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WhatsApp hires ‘grievance officer’ to help combat false information in India

Following widespread criticism of the way its service is used to spread false information and news in India, WhatsApp has hired a “grievance officer” for the country.

U.S-based Komal Lahiri is the lead who handles complaints about the service from users, law enforcement and other government officials, according to Mint.

WhatsApp did not respond to a request for comment on Lahiri’s hiring and her role. Her LinkedIn account, however, states that she has been “Senior Director, Global Customer Operations & Localization” at WhatsApp since March. Prior to that, she spent over three years with Facebook and Instagram in the U.S.

WhatsApp claims over 1.5 billion active users per month, India is its largest market and it accounts for an estimated 200 million of that figure. Despite the many benefits of a more connected society, information on WhatsApp has led to a number of troubling incidents. That includes the killing of five people who visited a rural village but were beaten to death after being falsely accused of being child kidnappers due to the spread of rumors on WhatsApp.

WhatsApp has tried to advise people by taking out full-page advertisements in an assortment of daily newspapers as well as educational camps, but the Indian government has pressured WhatsApp to do more. The IT minister met with WhatsApp COO Chris Daniels after it had sent two letters to the company asking it make its service more accountable and enable law enforcement agencies to use it.

The company has instead said it is impossible to track messages since its service is end-to-end encrypted. It has added features in India — one indicates when a message has been forwarded, and another limited the number of times messages can be forwarded on — but that hasn’t solved the problem. WhatsApp is at least stepping up its efforts with this hire, but it remains to be seen how adequate a job Lahiri can do from the U.S.

More widely, WhatsApp does seem to be struggling make hires in India.

While this role is located in the U.S, the company is still trying to fill the position of ‘head of India’ and its head of policy in the country, too. Facebook itself is also hiring for a managing director for its India business.


Source: TechCrunch

Google started quietly logging you into Chrome with latest update, reports say – CNET

People note that Chrome 69 logs them into the browser when they access a Google-owned site.
Source: CNET

Airline prepares to make world's longest commercial flight: 19 hours – CNET

The journey between Singapore and New York will require a few good books.
Source: CNET

iPhone XS drop test: This phone would not crack – CNET

We dropped a brand-new gold iPhone XS onto the sidewalk four times to find out how durable the glass is on both sides.
Source: CNET

Yubico’s new security keys now support FIDO2

Yubico, the company behind the popular Yubikey security keys, today announced the launch of its 5 Series keys. The company argues that these new keys, which start at $45, are the first multi-protocol securities keys that supports the FIDO2 standard. With this, Yubico argues, the company will be able to replace password-based authentication, which is often a hassle and unsecure, with stronger hardware-based authentication.

“Innovation is core to all we do, from the launch of the original YubiKey ten years ago, to the concept of one authentication device across multiple services, and today as we are accelerating into the passwordless era,” said Stina Ehrensvard, the CEO and founder of Yubico in today’s announcement. “The YubiKey 5 Series can deliver single-factor, two-factor, or multi-factor secure login, supporting many different uses cases on different platforms for different verticals with a variety of authentication scenarios.”

The company made the announcement ahead of Microsoft’s Ignite conference this week, where Microsoft, too, is expect to make a number of security announcements around the future of passwords.

“Passwordless login brings a monumental change to how business users and consumers will securely log in to applications and services,” said Alex Simons, the corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Identity Division. “With FIDO2, Microsoft is working to remove the dependency on password-based logins, with support from devices like the YubiKey 5.”

For the most part, the new keys looks very much like the existing ones, but new to the series is the YubiKey 5 NFC, which combines supports all of the major security protocols over both USB and NFC — and the addition of NFC makes it a better option for those who want to use the same key on they desktops, laptops and mobile phones or tablets.

Supported protocols, in addition to FIDO2, include FIDO U2F, smart card (PIV), Yubico OTP, OpenPGP, OATH-TOTP, OATH-HOTP, and Challenge-Response.

The new keys will come in all of the standard Yubico form factors, including the large USB-A key with NFC support, as well as smaller versions and those for USB-C devices.

In its press release, Yubico stresses that its keys are manufactured and programmed in the USA and Sweden. The fact that it’s saying that is no accident, given that Google recently launched its own take on security keys (after years of recommending Yubikeys). Google’s keys, however, are being built by a Chinese company and while Google is building its own firmware for them, there are plenty of sceptics out there who aren’t exactly waiting for a key that was manufactured in China.


