Landlines want SMS, too

ZipWhip, a startup that is extending SMS beyond the mobile phone, has raised a $5 million Series B round led by Chicago private equity firm Ronin Capital. ZipWhip has a cloud-based messaging platform that’s able to route text and multimedia messages to and from any landline number, whether it’s linked to a home phone or business. Consumers or businesses can then access those messages from a browser or app.

Not the best timing

The theoretically super-secure Blackphone had a very serious bug in its SilentText chat app, security researcher Mark Dowd revealed Wednesday after informing the phone’s makers. The vulnerability in Silent Text, which is also available for other devices from Blackphone backer Silent Circle, made it possible for attackers to decrypt messages, take over Silent Circle accounts, gather contacts and location data, and basically take over the phone. The flaw was patched before Dowd went public, and Silent Circle has expressed its gratitude. Probably not the best publicity for the firm as it criticizes other apps for their excessive permission demands on Data Privacy Day, though.

More Pottermore

Harry Potter OysterThe seven Harry Potter books, plus three spin-off titles, are now available through the ebook subscription site Oyster. The company says Harry Potter has been in its top-ten searches since launch. The Harry Potter series is also available in Amazon’s subscription service, Kindle Unlimited, so the differentiator here is the spin-offs — Quidditch Through the Ages, Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them and The Tales of Beedle the Bard — plus a few promotions that Oyster is running around the titles.

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