After Facebook received criticism by the competitions regulator of the United Kingdom regarding the social media platform failing to clamp down on illegal trade, more than 16,000 groups have been removed by Facebook. The groups have been removed for trading fake reviews. Changes have also been made by Facebook in order to detect, remove, and prevent paid content misleading its users.
Verizon and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) have issued a recall of 2.5 million Ellipsis Jetpack hotspots as they get too hot to handle. The lithium-ion battery can overheat and has caused about 20 reports of fire damage to floors and two burns. The affected models are the MHS900L, MHS900LS, and MHS900LPP. They have been sold since 2017. Verizon is offering a free replacement.
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Civil rights group Muslim Advocates is suing Facebook and top executives, including Mark Zuckerberg, alleging the company misled the public about how safe its platforms are. The lawsuit blames Facebook for not moderating hate content, alleging ’the anti-Muslim hate that’s pervasive on Facebook presents an enormous problem – both online and in real life.’
According to fresh leaks regarding the iPhone 13 Pro which have come up on the internet, the upcoming flagship smartphone by Apple is set to have a display with a 120Hz refresh rate. This will be the first Apple device to have such a high refresh rate and according to the leaks, it will appear on both the iPhone 13 Pro and the iPhone 13 Pro Max.
Facebook was the first to go down, followed Instagram and then Messenger joined the group. WhatsApp was experiencing its own issues earlier in the day, which had been fixed, but has now joined the team of fallen apps. Some users are able to access their accounts, but could not refresh News Feed on the social media apps and desktop sites.
Facebook had a data breach that allowed hackers to copy personally identifiable information including names, email addresses, and phone numbers of more than 500 million people. Facebook said it has no plans to notify users affected the data breach. Asked to justify the decision, a Facebook spokesperson explained the company does not yet have a full view of the specific users.
The Biden administration said it has expanded its list of restricted supercomputing companies and government labs linked to the Chinese military. In a statement, the US Commerce Department said sanctions were imposed on those entities whose supercomputing abilities are ’used by China’s military actors, its destabilizing military modernization efforts, and/or weapons of mass destruction programs.’
A deal has been struck by Netflix with the streaming platform getting the rights to films made by Sony. Films such as ’Morbius’, ’Uncharted’, and ’Bullet Train’ are included in the deal which was announced on Thursday. Along with this, the deal will also enable the streaming platform to showcase films such as ’Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse’ as well as future Spider-Man and Venom films.
Around 500 million profiles on LinkedIn have had their profiles scraped for data, which is now being sold online on a popular platform. The actor(s) behind the scraping are looking for a four-digit price in exchange for the data, which contains LinkedIn IDs, full names, phone numbers, email addresses, etc. The data, however, doesn’t contain sensitive information, like social security numbers.
Facebook and its associated services – Facebook Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp – went out of service in an apparent global outage Thursday evening. Reports of the outage began coming in from around 5.20pm ET. The services were restored at around 6.30pm ET, reports said. This is the second time in a few weeks that Facebook and its associated social media platforms went down.
Verizon is recalling 2.5 million hotspot devices due to concerns over fire hazard. This comes after the company discovered that the lithium-ion battery in the devices can overheat and create a fire. Verizon had received 15 such reports, with at least two of them involving minor injuries. The recall will impact Ellipsis Jetpack mobile hotspots sold between April 2017 and March 2021.
Microsoft Ignite 2021 included several announcements on Microsoft products and services including the all-new Microsoft Mesh, Azure platform, the future of cloud computing, and more. Microsoft also used the stage to announce a whole new range of announcements and features to its thriving Microsoft Teams, which is now arguably the world’s most widely used collaboration and remote work platform.
An ad by Intel has accidentally promoted a MacBook Pro with the ad showing a person using a MacBook instead of a Windows laptop. The ad was spotted on Reddit and came to notice as Intel has been giving a hard time to Apple with all its latest ads highlighting the ’shortcomings’ of MacBooks. The ads then further go on to promote Windows laptops using the 11th-generation processors of Intel.
LG Electronics pledged to offer up to three years of Android OS updates for existing customers of premium LG smartphones. This comes after the company announced it was shutting down its loss-making smartphone business. The company said its Wing, Velvet, G-series or V-series phone from 2019 should get three years of OS updates, while some 2020 models, like Stylo and K series, will get two updates.
NASA on Wednesday released a full-body selfie of the Perseverance rover on Mars along with its companion, the Ingenuity helicopter. Perseverance used the Watson camera on its robotic arm to capture the 62 images, which were then used to create the selfie. The photo, which was taken at the Jezero Crater on the Martian surface, shows the rover is and the copter 13 feet away from each other.
Apple is delaying the production of its MacBooks and iPads over an ongoing global shortage of chips, Nikkei Asia reported. The report, however, said the shortage won’t affect Apple’s ability to have devices available for customers to buy for the time being. Nonetheless, it will put pressure on Apple’s supply chain. The shortage of chips has also hit Apple’s rival Samsung and the auto industry.
The United Kingdom has announced the launch of a new agency that will police big technology companies, like Google and Facebook. Dubbed the Digital Markets Unit, which will work under the Competition and Markets Authority, the new agency will keep an eye on – what it said – the ’concentration of power among a small number of firms’ in the tech world that’s harming consumers and small businesses.
Streamers on Twitch will be held to a higher standard by the live streaming platform. The company is set to expand its hate and harassment policy. With the expansion, more kinds of bad behavior will be included in its rules and breaking them could cause the streamer being banned from the service. Offences even away from the streaming service have been included in the new expansion.
A home internet service has been launched by T-Mobile through which the company aims at using 5G as a broadband competitor to cable. According to T-Mobile, this service will also come in handy to users as a home office option. The company is also trying to entice users by offering them a swap from their 4G phones for the 5G capable Samsung Galaxy A52 devices free of charge.
A study of more than 230,000 mostly US Covid-19 survivors revealed that almost one in three of them had a brain or psychiatric disorder within six months of infection. This gives rise to concerns that the pandemic could bring a wave of mental and neurological problems. Oxford University’s Max Taquet, who led the study, psychiatric disorders are more common after Covid-19 than other flu infections.