Maryland man pleads guilty to operating fake Moderna website, charging people to buy advance vaccines
On Friday, Odunayo “Baba” Oluwalade — one of three men accused of using the fake website to sell coronavirus vaccines at $30 per dose — pleaded guilty to federal wire fraud conspiracy in connection with the scheme.washingtonpost.com
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slams Facebook during outage, saying company's 'monopolistic behavior' saying it's destructive to 'free society and democracy'
AOC has been a staunch supporter of breaking up big tech. She supported Sen. Warren's plan to break it up during her 2020 presidential campaign, according to Politico.news.yahoo.com
WhatsApp adds a highly requested feature: Messaging from multiple devices
Of course, there are some new security features at play here, many of which work entirely behind the scenes. Unlike the old days of using WhatsApp on the web, for instance, the devices you connect to your account will get their own set of unique encryption keys. Even if a hacker manages to compromise one device’s set of keys, they can’t be used to decrypt messages sent to someone else — or to another one of your devices — because WhatsApp encrypts each outgoing message specifically for each gadget. (If you’re in the mood for even more technical rigor, the company has a white paper outlining all the juicy details.)washingtonpost.com
Cuban Protesters in Hiding as Communist Regime Cracks Down on Dissent
Maria Alejandra Cardona via ReutersCuban protesters and dissidents are still counting up the number of people arrested in a regime crackdown after two days of protests on the island that marked a rare show of defiance against the communist government. Legal support group Cubalex suggested around 100 were detained on Sunday when Cuba saw its biggest street protests for years. On Monday further videos were posted on social media—despite efforts to shutdown the internet—showing the authorities arrenews.yahoo.com
WhatsApp faces EU consumer complaint over privacy update
Analysis: How the Conservatives have never made their peace with where to build more homes
"The problem with political suicides is you live to regret them," Tory MP Bob Seely said on Friday, in the wake of the Tories' disastrous defeat in the Chesham and Amersham by-election. Mr Seely was referring to how voters in the Buckinghamshire constituency had been driven into the arms of the Liberal Democrats in part over latest Government attempts to reform the planning system. Mr Seely, MP for the Isle of Wight, now leads an army of up to 100 Conservative MPs in a "Planning Concern" WhatsApnews.yahoo.com
The Best Father’s Day Gift Ideas for Every Type of Dad
Get it now! And we’re sure he’d also appreciate this cleaning kit from shoe care maven Jason Markk to ensure his kicks stay as fresh as possible. Get it now! Or, if he’s more into fashion, here’s a vibrant hardcover from Virgil Abloh exploring the creative process behind the Off-White mogul’s extremely hyped Nike shoe collaborations.news.yahoo.com
WhatsApp sues Indian government over new internet rules
The messaging app WhatsApp has sued the Indian government seeking to defend its users’ privacy and stop new rules that would require it to make messages “traceable” to external parties. WhatsApp filed the lawsuit Wednesday in the Delhi High Court. It is arguing that the government rules regarding the traceability of messages are unconstitutional and undermine the fundamental right to privacy.news.yahoo.com
Gaza-based journalists in Hamas chat blocked from WhatsApp
A few hours after the latest cease-fire took effect in the Gaza Strip, a number of Palestinian journalists in the coastal enclave found they were blocked from accessing WhatsApp messenger — a crucial tool used to communicate with sources, editors and the world beyond the blockaded strip. The Associated Press reached out to 17 journalists in Gaza who confirmed their Whatsapp accounts had been blocked since Friday. The incident marks the latest puzzling move concerning WhatsApp's owner Facebook Inc. that’s left Palestinian users or their allies bewildered as to why they’ve been targeted by the company, or if indeed they’d been singled out for censorship at all.news.yahoo.com
WhatsApp denies it will drop privacy update for Turkey users
Turkey's competition watchdog said Friday it was told by WhatsApp that the chat app won't apply a controversial privacy update following an investigation, but the announcement was contradicted by the Facebook-owned app, which said it still plans to roll out the update for Turkish users. It’s a fresh sign of the confusion between regulators and the tech company over the update to WhatsApp’s terms of service and privacy rules, which has raised concerns that users are being forced to agree to share more of their data with Facebook. Germany last week ordered Facebook to stop processing WhatsApp user data over concern about the changes.news.yahoo.com
Misinformation surges amid India's COVID-19 calamity
The man in the WhatsApp video says he has seen it work himself: A few drops of lemon juice in the nose will cure COVID-19. “If you practice what I am about to say with faith, you will be free of corona in five seconds,” says the man, dressed in traditional religious clothing. Baseless claims that Muslims spread the virus.news.yahoo.com
German watchdog bans Facebook from processing WhatsApp data
German watchdog bans Facebook from processing WhatsApp data
WhatsApp growth slumps as rivals Signal, Telegram rise
FILE - This Friday, March 10, 2017, file photo shows the WhatsApp communications app on a smartphone, in New York. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison, File)OAKLAND, Calif. – Encrypted messaging apps Signal and Telegram are seeing huge upticks in downloads from Apple and Google’s app stores. Mobile app analytics firm Sensor Tower said Wednesday that Signal saw 17.8 million app downloads on Apple and Google during the week of Jan. 5 to Jan. 12. WhatsApp, meanwhile, saw downloads shrink to 10.6 million, down from 12.7 million the week before. In that same period Telegram has seen about 755.2 million installations and WhatsApp a whopping 5.6 billion — almost eight times as many as Telegram.
