Two men share coffee and a laugh.
Enlarge / Sasan Goodarzi, president and chief executive officer of Intuit Inc., left, and Kenneth Lin, co-fonder and chief executive officer of Credit Karma Inc., smile during a Bloomberg Television interview in San Francisco, California, on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. Intuit—the software giant behind TurboTax—said Monday it’s buying Credit Karma for about $7.1 billion in cash and stock.

The announcement earlier this week that Intuit, the financial software giant, would be buying the personal finance company Credit Karma for $7 billion was striking. The tech industry is under more antitrust scrutiny than ever; just a few weeks ago, the Federal

Encrypted communication has gone from "only if it's important" to "unless you're incredibly lazy" in four short years—and Let's Encrypt deserves a lot of the credit for that.
Enlarge / Encrypted communication has gone from “only if it’s important” to “unless you’re incredibly lazy” in four short years—and Let’s Encrypt deserves a lot of the credit for that.

Let’s Encrypt, the Internet Security Research Group‘s free certificate signing authority, issued its first certificate a little over four years ago. Today, it issued its billionth.

The ISRG’s goal for Let’s Encrypt is to bring the Web up to a 100% encryption rate. When Let’s Encrypt launched in 2015, the idea was pretty outré—at that time, a bit more than a third of all Web traffic was encrypted, with

A pedestrian wearing a protective mask stands on Mission Street in San Francisco, California, on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. California is monitoring 8,400 people for signs of the virus after they traveled to Asia.
Enlarge / A pedestrian wearing a protective mask stands on Mission Street in San Francisco, California, on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. California is monitoring 8,400 people for signs of the virus after they traveled to Asia.

With the dizzying international spread of the novel coronavirus, the World Health Organization Friday announced that the global threat of COVID-19 has increased. The risk of spread and risk of impact has now risen from “high” to “very high” on a global scale, according to the organization’s latest assessments.

Between Thursday and Friday, five additional countries identified their first cases—Belarus, Lithuania, Netherlands, New Zealand,