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Amazon will pay drivers $61.7 million after FTC uncovered fraud

04 Feb 2021

Amazon will pay drivers $61.7 million after FTC uncovered fraud

Amazon must pay $61.7 million in settlement for stealing an unspecified portion of customer tips left for its Flex drivers. The decision was announced by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) after concluding its investigation.

Facebook fined $650 million for collecting facial recognition data inappropriately

16 Jan 2021

Facebook fined $650 million for collecting facial recognition data inappropriately

Facebook has been ordered to pay $650 million as part of a settlement to Illinois residents for collecting facial recognition data without their consent.

Flo reaches settlement with FTC over misuse of period-tracking data

14 Jan 2021

Flo reaches settlement with FTC over misuse of period-tracking data

Flo, a popular period tracking app with a user base of over 100 million, was allegedly sharing user data with Facebook and Google discreetly. This was also reported in 2019 by The Wall Street Journal.

#WeeklyRecap: Apple hits $2 trillion, Gmail suffers outage, and more

23 Aug 2020

#WeeklyRecap: Apple hits $2 trillion, Gmail suffers outage, and more

This week, both Apple and Google made major headlines in the world of tech.

NewsBytes Briefing: Air leak at International Space Station, and more

21 Aug 2020

NewsBytes Briefing: Air leak at International Space Station, and more

In the updates since last night, NASA revealed that there has been a small air leak at the International Space Station.

NewsBytes Briefing: Twitter 'error' keeps users from tweeting, and more

04 Aug 2020

NewsBytes Briefing: Twitter 'error' keeps users from tweeting, and more

In the updates since last night, Twitter drew flak for an error that restricted tweeting.

Big Tech on trial: Key moments from the historic hearing

30 Jul 2020

Big Tech on trial: Key moments from the historic hearing

On Wednesday, Big Tech went on trial as the CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook appeared before Congress for a hearing on antitrust.

TikTok mulling substantial changes to distance itself from China

10 Jul 2020

TikTok mulling substantial changes to distance itself from China

Amid criticism from several quarters, the loudest from the United States and India, short-video platform TikTok is mulling changes in its corporate set up to distance itself from its parent company's Chinese links, reports said on Friday.

Amazon Boss Jeff Bezos may finally testify before Congress

16 Jun 2020

Amazon Boss Jeff Bezos may finally testify before Congress

E-commerce behemoth Amazon has confirmed that its founder and CEO, Jeff Bezos, is ready to testify before a US Congressional panel this July.

Google's 'Scam Spotter' will help you dodge online frauds

28 May 2020

Google's 'Scam Spotter' will help you dodge online frauds

For years, we have been hearing cases of scammers and fraudsters tricking internet users into giving their money or personal details away.

Trump to sign executive order targeting social media firms

28 May 2020

Trump to sign executive order targeting social media firms

US President Donald Trump will sign an executive order pertaining to social media, the White House has confirmed.

Watch out! COVID-19 contact tracing scams are on the rise

25 May 2020

Watch out! COVID-19 contact tracing scams are on the rise

The spread of COVID-19 has triggered a wave of scams.

To keep children safe, YouTube once considered screening videos manually

27 Dec 2019

To keep children safe, YouTube once considered screening videos manually

Despite being incredibly successful, YouTube hasn't been able to dodge controversies.

Again! Facebook data of over 26 crore people leaked online

20 Dec 2019

Again! Facebook data of over 26 crore people leaked online

Despite FTC's $5 billion fine for privacy violations and a lot of flak from the general public, Facebook's security issues aren't just coming to an end.

US Presidential candidate Warren, Zuckerberg lock claws over #BreakUpBigTech

03 Oct 2019

US Presidential candidate Warren, Zuckerberg lock claws over #BreakUpBigTech

2020 US presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren is planning to break up tech giants including Facebook Inc, and CEO Mark Zuckerberg isn't pleased.

First crime committed in space between two women; probe on

25 Aug 2019

First crime committed in space between two women; probe on

As if there weren't enough crimes on Earth already, humans have now taken their nefarious activities to space.

Facebook paid people to listen, transcribe Messenger calls

14 Aug 2019

Facebook paid people to listen, transcribe Messenger calls

WhatsApp offers end-to-end encryption to keep messages secured between the sender and receiver.

Instagram's 'preferred marketing partner' tracked location of millions

08 Aug 2019

Instagram's 'preferred marketing partner' tracked location of millions

Even after scandals like Cambridge Analytica and a massive FTC fine, Facebook's privacy woes aren't coming to a halt.

Facebook faces $5 billion fine over privacy violations: Details here

14 Jul 2019

Facebook faces $5 billion fine over privacy violations: Details here

From Cambridge Analytica to data leaks, Facebook has committed a plethora of privacy violations over the last two years.

