News digest 20.09.2021

CHINA TELLS ALIBABA AND TENCENT TO OPEN PLATFORMS UP TO EACH OTHER

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Alibaba, Tencent and other leaders of the Chinese Internet industry traditionally block links to each other's pages in their messengers. As a result, a closed ecosystem is created.
The Ministry of Industry and Information Technologies has proposed a new antitrust standard, according to which companies should not isolate users within their platforms.

US COURT RULES APPLE MUST ALLOW THIRD-PARTY PAYMENT SYSTEMS

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Apple will no longer be able to prohibit developers from telling about alternative payment methods in apps: adding buttons or links that allow users to pay for purchases using third-party payment systems, bypassing the App Store.
This decision was made by the district court of the US state of California in the proceedings between Apple and Epic Games.

SOME FACEBOOK USERS HAVE PRIVILEGES

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The Wall Street Journal journalists found out that the Facebook post quality control system allows some users with a large audience to publish materials that violate the community rules.
The XCheck system protects millions of popular users, including journalists and politicians, from liability for publications. In the system, these people are listed in the ‘white list’.

APP ANNIE WILL PAY $10 MILLION TO SETTLE A FRAUD INVESTIGATION WITH THE SEC

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The SEC investigation revealed that from late 2014 to mid-2018, App Annie used non-aggregated and non-anonymized data from app developers, although the company promised not to do so.
App Annie and its CEO Bertrand Schmidt agreed to pay more than $10 million to settle this issue. These are the first SEC sanctions against the company.

TELEGRAM EMERGES AS NEW DARK WEB FOR CYBER CRIMINALS

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Journalists have discovered a growing network of hackers in Telegram who share data obtained through leaks.
An analyst at Cyberint said that there was an increase in the activity of cybercriminals in Telegram by more than 100%.

FACEBOOK ANNOUNCES NEW BUSINESS CONNECTION TOOLS

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Facebook's first innovation was the ability to buy ads that encourage people to connect with businesses via Facebook Messenger, Instagram Direct or WhatsApp.
The service also plans to launch a test of paid organic tools that give businesses the opportunity to find potential customers on Instagram.

APPLE HAS RELEASED AN UPDATE THAT PREVENTS THE PEGASUS PROGRAM FROM HACKING IPHONES

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The new update closes a vulnerability that allowed hacking iPhones with the Pegasus spyware. The virus was spread via iMessage and did not require any actions on the part of the user to work.
Apple's message notes that the versions of iOS 14.8 and iPad OS 14.8 are necessarily recommended for installation to all users.

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