News Net:2020

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Google faces mass legal action in UK over data snooping

<b>Google is being taken to court, accused of collecting the personal data of millions of users, in the first mass legal action of its kind in the UK.</b><p>It focuses on allegations that Google unlawfully harvested information from 5.4 million UK users by bypassing privacy settings on their iPhones.<p>The …

Privacy

Is Apple getting sloppy?

<b>Well, you don't see that every day - Apple has rushed out a patch to fix a major security bug.</b><p>It had been revealed that users of its new MacOS High Sierra operating system can access it without using a password.<p>Just use "root" as a username, leave the password field blank and hit "Enter" a few …

Information Security

Apple rushes to fix major password bug

<b>Apple has said it is working to fix a serious bug within its Mac operating system.</b><p>The flaw in MacOS High Sierra - the most recent version - makes it possible to gain entry to the machine without a password, and also have access to powerful administrator rights.<p>“We are working on a software update …

Information Security

Uber data breach “raises huge concerns”, says UK data watchdog

The fallout from Uber’s disclosure yesterday of a massive data breach affecting 57 million users and drivers that it concealed for a year continues: The UK’s data protection watchdog has put out a strongly worded statement saying the company’s announcement “raises huge concerns around its data …

Privacy

Hackers Say They've Already Broken Face ID

When Apple released the iPhone X on November 3, it touched off an immediate race among hackers around the world to be the first to fool the company's …

Face ID

Apple denies Panama Papers’ claims it moved profits from Ireland to reduce tax bill

Angry and bruised tech giant dismisses allegations in Paradise Papers and says it pays all its taxes globally and in US.<p>Apple has lashed out at …

Paradise Papers: Apple's secret tax bolthole revealed

<b>The world's most profitable firm has a secretive new structure that would enable it to continue avoiding billions in taxes, the Paradise Papers show.</b><p>They reveal how Apple sidestepped a 2013 crackdown on its controversial Irish tax practices by actively shopping around for a tax haven.<p>It then moved …

Fraud

Apple Warned About Evil Wi-Fi Attack That Installs Malware On iPhones

Apple’s security team is having a busy week thanks to Wi-Fi issues. First, it patched the scary KRACK vulnerability revealed in October to have exposed Wi-Fi encryption. And now researchers from Tencent’s Keen Lab have just shown off a hack that took advantage of four bugs to run malware on an …

Information Security

Report: Apple Had to Downgrade Face ID Specs to Meet Ship Deadline

So it looks like Bloomberg has a pretty big scoop on the iPhone X production troubles here. Normally I would take a story like this with a big grain of salt. However, Bloomberg is a pretty solid source for Apple news, even though the company has waged a war of secrecy against them recently. They …

Apple Pay

Facebook can't hide behind algorithms

<b>If Facebook’s algorithms were executives, the public would be demanding their heads on a stick, such was the ugly incompetence on display this week.</b><p>First, the company admitted a “fail” when its advertising algorithm allowed for the targeting of anti-Semitic users.<p>Then on Thursday, Mark Zuckerberg …

Mark Zuckerberg

Manchester police still relies on Windows XP

<b>England's second biggest police force has revealed that more than one in five of its computers were still running Windows XP as of July.</b><p>Greater Manchester Police told the BBC that 1,518 of its PCs ran the ageing operating system, representing 20.3% of all the office computers it used.<p>Microsoft …

Microsoft

Chatbot lets you sue Equifax for up to $25,000 without a lawyer

Equifax’s security failure affected 143 million US consumers, or 44 percent of the US population. To add insult to injury, Equifax waited over a month before revealing the security breach it had suffered. If you’re one of the millions affected by the breach, a chatbot can now help you sue Equifax …

Chatbots

Apple suffers 'major iPhone X leak'

<b>Details of new iPhones and other forthcoming Apple devices have been revealed via an apparent leak.</b><p>Two news sites were given access to an as-yet-unreleased version of the iOS operating system.<p>The code refers to an iPhone X in addition to two new iPhone 8 handsets. It also details facial recognition …

John Gruber
Google

NYPD will scrap 36,000 Windows Phones for iPhones

The New York Police Department will scrap the 36,000 Windows Phones it bought for cops over the past two years and replace them with iPhones, a new report claims.<p>The first iPhones will be introduced just two months after the last Windows Phone was handed out, the <i>New York Post</i> reports. The Windows …

