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Google to websites: Be mobile-friendly or get buried in search – Mashable

Mashable Google to websites: Be mobile -friendly or get buried in search Mashable Google is introducing a new algorithm that affects how mobile search results appear — a significant change that will take anywhere from several days to a week to roll out. Moving forward, when you do a Google search on mobile , search results will ... CMO Today: 'Mobilegeddon' Begins Wall Street Journal (blog) all 414 news articles »

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Open Whisper System’s Signal app for encrypted calls gets encrypted texting in version 2.0 for iOS (Kashmir Hill/Fusion)

For years, smartphone users have been out of luck if they wanted to call or text everyone in their address books for free using encryption. iPhone users could send each other encrypted texts with iMessage, and free apps existed to help Android users communicate with each other securely. But there was no way to send secure messages from an iPhone to an Android phone, or vice versa, unless you signed up for a monthly subscription plan and got the person you wanted to communicate with to sign up for it too. That’s changing today, as San Francisco-based Open Whisper Systems is adding encrypted texting to its encrypted calling iPhone app Signal , with the release of Signal 2.0 . Now, no matter which smartphone you own, you’ll be able to call or text any other smartphone for free with end-to-end encryption turned on. To have a conversation that’s protected from hackers, wiretappers, or the communication platform itself, the people that are part of the conversation just have to download a free app. Signal is compatible with Open Whisper System’s years-old Android offerings—secure calling app Redphone and secure texting app TextSecure—meaning the creation of an ecosystem for secure communications that didn’t previously exist as a free option. “Eventually we’ll have one app called Signal on Android, iPhone and desktop,” says Open Whisper Systems founder Moxie Marlinspike, a well-known developer in the cryptography community. “We want to develop apps that are a joy to use where the cryptography is invisible. Apps that are better than their insecure competitors.” Signal 2.0 comes at a controversial time. Last month, the Intercept reported that intelligence agencies had compromised the security built into millions of smartphones by stealing encryption keys from Gemalto, one of the world’s largest SIM card manufacturers. With those keys, the NSA and its British equivalent GCHQ, which allegedly masterminded the theft, could theoretically tap data, texts, and calls from phones with a Gemalto SIM card without notifying a phone company or going through a legal process. (This method wouldn’t work for communications that were getting an additional encryption layer from an app like Signal.) “Every time Intercept parent company First Look publishes a story, our installs go up,” says Marlinspike. “It’s well-documented that calls and messages you send over phone networks are not private.

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Tinder’s new Tinder Plus option costs nearly 4X as much in Europe if you’re over 28 years old (Kevin Roose/Fusion)

For lonely Europeans who have passed their mid-twenties, looking for love just got a little more expensive. Tinder, the swipe-based dating app, just launched a paid premium version in Europe. Paying for Tinder Plus allows you to “undo” swipes if you accidentally nixed an alluring user, and allows you to expand your location-based capabilities when traveling. And, as the London Evening Standard discovered, there’s also a hint of ageism in the app’s pricing scheme: “Users under the age of 28 who want the extra functions will be charged £3.99 a month,” the paper reports , “and those over 28 will pay £14.99.” That’s roughly four times the price for Tinder Plus users over 28—perhaps an indication that Tinder’s more, ahem, veteran daters have disposable income that younger users might not. But it could also be seen by users as the equivalent of Uber’s supply-and-demand surge pricing—as you get older on Tinder, your supply of available matches shrinks, so it should cost more to find them. It’s not clear whether Tinder plans to export the pricing scheme to its U.S. paid tier, or is simply testing it out abroad. Tinder scrapes personal data from Facebook when you sign up, so cheating the system (and saving £11 a month) would simply require changing your birth date on Facebook to make yourself appear younger than 28. So London-based Tinder users, get ready to swipe past a flood of penny-pinching 27-year-olds on your way to finding true love.

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