64% of the byes on the average website page.
Twitter has announced another livestreaming partnership. This time it'll work with PBS to stream Donald Trump's presidential inauguration, which begins at 11 a.m. ET on January 20. Users will see the stream on all Twitter apps and at inauguration.twitter.com.
Apple isn't happy with just making devices for content consumption, reports The Wall Street Journal, it also wants to enter the world of content creation. The company is said to be planning an investment in original TV shows and the series could premiere as early as this year.
Google has begun integrating its RAISR machine learning system into online services. RAISR can enhance the appearance of lower-quality images, which means users can reduce their data consumption. The system is being used to alter some Google+ photos.
Two Microsoft employees tasked with viewing and moderating explicit content are suing their former employer because of the PTSD they developed as a result of their job. In their lawsuit, it is alleged the PTSD developed following exposure to highly explicit content.
Livestreaming from desktop is now rolling out to Pages on Facebook. The feature has been in testing since September and it's headed out to more users now. Not everyone is receiving the desktop streaming feature initially. Built-in and peripheral cameras are supported.
Instagram has found a new place to include ads. The Facebook-owned social network is testing ads that'll display between Stories, which also means they're skippable. Users will begin seeing the ads in the coming weeks, according to Instagram. The ads are under 15 seconds.