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Signal downloads skyrocketed 4,200% after WhatsApp announced it would force users to share personal data with Facebook. It's top of both Google and Apple's app stores.

Signal downloads skyrocketed 4,200% after WhatsApp announced it would force users to share personal data with Facebook. It's top of both Google and Apple's app stores.

WhatsApp's rivals got a massive boost after the messaging app announced last week that it would with its parent company, Facebook.WhatsApp told users on January 6 they would have to agree to let Facebook and its subsidiaries collect WhatsApp data - including phone numbers and locations - before February 8 or lose access to the app. WhatsApp has since clarified that this affects users only outside the European Union and the UK and said that the change "does not affect the privacy of your messages with friends or family in any way."Data from app-analytics firm Sensor Tower shows , a rival...

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Signal's downloads skyrocketed 4,200% after WhatsApp announced it would force users to share personal data with Facebook

Signal's downloads skyrocketed 4,200% after WhatsApp announced it would force users to share personal data with Facebook

WhatsApp informed users Wednesday that they would have to start sharing some personal data with its parent company, Facebook, starting February 8.RECOMMENDED ARTICLESWhatsApp's rivals got a massive boost after the messaging app announced on Wednesday that it would with its parent company, Facebook.WhatsApp told users they would have to agree to let Facebook and its subsidiaries collect WhatsApp data - including phone numbers and locations - before February 8 or lose access to the app. WhatsApp has since clarified that this affects users only outside the European Union and UK and said that...

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268 million people had their internet shut off by government-imposed blackouts in 2020, up 49% from 2019

268 million people had their internet shut off by government-imposed blackouts in 2020, up 49% from 2019

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Government-imposed internet blackouts increased in length by 49% in 2020 compared to 2019, per research by digital security and rights group Top10VPN.According to Top10VPN's , 93 major internet shutdowns took place in 21 countries around the world in 2020, including internet throttling — i.e. the only internet available was 2G — as well as social media shutdowns and full internet blackouts.In total, 2020 saw 27,165 hours of internet shutdowns, up a dramatic...

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WhatsApp is forcing users to share personal data with Facebook, and Elon Musk is urging people to switch to Signal, a smaller encrypted messaging app

WhatsApp is forcing users to share personal data with Facebook, and Elon Musk is urging people to switch to Signal, a smaller encrypted messaging app

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.WhatsApp, the encrypted messaging app that sells itself as a privacy-focused service, will start forcing users to share personal data with Facebook, its parent company.In an announcement sent to users on Wednesday, WhatsApp said users would have to agree to let Facebook and its subsidiaries collect WhatsApp data including users' phone numbers, contacts' phone numbers, locations, and more.If users do not agree by February 8, they will lose access.The move...

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will not be extradited to the US, a UK court ruled

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will not be extradited to the US, a UK court ruled

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will not be extradited to the US, after a UK court deemed him a suicide and self-harm risk.UK district judge Vanessa Baraitser on Monday , stating: "I find that the mental condition of Mr. Assange is such that it would be oppressive to extradite him to the United States of America."Assange is wanted in the US on a litany of conspiracy and hacking charges with a maximum prison sentence of 175 years. The US government has...

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Japan is developing wooden satellites to send into orbit by 2023 to cut down on space junk

Japan is developing wooden satellites to send into orbit by 2023 to cut down on space junk

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Kyoto University is teaming up with a Japanese forestry company to develop wooden satellites to shoot into orbit by 2023 in an effort to cut down on space junk, .Takao Doi, a Kyoto University professor and Japanese astronaut, told the BBC that the advantage of a wooden satellite is that if it were to fall out of orbit and burn up on reentry, it wouldn't release as many harmful particles as metal satellites."We are very concerned with the fact that all the...

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Facebook and Google agreed to help each other out if they came under antitrust scrutiny, lawsuit alleges

Facebook and Google agreed to help each other out if they came under antitrust scrutiny, lawsuit alleges

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Facebook and Google agreed to help each other out if a deal struck between them came under the antitrust microscope, according an unredacted draft lawsuit seen by the .The draft lawsuit seen by the Journal is a version of the heavily-redacted antitrust suit that was , led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.While it was already known the suit alleges Google and Facebook struck a deal, the revelation they agreed to team up against antitrust scrutiny is...

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40 victims of the 'Girls Do Porn' sex-trafficking operation are suing Pornhub's parent company for $40 million, alleging it knowingly profited from illegal videos

40 victims of the 'Girls Do Porn' sex-trafficking operation are suing Pornhub's parent company for $40 million, alleging it knowingly profited from illegal videos

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Pornhub was hit with a $40 million lawsuit from sex-trafficking victims the day after it said it had started deleting millions of videos from its platform, reported.The suit was filed by 40 women who were victims of a sex-trafficking ring known as "Girls Do Porn." The website for Girls Do Porn was after a civil court ruled the owners were guilty of coercing women into having sex in its videos, as well lying about whether those videos would be shared...

