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Instagram starts verifying suspicious accounts using government and other IDs

Instagram will now ask users engaging in coordinated inauthentic behaviour to start verifying their identities using government and other forms of IDs, the platform announced on August 13. If the account engages in coordinated inauthentic behaviour, has signs of automation, or has most of their followers in a different country from their own, they will be asked to show government IDs such as tax identification card, passport, birth certificate, etc., or other records such as school ID, electrici...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, Instagram, Supreme Court, India, US, Bill, Facebook Instagram, Jabalpur, Rubin, Madras High Court, Aadhaar, Joint Parliamentary Committee, Antony Clement Rubin, Janani Krishnamurthy

#NAMA: What are data trusts? How do they work?

“Data trusts are a type of data steward which are legally recognised trustees that hold data in a trust, as defined by law, and make decisions on behalf of people. There is a fiduciary responsibility between the people whose data it is and the trustees who hold it. The trustees can decide on how this data is used, how it is not used, where it is shared, who it is shared with,” a speaker explained at MediaNama’s discussion on the Governance of Non-Personal Data held on August 7. It is a legal str...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, News, Toronto, Sidewalk Labs, XYZ, Facebooks, Medianama, Non-personal Data, Data Trusts, Sidewalk Toronto Google

#NAMA: Anja Kovacs on the problems with India’s report on non-personal data governance framework

“[The Non-Personal Data Governance Framework] thinks it’s relevant to have a government body to be the trustee for the community’s data, which in practice, transfers only more power to the state rather than to the community, as well as the politicising the concept,” said Anja Kovacs, director of the Internet Democracy Project. Kovacs also pointed out that the report released by the committee has other flaws including that it doesn’t question the idea of data collection and looking at data as a r...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, India, Kovacs, FTI, Medianama, Nama, Kovas, Non-personal Data, Anja Kovacs, Non Personal Data Governance Framework, Internet Democracy Project Kovacs, Soshana Zuboff

Calls for ouster of state health director as coronavirus cases surge, governor may postpone trans-Pacific travel reopening, Hawaii added to New England's quarantine list, contact tracers in short supply, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii Health Director Bruce Anderson, Aug. 6 Facebook Live Hawaii’s rise in COVID-19 infections has landed it on New York’s travel quarantine list. The state of New York, along with Connecticut and New Jersey, on Tuesday placed Hawaii on its tri-state list of states and territories from which travelers are required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Star-Advertiser.COVID-19 Data Shows Hawaii Is In A ‘Very Dire Situation’. Despite a troubling rise in the number of cases, the public d...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, New York, Hawaii, House, Connecticut, New Jersey, Kim, Pearl Harbor, DOE, Bond, New England, Big Island, Hawaii Island, Waikiki, Maui

In Net Neutrality setback, South Korea lays service quality at content providers’ feet

We missed it earlier: South Korea on May 7 amended its Telecommunications Business Act that would essentially hold content providers like messaging apps and streaming services liable for network issues. This is a significant Net Neutrality issue, since this makes Quality of Service for individual services the content providers’ problem, as opposed to ISPs. While the amendment doesn’t specify what exactly content providers can do to avoid liability, lawyers Kim Jong-hyun and Lee Yunjoh indicated ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, South Korea, Hong Kong, News, Net Neutrality, India, Netflix, Korea, Airtel, SK Telecom, EBITDA, Sunil Mittal, Kim Jong hyun, OpenNet, Lee Yunjoh

Children’s age of consent, anonymisation dominate Parliamentary Committee’s discussion of Data Protection Bill

Children’s privacy rights and how anonymisation can preserve privacy rights reigned supreme during the sixth sitting of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Personal Data Protection Bill held on Monday afternoon, sources have told MediaNama. The committee, where members heard representations from L&L Law Firm (erstwhile Luthra and Luthra Law) and Foundation of Data Protection Professionals in India (FDPPI) in a two-and-a-half hour meeting, will next convene on August 11 at noon. Need for gra...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, Bill, Committee, Rajya Sabha, Parliamentary Committee, Shashi Tharoor, Lok Sabha, ASSOCHAM, Chaudhary, Jairam Ramesh, JPC, Luthra, Luthra Law, Personal Data Protection Bill

