When Your Last $166 Vanishes: ‘Fast Fraud’ Surges on Payment Apps

People are getting defrauded as they turn to Square’s Cash App and PayPal’s Venmo to do more online banking in the pandemic.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #computers-and-the-internet, #consumer-reviews, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #customer-relations, #e-commerce, #frauds-and-swindling, #mobile-applications, #mobile-commerce-and-payments, #paypal, #security-and-warning-systems, #square-inc, #zelle-early-warning-services-llc

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Pakistan Bans TikTok, Citing Morals. Others Cite Politics.

Conservatives have raised questions about public decency on the Chinese-owned service, but opposition groups see an efforts to stop criticism of the country’s leadership.

#mobile-applications, #pakistan, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance

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Apple Does Not Need to Return Fortnite to App Store, Judge Rules

Fortnite’s parent company, Epic Games, had broken its contract with Apple, a federal judge found. The case goes to trial next year.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computer-and-video-games, #decisions-and-verdicts, #epic-games, #fortnite-video-game, #gonzalez-rogers-yvonne-1965, #mobile-applications, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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‘Triller Money’: How a TikTok Competitor Is Buying Star Power

TikTok’s top creators are taking “Triller money” to bring their content over to the app.

#computers-and-the-internet, #kavanaugh-ryan, #mobile-applications, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #triller-llc, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

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Google Chromecast Review: A Streaming Device That Gets Better the More It Knows

The new $50 gadget encapsulates a modern quandary: It wants to help you find content to watch. But you have to be willing to share your data.

#computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-service, #google-inc, #mobile-applications, #privacy, #television-sets-and-media-devices, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

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12 Accusations in the Damning House Report on Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google

Lawmakers said they found multiple problems with each of the four giant tech companies.

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Big Tech Was Their Enemy, Until Partisanship Fractured the Battle Plans

A House report on how to limit the reach of Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook has been delayed as Democrats and Republicans split on remedies.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #cicilline-david-n, #computers-and-the-internet, #conservatism-us-politics, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #house-committee-on-the-judiciary, #house-of-representatives, #jordan-jim-1964, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #mobile-applications, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #united-states-politics-and-government

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U.S. Appeals Injunction Against WeChat Ban

Trump administration officials claim the Chinese-owned app presents a security risk to American users.

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Now You Can Use Instagram to Chat With Friends on Facebook Messenger

Facebook began integrating its Instagram and Messenger apps, allowing users of the services to directly communicate with each other.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #cellular-telephones, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #instagram-inc, #instant-messaging, #mobile-applications, #smartphones, #social-media, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Apple and Epic Games Spar Over Returning Fortnite to the App Store

The two companies argued in federal court over Apple’s power over apps, as their fight heads to trial next year.

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Google Demands Its 30% Cut From App Developers in Play Store

Some companies like Netflix and Spotify had avoided making the payment when people paid for something inside their apps.

#android-operating-system, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #google-inc, #google-play, #mobile-applications, #mobile-commerce-and-payments

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TikTok Wins Reprieve From U.S. Ban

A federal judge’s preliminary injunction means the app stores can continue offering the video app for downloads for now.

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Free the Apps!

Apple and Google have a virtual monopoly on distributing mobile apps — that’s bad for competition.

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What’s the Deal With Google Now?

Google is facing the possibility of multiple antitrust lawsuits. Here’s why and what’s ahead.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #google-inc, #mobile-applications, #search-engines

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To Fight Apple and Google, Smaller App Rivals Organize a Coalition

Spotify, Match Group, Epic Games and others have created a nonprofit alliance that they hope will amplify a protest against the power of the giants.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #basecamp-llc, #blockchain, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #epic-games, #google-inc, #match-group-inc, #mobile-applications, #mobile-commerce-and-payments, #smartphones, #software, #spotify, #sweeney-tim-1970

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TikTok Files for Injunction to Stop Ban of App

While President Trump has blessed a deal for TikTok, the video app filed to stop a ban of its service that is set to go into effect on Sunday.

