Facebook addresses revenge porn with tech to prevent people from re-sharing intimate images

Facebook has implemented a new photo-matching technology to ensure people can’t re-share images previously reported and tagged as revenge porn — intimate photos of people shared without their consent. That means if someone tries to share a photo that Facebook has previously taken down, that person will see a pop-up saying the photo violates Facebook’s policies and that Facebook will not allow the person to share that particular photo on Facebook, Messenger or Instagram.

“We’ve focused in on this because of the unique harm that this kind of sharing has on its victims,” Facebook Global Head of Safety Antigone Davis told me. “In the newsroom post we refer to a specific piece of research around the unique harm this has for victims. I think that’s where the focus was for this moving forward.”

The figure Davis is referring to is that 93% of people affected by the sharing of non-consensual intimate images report “significant emotional distress” and 82% report significant difficulties in other aspects of their lives, according to the US Victims of Non-Consensual Intimate Images.

Although Facebook has enabled people to report images for a while now, the language around revenge porn is now more clear and “very specific to these types of intimate images,” Davis said. In “many” cases, Facebook will also deactivate the account of the person who posted the revenge porn.

Facebook has also partnered with a handful of organizations, like the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative and the Revenge Porn Helpline, to offer support to people who are victims of revenge porn.

 Revenge porn is a widespread issue on the internet, with one in 25 people in the U.S. being victims of non-consensual image sharing, according to a 2016 report from the Data & Society Research Institute and the Center for Innovative Public Health Research. Facebook’s new tools around tackling revenge porn come shortly after a scandal involving people on both Facebook and Instagram targeting female Marines in private groups.

Last year, Facebook Director of Engineering for Applied Machine Learning Joaquin Candela told TechCrunch that the platform was using AI to report to detect and report offensive photos, but it seems that in instances of revenge porn, humans are still needed.

“At this moment, we’re not using AI to go through this particular content,” Davis said. “There is significant context that’s required for reviewing non-consensual sharing.”

Snapdeal Said to Be Seeking Funds, Fuelling Takeover Speculation

Indian online retailer Snapdeal is seeking investment to shore up its finances after unsuccessful talks with Chinese funds and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd as it battles to remain competitive, sources with direct knowledge of the matter said.

Faced with the prospect of falling cash reserves and little interest from existing investors such as Japan’s SoftBank and US hedge funds, Snapdeal is now increasingly being seen as an acquisition target, they said.

Snapdeal Said to Be Seeking Funds, Fuelling Takeover Speculation

“Snapdeal has been desperately looking to raise money in China for the last few months,” said a source with direct knowledge of Snapdeal’s plans.

“It had multiple rounds of talks with some Chinese funds and was also hoping to get some fresh money from Alibaba. But those talks were not going anywhere and Alibaba made it clear to them they would not write a new cheque for them given the dim outlook for making money any time soon.”

Both Alibaba, which already has a small stake in Snapdeal, and SoftBank declined to comment.
Its unsuccessful negotiations in China and sliding valuations may force loss-making Snapdeal to consider an outright sale, sources said.

Founded in 2010, Snapdeal was valued at $6.5 billion after a fund-raising last year. But valuations of Indian e-commerce firms are believed to have softened since then.

“The industry is up for consolidation and Snapdeal maybe the first one to witness it,” said another source who is aware of the discussions.

“Till what time will Snapdeal continue to survive from savings? … Snapdeal is not pushing for any consolidation but it’s for the investors to take that call. They have an independent way of looking at this.”

Bruised by intensifying competition with bigger rivals Flipkart and Amazon, Snapdeal laid off 600 employees and its founders are foregoing salaries as it cuts costs to try to turn a profit.
Snapdeal, however, stressed that it has no intention of selling the company.

A Snapdeal executive said the board about two weeks ago had approved a plan to turn profitable and identified a “small gap in funding.” Any fundraising would be intended to strengthen its finances ahead of a planned listing, which sources say the company was trying to achieve within two years.

A Snapdeal spokeswoman said the company’s efforts were “focused on driving profitability,” and that it was “well capitalised.”

One of the sources who spoke to Reuters said Alibaba was already in early talks with Softbank, the biggest shareholder in Snapdeal, but was only interested in increasing its investment as long as management control goes to Paytm.

