In February, Reddit, one of the largest online communities, fell victim to a devastating cyberattack. Recently, the identity of the perpetrators has come to light: a ransomware group known as BlackCat. What sets this hack apart from others is not only the scale of the breach but also the audacious demands made by the hackers. Alongside a demand for a $4.5 million ransom, BlackCat is pushing for Reddit to roll back its planned API pricing changes that had triggered widespread user and moderator protests.
Realme, the popular smartphone brand, has recently come under scrutiny due to allegations of collecting user data without their consent. The issue revolves around a feature called "Enhanced Intelligent Services" that is enabled by default on Realme UI 4.0, running on most Realme smartphone models. This controversy was brought to light by a Twitter user, who pointed out that the feature collects various types of user information, including device information, app usage statistics, location data, calendar events, and even statistics about unread SMS messages and missed calls.
As some subreddits continue blackouts to protest Reddit's plans to charge high prices for its API, Reddit has informed the moderators of those subreddits that it has plans to replace resistant moderation teams to keep spaces "open and accessible to users."
Invidious, an open-source project that offers a privacy-respecting alternative frontend for YouTube, has recently found itself in the crosshairs of YouTube's legal department. In a cease-and-desist notice, Google, the parent company of YouTube, claims that Invidious violates YouTube's API Services terms of service and developer policies. The project team has been given a strict deadline of seven days to comply with the demands or face potential consequences.
To say that Apple's WWDC 2023 keynote was packed would be an understatement. The company introduced the Vision Pro, its first foray into mixed reality headsets, as well as a 15-inch MacBook Air. There was also an updated Mac Studio and Mac Pro, both of which use the equally new M2 Ultra chip. As you'd expect, Apple announced significant upgrades to all its software platforms. In this blog post, we'll dive into the exciting highlights from Apple's WWDC 2023, covering the Vision Pro, iOS 17, and other groundbreaking announcements.
Complying with Google Play's policies can be a challenging endeavor for app developers, and the recent suspension of the Battery Guru app has once again highlighted the frustrations associated with these policies. Despite the developer's consistent efforts to adapt and make regular updates to meet the requirements, Google's suspension has caused dismay. This blog post delves into the struggles faced by developers in adhering to Google Play policies and examines the unfairness that arises when outdated information is used to justify suspensions.
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