What’sApp with that? Facebook to shut down chat function forcing users to install its Messenger app

Business, Mobile, social media
For many people, chatting to friends is a major reason to use Facebook’s app on their smartphone. But soon they will have to download the social network’s partner app, called Messenger, to carry on their instant conversations. Facebook is reportedly notifying users of its popular app that they will no longer be able to send 'chat' messages and will instead have to swap to Messenger, which was launched three years ago. It follows the company's acquisition of another popular messaging app, WhatsApp, for US$19billion As Guardian Reports, Facebook will remove chat from its iPhone and Android app, forcing users to download its separate Messenger app if they want to continue sending and receiving private messages. Facebook plans to eventually require that users in all countries install t

How Google plans to scan your emails for tailored ads, spam and malware detection

Business, Cyber Security, Internet, Mobile
Google Inc has updated its terms of service and this is how incoming and outgoing emails are automatically analyzed by software to create targeted ads. By Alexei Oreskovic (Reuters) - Google Inc updated its terms of service on Monday, informing users that their incoming and outgoing emails are automatically analyzed by software to create targeted ads. The revisions more explicitly spell out the manner in which Google software scans users' emails, both when messages are stored on Google's servers and when they are in transit, a controversial practice that has been at the heart of litigation. Last month, a U.S. judge decided not to combine several lawsuits that accused Google of violating the privacy rights of hundreds of millions of email users into a single class action. Use...

John Levine: Yahoo’s New DMARC Policy breaks Every Mailing List across the globe

Cyber Security, Internet, Mobile, social media
Yahoo! The one who enabled the HTTPS connections by default from the beginning of this year, the one who encrypts traffic moving between its data centers from 31st March, now has been accused of harming every Mailing List across the world. Experts from the Internet Engineering Council John R. Levine, specialized in email infrastructure and spam filtering claimed this in the post titled “Yahoo breaks every mailing list in the world including the IETF's.” on Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). Yahoo has established a new rule to automatically exclude Yahoo users from the mailing list, because Mailing List server does not comply with DMARC requirements and they strongly modifies each email. He talks about an “emerging e-mail security scheme” known as Domain-based Message Authen

Connected Kenya Summit: Does this annual event enhance Kenya’s tech sector?

Business, Internet, Mobile
It’s that time of the year again, when all top government, private sector, media, academia and regulatory personalities in the ICT sector troop to Mombasa for the annual ICT Conference dubbed the “Connected Kenya Summit”. This year’s event will be held in Diani, Mombasa, from 14th to 17th April, 2014 under the theme “Breaking the Barriers to ICT Project Implementation”.  This summit has been held consistently since 2009, and five years down the line, analysts are struggling to pin-point where exactly the value-add arising from this summit is. Critics feel the summit is simply an opportunity for government technocrats to earn generous per-diems at fully paid-for luxury resorts, while simultaneously enjoying attention and lobbying from big-moneyed corporates wishing to

Twitters’ new look is almost like a Facebook clone

Internet, Mobile, social media
Twitter is rolling out an update to its profile pages that look very similar to Facebook, complete with tweet highlights and large pictures. The update, visible through the web version of Twitter, allows users to customise their profile pages with their favourite tweets, a larger profile photo and wide cover-image, mirroring the design update Facebook made to its profile pages in 2013. “Moment by moment, your Twitter profile shows the world who you are. Starting today, it will be even easier (and, we think, more fun) to express yourself through a new and improved web profile,” said the Twitter designer David Bellona in a blog post. Users will be able to pin tweets to the top of their page, while tweets that have seen more retweets, replies or favourites will appear slightly larg