Source: TechCrunch

'Netflix for Open Source' Wants Developers to Get Paid

Startup Tidelift hopes payments will let coders keep projects patched and up to date.
Source: Wired

The Series 5 YubiKey Will Help Kill the Password

The latest batch of hardware-based tokens from Yubico will eventually let you skip the password altogether.
Source: Wired

The best games and gear for game night

Editor’s note: This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter’s independently chosen editorial picks, Wirecutter and TechCrunch may earn affiliate commissions.

Hosting an old-fashioned game night is a welcome break from everyone’s tech-dependent lives. Whether you could use party-friendly gear recommendations or ideas for interactive games, we’ve pulled together a combination of some of our favorite picks that will help you show guests a great time.

Photo: Michael Hession

Fast-paced strategy game: Splendor

Splendor is a Renaissance-themed game that only takes about 15 minutes to learn. New players will be immediately hooked; after we played Splendor with three new gamers, everyone requested it again. We love the the eye-catching gem coins and cards.

While you don’t have to barter with other players like in some of our other favorite board games, Splendor still requires a bit of strategy. But it’s simple enough to keep up with while you interact and chat with friends. And this game was easily portable, so you can bring it to game nights at a friend’s house as well.

Photo: Michael Hession

Word game: Codenames

For a word-guessing game where players work together on teams, we recommend Codenames. It’s spy-themed and works for both large or small groups. Each team has a spymaster who has access to a key card that reveals which characters correspond with which cards.

Word cards are placed on a table and teams are tasked with trying to figure out which ones conceal the name of their own team’s agents—spymasters help by offering one-word clues. When a team is guessing, they should avoid cards that are associated with the other team’s agents, bystanders, and the assassin. It’s a great game if you’re looking for something that’s super quick to learn, good for players of all ages, and highly interactive.

Photo: Rozette Rago                                                                                                                              

Smart TV: Vizio P-Series F1

While you don’t need a TV to host friends, a smart TV like the Vizio P-Series F1 offers another entertaining option—especially if you own a game console. You can also queue up shows or movies on Netflix and Hulu or tune into sports during a game night. The P-Series F1 is bright and has clear image quality that’s parallel to pricier models. It supports Amazon Alexa and Google Home for optional voice control, and it comes with five HDMI inputs.

Photo: Michael Hession

Tablet: Apple 9.7-inch iPad (6th Generation)

The 9.7-inch iPad (6th Generation) is the best all-around tablet, and when it comes to using it to play games with a group, Apple’s app store opens up a nearly endless supply of collaborative digital games. We like that it comes with solid hardware and that it’ll receive ongoing software updates.

Photo: Michael Hession

The 6th Generation iPad is intuitive and easy to use, it has a nice screen, and all of its features come at an affordable price. It’s also fast and compatible with the Apple Pencil stylus. And when you aren’t using your iPad at a gathering, it’s also great for reading, streaming music and movies, and for performing everyday tasks.

Electric Pressure cooker: Instant Pot Duo 6-Quart

If you aren’t sure what to make for game night and want to do better than microwaved snacks, the Instant Pot Duo 6-Quart can assist you with cooking several of many options. It’s a versatile electric pressure cooker that can be used for making soups, dips, brisket, yogurt and even cake.

Our pick comes with six preprogrammed functions so it can double as a slow cooker, rice cooker, or pressure cooker—as well as a tool for steaming and sautéing food. It has built-in safety mechanisms and can be set to low, medium, or high cooking temperatures. It’s simple to set up and use right out of the box and offers the best combination of performance and price.

These picks may have been updated by WirecutterWhen readers choose to buy Wirecutter’s independently chosen editorial picks, Wirecutter and TechCrunch may earn affiliate commissions.


Source: TechCrunch

How Razer forged the Blade 15, the slim gaming laptop nobody else could build

With the recent launch of the Blade 15, Razer ushered in a new design language that’s cleaner and more angular. We recently visited Razer’s San Francisco, California design studio to learn more about Razer’s approach to design.

The post How Razer forged the Blade 15, the slim gaming laptop nobody else could build appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

The Top 5 best Android features ever video – CNET

As Android hits 10 years of existence, we look back at what was awesome.
Source: CNET

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