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Microsoft acquired LinkedIn over in 2016, paying $26.2 billion in cash for the world's largest professional social network and the company has now started beta testing a new video streaming service called LinkedIn Live.
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Anderson Zaks has launched a new service offering secure card not present payments (MOTO) for call centres. In a typical call centre environment, the usual scenario would be to take card payment information on a standard terminal, or a software application located on the IT infrastructure. This infrastructure then requires securing to PCI DSS standard.
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In the United States, AT&T has been creating a lot of controversy for its 5G Evolution (5G E) naming, which is the company’s consumer-facing name for LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) technology. 5G E in essence is an extension of existing 4G LTE technology and is not in fact true 5G.
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TomTom and Microsoft are expanding their partnership, bringing TomTom’s maps and traffic data into a multitude of mapping scenarios across Microsoft’s cloud services. With this broadened integration, TomTom will be a leading location data provider for Microsoft Azure and Bing Maps. TomTom is also expanding its relationship with Microsoft, selecting Microsoft Azure as its preferred cloud provider.
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Energizer will reveal 26 new smartphones and feature phones at Mobile World Congress 2019. Among the new releases are a foldable smartphone, a new line of high-end phones, and a device equipped with an 18,000 mAh battery.
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Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona is just a few weeks away and Huawei has teased a looming announcement of a folding smartphone at the event. Huawei has taken to Twitter to announce an event at Mobile World Congress on February 24th at 2PM Barcelona time / 8AM ET, just days after Samsung's annual Unpacked festivities.
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Earlier, Apple revoked Facebook's iOS enterprise developer certificate for violating its Terms of Service, and Apple is now giving the same treatment to Google. Apple has shut down Google's internal iOS apps for doing the exact same thing Facebook was doing—distributing enterprise apps outside of the company.
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It appears that Facebook was not the only one abusing Apple’s system for distributing employee-only apps to sidestep the App Store and collect extensive data on users. Google has been running an app called Screenwise Meter, which bears a strong resemblance to the app distributed by Facebook Research that has now been barred by Apple. Quite clearly, Google Screenwise Meter for iOS appears to violate Apple’s policy.
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Apple has revoked Facebook’s enterprise developer certificate, resulting in Facebook’s internal iOS apps, including those used by employees for food and transportation, being blocked.
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A new report highlights another shady Facebook policy that was paying people to install an app called the Facebook Research VPN. Facebook allegedly paid users to install the VPN, which allowed the company to collect all the user's phone and web activity at all times.
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A severe bug in group FaceTime has been discovered, allowing anyone to call via Facetime and hear what the person on the other end of the call was doing without their knowledge. The bug could be exploited to listen via the microphone of the person you are calling and possibly see video from their device before the person even picks up.
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The US justice department has filed charges against Chinese company Huawei. A 13-count indictment was unsealed in New York charging Huawei, two of its affiliates and a senior executive at the company. The charges include bank fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act.
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BlackBerry has appointed Bryan Palma as President and COO. The new hire will oversee the BlackBerry Technology Solutions, Enterprise Software & Services, and Mobility Solutions teams. Starting today, Palma will be responsible for the Company's core product and services that serve as the foundation for its strategy to secure the Enterprise of Things (EoT).
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Facebook currently owns and operates three messaging platforms that all run independently of each other - Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram. All three platforms feature their own respective messaging component; Instagram users, for instance, can't use the app to contact users on WhatsApp.
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O2 and Vodafone plan to extend the existing network sharing partnership term and include 5G at joint radio network sites. This would enable both O2 and Vodafone to deploy 5G faster, to offer 5G services to more customers over a wider geographic area, and to do so at a lower cost.
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The most recent pre-release code of Android Q indicates that phone makers and wireless carriers will have expanded capabilities for locking down smartphones to specific networks. This will be done through the SIM card, with Android Q introducing controls to essentially create whitelists and blacklist
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France's National Commission for Information Technology and Civil Liberties (CNIL) has fined Google €50 million for a breach of GDPR. The CNIL’s restricted committee imposed the penalty for "lack of transparency, inadequate information and lack of valid consent regarding the ads personalisation.”.
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WhatsApp is limiting its users from forwarding single messages no more than five times, in an attempt to stop the spread of fake news through the messaging platform. The service, which had allowed users to forward messages up to 20 times, announced the new policy in Jakarta, Indonesia where the country is holding its general elections.