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Singapore Pilots Use of Quarantined Servers to Reduce Attack Surface

Singapore Pilots Use of Quarantined Servers to Reduce Attack Surface

Singapore Health Minister Gan Kim Yong revealed this week that they are currently testing the use of quarantined servers to reduce the attack surface of the country’s healthcare systems. Gan said that using virtual browsers, which are physically or logically segregated from the computer’s OS, should help users browse more safely. The Minister added that the virtual browser pilot program, as well as the rollout of advanced threat protection, should be completed by the end of the month. Source: ZDNet

EU to Study the Need for Universal Mobile Phone Charger

EU to Study the Need for Universal Mobile Phone Charger

EU’s competition chief Margrethe Vestager said this week that they are studying if regulators a need to push for a common mobile phone charger which the European Commission had been suggesting for more than a decade. It was long pointed out that having different chargers for various phone models contributed to more than 51,000 tons of electronic waste each year, aside from being a big inconvenience to consumers. While 14 companies including Nokia, Apple, Samsung, and Huawei had already signed a memorandum of understanding in 2011 wherein they agreed to harmonize chargers for their newer models, the EU executive said […]

US Falling Behind China in 5G Race

US Falling Behind China in 5G Race

Consultants at Deloitte remarked this week that the US is being outspent by China in the development of 5G and is likely to lose out on the potential economic benefits of the next-gen wireless network. According to the consultancy’s recent report, China now has ten times more sites that support 5G than the United States. Chinese cellphone tower companies and carriers have also added more sites in three months of 2017 that the US had in the past three years. However, it was noted that it is also around 35% cheaper to install 5G equipment in China as compared to […]

Facebook, Apple Remove Alex Jones for Violating Community Standards

Facebook, Apple Remove Alex Jones for Violating Community Standards

A number of companies including YouTube, Apple, Facebook and Spotify have decided to take down all content by Alex Jones, saying that the conspiracy theorist had breached community standards. Jones, who has built a following after founding Infowars in 1999, had his Facebook page removed for uploading content that glorified violence and using dehumanizing language against transgender, Muslims and immigrants. However, the Infowars app is still available on Apple app store and Google Play. Twitter meanwhile said that the Infowars accounts has not yet violated any of its rules.    Source: Reuters

Facebook Offers Service to Banks, Promises to Improve Customer Service

Facebook Offers Service to Banks, Promises to Improve Customer Service

Facebook revealed this week that it is cultivating ties with banks which it says can benefit from the social network’s Messenger chat. The tech firm says that financial institutions can improve their customer service by linking financial accounts to the platform’s messaging app. However, it was reported that Facebook is seeking to gain access to detailed financial information on bank customers, including card transactions and checking-account balances. A spokesperson confirmed that the social network will not using the information beyond enabling these (customer service) types of experiences and assured that the company considers keeping people’s information safe and secure as […]

Startup Uses Ride-Sharing Technology for Trash Collection

Startup Uses Ride-Sharing Technology for Trash Collection

New York-based startup Recycle Track Systems was reported to have closed a series A financing round with Volition Capital worth $11.7 million last June. The company focuses on environment-friendly waste removal and recycling which uses ride-sharing technology to connect businesses with haulers and to track the route of garbage cargo from pickup to drop-off. At present, RTS’s local sanitation partners in New York, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Baltimore and Chicago that have the rideshare tech installed in their trucks receive multiple notifications on where their waste is going via RTS’s proprietary app.   CEO Greg Lettieri says that his company wants […]

Google’s Efforts to Push Search in China “Not worth it”, Experts Say

Google’s Efforts to Push Search in China “Not worth it”, Experts Say

A number of experts have recently commented on Google’s plans to introduce a censored version of its search service in China, saying that the effort would not be worth the cost. Shawn Rein of China Market Research Group says that their data showed that 90% of Chinese consumers still prefer to use Baidu for Chinese search, and Google only for English search simply because the former yields better results. Meanwhile, James Lee of Mizuho Securities pointed out that Google may be investing in a business that is becoming less important, since Chinese users are moving more towards social media apps […]

Facebook Fake Account Makers Getting Better, Experts Say

Facebook Fake Account Makers Getting Better, Experts Say

Cyber security experts recently warned that creators of fake Facebook profiles are getting better at concealing their footprints. They added that this could pose a new challenge to the social network which is already struggling to prevent misinformation on the platform. Ben Nimmo of Digital Forensic Research Lab says that the new fake profiles feature less original written material, and use copy-pasted material from American websites for longer posts. Meanwhile, director of the Oxford Internet Institute Philip Howard says that the fake accounts now tend to share more diverse and less discernible material with better quality images from lesser known […]

Chipmaker TSMC Gets Hit by Virus, Currently Running at 80 Percent Capacity

Chipmaker TSMC Gets Hit by Virus, Currently Running at 80 Percent Capacity

Chipmaker TSMC recently disclosed that it had been hit a computer virus last Friday due to a misoperation during a software installation process for a new tool. The semiconductor company, which manufactures processors for the iPhone, says that it has already recovered 80% of its affected equipment. While the company says it should be fully recovered by August 6, the shutdowns are expected to delay shipments and incur additional costs.    Source: ZDNet

Huawei Faces Scrutiny in UK for Chinese Spying

Huawei Faces Scrutiny in UK for Chinese Spying

Huawei Technologies is expected to encounter heightened scrutiny in the UK as lawmakers have expressed their concerns on the company’s use of aging software that could facilitate Chinese spying. According to the report of a British government oversight board, the Chinese manufacturer’s use of the VxWorks operating system had technical and supply chain “shortcomings” which can expose the country’s telecoms networks to new security risks. Both the US and Australia had said in the past that Huawei’s products can be used by the Chinese for espionage operations, an allegation which the firm repeatedly denied. Source: Reuters