News digest 14.12.2020

Lawmakers from 34 countries back ‘Make Amazon Pay’ campaign

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The “Make Amazon Pay” campaign was launched on Nov. 27 – the annual Black Friday shopping bonanza – by a coalition of over 50 organizations, with demands including improvements to working conditions and full tax transparency.
The letter’s signatories include U.S. Congresswoman Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, former UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and Vice President of the European Parliament Heidi Hautala, co-convenors Progressive International and UNI Global Union said.

BuzzFeed News: Facebook ignores fraudulent ads and hacked accounts as long as the company "gets paid”

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BuzzFeed News' investigation revealed how Facebook consistently prioritized making money over protecting users from scams, hackers, and disinformation.
Facebook told workers to ignore fraudulent ads and hacked accounts as long as the company "gets paid” with legitimate payment methods.
Ahead of the US elections in November, Facebook even told its ad reviewers to focus on selling political ads over looking for the ones that broke its rules, according to the report.

Google, Intel, Zoom and others launch a new alliance to get enterprises to use more Chrome

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A group of industry heavyweights, including Google, Box, Citrix, Dell, Imprivata, Intel, Okta, RingCentral, Slack, VMware and Zoom, today announced the launch of the Modern Computing Alliance.
The mission for this new alliance is to “drive ‘silicon-to-cloud’ innovation for the benefit of enterprise customers — fueling a differentiated modern computing platform and providing additional choice for integrated business solutions.”

Cydia sues Apple alleging its App Store has a monopoly

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A new lawsuit from the creator of jailbroken iOS app store Cydia claims Apple used anti-competitive tactics that froze out Cydia and other would-be rivals when it created its App Store.
Apple, the lawsuit states, “began coercing users to utilize no other iOS app distribution service but the App Store, coupling it closer and closer to the iPhone itself in order to crowd out all competition.” The company is seeking a jury trial and unspecified monetary damages.

Cloudflare and Apple made a new DNS protocol to protect your data from ISPs

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The protocol is called Oblivious DNS over HTTPS (ODoH), and it’s meant to help anonymize the information that’s sent before you even make it onto a website.

Microsoft unearths massive malware campaign targeting Chrome, Firefox, other browsers on Windows devices

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The malware gets installed just like other programmes and can be accessed through Apps settings and gets registered as Windows service with the same name playing down chances of it getting caught by anti-virus software.
According to Microsoft blog post, the malware identified as ‘Adrozek’ has been targeting 30,000 devices every day since May this year and attacks peaked in August 2020.

Facebook might be forced to sell Instagram and WhatsApp

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The US Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit against Menlo Park, followed by another, filed by a union between 46 states, Washington DC and Guam.
The antitrust lawsuits say Facebook “used its monopoly power to snuff out competition at the expense of everyday users”.

Apple’s data-collection ‘nutrition labels’ for apps will begin appearing next week

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Developers are now required to self-report to Apple on the data they collect from users. Very few will escape the new rules.
Whether marketers like it or not, Apple (and others) are forcing greater transparency on them. Although Apple delayed its “permission to track,” opt-in rules until next year, its “privacy nutrition labels” for app developers go into effect next week on Dec. 8.

Top Apps Worldwide for November 2020 by Downloads

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WhatsApp was the most downloaded non-gaming app worldwide for November 2020 with close to 58 million installs. The countries with the most installs of the app during this period were India at 30 percent of its total downloads and Nigeria at 10 percent.
TikTok was the second most installed non-gaming app worldwide last month with close to 55 million installs. The countries with the largest number of TikTok installs were from Douyin in China at 12 percent, followed by Indonesia at 8 percent.
Facebook, Weather & Radar USA, and Instagram rounded out the top five most installed non-gaming apps worldwide for the month. The full top 10 ranking of non-gaming apps worldwide by downloads for November 2020 could be found via the link.

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