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Snooping row: WhatsApp regrets not meeting govt expectations
The Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) had published a vulnerability note on May 17 advising countermeasures to users about a vulnerability in WhatsApp, according to Union Information and Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. WhatsApp reported an incident to the CERT-In on May 20, the Minister said.
WhatsApp vulnerability: CERT-In issues advisory; company says users unaffected
The advisory comes in the backdrop of recent developments where WhatsApp had informed the Indian government in September that over hundred Indian users were targeted by the Israeli spyware -- Pegasus.
TCS, Qualcomm launch innovation hub in Hyderabad to build AI, IoT, 5G solutions
The hub will utilise TCS' expertise in digital technologies, along with Qualcomm Technologies' depth in 5G, edge AI and edge devices to build solutions to entirely new use-cases, TCS said in a statement.
IBM launches open tech to speed response to cyber threats across clouds
It is the first platform to leverage new open-source technology pioneered by IBM, which can search and translate security data from a variety of sources, bringing together critical security insights from across a company's multicloud IT environment, the company claimed.
Facebook forms Ideal Internet Consortium for online child safety
The Ideal Internet Consortium will deliberate on safety issues and give inputs to industry and govt.
Ex-RSS ideologue writes to Shashi Tharoor to fast-track data bill
KN Govindacharya, who recently filed a criminal writ petition in the SC after the WhatsApp-NSO alleged snooping scandal came to light, has argued that the cyber attack caused a violation of citizen's privacy and was a risk to national security.
Game set for big bucks on YouTube arena
Gaming is one of its most important verticals for YouTube in India, amid rising competition within the video category, with new entrants like the Chinese ByteDance-owned short-videos platform TikTok disrupting its unchallenged market.
WhatsApp identifies new holes, warns of malicious MP4 file
India is WhatsApp's biggest market with 400 million users. The development comes just weeks after WhatsApp sued Israeli company, NSO group, over the alleged misuse of their spyware Pegasus, that was installed in the phones of 1400 users, including at least 120 Indians. Many of those who were spied on were journalists, rights activists and lawyers.
Google enters battle for cloud gaming market
The internet giant hopes to break into the global video game industry expected to top USD 150 billion this year, with cloud technology that could broaden audiences attracted by rich new features as well as ease of access with no more need for consoles. But analysts say Stadia's outlook is uncertain as its faces rivals such as PlayStation Now.
MUBI launches in India with a channel dedicated to Indian films
The streaming platform offers a collection of hand-picked films, introducing a new film every day, with the selection being guided by local culture and cinema. The users will be able to select from variety of films through two channels -- MUBI India and MUBI World. MUBI WORLD will introduce one new film from around the globe each day.
TikTok hits 1.5 billion downloads, India tops the chart
TikTok with 614 million downloads currently is the third-most downloaded non-gaming app of the year, behind WhatsApp at the top with 707.4 million installs and Facebook Messenger at second spot with 636.2 million. India has been a fast adoptor in 2019, driving up 277.6 million downloads so far this year, or roughly 45 per cent of all global installs.
Most tech can be shaped to have more benefits than negatives: Bill Gates
Gates is on a three-day visit to India to assess the work that his foundation is carrying out here.
India ranks 2nd in govt requests for Facebook user data, spike in emergency requests in H1'19
In January-June 2019, India made 22,684 requests for user data of 33,324 users/accounts from the social media company. This was only behind the US that asked the social media giant for 50,714 user data requests of 82,461 users/accounts in the period.
Quora appoints new India head to expand presence in country
Quora said India is one of its fastest growing markets with over 70 million monthly unique visitors in English. Quora is also currently available in Hindi, Bengali, Marathi and Tamil, and will soon be available in Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam and Telugu.
Instagram takes the private like counts test global
In the test, users can still see their likes by tapping on the like list, but others will not be able to see how many likes their post has received. Likewise, users will not be able to see how many likes others' posts have received. The company began testing it in Canada in May 2019 and expanded it to Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Brazil, Ireland, and Italy in July this year.