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TikTok Deal with Oracle, Walmart Trips Over U.S.-China Feud

Companies involved in a deal to resolve TikTok’s future publicly clashed over the arrangement, while President Trump threatened to block any deal that left the service in Chinese hands.

#beijing-bytedance-technology-co-ltd, #china, #computers-and-the-internet, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #mobile-applications, #oracle-corporation, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #stocks-and-bonds, #tiktok-bytedance, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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How Facebook Can Slow QAnon for Real

Social media sites cracked down on terrorist recruitment. Imagine what they could do about QAnon.

#conspiracy-theories, #facebook-inc, #mobile-applications, #social-media

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TikTok Deal Exposes a Security Gap, and a Missing China Strategy

Technological progress has outpaced the political debate again. What will happen when the next TikTok arrives in the United States?

#beijing-bytedance-technology-co-ltd, #computers-and-the-internet, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #industrial-espionage, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #microsoft-corp, #mobile-applications, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wechat-mobile-app

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‘There’s No There There’: What the TikTok Deal Achieved

The agreement for the social media app falls short of President Trump’s promises.

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U.S. Judge Temporarily Halts Trump’s WeChat Ban

The order is a setback in the president’s efforts to block a Chinese social media app that he has labeled a national security threat. The ban had been set to go into effect on Sunday night.

#chinese-americans, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #instant-messaging, #mobile-applications, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #tencent-holdings-ltd, #tiktok-bytedance, #wechat-mobile-app

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Trump Approves Deal Between Oracle and TikTok

The approval delays President Trump’s threat to block a popular Chinese-owned social media app from the United States until it receives investment from American partners.

#beijing-bytedance-technology-co-ltd, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #microsoft-corp, #mobile-applications, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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President Trump reportedly has approved the Oracle deal for TikTok’s US operations

President Donald Trump said has has given his stamp of approval “in concept” on the Oracle bid for the U.S. operations of the wildly popular social media app, TikTok, according to a report from Bloomberg.

According to the Bloomberg report Trump said, “I have given the deal my blessing,” as he left the White House for a campaign rally in North Carolina on Saturday.

“I approved the deal in concept,” Trump reportedly said.

The spinout of TikTok’s U.S. operations from its parent company Bytedance was something that Trump administration had demanded on the grounds that the company’s data handling policies and popularity in the U.S. posed a national security threat.

The President’s push to sever the applications ties to China also followed TikTok users’ alleged prank that turned what was supposed to be a triumphal rally for the President in Oklahoma City into a Presidential campaign embarrassment that cost the job of Trump’s campaign manager, Brad Parscale.

That said, the U.S. has been looking to curtail the operations of several Chinese technology companies on the grounds that they pose security threats to the U.S. Indeed, the Presidential order that demanded TikTok’s spinout also called for the discontinuation of the U.S. operations of the messaging service WeChat, which is owned by Tencent — one of China’s largest technology companies. And the U.S. government has also put a target on the telecommunications and networking technology developer, Huawei.

With the TikTok deal set to be approved, a new company called TikTok Global will be created as part of the deal, according to statements from Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin, earlier this week.

Bloomberg reported that Trump said the new company would be headquartered in Texas, would hire as many as 25,000 people and would contribute $5 billion toward U.S. education.

The bulk of TikTok’s U.S. operations are now in Los Angeles.

As the Trump Administration continues its push to disrupt the operations of Chinese tech companies in the U.S., strange bedfellows are uniting to voice opposition to the deal.

On Friday, the American Civil Liberties Union and the head of Facebook’s Instagram subsidiary both came out with statements opposing the proposed transaction.

“This order violates the First Amendment rights of people in the United States by restricting their ability to communicate and conduct important transactions on the two social media platforms,” said Hina Shamsi, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s National Security Project, in a statement on Friday.

And the dragnet against Chinese influence through ownership of U.S. technology companies has reportedly widened to include many of the top U.S. gaming companies, which have been backed (or are wholly owned) by Tencent.