Alibaba is the biggest shareholder in Paytm’s parent One97. It picked up a 36.31 percent stake in Paytm’s e-commerce unit for $177 million earlier this year.

“Alibaba is very keen to invest more in Snapdeal as an entity if the management control goes to Paytm. The proposal has the backing of SoftBank as well, which is also looking to consolidate its investments in one or two large e-commerce companies,” the first person said.

A deal with Alibaba would make Snapdeal more competitive at a time when India’s top e-commerce company Flipkart is seeking to raise up to $1 billion and as Amazon last year pledged to invest more than $5 billion.

Thanks to rapid uptake of wireless high-speed internet, India’s burgeoning middle class is increasingly shopping online, but steep competition among e-tailers has lead to losses across the sector.

Snapdeal has been seen as particularly vulnerable to increasing competition. The company reported a loss of 29.6 billion rupees in the financial year to March 31, 2016, according to regulatory filings.

Amazon Partners VMware for Hybrid Cloud Services to Rival Microsoft

Amazon Partners VMware for Hybrid Cloud Services to Rival Microsoft
Amazon.com is teaming up with VMware to let customers combine VMware’s software for corporate networks with Amazon’s internet-based cloud-computing services, a bid by Amazon to better compete with rival Microsoft in hybrid cloud solutions.

VMware will deliver, sell and support a product that lets customers use their existing VMware software with access to Amazon’s cloud-based storage, database and analytic software, the companies said Thursday in a statement. Hybrid solutions allow customers to run applications on their own servers and through various remote cloud-based applications simultaneously.

Called VMware Cloud on AWS, the product will be available in mid-2017. Pricing will be disclosed closer to the release, the companies said. It will appeal to companies that want the flexibility and capacity of managing data via the cloud.

Amazon is trying to maintain its lead in the cloud-computing market over rivals Microsoft, Alphabet Inc.’s Google and IBM as more companies transition from using their servers to renting computing power and data space hosted remotely, which they access via the internet. Movie-service Netflix Inc. is a prominent example of a web company powered by Amazon Web Services.

(Also see: Google to Open New ‘Cloud Region’ in India Next Year)

VMware is shifting its cloud strategy to focus on selling products that work with existing leaders, rather than trying to establish itself as an alternative to the Amazons of the world. As more companies run applications on rented servers over the internet, providing services that link the different technologies customers use is a growing opportunity for VMware.

‘Powerful’ partnership
The alliance is a “very powerful collaboration” that gives companies flexibility in deciding whether to transition their data to the public cloud while maintaining investments they’ve made in on-premise data centers, said Tim Feeney, an analyst at Morningstar Inc.

“Essentially, the process of managing the hybrid cloud environment is significantly less of a hassle now,” Feeney said. “This is a very powerful move for VMware because IT managers are more likely to retain VMware’s services for longer.”
VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger said he sees hybrid solutions providing business opportunities for decades into the future while the on-premise data business slows.

The Amazon partnership could be a blow to International Business Machines Corp., which has its own deal with VMware. IBM, however, said in a statement that 1,000 clients are already using the IBM cloud with software from VMware and the partnership has created “significant momentum.”

Microsoft, responding to the Amazon-VMware agreement, said AWS is behind in offering hybrid cloud solutions.

“Microsoft Azure has always been hybrid by design, based on our decades of enterprise experience,” the company said in the statement. “True hybrid cloud isn’t just connectivity, it’s consistency — across development, management, and security.”

Global public cloud spending is expected to hit $204 billion (roughly Rs. 1,363,638 crores) this year, up 16.5 percent from a year ago, according to researcher Gartner Inc.

Yahoo Hack Raises ‘Serious Questions’ From EU Privacy Watchdogs

Yahoo Hack Raises 'Serious Questions' From EU Privacy Watchdogs
Personal information was stolen from at least 500 million Yahoo accounts
Users should follow the actions outlined by Yahoo
Given the scale of the attack, Yahoo will face a series of investigations
The hack on Yahoo that compromised the personal data of at least 500 million users is raising “serious questions” among European Union privacy regulators.

