WhatsApp, Google, Apple, Netflix, Swiggy, Instagram
There’s a New Spyware Threat in Town
Highly sophisticated spyware is infecting Android devices around the world, researchers from Google’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG) have found. PREDATOR seems to be a close cousin of the Pegasus spyware: it has would have have been deployed against journalists, activists and political rivals in countries including Egypt, Armenia, Greece, Madagascar, Ivory Coast, Serbia, Spain and Indonesia.
The WhatsApp function gives access to the PAN, driving license
Indian citizens who have uploaded their government-issued documents, note sheets or insurance policy documents on Digilocker can now upload them via WhatsApp by texting +91 9013151515 – the MyGov Helpdesk chatbot, according to the Press Information Office.
Setting up a global digital tax will take time
The French Finance Minister has indicated that the reallocation of taxable profits (obtained by Big Tech) to the countries where their end users actually are may not take place before 2024, according to The Hindu. A two-pillar global digital tax framework that applies to all 135 OECD countries was agreed in October last year, but had been criticized for its shortcomings. Pillar 1 was to be in place by 2022.
Crypto Tax Firm Makes Timely Entry Into India
CoinTracker brings its tax compliance and portfolio tracking products to all crypto investors across the country, Money control reported. The company’s expansion follows the government’s decision to levy a 30% tax on virtual digital assets and a 1% TDS on all crypto transactions, starting July 1.
Instagram went down for a few hours
Users were unable to log into the Meta-owned social media platform for a brief period yesterday, Indian Express reported. But other user reports said the outage didn’t affect them all; Instagram has kept silent about it.
Swiggy makes a game for e-commerce: report
The food delivery platform seeks to make local stores and direct-to-consumer (D2C) brands part of its own online marketplace, HEY reported citing sources. Swiggy has taken several steps to expand beyond its traditional offerings; for example, it recently acquired a table reservation platform called Dineout.
Apple sets new deadline for App Store rule
All App Store apps that allow users to create their own accounts must also allow users to delete said accounts along with their personal data by June 30. “The delete account option should be easy to find in your app. If your app offers Sign in with Apple, you will need to use the Sign in with Apple REST API to revoke user tokens when deleting an account,” Apple would have told the developers.
Netflix launches three mobile games
The online streaming giant has released new game titles as part of its bet on interactive entertainment, according to Reuters. Role-playing adventure game Moonlighter, strategy game Townsmen and animated idle adventure game Dragon Up are available for iOS and Android users, the report adds.
The Texas shooter was active on Facebook before the attack
The shooter who killed 19 children and two teachers at a Texas school, would have discussed his plans on Facebook in the form of one-on-one direct messages, prior to the attack. Similar information was reported the day after the Buffalo shooting. Could this lead to more social media scrutiny in the United States? What does this mean for end-to-end encryption that is enabled on Facebook Messenger?
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