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Google services are back online after a major hour-long outage that hit YouTube, Gmail, and Google Maps

Google services are back online after a major hour-long outage that hit YouTube, Gmail, and Google Maps

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Google was hit by a major outage on Monday morning.Per , a wide range of Google services including YouTube, Gmail, Google Suite, and Google Maps started experiencing problems at about 6:30 a.m. ET.—TeamYouTube (@TeamYouTube) Google's Workplace Status Dashboard later confirmed that all of its products were affected. Google's search engine, however, appeared to keep working throughout.Downdetector's data suggested the problem was worldwide, with reports coming...

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'Cyberpunk 2077' runs so terribly on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One that its creator is offering refunds

'Cyberpunk 2077' runs so terribly on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One that its creator is offering refunds

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.The creators of "Cyberpunk 2077," one of the most hotly anticipated games of 2020, are now offering refunds to disgruntled players.The game launched Thursday on Sony and Microsoft's new consoles — the Xbox Series X and the PlayStation 5 — as well as their predecessors, the Xbox One X and the PlayStation 4.As soon as the game launched, players started complaining about bugs, poor graphics, and faulty game mechanics — . On Monday morning, CD Projekt Red, the...

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SpaceX's next Starship rocket may soar 15 kilometers high on Tuesday, but Elon Musk says there's a 2-in-3 chance the flight could fail

SpaceX's next Starship rocket may soar 15 kilometers high on Tuesday, but Elon Musk says there's a 2-in-3 chance the flight could fail

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.This week, SpaceX may take its big step forward yet in a quest to further revolutionize space travel.Company founder Elon Musk  on Monday night that a prototype of SpaceX's enormous Starship spacecraft — a fully reusable vehicle the company eventually wants to use to send humans to the and — could see its first high-altitude test as soon as Tuesday.The flight attempt to 15 kilometers (9.3 miles), follows a successful November 24 rocket-engine test firing of...

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Apple is reportedly moving iPad production out of China for the first time ever because of Trump's trade war

Apple is reportedly moving iPad production out of China for the first time ever because of Trump's trade war

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Major Apple supplier Foxconn is moving some iPad and MacBook assembly to Vietnam from China at the request of Apple, a person with knowledge of the plan told , as the US firm diversifies production to minimize the impact of a US-China trade war.The development comes as the outgoing administration of President Donald Trump encourages US firms to shift production out of China. During Trump's tenure, the United States has targeted made-in-China electronics for...

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Facebook is reportedly planning to woo Joe Biden by rolling out new vaccine and climate change features

Facebook is reportedly planning to woo Joe Biden by rolling out new vaccine and climate change features

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Facebook is gearing up to woo President-elect Joe Biden by promoting vaccine and climate change information, according to a report from the .Citing anonymous company "insiders," the FT reports Facebook is planning to crack down harder on COVID-19 misinformation, and is considering putting a banner at the top of its site encouraging users to get vaccinated once a vaccine is approved.It will also encourage users to engage with content related to climate...

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Apple and Facebook are at each other's throats over who exploits user data more

Apple and Facebook are at each other's throats over who exploits user data more

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Apple and Facebook traded barbs this week over which one of them exploits their users more.Apple struck the first blow on Thursday in a letter addressed to nonprofits, including Human Rights Watch and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, saying it doesn't hoover up detailed user data to sell to third parties. Facebook takes a "very different approach," Apple said."Not only do they allow the grouping of users into smaller segments, they use detailed data about...

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Apple is slashing its App Store payment fees in half for smaller developers, to 15% from 30%

Apple is slashing its App Store payment fees in half for smaller developers, to 15% from 30%

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Apple just made a surprise move as it feuds with app developers.Apple on Wednesday morning it was changing its App Store policies to halve the commission it takes from in-app payments for smaller developers.The cut, to 15% from 30%, will apply to developers whose apps generated up to $1 million over the past year."We're launching this program to help small-business owners write the next chapter of creativity and prosperity on the App Store, and to build the...

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Trump will lose his Twitter privileges as a 'world leader' on January 20, meaning he could get banned just like everyone else

Trump will lose his Twitter privileges as a 'world leader' on January 20, meaning he could get banned just like everyone else

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.President Donald Trump has until January to tweet with impunity.The social media giant confirmed to on Saturday that on January 20 — the scheduled day of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration — Trump's personal Twitter account will lose its status as a "world leader" account.On Twitter, are treated differently. Tweets that would ordinarily be removed or result in sanctions are instead placed behind information cards, informing users that although they...