The “vast number of people affected by this cyber-attack is staggering and demonstrates just how severe the consequences of a security hack can be,” UK Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said in a statement Friday. Like their UK neighbors, Irish data protection regulators said they have asked Yahoo “a number of issues for which we are seeking further information and clarification.”

In a statement Thursday, Yahoo said that the personal information was stolen in an attack on its accounts in late 2014, exposing a wide swath of its roughly 1 billion users. The attacker was a “state-sponsored actor,” and stolen information may include names, email addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, encrypted passwords and, in some cases, un-encrypted security questions and answers, Yahoo said.

 

“The US authorities will be looking to track down the hackers, but it is our job to ask serious questions of Yahoo on behalf of British citizens and I am doing that today,” the UK privacy regulator said Friday. “We don’t yet know all the details of how this hack happened, but there is a sobering and important message here for companies that acquire and handle personal data.”

Personal information “must be securely protected under lock and key – and that key must be impossible for hackers to find,” Denham said.

The Irish regulator said it has contacted the Federal Trade Commission to “coordinate our respective inquiries.” In the meantime, it said users should follow the actions outlined in an extensive guidance by Yahoo.
While European watchdogs’ fining powers remain minimal, in some cases even non-existent, new EU-wide rules will take effect in 2018 that could boost sanctions by any of the bloc’s national regulators to as much as 4 percent of a company’s global annual sales.

 

Given the scale of the attack, and the time it has taken for it to become public, Yahoo will face a series of investigations, said Johannes Caspar, one of the more outspoken privacy regulators in Germany.

“The whole thing is pretty gruesome,” Caspar said in an email. “Not only the many millions of users that are affected by the hack make you think, but also the late timing by which the whole thing became public.”

Yahoo in Thursday’s statement said it “is notifying potentially affected users and has taken steps to secure their accounts.” It also recommended that users who haven’t changed their password since 2014, do so now.

Flipkart Claims It Has 100 Million Registered Users

Flipkart Claims It Has 100 Million Registered Users

Flipkarthas crossed the 100-million registered users mark, reportedly becoming the first e-commerce company in the country to hit the milestone. The Bengaluru-based company has doubled its user base over the last year and added 25 million users in the past six months alone.

“This is a small step in our efforts to build a platform that provides quality products, affordable and accessible to millions of Indians shopping online. This milestone has further energised us to ramp-up our efforts and build a world-class shopping destination,” Flipkartco-founder and CEO Binny Bansal said.

One of the most valued startups in the country, Flipkart has Tiger Global, Accel Partners, Morgan Stanley and T Rowe among its investors. The company has raised over $3 billion (roughly Rs. 20,108) in funding so far and has acquired companies like Myntra, PhonePem and LetsBuy. It has also invested in startups like Cube26, NestAway, and BlackBuck.

A recent Bank of America Merrill Lynch Report pegged Flipkart as the leader with over 43 percent market share. It forecast that by 2019, Flipkart would increase its share to 44 percent.

E-commerce companies in India have witnessed tremendous growth on the back of strong demand for smartphones and increasing data usage. India, which is among the fastest growing e-commerce markets globally, is expected to continue on the growth momentum over the three to five years.

US online retailer Amazon and Chinese heavyweight Alibaba are making significant investments in India to capture the nascent market here.

India is being seen as an opportunity globally with a significant chunk of foreign investments flowing into the sector in companies like Flipkart, Snapdeal and Paytm.

 

Google Now Lets You Play Solitaire and Tic Tac Toe in Search Results

Google Now Lets You Play Solitaire and Tic Tac Toe in Search Results

  • You can now play Solitaire or Tic Tac Toe from Google Search results
  • Games available for both mobile and desktop versions of search results
  • You just need to search either title’s name in Google Search to play

With weekend approaching and last working day to get through, you might find Google’s latest addition to its search results delightful. The search giant has just added two classic games Solitaire and Tic Tac Toe right into its search results and seem s to be tempting you to take a fun detour from your research work while you are at work.

All you have to do in order to play these games is search either ‘Solitaire’ or ‘Tic Tac Toe’ in Google Search. On the top of other search results, you will now see the option to play the game right away. In case of Solitaire, you will get to choose from two options in terms of difficulty, i.e. Easy and Hard, while in case of Tic Tac Toe, apart from the difficulty options, you also get the option to play against your friend locally.

