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December 22, 2015, 4:45 PM

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Kim Zetter / Wired:
Experts' findings suggest NSA is at least indirectly responsible for Juniper backdoor because of the weakness NSA embedded in the Dual_EC encryption algorithm  —  Researchers Solve Juniper Backdoor Mystery; Signs Point to NSA  —  Security researchers believe they have finally solved …
Matthew Green / A Few Thoughts …:
How hackers piggybacked on an existing backdoor in Juniper's ScreenOS software to create a backdoor of their own  —  On the Juniper backdoor  —  You might have heard that a few days ago, Juniper Systems announced the discovery of “unauthorized code” in the ScreenOS software that underlies the NetScreen line of devices.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google begins testing login system that uses phone notifications for authentication instead of passwords  —  Google Begins Testing Password-Free Logins  —  Google confirmed this morning it's now testing a new way to sign into your Google account without having to type in a password.
Alex Hern / Guardian:
Microsoft to detect and remove adware that uses man-in-the-middle techniques, like Superfish, beginning in March, will only allow adware as browser plugins  —  New Microsoft adware rules could stop another Superfish security scare  —  From March, adware on Windows will have to be easily removable …
Alistair Barr / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Google has been working on new messaging app for over a year that supports chatbots and uses AI to answer questions and perform other tasks  —  Google Plans New, Smarter Messaging App  —  Users will be able to text friends or a chatbot that will scour the Web and other sources to answer a question
More: The Verge
Yahoo:
Sources: Google and Ford will create a joint venture to build self-driving vehicles  —  Google Pairs With Ford To Build Self-Driving Cars  —  Justin Hyde and Sharon Carty, Yahoo Autos  —  Google and Ford will create a joint venture to build self-driving vehicles with Google's technology …
JC Torres / SlashGear:
Early build of final Oculus Rift hardware starts shipping to devs  —  Things might finally be really getting along for the company that rebooted the whole virtual reality hype.  Perhaps taking advantage of the delay that HTC's and Valve's Vive VR headset will suffer in the next few months …
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
Stratos Sells To Ciright One To Avoid Collapse  —  Stratos isn't dead yet.  The Michigan-based startup just signed an agreement with Ciright One LLC to take over the fledgling company.  Under their agreement, Ciright One will manage and fulfill all outstanding consumer and commercial and Thiago Olson …
Katherine Noyes / PCWorld:
Oracle settles with the FTC after leaving insecure, older versions of Java SE installed on users' computers  —  Oracle settles with the FTC over ‘deceptive’ Java security promises  —  Once finalized, the order could impose a civil penalty of $16,000 per violation
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
FAA's drone registration site is now live: registrations are valid for 3 years, free for next 30 days or $5 afterwards  —  The FAA's Drone Registration Site Is Now Up And Running  —  As promised, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) launched its drone registry today.

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