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Only recipient can see your texts, WhatsApp says as ‘leaked chats’ flood media in Sushant case

In a statement, Facebook-owned WhatsApp says it protects all messages with end-to-end encryption and encourages security practices 'to prevent third parties from accessing content’.

Flying camera, streaming games, new speakers – Amazon is going after Google & Microsoft

Amazon's Luna, an online gaming service, is the latest product in a long list of many, including smart speakers, that the company is using to elbow out competitors.
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A more ‘thoughtful’ Facebook is here. And ‘Be Kind’ is its first rule

Telepath — a new social network — aims to instill strict content standards from the get-go, including a rule against disinformation and hate speech.
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Why TRAI white paper on smart cities infrastructure mentions ‘security’ 106 times

TRAI says that in smart cities, any device connected to big data systems serve as entry points to cyber attacks, and hence security is of primary importance.
Cybersecurity

China hacked Indian govt teleconference in 2017 — US think-tank reiterates old report

Claims in CASI report are based on an Indian report about a high-profile government meeting, which was compromised by Chinese hackers in October 2017.

The maths isn’t clear on how much US companies will own in TikTok’s Oracle & Walmart deal

Oracle & Walmart say American investors will control more than 50% of the new TikTok Global. But this is at odds with ByteDance’s insistence that the company will get a 80% stake.
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TikTok’s algorithm can’t be trusted even if it is transparent. Here’s why

TikTok makes money by keeping people watching, so it can serve them more ads. To that end, it tracks and collects certain types of user data to better match videos to users.
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Why the visually challenged are signing petitions addressed to apps such as Zomato, Swiggy

Recent Change.org petitions have drawn attention to the problems visually challenged users face while using popular delivery apps such as Dunzo, JioMart, Grofers and others.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook happy with remote work, says some things ‘work really well virtually’

During an interview, Tim Cook said Apple created products, including new Apple Watches and iPads, despite most employees working remotely due to Covid-19.

ByteDance retains full control of TikTok Global, contests Trump’s $5 billion fee

The world’s most valuable startup plays down speculation it’s giving up control of valuable Chinese technology and assets after striking a deal with Oracle and Walmart.

On Camera

An employee sits on a video call at the Unicredit SpA headquarters in Milan

Why shrinking offices and hot-desking are bad ideas, Covid or no Covid

Employees’ demands for flexible working will include spacious offices. Given the relative savings, slashing floor space is a false economy.
Oil Facilities And Services Ahead Of Final Year Figures After Demonetization Induced Fluctuation

Diesel demand drop forces India to import gasoline as Covid skews output

The slump in diesel demand is forcing refineries to operate below capacity, but gasoline sales are back at pre-virus levels with people resorting to personal vehicles.

Defence

File image of the OFB pavilion at DefExpo 2016 | Representational image | Twitter | @SpokespersonMoD

Army says ‘poor quality’ Ordnance Board ammo, mines have cost India Rs 960 crore since 2014

Pointing out these shortcomings in an internal assessment, the Army has thrown its weight behind government plans to corporatise the OFB to make it more efficient.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.