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Indonesia Seeks More Answers from Facebook

Indonesia Seeks More Answers from Facebook

Indonesia’s communications ministry said last Thursday that it is giving Facebook a week to provide them with more answers on the misuse of its citizens’ data and the measures the company is taking to prevent similar breaches from happening again. The ministry had sent a letter to Facebook Ireland Ltd., seeking more details on the sharing of Facebook data to third parties including CubeYou and Aggregate IQ, as well as confirmation on technical measures to limit data access on the platform. Although representatives from the social network had already apologized to the members of the Indonesian parliament, Facebook has yet […]

Painting Tool Malware Harvests Facebook Credentials and Payment Information

Painting Tool Malware Harvests Facebook Credentials and Payment Information

Researchers from Radware recently reported that a painting software called StressPaint that carries a malware has already affected around 45,000 Facebook users after being spread just a few days ago. The malware is said to steal the credentials, payment information, and various other data from Facebook page owners which can be used for identity theft, malvertising or propaganda campaigns. The app does this by copying the content of Chrome browser cookies and login date files. Any Facebook credentials are then sent to a C2 server. The malware can often go undetected by the device’s antivirus software as it only goes […]

Indonesia’s Go-Jek May Expand to the Philippines

Indonesia’s Go-Jek May Expand to the Philippines

LTFRB board member Aileen Lizada revealed that Indonesia’s ride-hailing and online payment company has requested a meeting with the transport regulator next week. It was reported last March that Go-Jek, which counts Google’s Alphabet, Temasek Holdings Ltd., and Tencent Holdings Ltd. would soon be revealing its expansion plans in Southeast Asia. Go-Jek, along with three other local TNC’s, are expected to fill the space vacated by Uber whose main competitor Grab, is now feeling pressure from the LTFRB due to its change in pricing and the riding public who are complaining about longer waiting times and picky drivers. Source: Reuters

ZTE Says Judicial Recourse Against US Ban if Necessary

ZTE Says Judicial Recourse Against US Ban if Necessary

Chinese telco giant ZTE lashed out at the US for imposing an export ban on its products last Friday, saying that it may take legal action to protect the interests of the company and its investors. The phonemaker said that it had invested significant efforts since April 2016 to ensure its practices and processes were in compliance with export laws. Despite this, US Bureau of Industry Security still triggered the Suspended Denial Order which bans ZTE from buying components and software from US manufacturers for seven years. The US justified the ban by saying that company had issued false statements […]

Facebook Moves to Exclude 1.5 Billion Users from GDPR Protection

Facebook Moves to Exclude 1.5 Billion Users from GDPR Protection

Facebook has reportedly made some changes to lessen its exposure to the EU’s upcoming data privacy rules. The move is expected to exclude around 1.5 billion users around the world from the protections brought by the GDPR. It is said that the social network is planning to grant such protections only European users, which means that those in Africa, Asia, Australia, and Latin America will still be governed by the original terms of service agreed with the company’s international headquarters in Ireland. The changes will remove a significant potential liability from Facebook. However, the GDPR still covers all entities that […]

EU Antitrust Head Reports Progress in Android, AdSense Probe

EU Antitrust Head Reports Progress in Android, AdSense Probe

European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager reported Wednesday that the EU Commission’s investigation into Google’s anti-competition case involving Android and AdSense is advancing. The case had been opened in 2015 after a lobbying group called FairSearch had filed a complaint. A 2016 document revealed a proposal to levy a large fine against the search giant for its revenue-sharing agreements with smartphone makers that pre-install Google Search. Google was also accused of being anti-competitive by requiring Chrome and other Google apps to be installed with Google Play, as well as blocking competitors using AdSense. Lawmaker Ramon Tremosa lamented that “Five years in […]

Facebook to Build Own Chips, Hires Engineers

Facebook to Build Own Chips, Hires Engineers

According to Bloomberg last Wednesday, a recently discovered job listing posted by Facebook seems to indicate that the social network is looking to build its own chips. The tech giant is currently looking for a manager for an end-to-end SoC/ASIC, firmware and driver development organization. It is said that most tech companies have sought gains through chip customization specifically for artificial intelligence, but it has not been revealed if Facebook will be using the hardware for AI. The report was said to have caused the slight dip in Intel’s stock which rebounded before the market closed. Facebook has not yet […]

Two New TNC’s Accredited by LTFRB

Two New TNC’s Accredited by LTFRB

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) last Wednesday had accredited two new TNC’s, Hype and HirNa, which is expected to directly compete with Grab. Hype, which has a business model that closely resembles Grab’s, is expected to serve the public by mid-May. HirNa will be initially rolled out in Davao City, while u-Hop is already operating as a TNC. Hype COO Jen Silan says that starting Monday, they will be accepting pre-qualifications and pre-accreditations for all drivers and TNVS with existing provisional authority permits, Certificates of Public Convenience, and case numbers with the LTFRB.   Source: CNN Philippines

Dow Jones Media, Brave, to Test Consent-Based Ads

Dow Jones Media, Brave, to Test Consent-Based Ads

According to a press release last Wednesday, The Dow Jones Media Group has formed a partnership with privacy-focused browser Brave to test blockchain technology for digital advertising. Brave says that it will be providing access to either Barrons.com or the MarketWatch newsletters to a limited number of users, as the two will become verified publishers on the browser’s BAT platform. Users can earn BAT tokens by engaging ads from verified publishers which they can use to pay for premium content. Brave browser author Brendan Eich says that they are “trying to reconnect the funding that comes in gross payments after […]

Amazon Gets Patent for Streaming Data Marketplace for Real-time Crypto Data

Amazon Gets Patent for Streaming Data Marketplace for Real-time Crypto Data

According to a document released by the USPTO last Tuesday, Amazon Technologies Inc. has been granted a patent for a multi-streaming data marketplace that would allow users to see real-time cryptocurrency transactions data. The technology developed by the Amazon subsidiary is designed to process streaming data on a large scale with relatively low latency, allowing developers to “build real-time dashboards, capture exceptions and generate alerts, drive recommendations, and make other real-time business or operational decisions. The technology can also be used as a data stream that publishes cryptocurrency transactions visible to all network participants. Source: Coin Telegraph