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No, Bloomberg, end-to-end encryption isn't a worthless 'marketing device'

05/15/2019, 12:05 pm

Seriously, Bloomberg used to be a respected publication. However, its latest opinion column on technology has taken the recent WhatsApp security flaw to mean that all security, specifically end-to-end encryption is a "smokescreen" by technology companies.

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Facebook staring down possibility of 20 years of FTC oversight to end privacy probe

05/14/2019, 08:05 am

Facebook's negotiations with the Federal Trade Commission to end an investigation into the social network's alleged privacy violations may involve a 20-year period of government oversight, with a deal between the two potentially a month away from completion.

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WhatsApp vulnerability left iOS open to spyware attack

05/13/2019, 10:05 pm

Facebook-owned WhatsApp on Monday disclosed the recent fix of a VoIP-related vulnerability that allowed nefarious parties to remotely install spyware on both iOS and Android handsets.

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Musician Jimmy Destri about iTunes, Spotify, Facebook, and Steve Jobs, on the AppleInsider Podcast

05/10/2019, 09:05 am

This week on the AppleInsider Podcast, William is off, and Jimmy Destri of the band Blondie joins Victor to talk about iTunes, Facebook's responsibility, Apple News, Apple Car, and Steve Jobs stories.

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Facebook offers FTC greater oversight of data collection policies to end federal probe

05/03/2019, 12:05 pm

Facebook is willing to face increased government oversight of its activities relating to data collection to end the privacy-related federal probe sooner, a report into negotiations between the social network and the Federal Trade Commission alleges, along with paying a billion-dollar fine.

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Facebook launches redesigned iOS app, promises Messenger for macOS & more

04/30/2019, 02:04 pm

Facebook announced a bevy of changes during its F8 conference keynote on Tuesday, among them a redesigned iOS app and Messenger for macOS.

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Expecting to pay up to $5B for Cambridge Analytica, Facebook sets aside $3B for FTC fines

04/24/2019, 05:04 pm

Facebook is preparing to pay a record-setting fine to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for privacy violations following the Cambridge Analytica fiasco, as the social network is earmarking $3 billion to go towards its expenses and a potential $5 billion fine, depending on how it negotiates with the regulator.

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Qualcomm and Apple settle, Samsung folds, Facebook failing at security, and more on the AppleInsider Podcast

04/19/2019, 08:04 am

This week on the AppleInsider Podcast, William and Victor close the books on the Qualcomm suit, Samsung has problems with a folding phone, and Facebook steals contacts from 1.5M people.

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Facebook admits millions of Instagram accounts affected by unencrypted password storage blunder

04/18/2019, 02:04 pm

Facebook has admitted its major security breach from March where the social network stored "hundreds of millions" of plain-text passwords on internal servers was worse than first thought for users of Instagram, advising it may have affected millions of accounts on the image-sharing service and not the "tens of thousands" it initially reported.

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Facebook 'unintentionally' harvested email contacts from 1.5M users

04/17/2019, 11:04 pm

Facebook on Wednesday confirmed that it "unintentionally uploaded" the email contacts of some 1.5 million users without their express consent since May 2016, a mistake for which the company is taking steps to correct.

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Facebook confirms plans for voice assistant to match Siri, Alexa & Google Assistant

04/17/2019, 05:04 pm

Facebook on Wednesday confirmed that it's working on its own voice assistant, carving out a space among competitors like Apple's Siri and Amazon Alexa.

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Leaked docs show Facebook weaponized user data against competitors, with little regard for privacy

04/16/2019, 01:04 pm

In the past, Facebook executives including CEO Mark Zuckerberg regularly wielded user data as a tool to reward partners and smash rivals, according to some 4,000 pages of leaked emails, messages, and other documents spanning from 2011 to 2015.

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UK proposes creating regulator to fine tech firms slow to take down harmful online content

04/08/2019, 10:04 am

Apple and other tech companies may face fines and have their services blocked if they are not able to handle harmful online contact in an effective manner, the United Kingdom government has suggested, proposing the creation of a regulator that could create new rules social networks and other online entities should follow concerning terrorist messages and abuse images.

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Survey claims 86 percent of US teens plan to choose iPhone as next smartphone

04/08/2019, 08:04 am

A newly-published survey of 8,600 U.S. teens found that a higher number than ever, 86 percent, are hoping to make Apple's iPhone their next smartphone.

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How to block spam calls, texts, and social media messages on your iPhone

04/05/2019, 10:04 am

You know how to use messaging and emails, and you use them to get things done, but far too many just want to sell you things or annoy you with them. Here's how to get persistent callers and emailers out of your hair so that you can get some work done.

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Latest Facebook-related security breach finds millions of records exposed on Amazon servers

04/03/2019, 02:04 pm

Security researchers have uncovered multiple instances of Facebook user data being exposed publicly on Amazon cloud servers, though it's not immediately clear to what extent either company is to blame.

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Mark Zuckerberg joins Tim Cook in calls for privacy, electoral integrity legislation

04/01/2019, 08:04 am

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg is following Apple CEO Tim Cook and other major privacy advocates in calling for governments to "regulate the internet," by offering up suggestions for how lawmakers and regulators could create new rules that the social network and other tech firms should follow to protect elections, reduce harmful content, and to enhance privacy.

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Facebook stored 'hundreds of millions' of unencrypted passwords on internal servers

03/21/2019, 12:03 pm

Adding to multiple security controversies, Facebook is reportedly investigating problems which led to "hundreds of millions" of unencrypted, plain-text passwords being stored on internal servers.

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Facebook faces criminal investigation over data sharing deals

03/14/2019, 01:03 am

The federal government has initiated a criminal investigation into Facebook for its data dealings with some of the world's largest technology companies, adding to the company's woes as it clamors to mitigate fallout from recent revelations regarding potentially unscrupulous business practices.

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Editorial: Senator Warren's stance on big tech breakup is dangerous politics

03/13/2019, 10:03 am

Running for President, Senator Warren proposes plans to break up big technology companies, that ignore real security concerns. You can't apply simplistic solutions to complex problems just because it's politically expedient, and you can't conveniently dance around Apple being included, then bring it in when you're forced to give a soundbite.

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