Bill de Blasio

Apple sets $1 billion budget for original TV shows

Apple is finally putting its money where its mouth is, setting aside $1 billion to pursue the original programming agenda it's been making so much noise about it recent times. In June, the company poached Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg -- the TV execs behind <i>Breaking Bad</i> and <i>The Crown --</i> from …

Carpool Karaoke

Google Will Pay $3 Billion to Remain Default iOS Search Engine

Google is slated to pay $3 billion to Apple to remain the default search engine for its mobile operating system this year, according to the estimates …

Google

An engineer said men were better at tech jobs than women. Google decided he wasn't good for a tech job at all

Internet giant Google has fired the male engineer at the center of an uproar in Silicon Valley over the past week after he authored an internal memo …

Danielle Brown

Bail of $30,000 set for UK cyber expert Marcus Hutchins

<b>US prosecutors say a British computer expert has admitted to creating software that harvests bank details.</b><p>But Marcus Hutchins' own lawyer says he denies six charges of creating and distributing the Kronos malware.<p>The 23-year-old from Ilfracombe, Devon, who helped stall the WannaCry cyber-attack …

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Google employee anti-diversity memo causes row

<b>A Google employee's opinion criticising the firm's diversity initiatives is causing a furore at the firm.</b><p>In an internal memo, a male software engineer argued the lack of women in top tech jobs was due to biological differences between men and women.<p>"We need to stop assuming that gender gaps imply …

Diversity

BT profits dive by 40% after £225m payout over Italian scandal

Telecoms giant forced to pay Deutsche Telekom and Orange to settle claim relating to the sale of EE<p>BT’s profits fell more than 40% in the first quarter of its new financial year after it was forced to pay out £225m to two shareholders following the accounting scandal at its Italian …

Consulting

Alphabet keeps printing money despite a hefty $2.7B fine from the EU

Alphabet’s advertising business continues to grow at a mammoth pace despite a very hefty setback from the EU in the form of a massive fine — but all the signs might not be pointing to a perfect future for Google.<p>The EU slapped Google with a $2.7 billion fine at the end of June for antitrust …

iOS 10.3.3 update eliminates serious Wi-Fi vulnerability

Apple rolled out its latest iOS 10.3.3 update on Wednesday, and you should install it as quickly as possible if you haven’t already.<p>This release fixes a serious vulnerability in the Wi-Fi chips used in iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, which allows an attacker to remotely take control of your device …

iOS

Google's fine is big news but the company faces a far bigger threat

The Canadian supreme court ruled that Google can be forced to pull results worldwide, not just the Canadian version of its search engine<p>Google has come face to face with two of its greatest nightmares this week. The first garnered enormous attention worldwide, and will be an expensive period …

Margrethe Vestager

Google fine: EU is not waging underhand trade war against ​​US tech firms

The European commission is not showing signs of anti-American bias – its actions will benefit consumers worldwide<p>Let’s start by laying one falsehood to rest. In fining Google €2.42bn (£2.14bn), the European commission is not engaged in a form of underhand trade warfare against US technology …

Margrethe Vestager

Google hit with record EU fine over Shopping service

<b>Google has been fined 2.42bn euros ($2.7bn; £2.1bn) by the European Commission after it ruled the company had abused its power by promoting its own shopping comparison service at the top of search results.</b><p>The amount is the regulator's largest penalty to date against a company accused of distorting …

Margrethe Vestager

Microsoft briefly disables anti-virus software for Windows 10

<b>Microsoft has admitted that it does temporarily disable anti-virus software on Windows PCs, following a competition complaint to the European Commission by a security company.</b><p>In early June, Kaspersky Lab filed the complaint against Microsoft.<p>The security company claims the software giant is abusing …

Microsoft

Google 'faces €1bn-plus fine' from EU over market dominance

Tech giant could receive record penalty for favouring its comparison shopping service in its search result pages<p>Google is reportedly facing a record-breaking fine from Brussels of more than €1bn (£875m) over alleged abuse of its market dominance.<p>EU officials are expected to announce in the coming …

Margrethe Vestager

EU roaming charges scrapped – so what’s the catch?

<b>From 15 June anyone can use their bundled texts, minutes and mobile data anywhere in the EU for no extra charge.</b><p>The new ruling is an EU regulation, …

Telecoms