The CEO of Signal is squaring up to Cellebrite, a company that helps cops hack into locked phones, claiming its software is full of security flaws

Summary List Placement Encrypted messaging app Signal dealt a major blow to Cellebrite, a company that specializes in breaking into locked phones. Moxie Marlinspike, Signal’s CEO, published an explosive blog Wednesday detailing how he and his team managed to hack software from digital forensics firm Cellebrite. Cellebrite provides software capable of breaking into locked phones and extracting data whilst hooked up to a secondary device. It is popular with police forces, who ship off locked phones for Cellebrite to unlock for thousands of dollars. Cellebrite advertises itself as being able to crack into high-end phones that have sophisticated security, like iPhones. But according to Marlinspike’s analysis of Cellebrite’s tech, its… Read More

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With $30M extension, BigID boosts Series D to $100M at $1.25B valuation

When we last heard from BigID at the end of 2020, the company was announcing a $70 million Series D at a $1 billion valuation. Today, it announced a $30 million extension on that deal valuing the company at $1.25 billion just 4 months later. This chunk of money comes from private equity firm Advent International, and brings the total raised to over $200 million across 4 rounds, according to the company. The late stage startup is attracting all of this capital by building a security and privacy platform. When I spoke to CEO Dimitri Sirota in September 2019 at the time of the $50 million Series C, he described the… Read More

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An all-star cast of VCs, including Tiger Global and Sequoia, has invested another $72 million into Productboard

Summary List Placement Product management startup Productboard has raised a $72 million Series C round, it announced on Thursday. This comes after it raised a $45 million Series B in January 2020.  The funding was led by Tiger Global Management with the company’s previous backers, which include Silicon Valley heavyweights like Index Ventures, Kleiner Perkins, Sequoia Capital, and Bessemer Venture Partners, also taking part. The company did not disclose the new valuation, but after its last raise, it was valued at an estimated $300 million, according to Pitchbook. Andrew Reed, general partner at Sequoia Capital, told Insider he met the Productboard team about 18 months ago after hearing about the… Read More

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iOS 14.5 is rolling out next week — here are its best new features

Apple announced a ton of devices at its ‘Spring Loaded event’. But what the company kept for footnotes was the fact that the iOS 14.5 update is rolling out next week. The much-anticipated update — which brings multiple useful additions, such as unlocking your device while wearing a mask — will hit users on April 30. Here are some best features of the upcoming update: Face ID will work with masks With COVID-19 pandemic still at large and mask-wearing now a part of our lives, Apple is making it easier to unlock its phones with a face covering. This works through… This story continues at The Next Web Or just read… Read More

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Scientists detect largest flare from Sun’s nearest neighbor

Scientists have spotted the largest flare ever recorded from the sun’s nearest neighbor, the star Proxima Centauri. The research, which appears today in The Astrophysical Journal Letters, was led by the University of Colorado Boulder and could help to shape the hunt for life beyond Earth’s solar system. CU Boulder astrophysicist Meredith MacGregor explained that […] The post Scientists detect largest flare from Sun’s nearest neighbor appeared first on Knowridge Science Report. …read more Source:: Knowridge Science Report       

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Scientists find new way to produce stable, low-cost, flexible electronics

Imagine a foldable smartphone or a rollable tablet device that is powerful, reliable and, perhaps most importantly, affordable. A new study has led to a method for both pinpointing and eliminating the sources of instability in the materials and devices used to create such applications. The study was led by scientists at Wake Forest University […] The post Scientists find new way to produce stable, low-cost, flexible electronics appeared first on Knowridge Science Report. …read more Source:: Knowridge Science Report       

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