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Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks, a Japanese baseball team owned by SoftBank Group, witnessed robots cheering for them during a match instead of their fans. The SoftBank-made 'Pepper' humanoid robots wore team jerseys and cheered from the otherwise empty stands. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, fans aren't allowed to watch the Nippon Professional Baseball league in person until at least July 10.
short by Dharna / 03:08 pm on 05 Jul
Cybercriminals are tricking people into downloading a malicious app 'TikTok Pro' by sending download links on smartphones through SMS and WhatsApp in India. People from cities including Hyderabad and Bengaluru took to Twitter to share the messages they received. The app, with an icon similar to TikTok's icon, asks users for permissions such as camera and mic but doesn't function.
short by Pragya Swastik / 05:19 pm on 06 Jul
Aarogya Setu app allows users to delete their account and erase all data
short by Pragya Swastik / on 07 Jul 2020,Tuesday
Aarogya Setu app now allows users to delete their account and erase their data from the app with its latest update on Android and iOS versions. When users delete account, their data remains on government servers for 30 days after which it gets deleted. The update also brings the option to allow sharing of health data with other health apps.
short by Pragya Swastik / 07:00 am on 07 Jul
Delhi Police has arrested a man who defrauded an Intelligence Bureau officer by posing as his senior officer on Facebook. The accused, Ravi Kumar, asked for money saying his wife was being treated in hospital, police said. After transferring ₹58,000 to Kumar's Paytm wallet, the victim called the senior to inquire after his wife's health and realised he was cheated.
short by Dharna / 10:27 am on 07 Jul
TikTok may be "a data collection service disguised as social media" that requires greater scrutiny, Australian Senator Jim Molan said. He said this after Nationals MP George Christensen accused TikTok of being "used and abused" by Chinese Communist Party and said it should be banned. Australian PM Scott Morrison also urged caution on people handing over their data to TikTok.
short by Pragya Swastik / 02:24 pm on 07 Jul
Noam Chomsky sucks, he is a mind virus for fools: Elon Musk
short by Pragya Swastik / on 05 Jul 2020,Sunday
Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Sunday said American philosopher and cognitive scientist Noam Chomsky "sucks", adding that he is a "mind virus for fools". Musk called Chomsky a 'mind virus' in response to a Twitter user's tweet that said, "Chomsky has uttered insane things about politics for more than five decades."
short by Pragya Swastik / 03:08 pm on 05 Jul
Ban China's Huawei and ZTE from India's 5G rollout, CAIT urges govt
short by Pragya Swastik / on 05 Jul 2020,Sunday
The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has urged the government to ban China's Huawei and ZTE Corporation from participating in 5G network rollout in India. The CAIT said that several countries have charged both the companies with a number of crimes including conspiracy, money laundering, bank and wire fraud. Banning companies will protect the privacy of Indians, CAIT added.
short by Pragya Swastik / 05:11 pm on 05 Jul
Looking at banning Chinese social media apps including TikTok: US
short by Ankush Verma / on 07 Jul 2020,Tuesday
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that the country is "certainly looking at" banning Chinese social media apps, including TikTok. Pompeo had earlier welcomed India's ban on several mobile apps from China. "India's clean app approach will boost India's sovereignty, it will also boost India's integrity and national security," Pompeo had said after India's move.
short by Ankush Verma / 10:15 am on 07 Jul
Facebook, WhatsApp, Google, Twitter and Telegram said that they have temporarily suspended processing requests for user data from the Hong Kong government. This comes after China's establishment of a new national security law for the region. "We believe freedom of expression is a fundamental human right," Facebook said, while Twitter cited "grave concerns" about the law's implications.
short by Dharna / 11:50 am on 07 Jul
US firms in India not yet ready to pay new digital tax: Lobby group
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / on 07 Jul 2020,Tuesday
A lobby group representing US technology giants has said its members are not yet ready to make the first quarterly payment of India's new 2% digital tax due today. The US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) said the tax is "riddled with various ambiguities and interpretational concerns". It urged the Finance Ministry to defer the tax or postpone payment date.
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / 04:30 pm on 07 Jul
Google puts an end to Google Plus, rebrands app as 'Google Currents'
short by Pragya Swastik / on 07 Jul 2020,Tuesday
Google has officially put an end to its social networking platform Google Plus and rebranded app on Android and iOS app stores as 'Google Currents'. The rebranding started in April of 2019 when Google Plus was shut down for consumers and Google began deleting user accounts. The existing plus.google.com URLs will continue to function and automatically redirect users to currents.google.com.
short by Pragya Swastik / 06:17 pm on 07 Jul
Android malware 'FakeSpy' has reappeared nearly three years after being discovered in 2017 and is spreading worldwide, researchers at Cybereason Nocturnus warned. The attackers send victims an SMS, saying they missed a package delivery and provide the link to download an app masquerading as a postal service app. Once installed, the app can steal financial data and other private information.
short by Dharna / 10:30 am on 06 Jul
Social media app Elyments' OTP verification fails a day after launch
short by Pragya Swastik / on 06 Jul 2020,Monday
Indigenously developed social media app Elyments, which crossed over 1,00,000 downloads on Google Play Store within the first 24 hours of launch by Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, faced verification issues on Monday. Users reported the app didn't send them OTP required during the sign-up procedure despite several attempts. The app has been built by over 1,000 IT professionals from India.
