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Google Updates Chrome Policy for Blocking Autoplay Videos, Personalising It

HIGHLIGHTS Chrome version 66 included autoplay video changes The new policy lets Chrome learn which sites you want to play sound If users don’t have a browsing history, a whitelist is used Google Chrome started blocking audio and video that automatically played on certain wesbites, with the launch of the Google Chrome 66 for desktops. Now, the company has modified the policy ... Read More »

Google to Verify Identity of US Political Ad Buyers

HIGHLIGHTS Google will now require identification proof from US political ad buyers It is designed to avoid being used to spread misleading or divisive ads Google in 2017 promised to make political advertising more transparent Google on Friday said that people looking to place US election ads on its platform will need to show identification, and make clear who is paying. ... Read More »

Facebook Bids to Keep Data Privacy Case From EU’s Top Court

Facebook bid on Monday to block referral of a landmark privacy case to Europe’s top court by requesting a last-ditch appeal, seeking to avoid a potential ban on the legal instrument it uses to transfer users’ data to the United States. The case, taken in Ireland by privacy activist Max Schrems, is the latest to question whether methods used by technology ... Read More »

Ministry of Defence Website Not Hacked or Defaced, Says MeitY

The Defence Ministry’s official website was hacked on Friday, forcing the government to initiate action to restore the site. A Chinese character appeared on top of the page when website www.mod.gov.in was opened. Later, the words “the site cannot be reached” and “please try again” appeared on the home page. Minutes later, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman took to Twitter to say: ... Read More »

Walmart Said to Complete Due Diligence for Buying Into Flipkart

Walmart completed a thorough due diligence process on e-commerce firm Flipkart this week, two sources said, as the US retail giant looks to take a controlling stake of 51 percent or more in the Indian company. Walmart has already floated a shareholder agreement, or offer proposal, and is looking to shell out about $10 billion to $12 billion for the stake that would value ... Read More »

IPL 2018: Airtel to Deploy ‘Massive MIMO Pre-5G’ Networks Across Venues

Bharti Airtel on Friday said it will deploy the advanced Massive MIMO Pre-5G technology across Indian Premier League (IPL) 201 match venues starting with the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai where the first match will be played on April 7. The telecom service provider said it will deploy the service in IPL match venues in Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mohali, Indore, Jaipur, Bengaluru and Chennai. ... Read More »

Cambridge Analytica Worked for Pro-Brexit Group, Claims Former Employee

A former Cambridge Analytica political consultant said the company’s management misled the British public about work the firm did for a pro-Brexit group before the vote to leave the European Union, the Guardian reported on Friday. Brittany Kaiser, a business development director at the company from 2014 until earlier this year, said in an interview that Cambridge Analytica was carrying out data ... Read More »

Dropbox Soars in Best Tech Debut Since Snap

HIGHLIGHTS Dropbox’s shares closed at $28.42, up more than 35 percent Investors rushed to buy into the biggest tech IPO in more than a year At the stock’s opening price, Dropbox had a valuation of $12.67 billion Dropbox’s shares closed at $28.42 (roughly Rs. 1,840), up more than 35 percent in their first day of trading on Friday, as investors rushed ... Read More »

Aadhaar Data Leak: UIDAI Denies Reported Security Lapse

HIGHLIGHTS ZDNet stands by report disclosing vulnerability in government site Vulnerability could allow access to private info of Aadhaar card holders UIDAI said, “there is no truth in this story” Tech news site ZDNet said on Sunday it stood by its report that identified a security vulnerability in data-linked to Aadhaar – India’s national identity card project, after a semi-government agency that manages the ... Read More »

ChatSim 2 Launched With Unlimited Internet Access and Messaging, to Be Showcased at MWC 2018

HIGHLIGHTS The second-gen variant offers access for all mobile apps in its core plan World premiere of ChatSim 2 will take place at MWC 2018 in Barcelona It provides unlimited to messaging apps like WhatsApp and WeChat SIM card provider ChatSim on Thursday announced the launch of its latest ChatSim 2 SIM card in Milan, Italy. The second generation of the company’s proprietary SIM ... Read More »