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WhatsApp discovers ‘targeted’ surveillance attack

Hackers were able to remotely install surveillance software on phones and other devices using a major vulnerability in messaging app WhatsApp, it has been confirmed. WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, said the attack targeted a “select number” of users, and was orchestrated by “an advanced cyber actor”. A fix was rolled out on Friday.The attack was developed by Israeli ...

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Mark Zuckerberg rejects call to break up Facebook

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has rejected the call for breaking up his company, saying the size of Facebook is actually a benefit to its users and the security of the democratic process. In an interview with French broadcaster France 2, Zuckerberg dismissed the claim made by his long-time friend and Facebook Co-founder Chris Hughes that it is time to break ...

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Telenor, Axiata in talks to merge Asian operations

Two Asian telecom giants — Malaysia-based Axiata Group Bhd and Norwegian Telenor Group — are in talks to merge their Asia operations to gain a bigger foothold in the region’s mobile phone market. They are in discussions regarding a potential non-cash combination of their telecom and infrastructure assets in Asia (MergeCo), in which Telenor would take a majority stake. The ...

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Life-saving kidney delivered by drone

A donor kidney has been delivered to surgeons at a US hospital via drone, in the first flight of its kind. Many see huge potential for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) delivering medical products, with some drones already doing so in Africa. The US flight required a specially-designed drone which was able to maintain and monitor the organ.It is hoped that ...

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Facebook considering its own bitcoin for payments

Photo: The logo for social media giant Facebook, appears on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York’s Times Square. San Francisco, May 4 : The Wall Street Journal reports that Facebook plans a cryptocurrency-based payment system that it could launch for billions of users worldwide. The system would use a digital coin similar to bitcoin, but different in that ...

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Facebook shuts more accounts aimed at political meddling

Facebook on Tuesday said it shut down more accounts aimed at influencing the US midterm election and that it is exploring a possible link to Russia.   “As we’ve continued to investigate, we detected and removed some additional Facebook and Instagram accounts,” head of cyber security policy Nathaniel Gleicher said in an update posted at the social network.  While stressing ...

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Facebook delays mandatory political ad ID checks

 Facebook has delayed plans to make people who buy political adverts verify their identity. In a statement, it said the delay was necessary because some people were trying to “game” its ID system.   Weaknesses were exposed by news companies who posed as US politicians, terror groups and other banned organisations.   When the initiative was first announced it was ...

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Facebook launches ‘Ad Breaks’ in Bangladesh

 Facebook on Wednesday launched its ‘Ad Breaks’ facility in Bangladesh.   Through the facility, eligible publishers and creators can now join ‘Ad Breaks’ and monetise their longer-form videos on Facebook, a Facebook press release said.  The social media launched the new facility in Bangladesh as part of its new initiative to expand the facility in different languages across the world. ...

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Video game action heads for the cloud

Video games are following television and music into the cloud, with the console-quality play on its way to being a streaming service as easy to access as Netflix or Spotify.   Computing power in data centres and devices from televisions to smartphones has surged and streaming technology has advanced, providing tools to break blockbuster titles from confines of consoles or ...

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NASA’s Hubble Telescope finds smiling face in space

The Hubble Space Telescope has captured a formation of galaxies that looks like a smiling face, said the United States space agency NASA.   In an image posted to NASA’s website, two yellow orbs could be seen above an arc of light, painting a smiley face in the middle of a sea of stars.  The arc of light, according to ...

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