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House group to consolidate bills seeking to regulate social media

The panel, chaired by Tarlac Rep. Victor Yap, sought to consolidate House Bills 4093, and 5021, authored by Negros Oriental Rep. Arnolfo Teves Jr. and former Speaker and Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez, respectively. Teves, author of HB 4093, said his bill calls for a mandatory authentication process for all social media and other similar online accounts. “It ... Read More »

WhatsApp Group Video, Voice Calling Out on Android Beta, Reported to Be Out on Windows Phone

WhatsApp is rolling out group video and voice calls on WhatsApp for Android beta and the feature is accessible in the latest updates – namely, v2.18.189 or v2.18.192. This development comes about a month after select Android beta and iOS users reportedly received the group calling functionality back in May in version 2.18.52 for iOS and version 2.18.145 for Android beta. Additionally, it is being ... 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 »

German union, car group seek government support for electric shift

FRANKFURT: Germany’s biggest union and its car industry association urged politicians on Tuesday to help with a shift to electric vehicles and not force a phasing out the combustion engine. Volkswagen’s admission in 2015 that it cheated U.S. diesel emissions tests has led to calls for the whole car industry, Germany’s biggest exporter and employer of more than 800,000 people, to cut pollution levels. It has also piled ... Read More »

MakeMyTrip’s Acquisition of Ibibo Group Gets CCI’s Nod

HIGHLIGHTS MakeMyTrip and Ibibo announced merger last year in October CCI has approved the acquisition of Ibibo group by MakeMyTrip This will bring redBus, goibibo, Ryde under MakeMyTrip’s group Fair trade regulator CCI has approved online travel portal MakeMyTrip’s proposed acquisition of rival Ibibo group in an equity deal that would create one of the country’s largest online travel firm. ... Read More »

Alibaba Group Expands Presence in Australia, New Zealand

Chinese online retailer Alibaba Group opened its Australian and New Zealand headquarters in Melbourne on Saturday, its first expansion in the region as it seeks to tap growing global demand for products from the two countries. The group’s billionaire founder Jack Ma, who spent time in Australia as a young man, said he hoped the e-commerce giant would help Australian ... Read More »

WhatsApp Sued for Sharing Data With Facebook by German Consumer Group

HIGHLIGHTS German consumer group VZBV sues WhatsApp WhatsApp alleged to transfer data to Facebook without consumer approval Facebook claimed to use WhatsApp data to improve features on its platform WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned messaging app, has been sued by a German consumer group for sharing data with the parent company. The Federation of German Consumer Organisations (Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband) also referred to ... Read More »

Facebook Messenger Introduces Group Video Chat — with Up to Six People at a Time

Back in September, Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) launched Messenger Instant Video to allow Facebook Messenger users to broadcast real-time video in Messenger text exchanges. Now the social networking giant has introduced Group Video Chat in Messenger, a real-time video option that has practical business applications. Group Video Chat on Messenger Group Video Chat in Messenger allows up to six people at ... Read More »

Microsoft says hacking group targeted Windows, Adobe Flash

The security exploit, by a group Microsoft calls Strontium, was discovered by Google’s Threat Analysis Group and announced on Monday. Photo: AFP Seattle: Microsoft Corp. said a computer-hacking group that has previously targeted government agencies attacked its Windows software and Adobe Systems Inc.’s Flash product. The company will release a security patch for its operating system on 8 November, Windows ... Read More »

Meerkat Live Streaming App No More; Creator Unveils Houseparty Group Video Chat App

HIGHLIGHTS The company confirmed that the app was built under a pseudonym Houseparty tries to capture the essence of Meerkat in a more personal way The app has already garnered close to a million users Meerkat, the once popular live-streaming app, is now ready with its next venture. The company broke into the scene in 2015 by launching a live-streaming ... Read More »