Cybersecurity expert explains why encrypted messaging apps might not offer as much protection as you think
Both Signal and Telegram offer encryption services. The idea behind using an app with encryption capabilities is to keep prying eyes and ears from seeing and hearing your conversations. “If you don’t properly vet the people you’re sending your message to, then you’re defeating the point of encryption,” Hamer said. A Sensor Tower representative told Business Insider that “Signal saw approximately 7.5 million installs globally from across the App Store and Google Play” from Wednesday to Sunday. CNBC reports that “Telegram saw 5.6 million downloads globally” during the same time frame, according to Apptopia.
Q&A: What's next for Facebook in the antitrust case?
Whatever happens, experts expect a long-drawn out battle that Facebook is prepared to defend vigorously — and with enormous resources. Facebook insists that its services provide useful benefits for users and that complaints about its power are misguided. Justice Department prosecutors are pursuing a separate antitrust case against Google, one that mirrors its case against Microsoft 20 years ago. Facebook doesn't operate the three companies as separate businesses and has been integrating functions of Instagram and WhatsApp with its main platform. While some original Instagram users deride the additions, others have come to appreciate them — and might miss them if they were to disappear.
US antitrust siege of tech widens with lawsuits vs Facebook
The antitrust lawsuits were announced by the Federal Trade Commission and New York Attorney General Letitia James. Regulators filed landmark antitrust lawsuits Wednesday against Facebook, the second major government offensive this year against once seemingly untouchable tech behemoths. Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple have come under scrutiny from Congress, federal regulators, state attorneys general and European authorities. “The government now wants a do-over, sending a chilling warning to American business that no sale is ever final,” Facebook general counsel Jennifer Newstead said in a statement. Antitrust skeptics point to newer social media services such as TikTok and Snapchat as rivals that could “overtake” older platforms like Facebook.
US govt, states sue Facebook for ‘predatory’ conduct
Federal regulators and a group of states launched a landmark antitrust offensive against Facebook, accusing the social network of abusing its market power in social networking to crush smaller competitors. Amazon and Apple also have been under investigation in Congress and by federal authorities for alleged anticompetitive conduct. Facebook called the government actions “revisionist history” that punishes successful businesses and noted that the FTC cleared the Instagram and WhatsApp acquisitions years ago. James alleged Facebook had a practice of opening its site to third-party app developers, then abruptly cutting off developers that it saw as a threat. Facebook paid $1 billion for Instagram, bolstering the social network's business a month before its stock went public.
Facebook Pay unites payments on Messenger, Instagram, WhatsApp
The company said Tuesday that it is consolidating its payment processing for Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp into one brand called Facebook Pay. Consolidating payment processing for all Facebook's major platforms into one unit may only make it even more complicated to unravel the company's various properties. Facebook Pay will handle payments across all Facebook's properties and will start rolling out this week on Facebook and Messenger in the US. Facebook has been processing payments since 2007, but doing it via a single brand is new. The logo alternates between blue for Facebook, green for WhatsApp and purple, red and orange for Instagram.
Family member's audio messages reveal heartbreak of Mexico massacre
"Dear God, everybody Pray!," one family member in Mexico at the time, Kendra Lee Miller, said in a group chat among cousins. "Guys, Aunt Dawna and Christina are dead," Kendra Lee Miller said in a group chat. Kendra Lee Miller urged in the audio messages. Some of the community, including Kendra Lee Miller, say they are baptized and active members of the mainstream LDS church. She declined to release the audio of family members for privacy reasons.
WhatsApp bug let hackers use GIFs to take over phones
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(CNN) - WhatsApp has fixed a security bug that allowed hackers to take over the messaging app with a malicious GIF. To update WhatsApp, iPhone users should open the App Store and select updates. Select "WhatsApp" and press update. Select "My apps & games" from the menu, then select WhatsApp and tap the Update button. In May, a vulnerability was discovered that let hackers call a person on WhatsApp and place malicious code on their phone in order to see their personal information.
Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg outlines plan to fight online extremism
Some of Silicon Valley's biggest companies announced Monday that they're revamping an organization they established to fight online extremism in order to allow it to work more extensively with outside parties. MENLO PARK, Calif. - Some of Silicon Valley's biggest companies announced Monday that they're revamping an organization they established to fight online extremism in order to allow it to work more extensively with outside parties. Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer, spoke alongside Arden. Asked what Facebook could do about the spread of footage like that from the New Zealand attack on WhatsApp, Sandberg said it had used information from Facebook and Instagram to take action against some WhatsApp users. Amazon, LinkedIn, which is owned by Microsoft, and WhatsApp, owned by Facebook, will join the consortium of companies supporting the organization, GIFCT said Monday.
Social media a vital tool in search for loved ones in Bahamas
"If anyone has direct contact with the persons in Hope Town please message me," read a recent comment on one Facebook group, Dorian People Search Bahamas. Eventually, frustrated with authorities and a slow trickle of information, Bootle, her sister and cousin started a WhatsApp chat group. At first, there were about 40 people in the group, Bootle said. Bootle and others would then share that information in the WhatsApp group, sending it out to an even wider audience. She wanted to provide a 'human connection'Pritchard-Ansell, who lives on the island of New Providence with her husband and 10-month-old daughter, has expanded her efforts beyond the Facebook group Bahamas People Search.
Facebook, Instagram resolve issues worldwide
Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Twitter had all experienced various issues. But a Facebook spokesperson said Wednesday evening that its problems were fixed. Facebook-owned Instagram said its issues were also fixed. Twitter, meanwhile, tweeted via its support account that it was "almost at 100% resolved. Issues on Facebook and Twitter were happening in pockets worldwide, according to Down Detector, which tracks issues and outages on a variety of sites.