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Hidden settings reveal WhatsApp will share data with Facebook

Hidden menus in a recent beta version of the popular instant messaging app WhatsApp have indicated the company is preparing to start sharing the details of its users with parent company Facebook. Facebook bought WhatsApp in 2014.

Facebook 'deliberately broke' its own app to test user loyalty

Facebook has been accused of crashing its own Android app to secretly test the loyalty of its users. The social network allegedly broke the news feed feature on purpose several times to see if users would try its mobile site instead or just give up.

Snapchat’s new terms let it store and reuse user photos

Snapchat, best known for its disappearing multimedia messages that are known as snaps, changed its terms and conditions to own all of the pictures and videos sent on the service.

Microsoft pays security researcher $24k reward for Hotmail hack

A security researcher who successfully managed to hack Microsoft's Hotmail email service has received $24,000 in reward money after disclosing the details, adding to the increasing numbers of people making thousands in bug bounties.

Ashley Madison hackers dump details of 32m users to the Internet

The hacking group who stole user data from cheating website Ashley Madison last month have now uploaded the details of 32 million users to an address on the dark web. It follows a refusal from the site's owners after the hackers requested it shut down.

Op-Ed: 50 million people use Windows 10: Why that doesn't mean anything

Three weeks after its launch, Windows 10 is now in use by 50 million people worldwide. Although the figure sounds impressive, it's still far off the company's target of one billion Windows 10 devices in two years — something I'm not sure is possible.

Windows 10 Home users will be forced to install automatic updates

A clause found in the licensing agreement between Microsoft and users of Windows 10 has confirmed that owners of devices running the Home edition of Windows 10 will not be able to postpone updates and will have to install them when available.

50% of Android users don't install security software on devices

A survey of Android users has found that nearly half of people do not install security software onto a new device because they feel that they do not need to do so, despite most being aware of security weaknesses in Android phones.

Google Project Jacquard: Control devices by touching your clothes

Google showed off a unique and innovative new product at its I/O developers conference in San Francisco recently. Called Project Jacquard, this new tech lets people control their devices by touching and swiping pieces of interactive fabric in clothes.

Twitter is in 'ongoing talks' to buy Flipboard for over $1billion

Twitter is reportedly in ongoing talks to buy popular magazine app Flipboard in a deal worth at least $1 billion. The companies have apparently been in talks since the beginning of the year although discussions are said to be stalled currently.

Instagram to start sending 'Highlights' emails to inactive users

Photo-sharing app Instagram is now rolling out a new feature that copies other rival social networks by sending inactive users regular digests of what they have missed. New "Highlights" emails feature some of the best unseen photos in a users' feed.

Apple to let users secure iPhones with a selfie

Apple may be building facial recognition into the lock screen of its next iPhones, allowing users to unlock the phone by taking a selfie with the front-facing camera and eliminating the need for a cumbersome passcode.

Yahoo begins process of eradicating passwords

Yahoo has released a new system of logging in to Yahoo Mail that eliminates the need for remembering long, secure passwords. Instead, passwords are generated "on demand" when required at the time of login.

China deletes over 60,000 online accounts ahead of new regulation

Some of China's largest online companies have been forced to delete over 60,000 accounts registered on their services ahead of the upcoming date for the introduction of new censorship and regulation of names used online.

New 'secure' social network Lassoh empowers users' privacy

A new social-networking app seeking funding on Indiegogo right now aims to hand total control over security and privacy to its users, creating a much safer site than the heavyweights like Facebook and Twitter. Here we take a quick look at their campaign.

Can Groupon UK pull off its new revamp to inspire more browsing?

Earlier this week, on Tuesday, deal finder website Groupon relaunched its UK service so that it can reinvent itself as an "online marketplace," indirectly competing with eBay. But the question remains: can its new mission of attracting more users work?

Typical heroin user in America who has sought treatment is a white woman in the suburbs

Fifty years ago researchers reported that the average first-time heroin user is a 16-year-old of color, but now a study says that a typical user who has sought treatment is more likely a 23-year-old white woman from the suburbs.

Op-Ed: How to curb cyberattacks

The internet has brought many benefits from communications to accessibility, and even to job creations. However, it has also brought the need to protect ourselves with the latest tools to prevent identity theft, breaches, and more.

Facebook to pay $10 million in settlement of user lawsuit

According to court documents released over the weekend, Facebook Inc. will pay $10 million to charity in settlement of a lawsuit that accused the site of violating users' rights to control use of their "names, photographs and likenesses."

User-Generated Content Threatens Media & Entertainment Industry

Just as reality TV took over Hollywood and led to the demise of several professional actors and associated firms, user-generated content could seriously compete with entertainment and media firms that are paid to create similar content online.

The Age of User-Generated Everything

User-powered content is not just impacting journalism and sites like YouTube. Now art galleries and museums are giving everyday amateurs a chance to shine in the spotlight by marrying the digital revolution and the rising trend of crowdsourcing.

The Oldest Tube-y In Town

A local woman conducts an interview with a elderly lady in her neighbourhood, and just when you thought YouTbe was a young person's thing, think again

Yahoo Rips Off Digg.com Interface, Joins User Generated Content Revolution

Yahoo launches new "Suggestion Boards" that allows users to post and vote on articles

YouTube Hands Over User’s Info to Fox

YouTube hands over users information to Fox after the court issues a Subpoena.

Bills fan wins Super Bowl ad contest

A fan has made it into the Super Bowl lineup — of commercials, that is — with his idea for an ad promoting the National Football League.

User Data Stolen From Reddit

Reddit user data has been compromised when it was stolen from their databases. It contains usernames, passwords, and email addresses of thousands of Reddit users. Reddit is a social networking news site similar to Digg and almost as popular.

User paid to uninstall Windows XP

A Sheffield man has won a refund from Dell for not installing Microsoft's Windows XP on a laptop he bought from the PC giant. Freelance programmer Dave Mitchell ordered a Dell laptop on 21 October, and the machine was delivered a few days later.

Confirmed: Microsoft To Reward Zune Song Sharing

The Zune team plans to reward people with Microsoft Marketplace Points.
 

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