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UK watchdog says Instagram will curb hidden advertising by influencers

Instagram has agreed to measures to crack down on hidden advertising by so-called influencers on its photo and video platform, Britain’s Competition and Markets Authority said Friday. Influencers with thousands of followers can earn large fees from companies to promote a product on Instagram. In what the CMA described as an important behavior shift by a major social media platform, Facebook Ireland, which operates Instagram in...

Twitter suffers embarrassing outage amid Post censorship controversy

Maybe they censored themselves. Twitter suffered a major crash on Thursday evening — telling users “something went wrong” when they attempted to open their feeds. For more than an hour, thousands of users reported experiencing issues sending tweets or refreshing their timelines. Service appeared to have been at least partially restored for some accounts shortly after 7 p.m. “We have no evidence this outage is caused by a...

Twitter hackers posed as IT workers to trick employees, NY probe finds

A simple phone scam was the key first step in the Twitter hack that took over dozens of high-profile accounts this summer, New York regulators say. The hackers responsible for the July 15 attack called Twitter employees posing as company IT workers and tricked them into giving up their login credentials for the social network’s internal tools, the state’s Department of Financial Services said Wednesday. The...

Apple’s new iPhone 12 won’t come with free headphones, charging brick

The next time you shell out $1,000 for a new iPhone, don’t expect a pair of complementary headphones in the box. Apple has jettisoned the popular freebie — as well as the 18W power adapter it has included with every iPhone — in an effort to reduce the size of the packaging for its new iPhone 12 handsets. The smaller, accessory-free iPhone boxes will reduce shipping...

Microsoft reportedly stops hacking operation targeting election

Microsoft has shut down a massive hacking operation that could’ve potentially indirectly impacted election infrastructure, according to a new report. The company announced Monday that it took down the servers behind the malware network Trickbot, which criminals were using to launch other cyberattacks, including a strain of extremely potent ransomware, CNN Business reported. Armed with a federal court order, Microsoft disabled the IP addresses associated with...
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