FCC sanctioned TikTok: “Apple and Google remove it from stores”

The Federal Communications Commission of the United States of America sent a notice to Apple and Google in recent days asking them to remove the TikTok app from their stores due to its data management practices that are not exactly transparent.

FCC commissioner Brendan Carr sent the request to the two Silicon Valley giants after it emerged, thanks to a BuzzFeed News investigation, that TikTok staff in China had the ability to access US user data despite the company statements indicated otherwise.

“As you know, TikTok is an app available to millions of Americans via your app stores and collects vast amounts of sensitive data about US users. TikTok is owned by Beijing-based ByteDance, a company linked to the Chinese Communist Party and which responds to Chinese law by complying with government surveillance demands, “wrote Carr in a letter addressed to Sundar Pichai and Tim Cook, the two CEOs of Google and Apple.

“It is clear that TikTok poses an unacceptable risk to national security due to the vast amount of data it collects coupled with Beijing’s seemingly uncontrolled access to that sensitive data,” the FCC commissioner specified, according to TechCrunch.

It is not new that concerns are raised about the confidentiality of information collected by TikTok, which in the past has repeatedly replied that US user data is stored in the US and not in China. However, according to BuzzFeed News, TikTok staff in China had access to US user data as late as January of this year.

BuzzFeed’s claim is in contrast to a sworn testimony a TikTok executive gave in a US Senate hearing in October last year, stating then that it is “a renowned security team. based in the United States “to decide who can gain access to US user data.

TikTok’s response to BuzzFeed’s response was not long in coming: the company said it currently uses servers located in the US and Singapore for backup, but plans to delete US users’ private data from datacenters in the future ( in China) and fully switch to Oracle’s cloud servers located in the US. The company also stated that it is working to make operational changes and to set up a US-based department that can exclusively manage US user data.

Biden runs for cover to defend Kamala Harris in evident difficulty: “she is a courageous leader”

A popularity rate of 28 percent, a mission to Paris that has practically gone unnoticed by the national and international press. Vice President Kamala Harris appears increasingly in trouble, also according to CNN’s detailed revelations about the former Democratic senator’s team’s frustration with her role in the White House.

So much so that President Joe Biden, who also has to deal with an all-time low popularity, just 41%, ran for cover with a statement of support for the deputy published by spokeswoman Jen Psaki on Twitter. “The vice president is not only a vital partner for Potus but also a courageous leader who has taken the lead on important challenges that our country faces: from the right to vote to the causes of migration and the strengthening of broadband”, reads the message addressed “to all those who need to listen”.

Psaki’s tweet, released last night, was relaunched today by other senior White House officials, including chief of staff, Ron Klain, to gauge how alarmed the revelations, also published the night, caused in the West Wing. last on CNN’s website, regarding complaints from Harris loyalists, who claim Biden’s deputy would not be put in a position to be successful.

Accusations to which the West Wing, the wing of the White House that houses the president’s staff offices, is answered by pointing the finger at the “dysfunctions” of the vice president’s office, which has already lost several collaborators within a few months . “Kamala Harris spent nearly a year taking on all the problems the West Wing didn’t want to take on,” is the accusation of one of the former aides of the first female vice president, and not white, with a particular reference to the fact that Harris runs the thorny dossier of migrants.

Chrome, emergency patch released: update your browser now!

Google’s emergency release with Chrome 95.0.4638.69, for Windows, Mac and Linux. The purpose is to protect users from two 0-day saves already exploited. The columns are marked CVE-2021-38000 and CVE-2021-38003, and have already been spotted within exploits used by malicious actors. The advice is to immediately update your browser.

The update has already been released in the Stable Desktop channel and is automatically downloaded and installed on all installations. From the Chrome menu, you need to go to the About Chrome page and the download is done automatically. Finally, by pressing the Restart button, the software will be updated to the latest version available.
Chrome, uncovered and two exploited sockets

At the moment, no information has been disclosed on the techniques used by the malicious actors in the exploits, with Google that could wait some time for all browsers to be updated and are permanently safe from the two new flaws. From the beginning they were discovered together of 2021 0-day exploited on Chrome.

Telegram breaks another record! It has been downloaded and installed on smartphones more than a billion times

Telegram has reached a new record and this time it has done so in the Android platform and in its PlayStore that is the virtual store where all users can download applications. In this case that the application has passed for the first time a milestone that few other applications have reached this Russian during their life and we are talking about the download record on the Google PlayStore.

