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WhatsApp to Train Indian Users on Dangers of Fake News

After being asked by the central government to take steps to stop the spread of disinformation on its platform, WhatsApp on Wednesday roped in New Delhi-based non-profit Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) to create awareness among its users about the need to verify information. “Our goal is to help keep people safe by creating greater awareness about fake news and empowering users to ... Read More »

Kremlin Calls Facebook’s Allegations of Disinformation Campaign Puzzling

The Kremlin on Wednesday rejected allegations from Facebook that Russia’s GRU military intelligence service had been using the social media site to run disinformation campaigns, saying it did not understand the basis for such accusations. Facebook, Twitter, and Alphabet collectively removedhundreds of accounts tied to an alleged Iranian propaganda operation on Tuesday, while Facebook took down a second campaign it said was linked ... Read More »

Facebook to Pull Onavo Protect VPN App From Apple’s App Store Over Data Worry

Facebook will pull Onavo Protect virtual private network application from the App Store after getting word that it violates Apple’s data collection rules, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. The free application creates an encrypted VPN connection that routes internet activity through computer servers managed and secured by Facebook. The app also alerts users when sites they visit might be malicious. Facebook is able to gather ... Read More »

Facebook Suspends Over 400 Apps Over User Data Misuse Concerns

Facebook on Wednesday said it has suspended more than 400 of thousands of applications it has investigated to determine whether people’s personal information was being improperly shared. Applications were suspended “due to concerns around the developers who built them or how the information people chose to share with the app may have been used,” vice president of product partnerships Ime Archibong ... Read More »

Locke & Key Horror Comic Is Finally Headed to Series at Netflix

Just how long has Locke & Key’s winding road to Hollywood been? Consider: It was seven summers ago that a scotched Fox pilot adapting the acclaimed IDW horror/fantasy comic first screened at Comic-Con. Now, thanks to the wide embrace of Netflix, Locke & Key has officially been picked up to series – a first season of 10 one-hour episodes, reports Variety. Launched a decade ago, ... Read More »

Personal Critical Data Should Be Processed Only in India: Government Panel

All critical personal data on people in India should be processed within the country, a government panel said on Friday. The recommendation comes at a time when data breaches are becoming common globally and there is heightened scrutiny by governments on how companies handle user data. The panel, headed by former Supreme Court judge B.N. Srikrishna, also presented a draft ... Read More »

YouTube Plans Original Programming in India, Japan and Other Markets

YouTube is set to promote its paid subscription service by offering original programming Alphabet’s YouTube is creating scripted series and other original programming for international markets including France, Germany, Japan, Mexico and India to try to draw new customers to its paid subscription service, a senior executive said on Friday. The programming will come in the form of multiple genres such as ... Read More »

Singapore Health Database Hit by Cyber-Attack, Leaking Details of 1.5 Million Including PM

A major cyber-attack on Singapore’s government health database stole the personal information of about 1.5 million people, including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, the government said on Friday. The attack, which the government called “the most serious breach of personal data” that the country has experienced, comes as the highly wired and digitalised state has made cyber-security a top priority ... Read More »

Amazon Prime Day 2018 Shopping Topped $4 Billion, Analyst Estimates

Shoppers spent $4.2 billion (roughly Rs. 28,900 crores) during Amazon.com’s Prime Day sale, up 33 percent from a year ago, according to estimates from Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter. The online retailer doesn’t disclose revenue from the 36-hour event that began Monday. Pachter based his estimate on information the company did release, including that it shipped more than 100 million products and ... Read More »

Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter Join Data Transfer Project

To help billions of users manage their data and help them transfer that into and out of online services without privacy issues, four tech giants – Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter – on Friday announced to join the open source initiative called Data Transfer Project (DTP). In the early stages at the moment, the Data Transfer Project will help users of one service to use ... Read More »