Adobe to kill off Flash by 2020 | TheHill

BY JOE UCHILL

Adobe announced it would end support for the multimedia plug-in Flash by the end of 2020.

“Adobe is planning to end-of-life Flash. Specifically, we will stop updating and distributing the Flash Player at the end of 2020 and encourage content creators to migrate any existing Flash content to these new open formats,” the company wrote in a blog post on Tuesday.

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Mandatory Minimum Sentences Decline, Sentencing Commission Says | United States Courts

The number of federal prison inmates sentenced under mandatory minimum laws decreased by 14 percent from 2010 to 2016, although they still make up more than half of all federal inmates, according to a new report by the United States Sentencing Commission.

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Review: SimpliSafe Alarm System — Katie Floyd

Katie Floyd:

I’ve written about my move to a new home and the technology I’m using. With the move came a search for a new alarm system. I looked at “smart alarm” solutions, but ultimately, I installed a system from SimpliSafe. It’s not fancy, and it’s certainly not tech-forward. But it was friendly on the budget and after a few initial hiccups seems to work as advertised.

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Don’t Take the Bait, Step 2: Be Alert to Account Takeover Tactics

Account takeovers by cybercriminals are on the rise and increasingly practitioners are the targets. Heed the advice of the IRS, state tax agencies and industry partners: Don’t Take the Bait.

For more information, visit Protect Your Clients, Protect Yourself.

As Paperwork Goes Missing, Private Student Loan Debts May Be Wiped Away – The New York Times

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Some of the problems playing out now in the $108 billion private student loan market are reminiscent of those that arose from the subprime mortgage crisis a decade ago, when billions of dollars in subprime mortgage loans were ruled uncollectable by courts because of missing or fake documentation. And like those troubled mortgages, private student loans — which come with higher interest rates and fewer consumer protections than federal loans — are often targeted at the most vulnerable borrowers, like those attending for-profit schools.
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New information on your iPhone being searched by Customs at the border – iPhone J.D.

Jeff Richardson,

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To try to get more concrete information on the current state of affairs, Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon who has a reputation of being a privacy advocate, recently sent a letter to Acting Commissioner Kevin McAleenan of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) with questions on the current policies.  I encourage you to read the full response as posted by the Washington Post, as well as the article by Brian Fung of the Post, but here are four parts of the response that jumped out a me.

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A New Kind of Instant Messaging

Whether it’s corporations or governments, digital surveillance today is widespread. Toxis easy-to-use software that connects you with friends and family without anyone else listening in. While other big-name services require you to pay for features, Tox is completely free and comes without advertising — forever.
Everything you do with Tox is encrypted using open-source libraries. The only people who can see your conversations are the people you’re talking with.
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