These games have been added to both mobile and desktop versions of the search results and the interface of the games looks quite simple as well as aesthetically pleasing. The games appear to support most browsers.

 It is not the first time that Google has added an extra utility option to its search results as the site already allows you to hear the sounds that various animals directly from its search results. For example, if you search “what sound does a pig make”, you will get the option to hear the sound of ‘oink’ without being redirected to another website.

With addition of these games, Google Search seems to be heading in a direction to become a hub where the most basic apps are available to you without having to head to other websites.

 

Facebook and Microsoft to construct private net dual carriageway underwater

Facebook and Microsoft are going underwater.

the two technology groups announced on Thursday they’re to put in an undersea cable from the east coast of the us to Spain to assist speed up their international net services.

Speedy connectivity is mainly vital to fb, which desires to inspire users across the world to broadcast stay video and meet in digital reality. each sports can eat massive amounts of bandwidth.

The project marks yet another example in which technology corporations are assuming roles historically left to public utilities or the government, and until now undersea cables have traditionally been laid by way of telecommunications incumbents. meanwhile, Google maintains to amplify Fiber, its excessive-speed internet application, Amazon.com effectively is building its very own postal service, Uber is trying to replace regulated cab groups and facebook is bringing wi-fi internet to Africa.

The cable will journey from northern Virginia inside the US, a first-rate junction point inside the worldwide internet, to Bilbao in Spain, and then onward to the rest of Europe, Africa, the middle East and Asia. The organizations stated it will likely be maximum-potential undersea cable yet throughout the Atlantic. The cost wasn’t disclosed.

An infrastructure-targeted subsidiary of Telefónica, the Spanish telecom company, will manage the cable. construction is scheduled to start in August 2016 and be completed by way of October 2017.

despite the fact that Telefónica will sell access to the cable to different agencies, facebook and Microsoft are making sure they will get gold standard get entry to to quick records transfers throughout the ocean. In impact, the corporations could have their own private dual carriageway between primary markets.

There presently are extra than a dozen undersea cables among the usa and Europe.

The selection for facebook and Microsoft to construct their personal speaks to their imaginative and prescient for how a lot bandwidth they will want inside the future. At fb’s developer convention in San Francisco in April, executives showed how they envision users on one of a kind continents assembly up without a doubt on line using complicated structures of headsets, cameras and different video display units. The experience will require an top notch amount of space on the internet’s backbone.

fb’s ability to fund its personal cable now’s possibly to help it hold its market dominance within the destiny. whilst upstart digital reality companies can have to buy area on others’ undersea cables, fb simply could have its personal.

Skip Long Lines with Online Payments

In the past, when there were no online payments, one had to take a day off just to pay off their utilities bill. People spent a long time waiting for their turn to come and then interact with an irate clerk clearing a BSES bill payment. One also had to deal with the clerk taking breaks which would make the whole process very lengthy and tedious.The advent of technology has eased the way we take care of our utility bills like the MTNL Mumbai.Now, it doesn’t take a whole day just to clear one of the utility bills.

The power of online wallets has made it easy to clear off all the pending bills while sitting in the comfort of your home or office or while travelling. As long as there is internet connection on your device, paying a bill any time anywhere is possible.

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There are times when one forgets to make the payment for their Airtel post-paid bill or some other utility bill. Now, it is not a sin to forget, it’s a human tendency, but forgetting to pay the utilities bill on time leads to late payment charges that will increase your bill next month and if continued for some time will lead to the disruption of the services till the payment is made. Now this habit of forgetting usually happens when one procrastinates making the trip to the nearest outlet and spending time standing in a long queue just to pay the bill. With online payments late payment or forgetting to pay the bill can be completely avoided because of the sheer simplicity with which this task of everyday life can be tackled.

Not only will one pay the bills on time avoiding late payment charges and unwanted disruptions, but get to save on every bill payment they make online by using discount and cashback coupons.

Understanding the deals, discounts and sales offered by e-commerce Websites

Online shopping has made our lives much easier and if you ask it from a lazy person like me, I am glad that this revolution took place. I am one of those people who just like to sit at home, scroll for things on their smartphones/pc screens and purchase a product. Its too easy, and its adding to my clumsiness, anyways the online companies we buy from, sometimes just go crazy and offer discounts that are beyond expectations. But what we don’t understand is that there are too many factors hidden behind these discounts rather than just lower prices.

