Category: Internet

China Chat Log Leak Shows Scope of Surveillance

A leak of around 364 million online records in a Chinese database, including private messages and ID numbers, has again highlighted the size and scope of Beijing’s mass surveillance system. The files show a wealth of information linked to online accounts, including GPS locations, file transfers, and chat logs, according to the database discovered by Read More

Airbnb Acquires HotelTonight in Deeper Expansion Into Hotel-Booking Business

Home-renting company Airbnb has bought HotelTonight, an app for finding hotel rooms at a discount, as it wades deeper into the hotel-booking business to attract a wider variety of travellers ahead of a hotly anticipated initial public offering. The acquisition, which Airbnb announced on Thursday, expands the company’s inventory by adding a number of listings from hotels, Read More

Marriott CEO Apologises for Data Breach, Vows Improvements

Marriott International Chief Executive Arne Sorenson apologised on Thursday before a US Senate panel for a massive data breach involving up to 383 million guests in its Starwood hotels reservation system and vowed to protect against future attacks. Sorenson told the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations that the hacking, which occurred over a four-year period, prompted the company Read More

Skype for Web Gets HD Video Calling, Call Recording, New Notification Panel

Skype for Web gets revamped notification panel HIGHLIGHTS Skype for Web gets an update with new features like chat media gallery The update brings HD video calling, revamped notification panel There’s also a new chat media gallery for all links and photos Microsoft has revamped its Skype calling service on the Web bringing HD video Read More

Facebook Messenger Bug Revealed Who You Were Chatting With

As Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg discussed about making his platform more secure, a bug in Facebook Messenger allowed websites to gain access to users’ data, including who they have been chatting with, say researchers. Now fixed by Facebook, the vulnerability in the web version of Messenger allowed any website to expose who you have been messaging, Read More

YouTube Testing New ‘Fact Checks’ on ‘Misinformation Prone Content’ in India

YouTube has started showing fact checks from approved publishers HIGHLIGHTS YouTube is rolling out the new feature in India Fact checks are said to be available for searches in English and Hindi YouTube is working with “approved” fact-checking partners In a bid to curb the circulation of fake news, YouTube is adding new “information panels” Read More

Apple Music, Annie Lennox Campaign for ‘Global Feminism’ on International Women’s Day

Annie Lennox in Apple-powered ‘global feminism’ campaign for Women’s Day 2019 HIGHLIGHTS Annie Lennox highlights women’s issues in Apple video Farhan Akhtar, Richa Chadda, Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa star Apple Music is launching a “#GlobalFeminism” playlist Apple has partnered with Scottish singer-songwriter and social activist Annie Lennox, and her NGO The Circle, to create a Read More

US Senator Proposes Breaking Up Amazon, Facebook, Google

Photo Credit: Reuters/ Brian Snyder Warren highlighted her plans to break up big companies in a Medium post HIGHLIGHTS Warren seeks sweeping new reforms for Silicon Valley firms The move aims to restore balance of power in democracy She aims to curb illegal, anti-competitive tech mergers Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren pledged on Friday to take Read More

Reliance Industries to Acquire Grab A Grub, C-Square to Expand E-Commerce, Logistics Services

Reliance Industries has entered into agreements to acquire logistics services platform Grab A Grub in a bid to augment the group’s digital commerce initiatives and strengthen its logistics services. The Mukesh Ambani-owned group said its wholly-owned subsidiary Reliance Industrial Investments and Holdings Ltd (RIIHL) has entered into an agreement for the acquisition of equity shares Read More

Google Rejects Australian Regulator’s Call for Scrutiny, Denies Market Power

Alphabet’s Google has rejected calls by Australia’s competition regulator for tougher scrutiny of its operations, denying that it enjoys market power in online searches and advertising, documents published on Monday showed. The global giant was responding to recommendations made late last year by the watchdog, such as increased scrutiny and a new regulatory body to Read More

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