short by Pragya Swastik / 02:32 pm on 06 Jul
Huawei must meet conditions for involvement in 5G: UK health minister
short by Anushka Dixit / on 05 Jul 2020,Sunday
UK's health minister said Huawei will have to follow some conditions for involvement in 5G network. "I'm sure that National Security Council will look at those conditions and make the right decision, to make sure we have a secure telecoms infrastructure," he said. It was earlier reported that UK was looking to end the use of Huawei technology by 2021.
short by Anushka Dixit / 11:03 pm on 05 Jul
French cybersecurity agency ANSSI's head Guillaume Poupard said that the country won't impose a complete ban on China's Huawei Technologies. "(But) for operators that are not currently using Huawei, we are inciting them not to go for it," he said. Poupard said the choice was made to protect French independence and not as an act of hostility towards China.
short by Anushka Dixit / 02:59 pm on 06 Jul
Ubisoft's exec Maxime Beland resigns after misconduct allegations
short by Aishwarya / on 07 Jul 2020,Tuesday
Ubisoft editorial VP Maxime Beland has resigned following accusations of sexual assault and misconduct that surfaced recently. However, Ubisoft will continue to investigate the allegations levelled against him. The firm said another VP Tommy Francois, who faces misconduct allegations too, has been placed on disciplinary leave pending the outcome of an investigation.
short by Aishwarya / 03:32 pm on 07 Jul
Bangladesh has announced that it will bring content, advertising and revenue of social media platforms under government regulation, Information Minister Hasan Mahmud said. He said that the government is not getting tax revenue from business of OTT platforms like Netflix, YouTube, among others. He further said content on the platforms can destabilise society through rumours and communal riots.
short by Anushka Dixit / 08:35 pm on 06 Jul
UK's call on Huawei not fixed in stone: Minister
short by Anushka Dixit / on 06 Jul 2020,Monday
UK's call to let Huawei be involved in its 5G network at limited capacity is not "fixed in stone", culture minister Oliver Dowden said. The decision is being reviewed after US imposed sanctions on the company, he added. The imposition could have a "significant impact on the reliability of Huawei equipment and whether we can use it safely," Dowden said.
short by Anushka Dixit / 05:46 pm on 06 Jul
Gay dating app Grindr, valued at $620 million, was approved for $1-2 million loan for small businesses suffering from COVID-19. Companies seeking the loan had to certify that the "current economic uncertainty makes this loan necessary to support" their ongoing operations. Earlier, Beijing Kunlun Tech had sold Grindr for $608 million after the US government had raised national security concerns.
short by Aishwarya / 03:35 pm on 07 Jul
Govt selects 5 Indian startups to build video conferencing platform
short by Anushka Dixit / on 06 Jul 2020,Monday
The government has chosen five startups to create a secure video conferencing platform for users. The startups are PeopleLink Unified Communications, Sarv Webs, Techgentsia Software Technologies, Instrive Softlabs and Soulpage IT Solutions. PeopleLink, Techgentsia and Sarv have been given ₹20 lakh and the two remaining startups have been given ₹15 lakh each to develop the product.
short by Anushka Dixit / 10:00 pm on 06 Jul
Clearview AI to stop offering facial recognition tech in Canada
short by Aishwarya / on 07 Jul 2020,Tuesday
Clearview AI will stop offering its facial recognition services in Canada in response to an ongoing investigation into the company by provincial and federal privacy authorities. This would involve immediate suspension of its contract with Royal Canadian Mounted Police, its last remaining client in Canada. However, the investigation against it by privacy protection authorities will remain open.
short by Aishwarya / 04:46 pm on 07 Jul
Apple removes 4,500 mobile games from Chinese App Store in 3 days
short by Anushka Dixit / on 05 Jul 2020,Sunday
Apple has removed 4,500 mobile games from the Chinese App Store in three days, amid changes in the licence agreements. Developers and publishers will now require a proper government licence to release mobile games and apps on the App Store. China approves about 1,500 game licences every year which takes about six months to a year to be completed.
short by Anushka Dixit / 05:40 pm on 05 Jul
Google rolls out dark mode for Docs, Sheets, Slides on Android
short by Anushka Dixit / on 07 Jul 2020,Tuesday
Google has rolled out dark mode on its office software on Android, namely, Docs, Sheets and Slides. The feature would be automatically updated for users with Android 10 and above if dark mode is enabled. The mode is only available on Android for now and will be rolled out for all the users gradually.
short by Anushka Dixit / 02:40 pm on 07 Jul
2 Nigerians to face charges in US over online fraud worth millions
short by Anushka Dixit / on 05 Jul 2020,Sunday
Two Nigerian nationals Ramon Olorunwa Abbas and Olalekan Jacob Ponle, expelled from UAE, will face charges in the US for online fraud and money laundering worth millions of dollars. Abbas allegedly helped in planning to launder nearly $140 million from institutions and firms. Meanwhile, Ponle was allegedly involved in many fraud campaigns in 2019 worth "tens of millions of dollars".
short by Anushka Dixit / 03:29 pm on 05 Jul
Cyber incidents in India have seen a 200% rise in the last two months but aren't linked to China, PMO's Chief Information Security Officer Gulshan Rai said. He said the rise is attributed to people "mindlessly" downloading unverified applications that may lack security features. "There have been larger cases of phishing, service issues and ransomware which have increased," he said.
short by Anushka Dixit / 10:41 pm on 06 Jul
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