"at your library" in the north island eagle: columns published since re-opening, parts 2 and 3

Ancestry Library: Your Library Can Help You Discover Your RootsAs the lockdown began, I posted some "At Your Library" columns that were suddenly irrelevant, among them a column about Ancestry Library, then only available from a library branch -- and the branches were all closed.Shortly after that, Ancestry was made available from all computers -- but the newspaper wasn't publishing. As it turns out, that column didn't run before the lockdown. I submitted with some changes in July, and I was able...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Ancestry, Kim Jones, Jonas Jonasson, Summer Reading Club, Port Hardy, Laura K, Kenneth Oppel, Port McNeill, VIRL, COVID-19, Ancestry Library, Gilly Segal, Storytime Corner Facebook Group, Babytimes

US announces effort to get Chinese apps, telcos out of US smartphones and networks

The US State Department on Wednesday announced a wide expansion of their Clean Networks effort that aim at reducing China’s internet presence in the US. Some of the new efforts announced are already in action in some way or the other, but the “clean store” and “clean apps” initiatives are the most notable, aiming to get Chinese apps out of American mobile app marketplaces, and popular US apps out of Chinese app marketplaces. “PRC [Chinese] apps threaten our privacy, proliferate viruses, and spre...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, News, Microsoft, China, US, Federal Communications Commission, Alibaba, Telecom, Chinese communist party, Department Of Justice, Huawei, 5g, Trump, China Telecom

What Q2 fundraising data tells us about the rest of 2020

Russ Heddleston Contributor Share on Twitter Russ is the co-founder and CEO of DocSend. He was previously a product manager at Facebook, where he arrived via the acquisition of his startup, and has held roles at Dropbox, Greystripe and Trulia. Follow him here: @rheddleston and @docsend More posts by this contributor What the last 2 months of fundraising tells us about the future When is it time ...
Tags: Travel, Startups, TC, Facebook, Column, Entrepreneurship, Funding, Economy, Architecture, Fundraising, Venture Capital, Private Equity, Startup Company, Trulia, Russ, Russ Heddleston

Google Play Music to shut down starting in September, will disappear by December

Google’s plans to wind down its Google Play Music service in favor of the company’s newer YouTube Music have been known for some time. But Google this week has given users a deadline on making the switch. The company says YouTube Music will fully replace Google Play Music in December 2020, at which point Google Play Music users will no longer be able to stream from or otherwise use the Google Play Music app. Though December is the final deadline for being able to export from the Google Play Musi...
Tags: Travel, Google, Google Play, Facebook, Music, Media, Youtube, Pandora, South Africa, New Zealand, Streaming, Streaming Music, Streaming Service, Youtube Music, Google Play Music, Apple Music Spotify

Q3 2020 is primed to be an intense shopping season for VCs

Russ Heddleston Contributor Share on Twitter Russ is the co-founder and CEO of DocSend. He was previously a product manager at Facebook, where he arrived via the acquisition of his startup, and has held roles at Dropbox, Greystripe and Trulia. Follow him here: @rheddleston and @docsend More posts by this contributor What the last 2 months of fundraising tells us about the future When is it time ...
Tags: Travel, Startups, TC, Facebook, Column, Entrepreneurship, Funding, Economy, Fundraising, Venture Capital, Trulia, Russ, Russ Heddleston, Extra Crunch, Coronavirus, COVID-19

Explore the Ruins of Timgad, the “African Pompeii” Excavated from the Sands of Algeria