All of this could be exceptionally bad for U.S. technology businesses, as Instgram’s chief, Adam Mosseri pointed out in a series of Friday tweets.

“A US ban of TikTok would be meaningful step in the direction of a more fragmented nationalized internet, which would be bad for US tech companies which have benefited greatly from the ability to operate across borders,” Mosseri wrote.

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Trump Wants to Cripple TikTok and WeChat. Why?

He says that they are a security threat. If so, it is time to show the world the evidence.

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The Smart Home Device Every Home Needs

A new spin on an old tool.

#content-type-service, #fires-and-firefighters, #home-automation-and-smart-homes, #mobile-applications, #smoke-detectors

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Inside the Social World of Shift-Scheduling Apps

There’s no such thing as remote restaurant work. But there is HotSchedules.

#fourth-enterprises-llc-hotschedules, #instant-messaging, #labor-and-jobs, #mobile-applications, #restaurants, #social-media, #workplace-environment

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Explaining Trump Ban on TikTok, WeChat

The Commerce Department announced that it was prohibiting downloads of WeChat and TikTok in U.S. app stores. Here’s what you need to know.

#commerce-department, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-service, #instant-messaging, #mobile-applications, #mobile-commerce-and-payments, #social-media, #software, #tiktok-bytedance, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #wechat-mobile-app

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Trump Admin to Ban TikTok, WeChat From U.S. App Stores

The Trump administration issued new rules Friday morning that will cripple the operation of two popular Chinese-owned apps in the United States.

#computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #mobile-applications, #ross-wilbur-l-jr, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wechat-mobile-app

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TikTok Accepts Deal Revisions as Trump Prepares to Review Proposal

The video app is also looking for a new chief executive and has talked to candidates including a founder of Instagram.

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A Car Insurance Claim Estimate Before the Tow Truck Is Called

Using algorithms, tech companies are helping insurers speed up the process after an accident, make it more accurate and keep estimators out of the field — a plus during a pandemic.

#artificial-intelligence, #automobile-insurance-and-liability, #computer-vision, #dalyac-alex, #mobile-applications, #tractable-ltd, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

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Trump Is Wrong about TikTok. China’s Plans Are Much More Sinister.

The West still doesn’t understand the scale of Beijing’s soft-power ambitions.

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How to Declutter Your Digital Life

If you’re overwhelmed from telecommuting for months, here are ways to step away from your devices and, just maybe, get to inbox zero.

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ByteDance’s Need for a TikTok-Oracle Deal: China is Slowing

ByteDance’s founder has long urged his employees to think beyond the world’s No. 2 economy, where growth is easing and competition is rising.

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TikTok’s Sale Is More About Power Than Protecting Your Privacy

Forcing a sale of the app is a show of power, but it doesn’t really protect your privacy.

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For These Shows, Take a Hike

If you participate in a sound walk and no one is there to applaud, does it count as theater? Our critic argues that it does. Or at least that it can.

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The Woman Taking Over TikTok at the Toughest Time

Vanessa Pappas is keeping a focus on the app’s community of creators and users as it deals with pressure from President Trump, Beijing and a possible sale.

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No, Facebook Does Not Reflect Reality

Despite what Mark Zuckerberg says, Facebook shapes our world.

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Selling the Census Last Minute, With Cowboys and Sudoku

Worried that people won’t be counted, community groups and local governments are spending big to get the word out. “It’s an absolute panic,” one executive said.

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TikTok Bid Highlights Oracle’s Public Embrace of Trump

The tech giant stands out in Silicon Valley for its close ties to the administration, which must bless any deal for the social media app.

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India Bans 118 Chinese Apps as Indian Soldier Is Killed on Disputed Border

The Indian government is blocking Chinese apps from its huge domestic market to strike back against China amid a tense border standoff.

#china, #computer-and-video-games, #defense-and-military-forces, #himalayas, #india, #mobile-applications, #politics-and-government

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Apple and Google to Make It Easier to Opt In to Virus Tracing

The tech giants said states could soon send notices directly to smartphones asking people to opt in to the technology, which helps trace the coronavirus.

#apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #google-inc, #mobile-applications, #privacy, #quarantines, #smartphones, #states-us

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Apple launches COVID-19 ‘Exposure Notification Express’ with iOS 13.7 – Android to follow later this month

Apple and Google are continuing to make good on their planned roll-out of exposure notification technology for helping with COVID-19 contact tracing efforts. The two partners are introducing new tools that make it much easier for public health authorities to implement digital exposure notification, without the need for developing and maintaining their own individual apps. Apple makes this possible via the iOS 13.7 system update, out today, while Google is implementing it with an automatically-generated application on Android 6.0 and up coming later this month, a workaround required because of the very different method through which it manages system services and OS updates.

This change in the way the technology works means that users won’t have to actually download and install a dedicated app created by the public health authority (PHA) in their jurisdiction to participate. Instead, you’ll receive a notification that provides information supplied by your local health authority about the exposure notification system and what it does, from which you can choose to opt-in. On iOS, that’ll mean installing a provisioning profile, while on Android, it’ll result in that auto-generated app, which is installed via the Google Play store. Apple and Google clarified that Exposure Notification Express co-exists with existing dedicated PHA apps, rather than replacing it.

“PHAs using Exposure Notifications Express do not need to develop or maintain their own apps,” the companies explained in a press release. “Instead, they can simply provide Apple and Google with information about how to reach the PHA, guidance for residents, and recommendations on potential actions. Through an easy-to-use interface, PHAs provide their name, logo, criteria for triggering an exposure notification and the materials to be presented to users in case of exposure. Apple and Google will use this information to offer a fully operational Exposure Notifications System on behalf of and under the control of the PHA, to both iOS and Android users.”

Local health authorities will still have to elect to participate, and customize the text and messaging delivered to users in their regions when the receive this notification and onboarding info, but they’ll no longer have to develop and distribute their own applications in order to set up a digital exposure notification system based on the combined Apple/Google tech to supplement their contact tracing efforts. The health authority will also be responsible for determining how they calculate exposure risk, which is what they were able to do with dedicates apps, too. That’s huge, since while Apple and Google note that 20 countries globally have already introduced apps based on their API, and 25 U.S. states are “exploring” use of the system, with six states having launched apps so far, making this a system level feature with a lower technical barrier to entry on the developer/health agency side should help expedite roll-out.

To start, Apple and Google say they expect DC, Maryland, Nevada and Virginia will be the first to implement Exposure Notification Express sometime soon, with others likely to follow. The companies also said they’re working with the U.S. Association of Public Health Laboratories on a national key server that will effectively allow users to have exposure tracking work across state lines when they’re traveling out of their home health agency district.

There has been a lot of misinformation circulating about contact tracing requiring a threshold of 60% or higher adoption to be effective; that’s based on a misinterpretation of an Oxford study published earlier this year. The researchers behind the study subsequently clarified that in fact, any level of contact tracing, as aided by apps that support digital contact tracing, has a positive effect on reducing the spread of COVID-19, as well as resulting deaths.

The system includes the same privacy protections that Apple and Google have provided throughout, which means your location information is not collected or connected to any exposure notifications. Instead, the tech uses a randomly-generated key to track when and where a device has come into Bluetooth range with other devices also using the software. It maintains a log of these random identifiers, and checks against reported confirmed diagnoses (also fully anonymized) to see if there has been any exposure risk – as determined by the definition of exposure in terms of duration and distance as established by each region’s governing public health authority.

#android, #apple, #computing, #contact-tracing, #coronavirus, #covid-19, #exposure-notification, #google, #health, #ios-13, #mass-surveillance, #mobile-applications, #operating-systems, #oxford, #privacy, #smartphones, #software, #tc, #united-states

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TikTok Deal Faces Complications as U.S. and China Ratchet Up Tit-for-Tat

China’s new export rules, which could delay or scuttle a sale of TikTok, have further turned giant companies into pawns in a geopolitical struggle.

#china, #computers-and-the-internet, #corporations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #mobile-applications, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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