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Private details of 7.3 million leaked online by Indian Govt run e-payment app

An independent cyber security research firm has disclosed that almost 73 lakh Indians were left opened to the possibility of data-based fraud, due to lax security standards maintained in the official UPI app, BHIM. According to the researchers at vpnMentor, CSC e-Governance Services, which is the private firm that was contracted to develop and maintain […]

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Sony to unveil PlayStation 5 on June 4 in an online event

Sony has made it official that the PlayStation 5 event will be held online on June 4. The event is designed to both announce new games and show gameplay from the new PS5 console, Sony said in a statement late Friday. “The games coming to PS5 represent the best in the industry from innovative studios […]

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Microsoft ‘to replace journalists with robots’

Microsoft is to replace dozens of contract journalists on its MSN website and use automated systems to select news stories, US and UK media report. The curating of stories from news organisations and selection of headlines and pictures for the MSN site is currently done by journalists. Artificial intelligence will perform these news production tasks, […]

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India’s TikTok clone app Mitron gets massive response

Indian student from the prestigious IIT-Roorkee developed a short-form video platform to take on China’s TikTok. The application has clocked over five million installs within the first month of launch. Mitron is already in the top 10 spot of the ‘Top free’ apps on Google Play, and has a rating of 4.7 stars on Google’s […]

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Trump signs executive order targeting social media companies

United States President Donald Trump has escalated his war on social media companies, signing an executive order on Thursday challenging the liability protections in US law that serve as a bedrock for unfettered speech on the internet. The move followed Twitter’s decision to apply fact checks to two of his tweets about voting. Trump said […]

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Social media companies shouldn’t be the arbiter of truth: Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called out Twitter for adding a fact-check to a tweet from President Trump. On Tuesday, Twitter added a fact-check label to Mr. Trump’s tweet about mail-in voting, along with a link directing users to information debunking the president’s false claims about mail-in voting fraud. In an interview with Fox News’ Dana […]

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Google deletes thousands of negative TikTok reviews

Google has deleted millions of negative TikTok reviews from its Play store after the app’s rating fell from 4.5 to 1.2 stars overnight. The video-sharing platform was inundated with one-star reviews after an Indian creator posted a spoof video of an acid attack. Faizal Siddiqui has apologised, and TikTok has deleted copies of his clip. […]

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Australia records fastest internet speed ever

Researchers in Australia claim they have recorded the fastest ever internet data speed. A team from Monash, Swinburne and RMIT universities logged a data speed of 44.2 terabits per second (Tbps). At that speed, users could download more than 1,000 high-definition movies in less than a second. According to Ofcom, the average UK broadband speed […]

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India’s controversial coronavirus contact tracing app – Aarogya Setu

India’s coronavirus contact tracing app has been downloaded over 100 million times, according to the information technology ministry, despite fears over privacy and transparency. Aarogya Setu, the app which means “bridge to health” in Sanskrit – was launched just six weeks ago. India has made it mandatory for government and private sector employees to download […]

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Xiaomi CEO caught posting on social media using iPhone

Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun briefly posted something on Weibo using an iPhone. The Web was quick to grab this small detail and accuse the executive of not using his own company’s phones and relying on Apple instead. Debates on how the iPhone is still the best device in the market started to float in the […]

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Twitter tells employees that they can work from home permanently

Twitter said Tuesday it is unlikely to open its offices before September, and that many of its employees will be permitted to work from home permanently even after the end of the coronavirus lockdowns. The San Francisco-based company said it was among the first to move to telework in March as a result of the […]

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Apple, Google ban location tracking in coronavirus contact tracing apps

Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google on Monday said they would ban the use of location tracking in apps that use a new contact tracing system the two are building to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. Apple and Google, whose operating systems power 99% of smartphones, said last month they would work […]