Taking up various types of discounts from a company’s point of view

Consider me as an online shopping company, if I had more than 10 competitors in my field the foremost things that would bring the customers more to me would be lower prices, offering the same product at lower price and thus gaining a customer’s trust, for this I would offer a first time shopping discount.

Now that I have a customer, who has shopped from me once, I want him to come back again, so I will do two things, either put up a personalized offer in his/her mail or offer a cashback on a product, which in turn will assure his/her third return.

An affiliate link will help me get another customer, without making a direct approach and also with a good marketing strategy I can make my existing customer, get me a new one and they both will shop more to get discounts.

A brief idea of the effect of these discounts on us

If you review the heading just above this one, you would know that the deals, discounts and offers are not meant for us, they are for the companies own profit. Cashbacks and personalized offers encourage us to shop more and hence increase the earning of these websites. Myntra promo codes are the best if you are looking for offers on clothing.

If you remember about 2 years ago, all of the e-commerce super giants came out with big flashy sales, which ended up very nicely for them but badly for us. People who purchased from the sales were overall happy, but some unlucky people like me, got defected or fake products. Companies put up these flashy sales, increase their product prices and than show a big discounts and thus making a fool of the customer. You can CouponDekho for all the coupons.

Within the last two years many government policies has helped reduce e-commerce frauds and secured us from fake sales. Online deals are good as a matter of fact, until and unless they don’t lead to these fake deliveries. If you were to ask my take on this, I would say the future doesn’t seem that bright in this thing, as the companies will have a saturation point where they will stop giving such huge discounts and in disappointment we will turn ourselves towards offline markets again. But till all that happens we still have some trustworthy names in the market who offer us discounted and genuine products, websites add to the benefit of viewing Homeshop18 discount coupons at a single place.

Be a smart shopper, make a verified purchase.

India Ranks Third in Asia for Ransomware Attacks

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India is the third highest Asian country to receive ransomware attacks a type of malicious software, says a new report, adding that with the growth in “Internet of Things” (IoT) industry, the vulnerability towards infections and new malware threats will only increase.

Sharing its security prediction in 2016, the US software security firm Symantec Corporation that produces software for security, storage, backup and availability said India receives ransomware attacks with over 60,000 attacks per year or 170 malware attacks per day.

Ransomware is a type of malware that prevents or limits users from accessing their system.

This type of malware forces its victims to pay the ransom through certain online payment methods in order to grant access to their systems, or to get their data back.

According to Symantec’s “Internet Security Threat Report” (ISTR), India has evolved from law enforcement emails (seen largely in 2013) to crypto-ransomware.

According to Symantec, 86 percent of ransomware attacks in India were Crypto-ransomware.

Crypto-ransomware is a ransomware variant that encrypts and locks user files and will be released only in exchange of a payment.

Symantec recently partnered with the National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) to build cyber-security skills in India and develop world-class skilled and certified professionals leading to employability, especially for youth and women to check the growing vulnerability towards cyber-attacks.

Aspirational project like “Digital India,” under which the country is progressing towards the establishment of its first 98 “smart cities”, has garnered the maximum attention from the IT sector as this project will rely heavily on technology because “smart cities” are technology-driven.

For this, according to a report by The Department of Electronics and IT, India eyes five-six percent share in $300 billion global IoT industry by 2020 and issued roadmap for development of machine-to-machine (M2M) communication which will lay foundation for IoT in the country.

A recent report by Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) said that India would surpass the US with 402 million Internet by 2016.

“India is poised to end 2015 with 402 million Internet users, overtaking the US whose Internet population is estimated at 300 million. India’s Internet population will go up by 49 percent in 2015 compared to last year,” the report noted.

The report added that this number is expected to further surge to 462 million by June next year as more people come online, especially through their mobile devices.

The IoT is the network of physical objects or “things” embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity, which enables these objects to collect and exchange data.

The annual study from Symantec is based on findings from its global intelligence network of 41.5 million attack sensors, monitoring threat activity in more than 157 countries and territories.