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Skype under investigation in Luxembourg over link to NSA

Skype is being investigated by Luxembourg’s data protection commissioner over concerns about its secret involvement with the US National Security Agency (NSA) spy programme Prism, the Guardian has learned.

The Microsoft-owned internet chat company could potentially face criminal and administrative sanctions, including a ban on passing users’ communications covertly to the US signals intelliigence agency.

Skype itself is headquartered in the European country, and could also be fined if an investigation concludes that the data sharing is found in violation of the country’s data-protection laws.

The Guardian understands that Luxembourg’s data-protection commissioner initiated a probe into Skype’s privacy policies following revelations in June about its ties to the NSA.


iPhone developers: Not optimizing for iOS 7 will cost you big $$$

Software testing service uTest’s Applause, which analyzes more than 93 million reviews, is revealing some attention-grabbing numbers that might make app developers think twice about delaying iOS 7 updates.

Especially major apps like WhatsApp, which is getting hammered by iOS 7 adopters.

Applause indexes over 880,000 apps on the iOS app store, and its statistics show that over 5,500 app have at least one review that contains a mention of iOS 7. That’s not a good thing — the average star rating is 3.56, but apps with reviews that mention iOS 7 are quite a bit lower, down to 2.81.

That’s almost a full star drop.

Most likely, it’s due to the fact that when reviews mention iOS 7, it’s because the app developer hasn’t yet updated the app for Apple’s newest mobile operating system. And sadly, because the app just doesn’t work — or look — as good as it should. That includes big apps from major mobile companies like Skype and WhatsApp.

via VentureBeat.