Half the Web Is Now Encrypted. That Makes Everyone Safer

Computer security news is usually pretty dismal, from malware crippling the web to ransomware taking down hospitals. But the web is getting safer in an important way. Today the average volume of encrypted internet traffic finally surpassed the average volume of unencrypted traffic, according to Mozilla, the company behind the popular Firefox web browser. That means when you visit a website, you’re now more likely than not to see a little green lock right next to its address. That little [...]

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Top 20 of cross-border marketplaces from Europe

The total cross-border market of European-owned marketplaces represents a turnover of 9 billion euros. This corresponds to a fifth of what’s generated by all cross-border marketplaces in Europe, with Amazon generating 28 billion euros. Here’s the top 20. Amazon is the biggest marketplace in Europe, but when we look at just the European-owned marketplaces, Zalando is number one. The top five is dominated by UK players, as Fruugo, Asos and Farfetch take up the second, third and fourth place. The top five is [...]

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Scraping public data from a website probably isn’t hacking, says court

Scraping data from a website likely doesn’t violate anti-hacking laws as long as the data is public, a US court has concluded. Yesterday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals said LinkedIn probably couldn’t tell an analytics company to stop pulling profile information from its platform. LinkedIn had sent the company, HiQ, a cease-and-desist letter — which has been enough to declare companies “unauthorized” in earlier cases. Here, however, the court ruled that LinkedIn couldn’t use anti-hacking rules to control [...]

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