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E-Bikes Can Operate Again in New York City

E-Bikes

New York City has lifted the ban on pedal-assist bicycles and those that run on electricity. Mayor Bill de Blasio, however, clarified in a press statement that e-bikes that run more than 20 miles per hour are still prohibited from the streets of the Big Apple. New and Clear Guidelines Mayor de Blasio said: “As cycling continues to grow in …

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Facebook Faces Probe by Australia over Data Misuse

Facebook

Facebook’s woes as a result of the Cambridge Analytica scandal are not going away anytime soon. The Office of the Australian Information Commission (OAIC) has announced that it will conduct an inquiry into the misuse of the personal data of millions of Facebook users by the political consulting company. “I have opened a formal investigation into Facebook, following confirmation from …

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Tim Cook Deposition Date Set for June 27

Tim Cook

Apple chief executive officer Tim Cook will give a deposition on June 27 in relation to a countersuit filed by Qualcomm. The deposition date was contained in a court filing dated April 4. Cook’s deposition is the latest move in the messy legal row between the two tech giants, Mashable noted. $1 Billion Lawsuit Apple slapped Qualcomm with a $1 …

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Cambridge Analytica Accessed Data on 87M Users

Cambridge Analytica

Political data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica accessed personal data on 87 million people in 2014, according to a Facebook executive. Earlier reports had said that the company accessed info on 50 million users of the social network. In a post, Mike Schroepfer, chief technology officer of the social network, said: “We believe the Facebook information of up to 87 million …

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Drupal Alerts Users to Download Patch to Fix Security Flaw

Drupal

Open-source CMS Drupal has advised users to upgrade to the latest version of Drupal 7 and 8 to prevent a bug from affecting sites using the content management software. “A remote code execution vulnerability exists within multiple subsystems of Drupal 7.x and 8.x. This potentially allows attackers to exploit multiple attack vectors on a Drupal site, which could result in …

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Mozilla Pauses Advertising on Facebook

Mozilla

In the wake of the privacy breach controversy involving Facebook and political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, Mozilla has suspended advertising on the social network, citing data privacy concerns. In a post on Medium, Mozilla chief business and legal officer Denelle Dixon said: “We understand that Facebook took steps to limit developer access to friends’ data beginning in 2014. This was …

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Need to Pay Your Share of the Rent? You Can Now Use Google Assistant

Google Assitant

Google Assistant users would ask the digital aide to unlock and open apps on a Pixel phone, control smart home devices, play their favorite songs, or cast Netflix movies to the TV, among other tasks. The virtual assistant now has a new feature. You can use it to send and receive money. Google announced the peer-to-peer payment scheme on Thursday, …

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Mark Zuckerberg Breaks Silence on Cambridge Analytica Issue

Mark Zuckerberg

Days after the New York Times reported about the misuse by political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica of the personal information of 50 million Facebook users in 2014, Facebook chief executive and founder Mark Zuckerberg finally spoke about the issue. People worldwide had been waiting for Zuckerberg’s response to the issue, which broke out on Friday last week. He talked about …

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Siri Bug Reads out Your iPhone’s Hidden Notifications

Siri Bug

Are you an iPhone or an iPad user? If so, you should read this. There is a Siri bug on iOS 11 that lets the voice assistant read out loud your hidden third-party notifications. Thus, other people within earshot can hear what those notifications are. Brazilian site Mac Magazine first discovered the bug and 9to5Mac.com reported about it. Mac Magazine …

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Alexa Update Makes the Device Less Chatty

Alexa Update

Alexa on Echo or Echo Dot has become less chatty. Amazon is testing an update to the online retail behemoth’s digital assistant called “Brief Mode.” The update rolled out late last week, Engadget said. Instead of replying “Okay,” Alexa would just make a short beep, signifying that a task has been completed. While Mashable said the feature “appears to still …

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