Image via Wikimedia Commons Fifteen centuries after its fall, the Roman Empire lives on in unexpected places. Take, for instance, the former colonial city of Timgad, located in Algeria 300 miles from the capital. Founded by the Emperor Trajan around 100 AD as Colonia Marciana Ulpia Traiana Thamugadi, it thrived as a piece of Rome in north Africa before turning Christian in the third century and into a center of the Donatist sect in the fourth. The three centuries after that saw a sacking by Van...
Tags: Google, Facebook, College, Africa, History, Rome, Architecture, Unesco, Algeria, Alan, Seoul, Pompeii, Versailles, Facebook Twitter, James Bruce, Sahara

Messenger launches a new chat plugin for business websites to reach non-Facebook customers

Facebook is making it easier for businesses to leverage its Messenger service on their own websites. The company in November 2017 first launched a new customer chat plugin which allowed customers to talk directly with a business on the business’s own website using the Messenger service. However, that plugin had required the website visitors to be logged into Facebook, limiting adoption. Today, that’s changing, Facebook says. The prior version of the plugin may have worked for smaller businesses ...
Tags: Travel, Social, Facebook, Soma Toth, WooCommerce ManyChat, Haravan

Facebook doubles down on work-from-office with massive NYC lease near Penn Station

We’ve had huge debates about the future of work — are we going to be working from home, working from the office, or perhaps, working from anywhere? Work From Home is dead, long live Work From Anywhere Well, Facebook has put its wager down, and it’s work from office. In a flurry of articles in the local press overnight, the New York Times and others confirmed that Facebook has secured the main office lease on the James A. Farley Building, located one block south of Penn Station in west...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Facebook, Real Estate, New York, New York City, Atlanta, Chelsea, New York Times, Dallas, Postal Service, Amtrak, Penn Station, Eighth Avenue, Port Authority

Agenda and Reading List: Discussions on Non Personal Data; Aug 6 and 7 #Ad

We are looking forward to our online sessions on the Governance of Non Personal Data, being held in partnership with the Centre for Communication Governance (NLU-Delhi). We are hosting these sessions on August 6 and 7, a week before the August 13 deadline for submitting comments to the government on the draft Non Personal Data Governance Framework. We are doing this across two days, because we felt that, given the details in the report, it required a more in-depth discussion (and debate), and a ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, India, Un, Bill, Committee, Infosys, NPD, Chatham House, FTI, IPR, DSCI, Sean McDonald, Neil Lawrence, Sameer Nigam

WhatsApp now allows users to search the web to verify claims made in forwards

WhatsApp now allows users in a handful of markets — but not India — to verify claims made in forwarded messages on the platform, the company announced on August 3. The feature, called ‘search the web’, will add a magnifying glass icon next to “messages that have been forwarded many times”. The icon will appear next to messages that have been forwarded at least five times, according to TechCrunch. We have reached out to WhatsApp for more details. The feature was rolled out in Brazil, Italy, Irela...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, India, US, Whatsapp, Misinformation, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Fake News, Disinformation, Brazil Italy Ireland Mexico Spain UK

Kashmiri businesses teetering on bankruptcy, as year-long Internet shutdown chokes e-commerce

By Aakash Hassan This is the second in a series of three articles chronicling the impact of the nearly year-long disruption in internet services in the Kashmir region, one of the longest in the world. Part Two looks at how the local economy has been affected. Musiab Nisar always aspired to be a successful entrepreneur. Despite holding a Master’s degree in Environmental Science, Nisar’s was always keen on creating an independent business. Barely months after his graduation in October 2018, N...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, Delhi, New Delhi, Kashmir, Srinagar, Jammu, Kashmiri, Nisar, Jammu and Kashmir, Internet shutdowns, Samiullah, Article 370, Aakash Hassan, Musiab Nisar

Facebook to depose before Committee on Data Protection Bill on Aug 10

Facebook is scheduled to depose before the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Personal Data Protection Bill during the Committee’s next meeting on August 10, as per the Lok Sabha website. The social media giant will be accompanied by representatives from the law firm Luthra & Luthra, industry body ASSOCHAM, and a Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Centre. We had earlier reported that the meeting would take place on August 10. Screenshot from the Lok Sabha website. During the previous meeting on July 27, t...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, Privacy, Npr, Bill, Committee, Lok Sabha, ASSOCHAM, Abdul Kalam, Vivek Joshi, NCRB, Luthra Luthra, Personal Data Protection Bill, Personal Data Protection Bill 2019, Joint Parliamentary

