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Japan asks Facebook to improve data protection

TOKYO: Japan’s government on Monday told United States (US) technology firm Facebook to better protect its users’ personal data following lapses this year affecting tens of millions of people globally. The government asked the world’s largest social media network to fully communicate security issues to users, increase surveillance of providers of applications on its platform, and inform regulators of any...

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More than 1,000 Google workers protest censored China search

SAN FRANCISCO — More than a thousand Google employees have signed a letter protesting the company’s secretive plan to build a search engine that would comply with Chinese censorship. The letter calls on executives to review ethics and transparency at the company. The letter’s contents were confirmed by a Google employee who helped organize it but who requested anonymity because...

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Australian teen sparks FBI action after hacking Apple: media

SYDNEY: An Australian teenager has pleaded guilty to hacking into the main computer network of technology giant Apple Inc, downloading big internal files and accessing customer accounts because he was a fan of the company, local media reported. The boy, 16, from Melbourne city, broke into the United States company’s mainframe from his suburban home many times over a year, The...

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India’s Cosmos Bank loses $13.5 mln in cyber attack

MUMBAI: Cybercriminals hacked the systems of India’s Cosmos Bank and siphoned off nearly 944 million rupees ($13.5 million) through simultaneous withdrawals across 28 countries over the weekend, the bank has told police. The co-operative bank said unidentified hackers stole customer information through a malware attack on its automated teller machine (ATM) server, withdrawing 805 million rupees in 14,849 transactions in...

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How to find and delete where Google knows you’ve been

Even if “Location History” is off on your phone, Google often still stores your precise location . Here are some things you can do to delete those markers and keep your location as private as possible. But there’s no panacea, because simply connecting to the internet on any device flags an IP address, a numeric designation that can be geographically mapped. Smartphones...

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AP Exclusive: Google tracks your movements, like it or not

SAN FRANCISCO  — Google wants to know where you go so badly that it records your movements even when you explicitly tell it not to. An Associated Press investigation found that many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store your location data even if you’ve used a privacy setting that says it will prevent Google from doing so. Computer-science...

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Google provides data on US political advertising

Google has added a section to its twice-yearly transparency report to show who buys US election ads on its platform and how much money is spent on political advertising, the search engine giant said on Wednesday. The move follows similar steps from Twitter and Facebook in late June, as social media platforms face the threat of US regulation over the...

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Sprint partners with LG to launch 5G smartphone in 2019

Sprint said Tuesday it has partnered with phone manufacturer LG to launch a 5G smartphone in the first half of next year, marking the first 5G device deal for the number 4 US wireless carrier. Sprint is working to persuade antitrust regulators to approve its merger with larger rival T-Mobile US in a $26 billion deal, which the companies say...

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Tech giants face hefty fines under Australia cyber laws

Tech companies could face fines of up to Aus$10 million (US$7.3 million) if they fail to hand over customer information or data to Australian police under tough cyber laws unveiled Tuesday. The government is updating its communication laws to compel local and international providers to co-operate with law enforcement agencies, saying criminals were using technology, including encryption, to hide their...

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Nasa launches probe to ‘touch Sun’

TAMPA: NASA on Sunday launched a $1.5 billion spacecraft toward the Sun on a historic mission to protect the Earth by unveiling the mysteries of dangerous solar storms. “Three, two, one, zero, and liftoff! Of the mighty Delta IV Heavy rocket with NASA’s Parker Solar Probe, a daring mission to shed light on the mysteries of our closest star, the...

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NASA blasts off historic probe to ‘touch Sun’ in a 7 year mission

AMPA: NASA blasted off a $1.5 billion spacecraft toward the Sun today on a historic mission to protect the Earth by unveiling the mysteries of dangerous solar storms. "Three, two, one and liftoff!" said a NASA commentator as the Parker Solar Probe soared skyward aboard a Delta IV-Heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 3:31am (0731 GMT). The unmanned spacecraft...

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Tech giants still stumbling in the social world they created

NEW YORK — Who knew connecting the world could get so complicated? Perhaps some of technology’s brightest minds should have seen that coming. Social media bans of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones have thrust Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and others into a role they never wanted — as gatekeepers of discourse on their platforms, deciding what should and shouldn’t be allowed and...

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Samsung’s new phone shows how hardware innovation has slowed

NEW YORK  — Samsung’s new smartphone illustrates the limits of innovation at a time when hardware advances have slowed. The new phone, the Galaxy Note 9, will be faster and will last longer without a recharge. But while earth-shattering new features are in short supply, it will carry an earth-shattering price tag: $1,000. The minor improvements reflect a smartphone industry...

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French court orders Twitter to change smallprint after privacy case

PARIS: A Paris court on Thursday ordered Twitter to change its smallprint, according to a consumer group which accused the tech giant of having “abusive” clauses in its terms and conditions. UFC-Que Choisir claimed victory in its case against the US social media platform, saying “the conviction has a gigantic scope for the protection of users’ personal data.” The consumer...

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Facebook says removing content on 3D printing of guns

Facebook Inc is removing content related to instructions on 3D printing of firearms, a company spokesperson said on Thursday, as the debate around access to guns in the United States intensifies. “Sharing instructions on how to print firearms using 3D printers is not allowed under our Community Standards. In line with our policies, we are removing this content from Facebook,”...

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Apple says it is monitoring Infowars app for content violations

Apple Inc said on Wednesday that an app belonging to popular conspiracy theorist Alex Jones remains in the company’s mobile App Store because it has not been found to be in violation of any content policies. The Infowars Official app has become the App Store’s third most-downloaded news app this week after Apple removed access on Sunday to some of...

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New Android version, ‘Pie,’ rolls out on Pixel phones

The next version of Google’s Android system will be called Pie. It will use artificial intelligence to adapt to how you use the device. For instance, Android will set screen brightness by studying your manual adjustments, rather than automatically switching to a certain level based on ambient light. Google names its Android versions after sweet treats, such as Marshmallow. Google...

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