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2 Hours Ago   Google is looking to bring its Kormo app to India to capture the job market scene in India. According to the Economic Times, the internet giant has been conducting multiple pilots with special focus on “how entry level hirings were made in various sectors.” The app will be officially available in India on Friday, the report adds.

2 Days Ago   Cybersecurity researchers have warned of a critical vulnerability in SIM cards that could allow remote attackers to compromise targeted mobile phones and spy on victims without their knowledge just by sending an SMS.

3 Days Ago   Apple has revised its App Store Review Guidelines with regards to kids’ apps, and its upcoming Sign in with Apple authentication feature. Its guidelines have now been updated to state that, in limited cases, third-party analytics may be permitted in kids apps — provided that the services do not collect or transmit any identifiable information about children, such as their name, date of birth, email address, location, or unique device identifier.

3 Days Ago   Mozilla’s foray into paid services is finally kicking off for real. The Firefox maker is rolling out a new offer for organizations that run the browser in enterprise environments with a premium support plan.

4 Days Ago   The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has expanded its partnership with Israeli digital forensics firm Cellebrite to unlock and extract data from mobile phones, reports The Daily Beast.

4 Days Ago   Uber has said it has no plans to reclassify its vast army of drivers as employees, in light of the the gig workers’ rights bill passed in the California Senate yesterday.

4 Days Ago   California legislators on Tuesday approved a landmark bill that would consider contractors for companies like Uber and Lyft as “employees.” The state Senate voted in favor of the bill — dubbed Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) — that would ensure gig economy workers in companies like Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash are entitled to minimum wage, workers‘ compensation, and other benefits.

5 Days Ago   Mozilla is officially launching its Firefox Private Network VPN service for desktop users in the US. The VPN service, currently in beta, is part of a pilot experiment to test-drive new, privacy-centric products from the Firefox maker.

5 Days Ago   Apple has announced that it will begin streaming some of its original content for Apple TV+ starting November 1 for $4.99/month. The company took to the keynote to preview Jason Mamoa-starrer See, which joins For All Mankind, The Elephant Queen, Dickinson, The Morning Show, among other shows available exclusively as part of the tech giant’s roster of original programming for its video streaming service.

5 Days Ago   Popular period tracker apps used by millions of women are sharing sensitive personal information such as monthly timings, contraception use, symptoms, mood, and sexual life to Facebook.

6 Days Ago   Android just can’t seem to shake off its malware issues. A new malware campaign targeting Android has been found to engage in ad fraud at least since early June 2019.

6 Days Ago   Texas officials have said that none of the municipalities impacted by the crippling ransomware attack last month have yielded to the ransom demand. In its first update since August 20, the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) — which is leading the investigation into the incident — said more than half of the affected entities have resumed usual operations.

7 Days Ago   Apple‘s annual iPhone event is almost upon us, which means it’s officially raining Apple hardware and software. As is the customary tradition, the company is expected to unveil a number of products at the Steve Jobs Theater on its Apple Park campus tomorrow.

9 Days Ago   Researchers have found serious security vulnerabilities in over 600,000 GPS trackers available for sale on Amazon and other online retail merchants that may have exposed user data, including the exact real-time GPS coordinates.

10 Days Ago   With algorithmically-generated fabricated videos, otherwise called deepfakes, on the rise, Facebook is teaming up with Microsoft and seven academic institutions in the US for a Deepfake Detection Challenge.

10 Days Ago   For a company that’s in the business of tracking users’ online activities, Google sure is going all out to prove it’s dead serious about privacy. To that effect, the internet behemoth is open-sourcing a library that it uses to glean insights from aggregate data in a privacy-preserving manner.

11 Days Ago   Twitter has temporarily suspended the ability to tweet via SMS following high-profile hack of its CEO Jack Dorsey and a number of celebrities. “We’re taking this step because of vulnerabilities that need to be addressed by mobile carriers and our reliance on having a linked phone number for two-factor authentication,” the company said.

11 Days Ago   Researchers have uncovered a new kind of “advanced” phishing attack targeting Android phones that can trick users into installing malicious settings on their devices that are disguised as innocuous network configuration updates.

12 Days Ago   Amazon is reportedly working on speeding up checkouts at its physical stores by using your hand as a form of identification. According to a the New York Post, the retail giant is said to be quietly testing new scanners that can identify human hands to make a store purchase.

12 Days Ago   The malware campaign targeting the Uyghur Muslim minority in China’s autonomous region of Xinjiang may have been more extensive than previously thought. According to a new report published by Washington, DC-based cybersecurity firm Volexity, the community has been been at the receiving end of a large-scale surveillance operation via “strategically compromised websites” and mobile devices running not just iOS, but also Android.

13 Days Ago   The internet may be vulnerable to state intervention, but demonstrators in Hong Kong have found a way around it to stay connected to each other. As pro-democracy rallies rage in the territory, protestors are increasingly giving up on SMS, emails and China’s social media Swiss army knife WeChat in favor of peer-to-peer mesh networking apps like Bridgefy and FireChat.

13 Days Ago   XKCD forum, the bulletin board associated with the popular webcomic XKCD, has been taken offline after personal information of more than 562,000 members was exposed online.

13 Days Ago   It’s already getting tough to discern real text from fake, genuine video from deepfake. Now, it appears that use of fake voice tech is on the rise too.

14 Days Ago   The data-stealing iPhone exploits detailed by Google last week may been used for state-sponsored campaigns targeting the Uyghur Muslim minority in China‘s autonomous region of Xinjiang.

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