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1 Uber is selling its Southeast Asia business to Grab

Uber's plan to sell off its Southeast Asia business appears to be a done deal. Sources speaking to Bloomberg and Reuters have said that Uber has reached an agreement to sell the division to rival Grab. The arrangement would give Grab all of Uber's operations in the region (including UberEats) in return for a stake between 25 to 30 percent in the combined business. Neither party has officially confirmed the union, but an announcement is expected as soon as March 26th.

Mark Zuckerberg apologizes for Facebook’s data privacy scandal in full-page newspaper ads

As we understand it now, the data mining and analytics company, based out of London, gained access to data on as many as 50 million Facebook profiles thanks to generous data-sharing policies Facebook app developers enjoyed back in 2014. This data, which was sold to Cambridge Analytica against Facebook’s terms of service, reportedly informed the firm’s election ad targeting toolset used by the campaign of President Donald Trump and others. The fallout has been severe, with numerous lawsuits, governmental inquiries, a #DeleteFacebook user boycott campaign, and a sharp drop in share price that’s erased nearly $50 billion of the company’s market cap.

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Here's everything we saw at GDC 2018!

Australian government to conduct new visa pilot - Video | ZDNet

The Australian government will be conducting a pilot of its Global Talent Scheme visa regime from July, requiring businesses to demonstrate a policy to give 'first preference to Australian workers' during recruitment. Read more:

Facebook's app cleanup may be harder than Mark Zuckerberg thinks

Lucky for all of us, Apple and Samsung are used to securing user data and said they never actually kept the information on their servers. In Apple's case, it didn't even pull friend data to start with, aside from the list of who your friends were. In fact, neither company offers these kinds of Facebook apps anymore, and the ones that show up on your Facebook account are linked to devices that are several years old. One, from Samsung, goes back as far as feature phones and the days before Facebook even had a mobile app.

Apple proposes accessibility emojis to better represent disabilities | ZDNet

At Apple, we believe that technology should be accessible to everyone and should provide an experience that serves individual needs. Adding emoji emblematic to users' life experiences helps foster a diverse culture that is inclusive of disability. Emoji are a universal language and a powerful tool for communication, as well as a form of self-expression, and can be used not only to represent one's own personal experience, but also to show support for a loved one.

​Public-private cybersecurity centre open for business in Sydney | ZDNet

The Australian government has officially opened the Sydney Joint Cyber Security Centre (JCSC), the fourth of five centres in the country's capital cities that are funded under a AU$47 million program.

Coros Omni smart cycling helmet hands-on: Protection, music, and safety | ZDNet

It's not safe to use earbuds while you ride a bike in most areas. However, Coros has a new helmet with support for open ear music, smart rear lighting, and safety comms to vital contacts.

Linux Mint announces Mintbox Mini 2 tiny desktop PC with Intel inside | ZDNet

But the folks at Linux Mint clearly saw room for improvement, as the Mintbox Mini 2 was just announced at the team's blog . The most important of these upgrades comes in the form of the processor, which goes from an AMD A4 Micro-6400T to an Intel Celeron J3455. Based on the Geekbench 4 scores, the new Mini 2 provides a fourfold boost in performance over the original. Even against the Mintbox Mini Pro, which uses an AMD A10-Micro 6700T chip instead, the Mini 2 is over 50 percent faster.

Regulation could protect Facebook, not punish it

But the danger is that those same requirements could be much more onerous for a tiny upstart company to uphold. Without much cash or enough employees, and with product-market fit still to nail down, young startups might be anchored by the weight of regulation. It could prevent them from ever rising to become a true alternative to Facebook. Venture capitalists choosing whether to fund the next Facebook killer might look at the regulations as too high of a price of entry.

Today in Apple history: Exec bets his wine cellar on Newton MessagePad

March 25, 1993: Apple executive Gaston Bastiaens bets a journalist that the eagerly anticipated Newton MessagePad will ship before summer ends. The prize? Bastiaens’ well-stocked personal wine cellar, worth thousands of dollars.