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Amazon is now selling prescription drugs, and Prime members can get massive discounts if they pay without insurance

Amazon is now selling prescription drugs, and Prime members can get massive discounts if they pay without insurance

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Amazon will deliver prescription medications to its US customers starting Tuesday with .Amazon said Prime members would be eligible for two-day delivery of medications and price cuts on both generic and brand-name drugs.Amazon said Pharmacy customers could type their insurance information and select payment options in a "pharmacy profile." Customers will be able to buy drugs through Amazon's main website.Prime members can get discounts of up to 80% on...

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Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who could become Biden's attorney general, said breaking up Google should be 'on the table'

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who could become Biden's attorney general, said breaking up Google should be 'on the table'

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.270 to win51 to control218 to controlA senator tipped as one of President-elect Joe Biden's potential picks for attorney general has made comments about breaking up Google that might worry the tech giant.Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota on Thursday gave a keynote speech at the American Bar Association's Fall Forum in which she talked about the that the Justice Department filed in October.Klobuchar praised the department for including the potential breakup of...

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Google is killing unlimited free storage for Photos, Docs, and Drive — but Pixel owners get an exemption

Google is killing unlimited free storage for Photos, Docs, and Drive — but Pixel owners get an exemption

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.270 to win51 to control218 to controlStarting in Summer of next year, Google's going to ask people to pay for unlimited high-quality photo storage.The tech giant Wednesday it was making changes to its storage policy for its cloud-based Google Photos service, which ."Starting June 1, 2021, any new photos and videos you upload will count toward the free 15 GB of storage that comes with every Google Account," Google said.This means that if you upload more than...

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How world wide web inventor Tim Berners-Lee plans to break Big Tech's chokehold on your personal data

How world wide web inventor Tim Berners-Lee plans to break Big Tech's chokehold on your personal data

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the World Wide Web, is on a mission to redesign it.On Monday, Inrupt, cofounded by Berners-Lee, announced it was a step closer to realizing his ambition of building a more decentralized internet.Inrupt announced that it was releasing its first enterprise-ready version of its data platform Solid, and it already has some major clients, including the BBC, NatWest Bank, the UK's National Health Service, and the Flanders Government.In a Berners-Lee called the announcement a "huge milestone," adding that he hopes Solid getting out into the world will "drive...

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A senior TikTok executive admitted the company used to censor content critical of China, 'specifically with regard to the Uighur situation'

A senior TikTok executive admitted the company used to censor content critical of China, 'specifically with regard to the Uighur situation'

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.270 to win51 to control218 to controlA TikTok executive admitted that the video-sharing app censored content likely to anger China in the past, but insisted that is no longer the case.At a UK parliamentary committee hearing on Wednesday, Elizabeth Kanter, TikTok's UK director of public policy, was asked by Conservative MP Nusrat Ghani whether the app had quashed content about the Uighur crisis in Xinjiang, where at least 1 million Uighur Muslims and other...

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The UK privacy watchdog's ruling against Experian is a warning to data brokers that hoover up personal details

The UK privacy watchdog's ruling against Experian is a warning to data brokers that hoover up personal details

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Credit agency Experian got slapped on Tuesday with an enforcement notice from the UK's data watchdog, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO). The notice informed Experian that it will have to "make fundamental changes to how it handles people's personal data" because of its business as a data broker.The enforcement notice is the culmination of a two-year investigation, which was sparked by a 2018 complaint from digital rights nonprofit Privacy...

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Google will temporarily ban political ads after Election Day in the US

Google will temporarily ban political ads after Election Day in the US

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.After polls close in the US, Google will stop anyone from running political ads on its platform, the tech giant announced Tuesday. was the first to report the news on Sunday, saying Google sent an email to advertisers informing them of a ban on all ads related to the US election as part of its policy on "Sensitive Events." Google confirmed this in a Tuesday."Given the possibility of delayed election results this year (and to limit the potential for ads to...

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Japan's antitrust watchdog is turning up the heat on Big Tech by teaming up with the US and Europe

Japan's antitrust watchdog is turning up the heat on Big Tech by teaming up with the US and Europe

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Japan will join forces with the United States and Europe to take on any market abuses by the four Big Tech companies, the new head of its antitrust watchdog said on Monday, a sign Tokyo will join global efforts to regulate digital platform operators.Kazuyuki Furuya, chairman of Japan's Fair Trade Commission (FTC), also said Tokyo could open a probe into any merger or business tie-up involving fitness tracker maker Fitbit, which , if the size of such deals...

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The EU is investigating Instagram for allegedly exposing the contact data of up to 5 million underage users

The EU is investigating Instagram for allegedly exposing the contact data of up to 5 million underage users

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.The EU is leading two active investigations into whether Instagram illegally exposed the personal details of millions of underage users, the reported Monday.The investigations are being carried out by Ireland's Data Protection Commission (DPC), the official data regulator for Instagram's parent company Facebook in Europe. Facebook's European headquarters are in Dublin.The DPC launched the investigations last month after it received a complaint from US data...

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