On Monday the 13th of May 2019, Whatsapp admitted yet to another breach in their security system: enabling targeting spyware to be installed on phones through voice calls. An Israeli spying firm indeed has been accused of using that security hole in Whatsapp used by 1.5 billion people.
Facebook’s instant messaging application WhatsApp has been the victim of a highly sophisticated security breach with reports claiming millions of users have had their accounts hacked.
Spotify recently made an official complaint against Apple to the European Commission, accusing it of anti-competitive behavior and their complaints have now warranted an investigation.
On Saturday, the Australian government pledged to introduce new laws on social media executives in light of the latest terrorist attack in New Zealand. The new law would be imposed on social media executives of big tech companies which could lead up to a three-year prison sentence if they fail to remove extremist material from their platforms. This new legislation is to be discussed in parliament next week. Facebook has said that it removed around 1.5 million videos which comprised…
Apple has announced news, gaming and TV/streaming services which will be launched later this year. Apple has set out to build a streaming and TV service which will offer original content and programs, on-demand and ad-free. The price of this new service is yet to be determined. Several people have been recruited to collaborate with Apple on this project such as Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams and Jennifer Aniston. Apple TV is expected to be launched in May and…

Facebook stores millions of user passwords

Written on Tuesday, 26 March 2019 09:17
Facebook revealed that it has kept a record of hundreds of millions of user passwords in plain text. The social media giant’s Vice President of Engineering, Security and Privacy, Pedro Canahuati, wrote in a blog post that hundreds of millions of Facebook Lite users will be notified about this and so will the millions of Facebook and Instagram users. Facebook Lite is a version of Facebook which is used in areas with weak connectivity. According to Canahuati the mistake they…

War of words between Spotify and Apple escalates

Written on Sunday, 17 March 2019 12:53
Spotify has filed a complaint against Apple to the European Commission. Spotify claims that Apple gives itself an “unfair advantage at every turn” as it takes a 30 per cent cut of digital goods sold via iOS apps.
Social media platforms such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter are facing scrutiny following the horrific terrorist attack in New Zealand.
New York regulators are investigating Facebook’s gathering of intimate data about consumers’ menstrual cycles and body weight through smartphone applications. Facebook has confirmed that New York’s Department of Financial Services set them a letter about the data sharing issue. The New York based regulator asked the social media giant to provide a list of all the companies that were involved in sending them the data over the past three years. According to the source, requests to provide information on agreements…

Uber’s growth slows as it prepares for IPO

Written on Sunday, 17 February 2019 13:37
US ride-hailing colossus Uber disclosed its financial earnings for the final quarter of 2018 which showed its revenue growth has slowed ahead of its much anticipated stock market debut. The financial figures released by Uber indicated that for the final three months of the year its loss amounted to $865 million, compared with $1.1 billion in the same period a year earlier. The San Francisco-based firm reported revenue of $3 billion, which represented a 25 percent increase from a year…
US technology behemoth Google is at the centre of an investigation by Indian competition officials after it was alleged that Google may have engaged in anti-competitive practices. Google stands accused of abusing the market dominance of its Android platform. The European Union conducted a 3-year investigation that only concluded last year. The European Commission determined that the deemed requirements for Android device makers to use Google apps were illegal. The US tech leader was subsequently fined €4.3bn. Reports emerging from…

Apple under-fire from politicians following FaceTime glitch

Written on Wednesday, 30 January 2019 13:25
US technology behemoth Apple is under-fire following the stunning revelation that its FaceTime app was allowing users to listen to audio from the phone of the person they’re calling even if the recipient hadn’t picked it up.
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