Amazon accused of spying on children via Echo Dot Kids

10 May 2019

Amazon accused of spying on children via Echo Dot Kids

Just last month, Amazon drew major criticism when it was revealed that the company's employees had access to Alexa voice recordings of many users and the power to track their locations.

TikTok illegally collected children's data, slapped with $5.7 million fine

28 Feb 2019

TikTok illegally collected children's data, slapped with $5.7 million fine

TikTok, one of the most famous video-sharing platforms in India, has been caught collecting personal data of children aged under 13, illegally.

Watch out! Fraudsters targeting Netflix users with phishing emails

28 Dec 2018

Watch out! Fraudsters targeting Netflix users with phishing emails

Despite being one of the biggest streaming platforms in the world, Netflix has been marred by a wave of phishing scams.

From December 1, spend more for flying out of Delhi

22 Nov 2018

From December 1, spend more for flying out of Delhi

Passengers flying out of Delhi airport will have to spend more as Airports Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA) has approved the revision of service charges.

NY: Indian-origin man to pay over $136,000 in India-based tech-support-scam

13 Jun 2018

NY: Indian-origin man to pay over $136,000 in India-based tech-support-scam

Paramjit Singh Brar, an Indian-origin man, who had allegedly provided substantial support to an India-based tech-support scam, has agreed to pay over $136,000 and a permanent ban from marketing, promoting or offering tech-support services as part of a settlement with US federal authorities.

Facebook bug made private posts public, affecting 1.4 crore users

08 Jun 2018

Facebook bug made private posts public, affecting 1.4 crore users

Facebook is deep in trouble, yet again. This time for a bug that is estimated to have impacted as many as 1.4cr users.

Facebook giving open-access to user's data; formed data-sharing partnerships: NYT

04 Jun 2018

Facebook giving open-access to user's data; formed data-sharing partnerships: NYT

Weeks after it was revealed that a British political firm Cambridge Analytica accessed millions of user data on Facebook, the social network company is now through another set of allegations by the New York Times.

4.4mn iPhone users sue Google for unlawfully collecting personal info

22 May 2018

4.4mn iPhone users sue Google for unlawfully collecting personal info

4.4 million iPhone users in the UK have filed a lawsuit against Google accusing it of unlawfully collecting users' personal information and violating their privacy from 2011 to 2012.

Pune call center which cheated 11,000 Americans busted

08 Feb 2018

Pune call center which cheated 11,000 Americans busted

Pune police busted a call center scam in the Koregaon Park area earlier this week and arrested three men running the operations.

Uber paid hackers $100,000; concealed data stolen of 57mn users

22 Nov 2017

Uber paid hackers $100,000; concealed data stolen of 57mn users

Uber is facing another PR nightmare. It has emerged that the company concealed a massive data breach affecting 57mn users/riders for a whole year.

Amazon's Whole Foods deal is facing major flak

25 Jul 2017

Amazon's Whole Foods deal is facing major flak

It appears that US regulators need more time to okay Amazon's $13.7bn (£10.5b) acquisition of Whole Foods. This delay is due to the anti-trust concerns raised by certain groups.

How Google pays academicians to buy "influence"

16 Jul 2017

How Google pays academicians to buy "influence"

With its tentacles spread into everything, way beyond the Internet, Google has become extremely powerful and influential.

Facebook makes GIFs available for comments

15 Jun 2017

Facebook makes GIFs available for comments

To mark the 30th anniversary of the GIF, Facebook has introduced a new feature enabling users to add GIFs to comments.

US FCC votes to get rid of net neutrality

20 May 2017

US FCC votes to get rid of net neutrality

In the first step towards removing net neutrality, the US Federal Communications Commission voted to end the rules that came into force in 2015.

Qualcomm seeks to ban iPhone imports into the US

05 May 2017

Qualcomm seeks to ban iPhone imports into the US

On April 28th, 2017, Apple stopped paying royalties to Qualcomm.

Top US regulator considering rolling back net neutrality

27 Apr 2017

Top US regulator considering rolling back net neutrality

Less than a month after the US allowed internet service providers to release data without consumers' consent, Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai has suggested rolling back net neutrality.

Internet privacy: US opens doors for exploitation of users' data

04 Apr 2017

Internet privacy: US opens doors for exploitation of users' data

US President Donald Trump on April 4 signed into effect a resolution allowing internet service providers to release consumers' web usage data to companies without seeking their consent, revoking recent privacy rules that made it mandatory for them to obtain permission first.

Internet privacy: US opens doors for exploitation of users' data

29 Mar 2017

Internet privacy: US opens doors for exploitation of users' data

In an alarming move, the US House of Representatives revoked internet privacy rules approved days before President Donald Trump's election, that made it mandatory for service providers to obtain consent before selling consumers' data.

Uber to pay $20mn to "misled" American drivers

20 Jan 2017

Uber to pay $20mn to "misled" American drivers

Uber has agreed to pay $20 million to settle allegations that it "misled" drivers with false promises on how much they would earn and pay to finance a car.