As reported directly on the Google PlayStore card, Telegram has been downloaded and installed on smartphones for more than a billion times. A staggering figure that few other applications have ever reached in the history of Android and which has certainly also been allowed by the latest downs of Facebook and WhatsApp.

But that’s not the only reason: Telegram over the years has been a shovel of many that no one had been able to formulate messaging in a simple application now. And if everyone has their preferences for the messaging system, it is clear that the functionalities that observe Telegram have not passed, indeed they are precisely those that have resulted in the success that the app has today. We speak clearly of the possibility of creating channels where to send messages to real communities of users, use stickers, customized or even created directly on the portal and then a user friendly aspect that over the years has improved in usability allowing anyone to use chats in fast and safe way.

And we remember, a story of a few weeks ago, as just with the down of Facebook and WhatsApp, Telegram has managed in a few hours to obtain the beauty of over 70 million new users. In short, a success that has no limits, just like the features that the app has and that are coming in the future.

Google Chrome, immediately update the browser, fixed two flaws in the new version

For the second time in a few days, Google has updated the Chrome browser to fix security issues that are actively exploited by attackers. It is therefore advisable to update Chrome on Windows, Mac and Linux to version 94.0.4606.71, which you can do immediately by typing in the URL bar “chrome: // settings / help” (without quotes), otherwise the update will be automatically distributed during the course of the next days / weeks.

The browser update contains a total of four security fixes, including two patches for 0-day vulnerabilities. “Google is aware that there are exploits for CVE-2021-37975 and CVE-2021-37976,” the company writes on its Chrome build blog.

In the first case it is a high severity flaw that refers to a Use-After-Free (UAF) vulnerability in the V8 JavaScript engine; The second “hole”, of medium danger, is described as a “leak of information in the core”, unearthed by Google’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG) with the assistance of researchers from Google Project Zero. With these two vulnerabilities, Google has fixed 12 Chrome 0-day flaws since the beginning of the year.

Mozilla vs Google: Chrome 94 violates user privacy

Google’s releasing a new version of Chrome isn’t generally great news, but Chrome 94 is an exception.

In fact, Google has implemented the Idle Detection API, a programming interface that allows sites to understand if the user who opened one of their pages is still in front of the computer or smartphone (because he is doing something) or if instead is gone.

The detection of the presence of the user is based on the execution of certain actions: it is in fact possible that the user is not interacting with a given site but is in any case using software or another application; in these cases, however, it is present.

If, on the other hand, nothing has happened for a while, or if perhaps the screensaver has started, Chrome believes that the user has moved away and, through that API, can let the sites know.

Although each site must ask for permission to use the data provided by the API, Mozilla believes that its operation creates “an opportunity for surveillance capitalism” as it “invites sites to invade aspects of the physical privacy of users. , to keep data about the user’s physical behavior for a long time, to learn the daily rhythms (such as the lunch break) and to use this data for a proactive psychological manipulation (for example by acting on the sense of hunger, emotions, choices) »as Tantek Çelik explains.

One might think that, given the rivalry between Mozilla and Google (and the ugly situation in terms of popularity that Firefox has been in for some time), the objections have an ulterior motive, beyond protecting the privacy of users.

Despite the objections, Chrome 94 is now a reality, and soon other Chromium-based browsers will integrate its functions, including the Idle Detection API, unless the various development teams decide to eliminate what they do not share.

However, if sites start using it, and considering the fact that Chrome is the most used browser in the world, it is possible that willy-nilly all browsers must adopt the Idle Detection API to ensure full compatibility with all sites.

Google turns 23 and launches a special promotion on the Google Store: offers

Happy birthday, Google! Yes, today, September 27th, is Google’s birthday, which turns 23 years old. And despite his birthday, it is Google that gives the gift and does it to its most loyal users, launching a special promo on the Google Store.
Google turns 23: the Google Store promo

For the whole day today, in fact, all the products present in the Google Store, an exclusion of Google Chromecast with Google TV, Nest Hello, Nest Camera Indoor, FitBit Charge 5 and FitBit Charge 4, are available for purchase. with a 20% discount using the GOOGLEBDAY coupon during the checkout phase.

But not only because, Google says, there are other discounts hidden here and there inside the Google Store and it’s up to users to find them and take advantage of them, as a sort of treasure hunt (there is, for example, Pixel 4a at 299 euro with the code BDAYSURPRISE23). It is good to keep in mind that the promo is valid only for 24 hours and therefore from 00:00 to 23:59 of today 27 September.