Epson Home Cinema 4000 review: No 4K, no problem

My favorite feature on the Epson, and something rare at this price range, is the power lens. The ability to zoom, focus and perform both horizontal and vertical lens shift using keys on the remote, as opposed to manual dials on the projector itself, makes setup a breeze compared to the other projectors. I also appreciated the Epson's long zoom, and the fact that you can save two different lens memories for different positions.

​ATO pulls website offline despite cancelling scheduled maintenance | ZDNet

The Australian Taxation Office once again took its services completely offline after tweeting last week planned maintenance was cancelled.

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BodyGuardz cases for the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus: Unequal tech for impact protection | ZDNet

The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is the best smartphone currently available and BodyGuardz has three case options to protect your investment. Tech used by professional athletes is incorporated in the cases.

Paris sex doll 'brothel' to stay open despite protests

Are sex dolls for-hire prostitutes? These are the kind of tricky questions coming up as robot lovers make their way into our beds -- and maybe our hearts.

Towards a world without Facebook

Dear blockchain people: this is your hour. Abandon your transparently greedy get-rich-quick schemes, turn away from your casinos of de-facto modern-day penny stocks, and focus your decentralized attention on what the world needs. Save us, O blockchainers, from the scourge that is Facebook! Decentralize all the things!

Nest adds temperature sensor to expanding smart home lineup - Video | ZDNet

Google-owned Nest has announced the a temperature sensor that connects with its thermostats to control room temperature, and has also started shipping the Hello smart door bell that streams video to your phone. Read more:

An uncontrolled Chinese space station could crash to Earth next week

Tiangong-1 launched in 2011. Now it's coming home at very high speeds without a steering wheel, with the latest reentry predictions closing in around April 1.

How to Check and Prevent Apps from Accessing Your Facebook Data

But, how did Cambridge Analytica get their hands on the data? Cambridge Analytica took the help of Aleksandr Kogan who developed an app for educational purposes which allowed it to capture a user’s information and even that of their friends. This was possible only after a Facebook user explicitly gave Kogan’s app the permission to do so. Even then, Kogan was to use this data for research purposes and he was not allowed to share it with a third-party. Kogan, however, passed this data to Cambridge Analytica which allowed it to create psychological profiles of over 50 million U.S. voters thereby allowing them to manipulate their votes.

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Rainforest Connection says it will enable the organization to more accurately detect troubling sounds in the uploaded audio, such as chainsaws, vehicles and gunshots. 

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The new measures could harm the success of US tech firms, as well as heightening already-tense international relations. 

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Getting the best quality ancient DNA destroys the bones—future scientists with better methods may look back with dismay. 

The Best Products of 2017

These 100 gems represent the top 4 percent of the thousands of tech products and services we've tested in the PC Labs this year. If you want to know what to buy this holiday season, here's your list.

Zuck apologizes for Cambridge Analytica scandal with full-page print ad

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg has taken out a full page ad in the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and six UK papers today to apologize Cambridge Analytica scandal, according to CNN’s Brian Stelter .

26 ​Facebook fined in South Korea for limiting user access | ZDNet

South Korea's telco watchdog has fined Facebook 396 million won (US$370,000) for rerouting networks, causing slower access for consumers.

OnePlus is done selling its flagship 5T in North America • r/Android

My sgs7 is still on android 7.0, a version that's now 1.5 years old, 8.0 has been out for about half a year (and the pdk has been out for a year, so Samsung has had plenty of time to start working on the update), 8.1 for 4 months. No sign of 8.x so far for my device for which I paid flagship price to Samsung.

Samsung completes corralling of big four as NAB joins Samsung Pay | ZDNet

National Australia Bank has promoted the plethora of payment options it has available -- just don't ask for Apple Pay.

How to Remove Malware From Your PC

Not being online makes it hard to stay up to date with antivirus definitions, of course. You'll have to get the latest software from a third-party PC (probably at a different location) then get it to the infected system using a USB flash drive. You can also boot the computer with a CD, sometimes called a "Live CD" or "rescue CD," running a full anti-malware utility. Of course, you might need a CD reader on the PC, which isn't always a given these days, especially on newer laptops. Then again, many of these tools can boot from a USB flash drive, as well.

