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Revolut launches disposable virtual cards

Fintech startup Revolut is launching a new type of virtual cards — disposable cards for online purchases. While you could already generate additional virtual cards for a fee, this is a different kind of virtual card as it gets destroyed after each transaction.

If you usually shop on Amazon or if you have a Spotify subscription, those services first asked you to enter your card number and they keep charging the same card.

But what if you end up on a dodgy-looking site but you really want to buy that funny pair of socks? Chances are you won’t ever purchase anything againt on this website. And you don’t want to give them your actual card information.

Now, you can generate a virtual card in Revolut and enter it on that weird site. After the transaction, Revolut will disable this card forever. If the website wants to charge you again, the transaction will fail.

And if you’re on a shopping spree, Revolut generates a new disposable card seconds after the existing one is used. So you won’t be able to use those disposable cards for online subscriptions and recurring payments. But disposable cards can be useful to prevent fraud. You need a premium subscription to access disposable cards.

There’s no change to permanent cards. When you create a Revolut account, you get a virtual card for free. You can get a physical card for £5/€6 or you can subscribe to a Revolut Premium account to get it for free. Additional cards (physical or virtual) cost £5/€6, with a maximum of five cards in total.


Source: TechCrunch

Facebook and Zuckerberg still don't know the right thing to do – CNET

Commentary: In a rambling, desperate interview with CNN, Facebook’s CEO showed that, when it comes to having leadership instincts, he’s found wanting.
Source: CNET

DJ Cortana: Control Spotify with Microsoft's voice assistant – CNET

Set up Cortana to kick out the Spotify jams on Windows 10.
Source: CNET

Facebook data access plans dropped by Australian sports event – CNET

Officials had planned to collect Facebook data from Australia’s Commonwealth Games visitors by offering high-speed Wi-Fi that taps the social media site.
Source: CNET

Google doodle honors Japanese geochemist Katsuko Saruhashi – CNET

The pioneering scientist developed a method for measuring carbon dioxide in seawater and used radionuclides to trace ocean currents.
Source: CNET

Zuckerberg 'sorry' for data scandal, open to regulation – CNET

Facebook’s CEO tells CNN he regrets his company’s handling of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
Source: CNET

Stephen Hawking's ashes to rest near graves of Newton, Darwin – CNET

A service of celebration for the late theoretical physicist will be celebrated at Westminster Abbey later this year.
Source: CNET

What Would Regulating Facebook Look Like?

In an interview with WIRED, Mark Zuckerberg seemed to accept the idea of some US regulation. Other countries could provide the blueprint.
Source: Wired

Mark Zuckerberg will be on CNN tonight. Will he apologize? – CNET

Commentary: The embattled Facebook CEO will be on grilled tonight on CNN. But will he express contrition for the Cambridge Analytica mess?
Source: CNET

Zuckerberg on #deletefacebook: ‘You know, it’s not good’

Following what felt like years of silence on a plethora of issues, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has gone on an interview rampage (but not us — was it my editorial?). Although he mainly plugs away at the points he made in today’s blog post, there are a few items worth noting.

Regarding the company’s acceptance at face value that Cambridge Analytica had deleted the data they weren’t supposed to have (to Recode):

At the time it didn’t seem like we needed to go further on that. Given what we know now we clearly should have followed up and we’re never going to make that mistake again.

And what about the thousands of apps that may have performed similar data grabs during the many years it was possible?

The data isn’t on our servers, so it would require us sending out forensic auditors to different apps.

How many apps are we talking about here? (to the New York Times)

It will be in the thousands.

Will the 50 million estimated to be affected by the data collected by Aleksandr Kogan be notified to what extent their data was shared?

Yes. We’re going to tell anyone whose data may have been shared.

Presumably the same will be true for anyone found to be affected by other unsavory apps.

What about the public response? What does he think about #deletefacebook?

I don’t think we’ve seen a meaningful number of people act on that, but, you know, it’s not good.

As for preventing future manipulation of the system during a major election year (not just here but around the world):

In 2017 with the special election in Alabama, we deployed some new A.I. tools to identify fake accounts and false news, and we found a significant number of Macedonian accounts that were trying to spread false news, and were able to eliminate those.

It’s the first time he’s talked about it, apparently. Hopefully they’ll prove as effective during larger campaigns.

Zuckerberg also goes off on some interesting tangents with Wired, for instance the efficacy of AI in certain situations and the status of the Cambridge Analytica audit in the UK. As for whether he’ll appear in front of Congress:

If it is ever the case that I am the most informed person at Facebook in the best position to testify, I will happily do that.

If I had to guess, I’d say that hour fast approaches.


Source: TechCrunch

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