The Ukrainian government blocked access to a number of Russian online services this May, including search engine Yandex and Facebook equivalent VKontakte. Kiev accuses these services, widely used in Ukraine, of sharing data with Russian intelligence, especially the personal data of soldiers fighting separatists in the Donbass region. This measure stopped millions from accessing their favourite sites, and showed the Ukrainian government’s determination to escape the digital influence Russia still has over most of the former Soviet Union. Russia is one of the few countries to have a nearly complete ecosystem of platforms and services independent from Silicon Valley, established by Russians and governed by Russian law. Much of the world uses Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple (GAFA) without access to credible local alternatives, but Russians and their near neighbours can choose between the US giants and Runet — the Russophone Internet and its services. Yandex is twice as … [Read more...] about Russia’s homegrown Web
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Google Chrome is made by the tech giant and is considered the most popular internet browser around.The latest version of Google Chrome, 68, that was released last month, has already received a new iteration that brings a host of handy features.Chrome's new look, dubbed "Material 2.0" by the Silicon Valley behemoth, is being refined in the most recent update.This means dialogue boxes and other secondary interface elements such as bubbles will now take on a shiny new look.Display Size is a new setting for the browser that allows Chrome lovers to adjust how large they want content to be shown.9to5Google notes the addition comes with an adjustable slider that allows users to change the zoom levels when browsing the web.Those using lavish external monitors for Chrome can also now adjust the refresh rate, meaning Google's browser can now look smoother than ever.Google is also refining its "Select-to-Speak" function with the latest version of Chrome.Users can now have selected text read aloud … [Read more...] about Google Chrome’s latest update brings a host of new features for browser users
Vile YouTube YOUTUBE needs to get a grip of the dangerous material on its site. The Sun today reveals that the web giant hosts tutorials for DIY surgery — including abortions and circumcision. Whether it is half-naked children, IS terror, or neo-Nazi propaganda, the Google-owned site has repeatedly shown a blatant disregard for what is on its platform. How much longer can the Silicon Valley hippies be allowed to brazenly shirk their corporate responsibility? They can’t just shrug their shoulders and say: “Not much we can do, guv.” Imagine what would happen if newspapers and TV broadcasters decided to make a quick bob or two by allowing this type of material to appear in print, online or on our television screens. People would rightly be outraged. The company argues that it is a free speech platform, not a publisher. Codswallop. YouTube should face vast fines, sanctions and even criminal action if it does not act. It should invest in an army of people monitoring … [Read more...] about YouTube must get a grip on its dangerous and vile content — it simply cannot continue
Yahoo!?Here is some pretty disclosurey disclosure:If our security measures are breached, our products and services may be perceived as not being secure, users and customers may curtail or stop using our products and services, and we may incur significant legal and financial exposure.Our products and services involve the storage and transmission of Yahoo’s users’ and customers’ personal and proprietary information in our facilities and on our equipment, networks and corporate systems. Security breaches expose us to a risk of loss of this information, litigation, remediation costs, increased costs for security measures, loss of revenue, damage to our reputation, and potential liability. ... Security breaches or unauthorized access have resulted in and may in the future result in a combination of significant legal and financial exposure, increased remediation and other costs, damage to our reputation and a loss of confidence in the security of our products, services … [Read more...] about What If, Hypothetically, Yahoo Had Been Hacked?
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg has promised to protect user privacy before. Will this time be different? Facebook is famous for rolling out features that prod users to bare more about themselves, fueling Facebook's multibillion-dollar advertising business. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. 6 Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY Published 4:22 a.m. ChT April 11, 2018 | Updated 5:44 a.m. ChT April 11, 2018 CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN 6 COMMENT EMAIL MORE SAN FRANCISCO — Mark Zuckerberg has promised to protect people's privacy before. Will this time be any different? That was the question looming as the … [Read more...] about Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has promised to protect user privacy before. Will this time be different?