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Report: Facebook, FTC discussing ‘multibillion dollar’ fine

New York, Feb 15 : A report says Facebook and the Federal Trade Commission are negotiating a “multibillion dollar” fine for the social network’s privacy lapses. The Washington Post said Thursday that the fine would be the largest ever imposed on a tech company. Citing unnamed sources, it also said the two sides have not yet agreed on an exact ...

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NASA about to pull plug on Mars rover, silent for 8 months

Photo: One of the rear hazard-avoidance cameras on NASA’s Opportunity rover, shows Opportunity’s landing platform, with freshly made tracks leading away from it. Cape Canaveral, Feb 13 : NASA is trying one last time to contact its record-setting Mars rover Opportunity, before calling it quits. The rover has been silent for eight months, victim of one of the most intense ...

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NASA’s faraway space snowman has flat, not round, behind

Photo: NASA shows the Kuiper belt object Ultima Thule, about 1 billion miles beyond Pluto, encountered by the New Horizons spacecraft. Cape Canaveral, Feb 12 : The faraway space snowman visited by NASA last month has a surprisingly flat — not round — behind. New photos from the New Horizons spacecraft offer a new perspective on the small cosmic body ...

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Australia watchdog tips tough rules to curb power of Google, Facebook

The head of Australia’s competition watchdog warned on Monday (Feb 11) that tough new regulation of tech giants like Google and Facebook was needed to protect the future of independent journalism.   Rod Sims, chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), said the market power wielded by Google and Facebook has had a devastating impact on Australian news ...

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Apple releases update to prevent FaceTime eavesdropping

San Francisco, Feb 8 : Apple has released an iPhone update to fix a software flaw that allowed people to eavesdrop on others while using FaceTime. The bug enabled interlopers to turn an iPhone into a live microphone while using Group FaceTime. Callers were able to activate another person’s microphone remotely even before the person has accepted or rejected the ...

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Facebook removes 783 fake pages, accounts tied to Iran

Photo: In this May 18, 2012, file photo a television photographer shoots the sign outside of Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. New York, Feb 01 : Facebook says it has removed 783 Iran-linked pages, accounts and groups from its service for what it calls “coordinated inauthentic behavior.” That’s the social network’s term for fake accounts run with the intent ...

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Apple busts Facebook for distributing data-sucking app

Photo: Facebook app icon on an iPhone in New York. New York, Jan 31 : Apple says Facebook can no longer distribute an app that paid users, including teenagers, to extensively track their phone and web use. In doing so, Apple closed off Facebook’s efforts to sidestep Apple’s app store and its tighter rules on privacy. The tech blog TechCrunch ...

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Facebook paid teenagers to mine device data

Facebook has been conducting research that gathers highly personal data from paid volunteers, a report has revealed. TechCrunch said participants – including those aged 13-17 – have been paid up to $20 (£15.30)-a-month to open up their phone to deep analysis. Facebook is said to have created an app that the report said appears to breach Apple’s privacy protection policies. TechCrunch ...

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Facebook to integrate WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger

The plan would let people communicate with anyone on the currently separate apps Dhaka, Jan 26 : Facebook plans to integrate its messaging services on Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. While all three will remain stand-alone apps, at a much deeper level they will be linked so messages can travel between the different services. Facebook told the BBC it was ...

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India satellite: Student-made Kalamsat V2 put into orbit

India has launched what it says is the world’s lightest satellite ever to be put into orbit. Weighing only 1.26kg (2.6lb), the Kalamsat-V2 was made by students belonging to a space education firm.   It will help ham radio operators and “inspire schoolchildren to become the scientists and engineers of the future”, India’s space agency says.   The Indian Space ...

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