’21-09-25° The Google doodle for Christopher Reeve on his birthday

Today’s Google doodle celebrates Superman star and advocate for the disabled, Christopher Reeve would have turned 69 today. Actor, director and advocate for the rights of the less fortunate, Christopher Reeve is today honored with a doodle created by Erich Nagler, artistic director of Google Doodles.

We all remember him flying on the screen wearing a fluttering red cape and with the iconic giant S on his chest. However, the title of hero probably owes him for what he did after his serious accident. Yes, because despite the doctors having called the injury one of the worst possible, Reeve showed strength of spirit, giving it all and promising that one day he would walk again.

Born in 1952 and died in 2004, at the age of 52, Reeve is known to the general public for having starred in the 1978 film Superman after overcoming the other two eligible candidates, Marlon Brando and Gene Hackman. The role earned him a BAFTA Award in 1979 as the best promising newcomer and has definitively opened the doors of the cinema. Perhaps not everyone remembers him, but the man was paralyzed from the neck down after a horse accident – in 1995 – which compromised his spinal cord.

After rehab, he resumed his acting career, starring in a 1998 TV movie remake of Backyard Window, which earned him a Screen Actors Guild Award, and starred in two episodes of Smallville. He also became a supporter of spinal cord injury research and founder of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. In 2004, after a long battle, he suffered cardiac arrest and went into a coma before dying. Christopher Reeve’s doodle The doodle for Christopher Reeve shows the actor sitting in his wheelchair with the skyline of a city behind him.

The hidden word “Google” is formed by the clouds in the sky and the wake of a flying figure behind him. When word got out that Reeve had begged his wife to let him die, the actor responded with a firm denial. “I have not given up. I will never give up.” After his accident, he became a powerful advocate for people with disabilities and increased funding for medical research.

Android, ‘billions’ of more secure devices within a few months: here’s how Google will do it

Google has announced a very important change regarding the privacy protection of users who are still using devices that are no longer supported by Nino Grasso published on 20 September 2021, at 11:31 am in the Telephony channel GoogleAndroid Google recently announced that it will implement a new privacy protection feature not only on the latest terminals, but also on older devices that are no longer supported. The feature, which will be integrated on “billions of devices” by the end of the year, allows you to automatically restore the permissions of apps that have not been used for months. In this way, the apps installed on smartphones and tablets will no longer have permission to access sensitive device functions (microphones, storage units, geolocation and much more) unless the user chooses to reactivate the permissions following the request. of the same app. The novelty will be implemented on all devices with Android 6.0 (API level 23) or later, and which have Google Play Services installed, up to devices with Android 10 (API level 29). Google explained that “starting from December 2021 the feature will be expanded to billions of devices”, and that it will be “automatically enabled” on all eligible models based on the specifications we have reported above. On these devices, users will be able to access the new settings on automatic permissions reset and enable or disable the feature on the basis of each individual app: “The system will automatically begin to reset the permissions of apps that are no longer used a few weeks after the feature is launched on the device “, explains Big G. Automatic reset of permissions on Android apps, what you need to know The automatic restoration of permissions on Android will be enabled automatically starting in December, with the distribution of the news that will go on until the first quarter of 2022 and should be completed by the second quarter. The new APIs of the “auto-reset” function have already been released to developers in Beta for a few days, and will be proposed – according to current plans – in a “stable” version starting from October. The automatic restoration of permissions on older devices is certainly a welcome change to improve the security of an obsolete device that could contain sensitive data in a minimally invasive way. Google is increasingly trying to tackle the problem – one of the oldest – of its mobile operating system, and in July it had begun to warn users of devices with Gingerbread and below (2.3.7) that they would no longer have access to their own. Google account. Android is now installed on over 3 billion devices around the world, at least based on data released by Google itself during the last Google I / O conference. Securing all Android 6 smartphones, which was released in late 2015, and later, may seem like an impossible task to complete, especially considering that older models are probably no longer supported by their respective manufacturers for some time. Google’s latest move is to eliminate security problems with these devices, or at least reduce them as much as possible.

Google celebrates producer Avicii with a Doodle On 8 September, the day of the 32nd birthday of the DJ who died in 2018

Google also celebrates the 32nd birthday of music producer, songwriter and DJ Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii, in Italy, born on 8 September 1989 and died on 20 April 2018 at the age of 29. The Doodle, which falls two days before the World Health Organization’s Suicide Prevention Day (September 10), commemorates his career and his contributions to pop and electronic music. In addition to the Doodle, also published a blogpost with an interview with Tim’s father, Klas, which talks about Tim’s career, the importance of mental health and the Tim Bergling Foundation.