Microsoft details its legacy Edge browser phase-out strategy

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The end of Microsoft’s legacy Edge browser is closing in fast. Microsoft this week provided more details as to exactly how it plans to remove the old Edge from Windows.

In August 2020, Microsoft officials said they would no longer provide any security updates for the legacy Edge desktop browser after March 9, 2021. (That’s March Patch Tuesday.) Today, February 5, Microsoft added some additional information about what will happen next.

Microsoft plans to remove legacy Edge and replace it with the new, Chromium-based Edge when users apply the April Windows 10 Patch Tuesday release on April 13, 2021.

Microsoft officials provided this information in a post about Edge kiosk mode, and I would have completely missed it without calling it out. Microsoft’s blog post advised kiosk-mode customers to install the new Microsoft Edge and set up kiosk mode before they apply the April

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McDonald’s customers are in for a very big surprise (Can they cope?)

McDonald’s. Where everybody knows your name.

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If I asked you why you go to McDonald’s, you’d likely tell me that it’s a mixture of a need for speed and a desperate desire for up to 1,000 calories of slightly greasy goodness.

I suspect, however, that you may not instantly mention the profoundly personal service, nor the proactive customer care.

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It seems that the burger chain may want to change your impression.

This week, the company announced that it’s rapidly expanding its use of technology to make customers feel more like individuals, rather than automatons standing in line for the next iPhone.

As CNBC reported, McDonald’s has been testing its MyMcDonald’s Rewards program at fortunate drive-thrus in Arizona and Nevada. It’s now entering New England and may be blanketing America by the end of the year.

You might think that a rewards program

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Appeal court finds ‘digital phone tapping’ admissible in criminal trials

Judges have decided that communications collected by French and Dutch police from the encrypted phone network EncroChat using software ‘implants’ are admissible evidence in British courts.

Police have made more than 1,000 arrests in the UK after the EncroChat phone network was compromised by French and Dutch investigators.

UK law prohibits law enforcement agencies from using evidence obtained from interception in criminal trials.

But three judges found on Friday [5 February] that material gathered by French and Dutch investigators and passed to the UK’s National Crime Agency were lawfully obtained through “equipment interference”.

“Today’s verdict implies that intercepting, or “tapping” – copying other people’s live private calls and messages – has no clear meaning in the digital age,” said Duncan Campbell, who acted as a forensic expert in the case for defendants, speaking after the verdict.

“If upheld, the ruling appears to mean that tapping is only now tapping if

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Research finds most Zoom-bombing incidents, especially in high schools and colleges, originate with participants who post the link publicly to invite trolls in (Andy Greenberg/Wired)

Andy Greenberg / Wired:

Research finds most Zoom-bombing incidents, especially in high schools and colleges, originate with participants who post the link publicly to invite trolls in  —  Researchers have found that most calls to disrupt videoconferences originate with the participants, especially in high schools and colleges.… Read More