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TikTok sued over alleged data transfer

CALIFORNIA: A university student in California has filed a class-action lawsuit against video app TikTok, which she accuses of harvesting large amounts of user data and storing it in China. “TikTok clandestinely has vacuumed up and transferred to servers in China vast quantities of private and personally-identifiable user data,” the court filing said. Misty Hong, a student in Palo Alto,...

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Zuckerberg apologizes for Facebook mistakes with user data, vows curbs

Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg apologized on Wednesday for mistakes his company made in how it handled data belonging to 50 million of its users and promised tougher steps to restrict developers’ access to such information. The world’s largest social media network is facing growing government scrutiny in Europe and the United States about a whistleblower’s allegations that London-based...

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App developer says he is scapegoat in Facebook data row

The academic behind the app which harvested data from 50 million Facebook users said Wednesday he was being used as a scapegoat in the row over online privacy. Aleksandr Kogan said that British firm Cambridge Analytica, which is at the centre of a major scandal rocking Facebook, assured him that what he was doing was "perfectly legal and within the...

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FB security chief changes role to focus on election fraud

Facebook's chief of security late Monday said his role has shifted to focusing on emerging risks and election security at the global social network, which is under fire for letting its platform be used to spread bogus news and manipulate voters. Alex Stamos revealed the change in his role at work after a New York Times report that he was...

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Facebook critics want regulation, investigation after data misuse

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook Inc faced new calls for regulation from within US Congress and was hit with questions about personal data safeguards on Saturday after reports a political consultant gained inappropriate access to 50 million users’ data starting in 2014. Facebook disclosed the issue in a blog post on Friday, hours before media reports that conservative-leaning Cambridge Analytica, a data...

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Profile Picture security, facebook launches new feature for Pakistan

Facebook on Thursday introduced new tools in Pakistan allowing users to protect their profile pictures from being downloaded and shared, a move that may help reduce misuse of images on the popular social networking site. “Last year we piloted new tools that gave people in India more control over who can download and share their profile pictures. We are now...

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World’s biggest battery in Australia to trump Musk’s

British billionaire businessman Sanjeev Gupta will build the world's biggest battery in South Australia, officials said Friday, overtaking US star entrepreneur Elon Musk's project in the same state last year. The 120MW/140MWh battery storage facility will support a new solar farm at the Whyalla Steelworks, which was taken over by Gupta's GFG Alliance when it bought Australia's cash-strapped steelmaking giant...

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BlackBerry says CEO Chen to stay on through 2023

BlackBerry Ltd, has extended Executive Chairman and Chief Executive John Chen's contract by five years through November 2023, the Canadian company said on Thursday. Chen joined BlackBerry in November 2013, charged with breathing life into struggling smartphone maker by rebuilding its once booming handset business. (http://reut.rs/2paV7Yw) However, since then, the company has withdrawn from the smartphone manufacturing business and enlarged...

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Microsoft’s major SwiftKey keyboard update brings new toolbar with GIFs, stickers, more

Microsoft is unveiling its first major update to the SwiftKey keyboard as Today’s 7.0 release replaces the existing hub found in the keyboard with a new toolbar that expands to provide access to stickers, GIFs, and soon some useful location and calendar features. The new toolbar is designed to make it quicker to insert GIFs, emoji, and the new sticker...

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France to take legal action against Google, Apple for ‘abusive’ practices

PARIS: France will take legal action against Google and Apple for "abusive business practices", Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said Wednesday as transatlantic ties threaten to be riven by a trade war. "I believe in an economy based on justice and I will take Google and Apple before the Paris Commercial Court for abusive business practices" against French start-ups, Le...

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Apple to acquire digital magazine service Texture

SAN FRANCISCO: Apple will buy the digital service Texture, which gives users access to articles from magazines published by various companies for a monthly subscription fee, the iPhone maker said on Monday. The iPhone maker did not disclose financial terms of the deal to buy Texture from its owners -- publishers Conde Nast, Hearst, Meredith, Rogers Media and global investment...

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Amazon video service decides to expand Indian regional content

MUMBAI: Amazon.com Inc’s video service will look to add more regional content in India, two company executives said, as it competes with a host of global and local players for a bigger share of a fledgling online streaming market. In little after a year of its launch in India, Amazon’s bet on original Hindi shows and a library of films...

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False news travels faster on twitter than the truth: study

False information on the internet travels faster than the truth, researchers said Thursday. But contrary to popular belief, it is largely people who spread the misinformation, not robots. The report in the journal Science is the largest of its kind to date, and studied some 126,000 cascades on Twitter from 2006 to 2017. These contested news stories were tweeted by...

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US Court asks can Trump block his twitter followers for “Unwelcome” views

NEW YORK: A federal judge on Thursday expressed scepticism about whether US President Donald Trump can constitutionally block Twitter users whose views he does not like from following and retweeting from his own Twitter account. At a hearing in Manhattan federal court, US District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald asked Trump’s lawyer Michael Baer whether letting Trump bar users from @realDonaldTrump...

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Microsoft to launch ‘S Mode’ to existing Windows 10 Versions in 2019

Microsoft says its plans to move Windows 10 S from a dedicated operating system to a special “S Mode” for versions of Windows 10 next year. “Next year 10S will be a ‘mode’ of existing versions, not a distinct version,” says Microsoft VP Joe Belfiore. The new S Mode will lock down any copy of Windows 10 so it can...

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WhatsApp testing a change in ‘Delete For Everyone’ feature

Web Desk: The Facebook-owned chat app is massively extending the amount of time you get to choose the 'Delete for Everyone' option on a rogue text. The feature, which is available on iOS, Android and Windows, replaces the message with a note, stating: "This message was deleted.” The good news is that the length of this grace period is about...

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Snapchat challenging Facebook among US youth

Washington: Facebook remains the most popular social network among Americans but faces a growing challenge from Snapchat for young audiences. The Pew Research Center survey showed Facebook holding the dominant platform with 68 percent of Americans using the world’s biggest social network. While Facebook leads the other social networks in all age groups, the gap has narrowed in the key...

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