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Online Privacy May Be Boosted by New US FCC Data Rules

New privacy rules may make it easier to escape at least some online tracking. The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday approved rules that require Internet service providers like Comcast, AT&T and Verizon to ask customers’ permission to use or share much of their data. That could potentially make it harder for them to build advertising businesses that could serve as ... Read More »

Google Assistant Gets IFTTT Support; Makes Voice Commands on Pixel, Google Home More Powerful

Google unveiled its smart home speaker called Google Home at its Made by Google event on October 4. The speaker, like the Google Pixel smartphones, is powered by the Google Assistant. At the time of launch, Google Home did not have many integrations to work with, but that should change when the Assistant SDK becomes available. Now however, IFTTT has ... Read More »

Google, YouTube Directed to Provide User Details by Madras High Court

The Madras High Court has directed Google and its subsidiary YouTube to provide details, including identity and address, of a user ‘Marupakkam Seithigal’, who posted a video content dubbed defamatory by petitioner Lebara Foundation. The court dismissed an appeal by Google and YouTube against the order of a single judge who directed them to disclose the IP address and other ... Read More »

Hobbyist Hackers Probably Caused Friday’s Internet Meltdown, Researchers Say

Some have worried that the massive cyber-attack that disrupted the Internet on Friday was the work of Russian government-backed hackers, politically motivated hacktivists or sophisticated cyber-criminals. But researchers at cyber-intelligence firm Flashpoint say the Internet meltdown may have been carried out by amateurs who haunt a popular hacking forum. Flashpoint helped Web service provider Dyn determine that hacked Internet-connected devices ... Read More »

Amazon Triples Profits on Cloud Services, Video

Online giant Amazon said Thursday its profits more than tripled in the third quarter, but shares fell as the rise was weaker than expected. Amazon extended its string of positive results after years of investments that produced little or no profit, helped by its cloud computing, streaming video and new products and services. Profit surged to $252 million (roughly Rs. ... Read More »

EU Privacy Watchdogs Warn WhatsApp on Privacy Policy, Yahoo on Breach

HIGHLIGHTS EU sent letters to WhatsApp and Yahoo Said they had concerns about WhatsApp’s recent change in privacy policy Asked Yahoo to communicate all aspects of the data breach European privacy watchdogs said on Friday they had sent letters to WhatsApp over its sharing of information with parent company Facebook and Yahoo over a 2014 data breach and its scanning ... Read More »

Amazon Targets Chinese Demand for Overseas Shopping With Prime Launch

HIGHLIGHTS Amazon offer local shoppers a bridge to sellers in overseas markets Amazon has been struggling to gain a serious foothold in China Prime service in China costs CNY 388 for a year-long subscription Amazon.com Inc has launched a tailored version of its Prime service in China to tap consumer demand for overseas goods, putting the US online retail firm ... Read More »

New Smart Gloves to Monitor Parkinson’s Disease

Scientists, including one of Indian origin, have developed smart gloves that measure tremors and rigidity in fingers – common symptoms of Parkinson’s disease – allowing doctors to monitor patients using smartphones. The gloves are connected to smartphones, which process the data and deliver it to neurologists in their offices. This way, doctors can manage the treatment plan of the patient ... Read More »

LinkedIn Wants to Help You Look for a Job Behind Your Boss’s Back

LinkedIn has long been a way to promote your resume to other companies or recruiters without hanging out a “for hire” sign that your boss can see. Now it’s launching a way to let recruiters know you’re open to considering other jobs – and do so privately, the company says. On Thursday, the professional social network announced a new feature ... Read More »

Why Facebook Suddenly Blacked Out All Ads in Thailand

Facebook is taking a very unusual step for a company that makes it money off advertisements: It will stop showing ads on its network in the entire country of Thailand in a gesture of respect for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The social network announced the decision on its blog for advertisers, saying that it is removing ads in observance ... Read More »