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Russia fines Google $6.75 million for preinstalling apps on Android

Russia fines Google $6.75 million for preinstalling apps on Android

Google has been hit by a $6.75 million antitrust fine in Russia for requiring phone manufacturers to preinstall its apps on Android mobile devices. The majority of smartphones and tablets solid in Russia run on Android, and domestic search engine rival Yandex filed a complaint last year that the US company was abusing its position. The fine itself is small — less than what the...

Another unfortunate example of Facebook silencing important videos

Another unfortunate example of Facebook silencing important videos

Another day, another case of Facebook disappearing a video that it should have left up. A politician in Hong Kong says that Facebook banned him from the site for 24 hours for a "terms of service violation" after he posted a video of him confronting men who had been following him around for weeks. The video uploaded by Leung on August 7 showed him...

Politicians are blocking the way to more high speed Internet

Politicians are blocking the way to more high speed Internet

It’s been a rough few days for people looking for alternatives to their current internet providers.  Last week, the Federal Communications Commission issued a report documenting what many of you already know: You don’t have much choice when it comes to broadband. In fact, most of you have only one or no companies selling high-speed internet. Then on Wednesday, a court ruling held the FCC can’t...

Facebook plans to circumvent adblockers is illegal in EU

Facebook plans to circumvent adblockers is illegal in EU

On August 9th 2016, Facebook issued a press release stating they intend to change the way they deal with adblocking on their web site. Andrew Bosworth, VP of Ads & Business Platform for Facebook states:  "We’ve designed our ad formats, ad performance and controls to address the underlying reasons people have turned to ad blocking software. When we asked people about why they used ad...

Facebook rolls out code to nullify Adblock Plus’ workaround

Facebook rolls out code to nullify Adblock Plus’ workaround

Adblock Plus launched a workaround to Facebook’s ad block bypass today that ham-handedly removes posts from friends and Pages, not just ads, according to a statement provided by Facebook to TechCrunch. “We’re disappointed that ad blocking companies are punishing people on Facebook as these new attempts don’t just block ads but also posts from friends and Pages. This isn’t a good experience for people and we plan...

Facebook ads already re-blocked by fast working community

Facebook ads already re-blocked by fast working community

In a very quick turnaround, the Adblock Plus community has already blocked the intrusive Facebook ads. Yesterday we posted a story that Facebook was going to force using on desktops to see ads whether they had an adblocker or not. We promised that the open source community would have a solution very soon, and, frankly, they’ve beaten even our own expectations. A new filter...

Facebook will bypass web adblockers, but offer ad targeting opt-outs

Facebook will bypass web adblockers, but offer ad targeting opt-outs

Facebook is making the HTML of its web ads indistinguishable from organic content so it can slip by adblockers. But in exchange for taking away this option for controlling ads from people, its allowing them to opt-out of ad targeting categories and Custom Audience customer lists uploaded by advertisers. Today all desktop users will see an announcement atop the News Feed explaining that while...

UCR demonstrates weakness found in Linux and Android TCP since 2012

UCR demonstrates weakness found in Linux and Android TCP since 2012

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have identified a weakness in the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) of all Linux operating systems since late 2012 that enables attackers to hijack users’ internet communications completely remotely. Such a weakness could be used to launch targeted attacks that track users’ online activity, forcibly terminate a communication, hijack a conversation between hosts or degrade the privacy guarantee...

Researchers crack open advanced malware that hid for 5 years

Researchers crack open advanced malware that hid for 5 years

Security experts have discovered a malware platform that's so advanced in its design and execution that it could probably have been developed only with the active support of a nation-state. The malware—known alternatively as "ProjectSauron" by researchers from Kaspersky Lab and "Remsec" by their counterparts from Symantec—has been active since at least 2011 and has been discovered on 30 or so targets. Its ability...

Chrome to block Flash in September and make HTML5 default in December

Chrome to block Flash in September and make HTML5 default in December

Google has shared more details of its plan to replace Flash with HTML5 by default in Chrome. In September 2016, Chrome will block Flash content that loads behind the scenes, which the company estimates accounts for more than 90 percent of the Flash on the web. In December, Chrome will make HTML5 the default experience for central content, such as games and videos, except on sites that only...