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Epson HC4000 projector might lack 4K, but it's still formidable

With a great feature set and an excellent picture for the money, the Epson HC4000 makes a solid alternative to 4K DLP projectors.

​Naver and Foursquare to develop POI search engine | ZDNet

Naver Labs, the research subsidiary of South Korean search giant Naver, will work with US-based Foursquare to develop a new point-of-interest (POI) search engine for global deployment.

Why getting 100 percent of people online has to be our goal

We have to make this a call that everybody can get behind. And actually, compared to a lot of what I've done in the past this ought to be easier. The world of connectivity is something that our own families, our own friends, live and breathe. We all understand when we don't have it, when the Wi-Fi goes down or whatever. We know the difference that it makes to our social lives, to our means of doing our jobs and earning a living, and in some cases to our ability to claim some fundamental rights.

Essential smartphone, tablet apps for frequent fliers | ZDNet

TripIt is a travel and itinerary organizer which may be useful for frequent fliers. As you book flights, hotels, and services, you can forward confirmation emails to the app which will create a detailed itinerary comprising of the information you need -- such as addresses and booking numbers -- to simplify your trip.

The Crazy Stories Behind 6 Of The World’s Rarest Colors

The story goes that people in the village of Mirzapur in Bihar, India, would feed their cows mango leaves, and then collect their bright yellow urine and turn it into a dye. The dye was sold in golf ball-sized spheres–some of which are now in the collection at Harvard. But the story might be a myth; there’s only one eyewitness account from 1883 describing exactly how the pigment was made. To learn more, the art historian Victoria Finlay traveled to Mirzapur in 2001. There was no yellow dye made in the village by that point, and in the book Findlay describes how “people laughed until they wept at the very idea of making cows urinate to create color.”

Top 19 WhatsApp Tricks and Tips for iPhone

A billion people across the planet use WhatsApp to communicate with their loved ones, friends, colleagues, and everyone in between. But while many of us use WhatsApp, most of us haven’t even scratched the surface of this simple looking, but immensely feature rich communication app.

Facebook: call, text history logging requires users' permission

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc, responding to reports in some technology industry media that it has been logging users’ call and text history without their permission, said in a statement on Sunday that the function “has always been opt-in only.”

Netflix banned from competing at Cannes Film Festival

“Last year, when we selected these two films, I thought I could convince Netflix to release them in cinemas. I was presumptuous, they refused,” Fremaux told THR . “The Netflix people loved the red carpet and would like to be present with other films. But they understand that the intransigence of their own model is now the opposite of ours.” Starting with this year’s Cannes, which takes place in May, films screened in competition will need to have a French theatrical release. Netflix is still allowed to show films at Cannes, Fremaux added, but its films will not be eligible for the prestigious Palme d’Or.

Shopping for Galaxy S9 at Verizon and AT&T. Customers speak out

"I have had the exact same experience at numerous Verizon and AT&T stores as you described in your article," another reader wrote. "I ended up ordering my S8+ and then Note 8 both from Verizon, but only over the phone. I'm glad you brought some attention to this issue. I've been ignored and forgotten in most of my encounters in their stores. Always disappointed."

40 Tim Cook speaks out on the Cambridge Analytica scandal, says Facebook's collection of user data 'shouldn't exist'

"I think that this certain situation is so dire and has become so large that probably some well-crafted regulation is necessary," Cook said after being asked if the use of data should be restricted in light of the Facebook incident. "The ability of anyone to know what you've been browsing about for years, who your contacts are, who their contacts are, things you like and dislike and every intimate detail of your life — from my own point of view it shouldn't exist."

EU eyes 3 percent tax on tech giants' revenue | ZDNet

According to the new draft, tech companies with worldwide total revenue over €750 million ($920 million) and total taxable annual revenue from offering digital services in the EU above €50 million will be subject to the levy. It will be raised against advertising revenues, revenue from users and subscriptions to services, and revenue from selling data to third parties.

Google adds plus codes support for remote areas | ZDNet

The global capability offers an alternative to "long-winded" addresses and will allow users to better locate places in remote areas in countries such as India that don't have addresses at all, director of program management for Google Maps Suren Ruhela said in a blog post .

