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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U.S. hits highest daily COVID-19 case count since pandemic began

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The U.S. confirmed at least 83,010 coronavirus cases on Friday, the country's highest daily total since the pandemic started, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project.

By the numbers: Friday's total surpassed the U.S.'s previous record set on July 17 when 76,842 cases were recorded. 

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Fauci: Trump hasn't been to a COVID task force meeting in months

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President Trump has not attended a White House coronavirus task force meeting in “several months,” NIAID director Anthony Fauci told MSNBC on Friday.

Why it matters: At the beginning of the pandemic, the task force, led by Vice President Mike Pence, met every day, but in the "last several weeks," members have held virtual meetings once a week, Fauci said, even as the number of new cases continues to surge in the country.