Monday, 21 January 2019

France builds WhatsApp rival due to surveillance risk

Mathieu Rosemain PARIS The French government is building its own encrypted messenger service to ease fears that foreign entities could spy on private conversations between top...

Russia starts blocking Telegram messenger

Maria Kiselyova, Jack Stubbs  MOSCOWRussia’s state telecommunications regulator said on Monday it had begun blocking access to Telegram messenger after the company refused to comply with...

Indonesia MPs grill Facebook officials on data breaches

Cindy Silviana JAKARTA A Facebook official apologised to Indonesian members of parliament on Tuesday during a five-hour grilling at a public hearing on issues ranging from...

Apple debuts biggest iPhone yet, health-oriented watch

CALIFORNIA Apple introduced its largest iPhone ever and a new line of watches that can detect heart problems on Wednesday as it looks to get...

Zuckerberg loses more than US$15 billion in record Facebook fall

BENGALURU / SAN FRANCISCO / NEW YORK Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg’s fortune took a more than US$15 billion hit yesterday, as the social media...

SEC to review decision rejecting bitcoin ETFs

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON The US Securities and Exchange Commission said on Thursday it will review a decision by its staff to block nine bitcoin-based exchange-traded funds...

Hacked, scammed and on your own: navigating cryptocurrency ‘wild west’

NEW YORK When Peggy and Marco Lachmann-Anke learned in January that hackers cracked a 40-character password and cleaned out their cryptocurrency wallet, they did not...

Ryanair strike hits 55,000 passengers across Europe

DUBLIN/BERLIN Ryanair endured its worst one-day strike today after a walk-out by pilots in five European countries disrupted the plans of an estimated 55,000 travelers...

Cyberattack on Singapore health database steals details of 1.5 million, including PM

SINGAPORE A major cyberattack on Singapore’s government health database stole the personal information of about 1.5 million people, including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, the...

Samsung unveils gaming-friendly Galaxy Note 9 to boost sales

SEOUL Samsung Electronics Co Ltd launched the Galaxy Note 9 “phablet” in New York yesterday, promising better battery life and quick cooling to attract...

UK royal Meghan reveals she’s six months pregnant: media

BIRKENHEAD, England Meghan Markle, wife of Britain’s Prince Harry, told royal well-wishers on Monday she was six months pregnant but the royal couple do not...

Singapore proposes fines on Grab, Uber

SINGAPORE Singapore’s anti-trust body proposed fines on ride-hailing firms Grab and Uber, provisionally finding that their merger had reduced competition and suggesting remedies such as...
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