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Apple and Google release marks ‘watershed moment’ for contact-tracing apps

Apple and Google release marks ‘watershed moment’ for contact-tracing apps

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Apple and Google have released a software tool that will make it possible for nations to release coronavirus contact-tracing apps that adopt the firms' privacy-centric model.It offers developers access to added Bluetooth functionality to solve a problem existing apps have of iPhones sometimes failing to detect each other.Android and iOS device owners will have to carry out system upgrades.But some countries - including the UK - are pursuing a different approach."The release of these APIs [application programming interfaces] along with the operating-system updates will be a watershed moment for the development and adoption of proximity-tracing apps," said Marcel Salathé, an epidemiologist at the Swiss research institute EPFL.He added that apps that adopted
Rainbow Six ‘copy’ lands Apple and Google in copyright court

Rainbow Six ‘copy’ lands Apple and Google in copyright court

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Ubisoft is suing Apple and Google over a Chinese mobile game it says is "a near carbon copy" of one of its most popular games, Rainbow Six: Siege.Area F2 is "designed to closely replicate... virtually every aspect" of the game, it alleges, in a 43-page document, complete with screenshots.It is also suing the developer, Ejoy, owned by Chinese tech giant Alibaba. Characters, game modes, game maps, animations, and even the user interface were copied, the document alleges. Disney forces explicit Club Penguin clones offline GTA free download crashes Epic Games store "Virtually every aspect of AF2 is copied from R6S, from the operator selection screen to the final scoring screen and everything in between," Ubisoft claims."In fact, the ...
Report: Google facing onslaught of antitrust cases in US

Report: Google facing onslaught of antitrust cases in US

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The Wall Street Journal reported that federal and state regulators are preparing to file antitrust lawsuits alleging that Google has abused its dominance of online search and advertising to stifle competition and boost its profitsByThe Associated PressMay 16, 2020, 12:26 AM3 min read3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleMOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- Federal and state regulators in the U.S. are preparing to file antitrust lawsuits alleging Google has abused its dominance of online search and advertising to stifle competition and and boost its profits, according to a report published Friday. The Wall Street Journal cited unidentified people familiar with the probes in a story about the upcoming offensive by the U.S. Justice Department and the attorneys general fr...
Google Search results topped by suspected scam gadget store

Google Search results topped by suspected scam gadget store

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A suspected scam store, featuring hard-to-find gadgets priced below the norm, topped Google search results for days.MyTechDomestic accepted payments via direct bank transfers only - despite indicating support for credit cards and PayPal - and falsely claimed to be owned by a UK-registered company.It was flagged to Google last week but the US company took action only after being contacted by BBC News on Monday.The site's operator did not respond to several requests for comment.However, the platform went offline shortly after BBC News asked for a response to customers' claims it amounted to a "scam".Action Fraud - the UK's national reporting centre for fraud and cyber-crime - is looking into the matter after receiving a complaint f...
Google blocking 18m coronavirus scam emails every day

Google blocking 18m coronavirus scam emails every day

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Scammers are sending 18 million hoax emails about Covid-19 to Gmail users every day, according to Google.The tech giant says the pandemic has led to an explosion of phishing attacks in which criminals try to trick users into revealing personal data. The company said it was blocking more than 100 million phishing emails a day. Over the past week, almost a fifth were scam emails related to coronavirus.The virus may now be the biggest phishing topic ever, tech firms say.Google's Gmail is used by 1.5 billion people. Individuals are being sent a huge variety of emails which impersonate authorities, such as the World Health Organization (WHO), in an effort to persuade victims to download software or ...