Google wants to be only destination for Search and digital advertising: 14 key takeaways from Pichai’s deposition before the antitrust subcommittee

Given that Google earns more than $100 billion, there is “a fundamental conflict of interest between serving users who want to access the best and most relevant information and Google’s business model, which incentivises Google to sell ads and keep users on Google’s own sites,” David Cicilline (D-RI), the chair of the subcommittee, said at the Big Tech CEOs’ hearing before the House subcommittee on antitrust on July 29 (available to watch here). But Google CEO Sundar Pichai clarified that ads ar...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Cook, News, Microsoft, Congress, Navy, Youtube, Senate, China, US, Joe Biden

Apple’s preferential treatment in App Store, coercive practices: 8 key takeaways from Cook’s deposition before the antitrust subcommittee

Apple’s App Store policies are such that at one point even Facebook’s CFO Sheryl Sandberg thought that Apple could lock out Facebook’s apps, the Big Tech CEOs’ hearing before the House subcommittee on antitrust on July 29 (available to watch here) revealed. Questions to Apple CEO Tim Cook largely focussed on the company’s App Store policies. “I am concerned that Apple’s policies are also picking winners and losers in the app economy, and that Apple rules mean Apple apps always win.” — Representa...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Cook, News, China, US, Competition, Beijing, House, Tim Cook, Antitrust, Baidu, Johnson

Saregama Carvaan sales plummet amid pandemic; company slashes marketing, manpower

Music label and film production company Saregama’s Carvaan physical music player suffered as the lockdown almost completely halted physical retail sales. Even with e-commerce platforms coming back on track later in Q1FY21, only 15,000 units of Carvaan were sold, compared to 198,000 units in Q3FY20 and 74,000 in Q4FY20. Source: Saregama The company said it heavily cut marketing and personnel costs for Carvaan, though it did not specify how much was saved in this exercise — Saregama Managing Di...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Facebook, Spotify, News, Netflix, Saregama, Mehra, Carvaan, Vikram Mehra, Earnings Jun20, Saregama Increase, Saregama Public

Facebook bought, copied, threatened competition: 11 key takeaways from Zuckerberg’s deposition before the antitrust subcommittee

In his introductory remarks at the Big Tech CEOs’ hearing before the House subcommittee on antitrust on July 29 (available to watch here), Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg conveniently gave a skewed picture of Facebook’s dominant position. “In many areas, we’re behind our competitors. The most popular messaging service in the US is iMessage. The fastest growing app is TikTok. The most popular app for video is YouTube. The fastest growing ads platform is that of Amazon. The largest ads pl...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Pinterest, Instagram, US, Snapchat, Whatsapp, Competition, Netflix, House, Antitrust

Microsoft-TikTok: On Global ambitions, Geopolitics, IPO plans, Big Tech and the splinternet

It’s official: Microsoft is in talks to buy the TikTok business from ByteDance in four countries: the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. This comes a day after US President Donald Trump told reporters on-board Air Force One that “As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States”. President Trump was not in favor of a US company buying Tiktok, but and was considering an executive order to ban it. However, as per Microsoft’s statement (reproduced in full belo...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, UK, News, Supreme Court, Microsoft, China, India, Satya Nadella, US, Social Media, Linkedin, Eu, Bloomberg, United States, United Kingdom

