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Twitter is advising all users to change their passwords

Twitter is advising all users to change their passwords

(AP)-  The company said Thursday that it recently discovered a bug that stored passwords in an internal log in an unprotected form. Twitter says there’s no indication that there was a breach or that any of the passwords were misused. But as a precaution, Twitter recommends users...

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Iran orders internet providers to block Telegram

Iran orders internet providers to block Telegram

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian authorities have ordered internet service providers to block access to Telegram, a popular messaging app used by an estimated 40 million Iranians, state TV reported Monday. It said the Tehran prosecutor ordered that both mobile and desktop versions be blocked in...

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Iran orders providers to stop hosting Telegram App

Iran orders providers to stop hosting Telegram App

Iran's semi-official Mehr news agency is reporting that authorities have ordered network providers to stop hosting the popular social-messaging app Telegram. The report Thursday comes after a top Iranian lawmaker said last month the government would block Telegram for reasons of...

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Google overhauls Gmail to lure businesses away from Microsoft

Google overhauls Gmail to lure businesses away from Microsoft

Alphabet Inc.’s Google unveiled on Wednesday its first Gmail redesign since 2013, capping what the company says was an expensive overhaul two years in the making to adopt security and offline functionality and better resemble Microsoft Outlook. It is Google's most extensive update to...

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WhatsApp raises minimum age in Europe to 16 ahead of data law change

WhatsApp raises minimum age in Europe to 16 ahead of data law change

WhatsApp, the popular messaging service owned by Facebook Inc, is raising its minimum age from 13 to 16 in Europe to help it comply with new data privacy rules coming into force next month. WhatsApp will ask European users to confirm they are at least 16 years old when they are prompted...

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Britain may regulate young people's use of social media: minister

Britain may regulate young people's use of social media: minister

Britain's health minister Jeremy Hunt threatened to impose new regulations on social media firms unless they did more to protect young people using their services. Hunt said the groups were "turning a blind eye" to the effect social media had on children's well-being - an accusation...

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Russia asks Google and Apple to remove Telegram from stores: Ifax

Russia asks Google and Apple to remove Telegram from stores: Ifax

Russia's state telecommunications regulator said Tuesday it had sent requests to Google and Apple asking them to remove the Telegram messenger service from their application stores, the Interfax news agency reported. The watchdog, Roskomnadzor, said on Monday it had begun blocking...

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Zuckerberg's personal data included in Facebook leak

Zuckerberg's personal data included in Facebook leak

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Wednesday that his personal data was also included in the Cambridge Analytica breach, in which millions of users' information was obtained and used by a data firm in the U.K. for critical elections. In his testimony before the House Committee on Energy...

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Zuckerberg: regulation of social media firms is 'inevitable'

Zuckerberg: regulation of social media firms is 'inevitable'

WASHINGTON (AP)- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told a House oversight panel Wednesday that he believes it is "inevitable" there will be regulation of the social media industry and also disclosed to lawmakers that his own data was included in the personal information sold to malicious third...

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Facebook users still waiting on privacy scandal notices

Facebook users still waiting on privacy scandal notices

(AP) — Facebook said it would begin notifying users Monday if their data has been swept up in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, although it appears to be taking its time. The 87 million users who might have had their data shared with Cambridge Analytica were supposed to get a detailed...

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Up to 2.7 million Europeans affected by Facebook data scandal: EU

Up to 2.7 million Europeans affected by Facebook data scandal: EU

Facebook has admitted up to 2.7 million people in the EU may have been caught in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the bloc announced Friday, saying its top data official will demand more answers from the social media giant next week. The EU justice commissioner Vera Jourova will hold...

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3 Facebook Messenger app users file lawsuit over privacy

3 Facebook Messenger app users file lawsuit over privacy

Three Facebook Messenger app users have filed a lawsuit claiming the social network violated their privacy by collecting logs of their phone calls and text messages. The suit, filed Tuesday in federal court in northern California, comes as Facebook faces scrutiny over privacy concerns....

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Twitter to ban cryptocurrency ads, joining Facebook, Google

Twitter to ban cryptocurrency ads, joining Facebook, Google

Twitter says it will ban or restrict advertisements related to crypto-currencies in an attempt to crack down on fraud. The move follows similar steps by Facebook and Google earlier this year. Twitter said the new rules will roll out starting Tuesday and will apply to all advertisers in...

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Facebook's Zuckerberg says sorry to Britons with newspaper apology ads

Facebook's Zuckerberg says sorry to Britons with newspaper apology ads

LONDON (Reuters) - Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg apologized to Britons on Sunday over a “breach of trust”, taking out full page advertisements in British newspapers after a political consultancy got its hands on data on 50 million users. “We have a responsibility to...

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Zuckerberg takes responsibility for Facebook data leak

Zuckerberg takes responsibility for Facebook data leak

Facebook has a responsibility to protect the data of its users and it is taking action to prevent leaks in the future, co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Wednesday. Zuckerberg broke his silence following disclosure of a massive data leak with a post on the social media site in...

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UAE now requires licenses for 'social media influencers'

UAE now requires licenses for 'social media influencers'

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates says it will now require anyone conducting "commercial activities" through social media to register for a government-issued license. The new rules announced Tuesday target so-called "social media influencers," who parlay their internet fame into...

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Facebook apologizes for censoring prehistoric Venus statue

Facebook apologizes for censoring prehistoric Venus statue

 Facebook apologized Thursday for censoring the prehistoric "Venus of Willendorf" figurine, considered a masterpiece of the Paleolithic era. "Our advertising policies do not allow nudity or implied nudity but we have an exception for statues. Therefore, the ad with this image...

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Telegram app was targeted by crypto mining malware: Kaspersky Lab

Telegram app was targeted by crypto mining malware: Kaspersky Lab

Previously undetected malware directed at users of the desktop version of the messaging app Telegram has been discovered by the Russian security firm Kaspersky Lab, Kaspersky said Tuesday. The malicious software has been used to target Russian users since March 2017, Kaspersky said in a...

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