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Working on Xmarks Import (And Something Else)

I did manage to get access to an Xmarks account, and I am going to try to get Xmarks import ready in time for that service's demise on May 1. In order to ensure that Xmarks users will find their data can be organized in a way they expect, I will also need to add a new feature to LinkLocker itself: a means of organizing links into categories. Adding a hierarchical categorization structure is probably good idea generally, and this situation with Xmarks provides ...

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Xmarks Is Dying; Help Me Build an Importer

Another venerable bookmarking service has bitten the dust. Xmarks will shut down at the end of April 2018, according to LogMeIn—which acquired LastPass in 2015, which had in turn acquired Xmarks in 2010. Who could have guessed that a company bought by a company that was bought by another company might someday go away?

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WhatsApp Co-Founder Funds New Signal Foundation

The news about the new Signal Foundation is encouraging, provided that new stakeholders like Acton (and presumably others) don't get it in their heads to screw things up in the usual Silicon Valley way of screwing good things up. Moxie Marlinspike remains at the helm, and I trust him to keep Signal from becoming another ad-driven sinkhole of VC grossness. Also, the fact that this new entity is a non-profit ought to keep the incentives of all involved relatively pure.

It will be exciting ...

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Addressing the Spectre and Meltdown Exploits

You may have noticed a few short stretches of downtime recently. These are planned events, as we are working to apply patches and mitigations in response to those nasty Spectre and Meltdown exploits you may have heard about in the news over the past couple of weeks. There is of course no sign of any intrusion related to these attack vectors, be we are taking proactive steps to ensure that we are as prepared for attacks of these sorts as we possibly can be. Rest ...

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Uber Did (Another) Bad, Bad Thing

This week on Badly Handled Data Breach Theater, it's Uber in the hotseat. New CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, who seems to have inherited from Noted Dirtbag Travis Kalanick the business equivalent of a flaming used diaper, reveals (ta-da!) in a solemn blog post that personal information belonging to 57 million Uber customers was stolen in 2016 by "two individuals outside the company." Stolen data includes names, email addresses, and mobile phone numbers. Oh, and also: they knew this a year ago and never bothered to ...

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