Ige vetoes unemployment payments from CARES bill, COVID-19 cases hit another record 124, BOE delays schools opening to Aug. 17, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Gov. Ige removes mask at July 28 press conference. Facebook video. Gov. David Ige vetoes additional unemployment insurance, hoping Congress acts. Gov. David Ige vetoed a spending plan that would have added $100 in state weekly unemployment benefits in the era of COVID-19, hoping that an embattled Congress will continue supplementing state benefits at something close to the current, weekly level of $600 in additional federal aid. Star-Advertiser.Ige uses line-item veto on virus relief bill...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Congress, California, Senate, Office, Hawaii, Boe, Associated Press, Chinatown, Hawaii Island, Maui, National Science Foundation, Hawai, Honolulu, Hawaii County

Recruiting for diversity in VC

Dan Miller Contributor Share on Twitter Dan is a Partner at True Search where he leads the firm's Investment Professional practice, having worked with many top VC & PE firms in their senior hiring efforts. More posts by this contributor Inside the venture capital recruiting process Like many industries with a high concentration of wealth — and the careers that help professionals accumulate it — invest...
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Facebook signs deals with labels for music videos: Report

In a significant development for Facebook’s music business, the company has just signed music video deals with Warner, Sony and Universal, the three largest labels in the world, Bloomberg reports. Earlier this month, the company wrote to artists saying that their music videos would be automatically added to their pages, and if they chose not to do so, the company would set a page for those videos on its own. The deal with the big three labels seems to pave the way for the social media company to...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Spotify, Music, News, Instagram, India, Bloomberg, Warner Music Group, Sony Music, Universal Music Group, Saregama, Facebook Watch, In India Facebook, Zee Music, Warner Sony

Telegram hits out at Apple’s app store ‘tax’ in latest EU antitrust complaint

Apple has another antitrust charge on its plate. Messaging app Telegram has joined Spotify in filing a formal complaint against the iOS App Store in Europe — adding its voice to a growing number of developers willing to publicly rail against what they decry as Apple’s app “tax”. A spokesperson for Telegram confirmed the complaint to TechCrunch, pointing us to this public Telegram post where founder, Pavel Durov, sets out seven reasons why he thinks iPhone users should be concerned about the...
Tags: Travel, Iphone, Apple, Ios, Google, Amazon, Android, Ipad, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Spotify, Europe, Lawsuit, Cook, US

‘Company size doesn’t prevent competition’, Zuckerberg to argue at antitrust hearing

“Facebook is a successful company now, but we got there the American way: we started with nothing and provided better products that people find valuable. As I understand our laws, companies aren’t bad just because they are big. Many large companies that fail to compete cease to exist,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg plans to tell lawmakers at an antitrust hearing on Wednesday, according to prepared remarks released to the public. “We know that our future success is not guaranteed, especially in a ...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Instagram, Congress, China, US, America, Competition, Tim Cook, Antitrust, Jeff Bezos

Sundar Pichai to downplay competition concerns in US Big Tech antitrust testimony

In an antitrust hearing in the US on Wednesday, Google and its parent company Alphabet’s CEO Sundar Pichai will downplay concerns on the internet giant’s market dominance, his prepared remarks show. “Google operates in highly competitive and dynamic global markets, in which prices are free or falling, and products are constantly improving. Today’s competitive landscape looks nothing like it did 5 years ago, let alone 21 years ago, when Google launched its first product, Google Search,” Pichai wi...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, India, US, Competition, House Of Representatives, Tim Cook, Antitrust, Jeff Bezos, Sundar Pichai, Alexa

Vicariously mimics another person’s Twitter feed using lists, but it violates Twitter rules

That Vicariously app you might have seen pop up in your twitter feed via a little viral growth hacking has run aground on Twitter’s automation rules. We reached out about it after it started spamming my feed with ‘so and so has added you to a list’ notifications and Twitter says that the app is not in compliance. Updates below. To be fair, they did also say they ‘love’ it — but that it will have to find a different way to do what it does. “We love that Vicariously uses Lists to help people ...
Tags: Travel, TC, Facebook, Twitter, Entrepreneur, Software, Computing, Operating Systems, Real Time Web, Spamming, Microblogging, Text Messaging, Harding, Kik Messenger, Jake Harding

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