Feb 15, 2017

Microsoft wants a Geneva Convention for cybersecurity

The tech giant is urging countries to establish protections for residents from cyber attacks, as well as agreements amongst each other to not target each other's civilians, Microsoft president and chief legal officer Brad Smith wrote in a blog post on Tuesday. With the heightened threats from state-sponsored hackers, national security and digital experts are increasingly calling on governments to establish this type of frameworks.

Signal adds video calling to its encrypted messaging app: The mobile app, which already includes messaging and voice calls and is growing in popularity as a secure way to communicate, has added video calling. At the same time, it also added CallKit support to its iOS app, which while it allows for convenient features like answering calls from the iPhone's lock screen, can also compromise the app's encryption. With growing concerns around surveillance, encrypted messaging apps like Signal are increasingly popular.

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Updated 3 mins ago - Politics & Policy

In photos: Protesters clash with police nationwide over George Floyd

Police officers grapple with protesters in Atlanta. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images

Police used tear gas, rubber bullets and pepper spray as the protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd spread nationwide on Friday evening.

The big picture: Police responded in force in cities ranging from Atlanta to Des Moines, Houston to Detroit, Milwaukee to Washington, D.C. and Denver to Louisville. In Los Angeles, police declared a stretch of downtown off limits, with Oakland issuing a similar warning.

Updated 22 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Gov. Tim Walz to mobilize Minnesota's full National Guard

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Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced on Saturday he is activating the full National Guard to respond to street violence in Minneapolis that broke out during protests of a police encounter that left a black man, George Floyd, dead.

Why it matters: This is the first time the state has activated the full National Guard since World War II. " The Minnesota National Guard told Axios in an email that up to 10,000 soldiers and airmen would be deployed after all activations and processing are complete.

Updated 37 mins ago - Science

Live updates: SpaceX attempts to launch NASA astronauts Saturday

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket on the launch pad. Photo: NASA/Joel Kowsky

At 3:22 p.m. ET today, SpaceX is expected to launch NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space Station for the first time.

Why it matters: The liftoff — should it go off without a hitch — will be the first time a private company has launched people to orbit. It will also bring crewed launches back to the U.S. for the first time in nine years, since the end of the space shuttle program.

Follow along below for live updates throughout the day...