Flat-Earther's steam-powered rocket lofts him 1,875 feet up into Mojave Desert sky

"Mad" Mike Hughes, the rocket man who believes the Earth is flat, propelled himself about 1,875 feet into the air Saturday before a hard landing in the Mojave Desert. He told the Associated Press that outside of an aching back he's fine after the launch near Amboy, Calif.

Dodo, iPrimus, Commander latest to compensate 5,800 NBN customers | ZDNet

Vocus-owned Dodo, iPrimus, and Commander have become the latest in the string of National Broadband Network (NBN) retailers asked to compensate customers for not providing them with the speeds they were paying for between October 2015 and June 2017.

Email fraud attacks costing businesses sensitive data as well as money - Video | ZDNet

Email fraud attacks costing businesses sensitive data as well as money

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Exercise tracking, Pixel C status, and OnePlus strange approach to selling phones (MobileTechRoundup #427)

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Is Moira the next big support? We asked the Overwatch League​ Pros for their take on the hero.

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Plastic pollution in the Pacific Ocean is out of control as a new study finds the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is now three times the size of France.

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A smart watch that can pick up on abnormal heart rhythms could help doctors find people at risk—and possibly even prevent strokes. But we're not quite there yet. 

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Flat Earth rocketeer finally manages to blast himself into sky in steam rocket, also says he's running for governor for some reason

51 'Black Panther' now reigns as top-grossing superhero film ever
52 Stephen Hawking is only dead in this universe
53 Android smartphones vendors turning to in-display fingerprint scanners • r/Android
54 Sick of Facebook? These are your alternatives
55 The Best Cheap Laptops of 2018
56 Forbes Tech News on Twitter
57 A $6 trillion wake up call for the tech industry
58 How to Delete Your Facebook Account Permanently in 5 Easy Steps
59 5 things you can do in Apple Maps that you can't in Google Maps
60 Macworld on Twitter
61 Phone rage: MIT startup has find-and-fix tech for call service frustration - Video | ZDNet
62 The 18 Best Firefox Quantum Extensions
63 Google's ARCore behind new AR consumer apps - Video | ZDNet
64 MIT Tech Review on Twitter
65 Firefox's 2018 roadmap: What Mozilla has in store for this year - Video | ZDNet
66 MIT Tech Review on Twitter
67 The history behind the chocolate hoax
68 UK National Lottery: 10 million online users change passwords after hacking attempt - Video | ZDNet
69 Whirlpool's washer will look nice in your laundry room
70 Photos of the Raspberry Pi through the ages: From the prototype to Pi 3 B+ | ZDNet
71 Why Your Social Media Posts Are More Popular Than You Think
72 Gatwick Airport to use self-driving car system - Video | ZDNet
73 The sad old-but-true joke of IoT security | ZDNet
74 Gizmodo on Twitter
75 A foldable iPhone? Here's what it should have
76 ​Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus: This is how much your new smartphone costs to build | ZDNet
77 Top tips to find and keep the best employees - Video | ZDNet
78 Uber’s self-driving car showed no signs of slowing before fatal crash, police say
79 Best Buy dumps Huawei: What trade war fallout hits the tech sector next? | ZDNet
80 Apple Shares iPhone X and Apple Pay Ad 'Fly Market'
81 Five years and ​AU$103m later, DHS' new child support system has a staff interface | ZDNet
82 Razer Core v2 turns my laptop into a gaming monster
83 Baidu gets licence to test autonomous cars in Beijing - Video | ZDNet
84 ​FOSSA: Open-sourcing open-source license management | ZDNet
85 Samsung's Note 8, S8 phones will soon get an Oreo update
86 The best tax software
87 Apple's education event has elephant in the room named Google | ZDNet
88 Protect Your Data from Hackers for Just $35 Using GOOSE VPN [Deals Hub]
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90 Report Claims Apple Will Launch iPhone X in New Color to Spur Sales
91 iPhone protected you from Facebook call scraping. Android, not so much.
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94 Facebook scooped up Android call and text metadata (with consent)
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