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Facebook Must Face Class Action Over Facial Recognition: US Judge

A US federal judge ruled on Monday that Facebook must face a class action lawsuit alleging that the social network unlawfully used a facial recognition process on photos without user permission. The ruling adds to the privacy woes that have been mounting against Facebook for weeks, since it was disclosed that the personal information of millions of users was harvested by the political… Read More »

Android Bug Hunter Awarded Over $100,000 for Exposing Security Flaw in Google Pixel

Google has awarded $112,500 (roughly Rs. 71,83,300) to a security researcher for exposing a security flaw in Google Pixel smartphones. Guang Gong, in August 2017 submitted an exploit chain through the Android Security Rewards (ASR) programme. It was the first working remote exploit chain since the search giant has expanded the ASR program. Gong was awarded $105,000 (roughly Rs. … Read More »

New Zealand’s winter shorter by a month over 100 years

New Zealand’s winter has gotten shorter by a month over the last 100 years, meaning “true winter” weather with very low temperatures, frosts and snow starts significantly later in the year and ends earlier. Brett Mullan, from the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa), crunched the temperature records from two 30-year-periods over the last century to… Read More »

Japan anger over South Korea’s shrimp surprise for Donald Trump

The menu at South Korea’s state banquet for Donald Trump has left a nasty taste in Japan, after the president was served seafood caught off islands at the centre of a long-running territorial dispute between Seoul and Tokyo. Japanese officials have also complained about the decision to invite a former wartime sex slave to the event, held earlier this week during the… Read More »

Apple, Others Warn EU Over Patent Fees Guidelines That Favour Qualcomm, Ericsson

Apple, Volkswagen, BMW, and Daimler have warned EU regulators that adopting patent fee guidelines which favour Qualcomm and Ericsson could hurt consumers and hinder innovation. The companies’ lobbying group, the Fair Standards Alliance (FSA), voiced their concerns in a letter dated Oct. 16 to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, Industry Commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska and their colleagues. The move comes as the EU… Read More »

Honda reaches $605 mn settlement over defective airbags

Japanese carmaker Honda reached a $605 million settlement in a lawsuit over defective airbags in millions of cars on American roads, the legal team for the victims said Friday. Honda joins Nissan, Toyota, BMW, Mazda and Subaru in agreeing a deal to settle a lawsuit, replace the defective airbags from now-bankrupt Takata, and to compensate car owners. The… Read More »

Einstein’s letter may fetch over USD 60,000 at auction

A unique and very personal letter written by German physicist Albert Einstein to his close friend Michele Besso, discussing about various topics including God, is expected to fetch over USD 60,000 at an auction in the US. Datelined from Princeton, April 15, 1950, the letter by Einstein melds the philosophical with the scientific and gives insight into the… Read More »

UK police charge man under terror laws over Buckingham Palace incident

British police said on Thursday they had charged a 26-year-old man under terrorism laws after an incident outside Buckingham Palace that left three police officers injured last week. The Metropolitan police charged Mohiussunnath Choudhury under the Terrorism Act of 2006 for preparing to commit an act or acts of terrorism after he was held near the queen’s official residence in… Read More »

Chhattisgarh Government to Distribute Over 55 Lakh Smartphones

In an ambitious scheme, the Chhattisgarh government is going to distribute over 55 lakh smartphones in the state. “To bridge the digital divide, the cabinet headed by Chief Minister Raman Singh today approved a proposal to distribute free smartphones under a scheme titled ‘Sanchar Kranti Yojna’ (SKY),” Industry Minister Amar Agrawal said. The smartphones will be distributed in… Read More »

Huawei Sees Annual Smartphone Shipments Slowing With Focus on Profits Over Volumes

China’s Huawei Technologies forecast smartphone shipments of 140 million-150 million this year, a sharp slowdown in annual growth as the world’s third-largest smartphone maker chases profits instead of volumes by selling more high-end phones. Shenzhen-based Huawei’s profit growth has been under pressure with its low margin smartphone business facing strong competition at home and abroad, forcing Huawei earlier this year… Read More »