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Information Commissioner to scrutinise WhatsApp over Facebook data sharing

The UK’s data regulator is scrutinising controversial changes to WhatsApp’s privacy policy that will see the messaging app share users’ phone numbers with Facebook. On Thursday WhatsApp announced that it would link accounts with Facebook for the first time since the social network paid $ 19bn (£14bn) for the app two years ago. The changes sparked an instant backlash, with ...

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iPhone spying flaw: What you need to know about Apple's critical security update

Apple has issued a critical security update after the discovery of never-before-seen vulnerabilities that allow hackers to spy on iPhones’ emails, messages and phone calls. The “Trident” flaw represents the biggest security scare yet for users of iOS – the operating system on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. The hack is worrying not only for its power but also its simplicity: ...

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Apple issues urgent iPhone software update after attempted hack with 'most sophisticated spyware' ever seen

Apple has issued a global upgrade of its iOS mobile operating system after a botched attempt to break into the iPhone of an Arab activist using hitherto unknown espionage software. The spyware took advantage of three previously undisclosed weaknesses in iOS to take complete control of iPhone devices. An Apple spokesperson said: “We were made aware of this vulnerability and immediately fixed it ...

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Windows 10 anniversary update keeps breaking PCs

Microsoft has once again been criticised for breaking customers’ computers with the latest version of its flagship operating system. The Windows 10 anniversary update, released at the beginning of this month, has caused some customers’ computers to completely freeze, to the point that the devices are left unusable. Users have also found that plugging a Kindle into a computer running ...

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Singapore starts trial of world's first self-driving taxis

The world’s first self-driving taxis began picking up passengers in Singapore starting on Thursday. Select members of the public can hail a free ride through their smartphones in taxis operated by nuTonomy, an autonomous vehicle software startup. While multiple companies, including Google and Volvo, have been testing self-driving cars on public roads for several years, nuTonomy says is the first to offer rides ...

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Uber will now let you book a car in advance in London

Uber is launching a new feature that allows customers to pre-book cars up to a month in advance of when they will need them, a significant step forward for the car hailing app that currently only lets users hail a ride to arrive immediately.  In what will come as another blow to the taxi industry, the Scheduled Rides addition means that Uber customers in ...

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WhatsApp’s new privacy policy lets it share your phone number with Facebook

WhatsApp plans to share its users’ phone numbers with Facebook, the first time the messaging app has allowed the two services to connect data since Facebook bought it two years ago. The messaging app’s new privacy policy, published on Thursday, gives it permission to connect Facebook accounts to WhatsApp accounts for the first time. This will give Facebook more data about ...

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Steve Wozniak tells Apple: Don't kill the headphone jack in the iPhone 7

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has warned the iPhone giant that removing the 3.5mm headphone jack from its upcoming device would be a grave error.  Wozniak said Apple should think carefully before “ticking off” customers with the controversial decision to remove the port, which has been present on every iPhone since the original was released in 2007.  “If it’s missing the 3.5mm earphone ...

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UberEats drivers to strike in London in bid for higher wages

Drivers for Uber’s food delivery service in London are threatening to strike this week if wages aren’t increased – a sign workers toiling for on-demand apps in the city are emboldened after a rival take-out service made concessions following a protest earlier this month. Hundreds of UberEats drivers plan to strike starting on August 26, according to the United Voices ...

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US attacks power grab by Brussels over Apple tax probe

The US has launched a stinging attack on Brussels’ tax investigations into Apple and other companies in an escalation of the transatlantic battle over alleged EU targeting of US multinationals. In a last-ditch shot before Brussels announces the results of its lengthy investigation into Apple’s Irish tax affairs, the US Treasury accused the European Commission of trying to become a ...

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