By Newley Purnell WSJ Thu., March 14, 2019 NEW DELHI—Some of China’s quirkiest social-media firms are signing up hundreds of millions of consumers in India, tech’s biggest untapped market, looking to capture users who aren’t already locked into Facebook, Twitter or other American apps. Chinese content-sharing apps such as Bigo Inc.’s Like and Bigo Live, along with Bytedance Ltd.’s Helo and TikTok, are taking off in this country of 1.3 billion, where most people are getting online for the first time using low-cost smartphones and dirt-cheap data plans. These apps, with ad-supported models, feature hours and hours of mostly wacky and often titillating content: brief videos of slapstick gags, girls blowing kisses, patriotic songs, teens twerking to the latest Bollywood hits and more. Their simple interfaces appeal to users such as Asha Limbu, a 31-year-old from the northeastern state of Manipur who works as a housekeeper in New … [Read more...] about India’s Newest Internet Users Are Addicted to These Apps From China
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When a person using Amazon.com's voice assistant in Germany requested to listen to his archive of recordings, he got much more than he was expecting. Along with receiving his own audio history captured by a home microphone the user also gained access to 1,700 audio files from a person he did not know. Amazon sent the man a link that contained a stranger's recordings, allowing him to listen to another man speaking inside of his home with a female companion, Reuters reported Tuesday, citing a German trade magazine, c't."This was an unfortunate case of human error and an isolated incident," Amazon told The Washington Post in a statement Thursday. "We have resolved the issue with the two customers involved and have taken steps to further improve our processes. We were also in touch on a precautionary basis with the relevant regulatory authorities."The first man notified Amazon of the improperly shared recordings, according to the report. Amazon deleted the files from the link the … [Read more...] about Amazon Alexa user receives 1,700 audio recordings of a stranger through ‘human error’
When a Facebook user starts to post a photo, but decides not to and cancels, the social network still keeps a copy -- saving a memory of something the person chose not to share, or wanted instead to forget. That fact surprised users last week, when Facebook announced it had not just saved those photos, but, for up to 6 million users, inadvertently exposed them to a huge group of third-party apps. Yet it's not just Facebook holding onto the ghosts of our Internet pasts. Many websites start sharing or saving the text, photos or other information before we commit with a click of "Post," "Enter" or "Submit," and sometimes even after we choose to delete.Many online users have a general sense that they're being tracked online -- a long-lasting footprint of browser "cookies," website log-ins and search histories that can follow them around the Web. That data can generally help speed up web browsing and allow websites to more precisely track a person for purposes of search or … [Read more...] about Start a post online, then delete it? Many websites save it anyway.
NEW YORK (AP) -- You might have heard of lights that turn off with an app or voice command. Or window shades that magically rise every morning. Technology companies are pushing the "smart home" hard, selling appliances and gadgets that offer internet-connected conveniences you didn't know you needed. But before you succumb to the temptation -- for yourself or others -- consider that these devices might also give companies and hackers a key to your homes. Here's how to get started on your smart home and what to worry about along the way. A child holds his Amazon Echo Dot. - (AP Photo/Mike Stewart, File) A smart home can encompass features as simple as remote-controlled lamps and as sophisticated as thermostats that know when you're home and turn up the heat automatically. Down the line, you may want to mix and match these tasks into routines, such as a wake-up ritual that automatically starts the coffee maker, lifts the window shades and plays the news.With the right tools, you … [Read more...] about How to plan your smart home — and weigh privacy risks
Facebook could face a fine of over $1.6bn (£1.3bn) after a glitch exposed the personal photos of almost 7 million users. The Irish Data Protection Commission (IDPC) said it had opened an inquiry into the security breach, which included images that users had never actually shared on the social network. Under EU data laws, it could result in a fine equal to four per cent of Facebook's annual revenue if regulators determine the company did not do enough to prevent it. A spokesman for the IDPC said: "We have this week commenced a statutory inquiry examining Facebook's compliance with the relevant provisions of the GDPR [General Data Protection Regulation]. The inquiry will also encompass another security breach announced in October that gave hackers total control of 30m users' accounts. It is the latest in a litany of privacy issues involving the company this year which started with the Cambridge Analytica scandal in March. "We're sorry this happened," said Tomer Bar, … [Read more...] about Facebook could face $1.6bn fine after security glitch exposes 7m users’ photos