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Google defends Gmail data sharing, gives few details on violations


WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO: Alphabet Inc's Google gave details about its policies for third-party Gmail add-ons but stopped short of fully addressing questions from U.S. senators about developers who break its email-scanning rules.


How user data flows between big technology platforms such as Google and Facebook Inc and their partners has faced scrutiny around the world this year since Facebook revealed it had done little to monitor such relationships.

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There’s no going back now: YouTube fully commits to vertical video with new ad format


If you weren’t sure about vertical video before, you can be sure about it now. Vertical videos aren’t going anywhere.


YouTube just announced last week that they are rolling out a new vertical video ad format. 


According to the company, “more than 70 percent of YouTube watch time happens on mobile devices” and because of that YouTube acknowledges “it’s important to adapt to their viewing behaviors.” Companies and brands will now have the option to upload vertical videos and run video advertisements that will conform to a viewers mobile screen. Vertical videos can be run in ad campaigns across YouTube’s apps and through its TrueView (skippable ad) product.


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US to spare Apple watch, many gadgets from new China tariffs

FILE PHOTO: A woman tries a new Apple Watch Series 3 Cellular model after it goes on sale at the Apple Store in Tokyo's Omotesando shopping district, Japan, September 22, 2017. REUTERS/Issei Kato/File Photo

SAN FRANCISCO: The United States will spare Apple Inc's Watch and other consumer gadgets from the latest round of tariffs on Chinese goods, a senior administration official said in a last-minute reprieve for the technology industry on Monday (Sep 17).


The administration's proposal for the tariffs on US$200 billion of products drew protest from technology companies earlier this year, but the final list of taxed devices described by the official avoids many big consumer brand names and products.

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New Exploit Kit Fallout Delivering Gandcrab Ransomware


Security researchers uncovered a new exploit kit, which they’ve named Fallout, delivering downloader trojans, potentially unwanted applications (PUAs), and notably the GandCrabransomware. Here’s what you need to know about these threats and what you can do to defend against them:


What is Fallout’s attack chain? 

Fallout derived its name from its routines — code generation, HTML use, and URL pattern — that were similar to Nuclear, a previously active exploit kit. Fallout exploits two vulnerabilities embedded in its landing pages to deliver its payloads:


- CVE-2018-8174: a remote code execution (RCE) vulnerability in Windows’ VBScript engine patched in May 2018. Other exploit kits have targeted this vulnerability to deliver cryptocurrency-mining malware. Fallout exploits this security flaw first and uses another vulnerability if VBScript is disabled.


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NETS appointed to handle transactions on unified e-payment platform at hawker centres, coffee shops

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SINGAPORE: NETS has been appointed to unify the e-payment landscape at hawker centres, coffee shops and industrial canteens, announced Enterprise Singapore on Wednesday (Sep 12). 


This means NETS will be the only touchpoint to reconcile accounts and earnings by participating stall holders who accept payment via the various cashless systems, eliminating the need for multiple terminals or quick response (QR) codes.

For customers, they can choose to pay using 20 different e-payment options, including EZ-Link, NETS FlashPay, WeChat Pay, Singtel Dash and GrabPay.

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