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How Facebook is using wi-fi to collect your data

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Global social networking giant Facebook, which is facing a storm of international protest over its data mining and consumer data protection, is collecting additional citizen data beyond its users through the Wi-Fi Express programme it launched last year in Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, India, and Indonesia.

It has emerged that the company, which has in recent weeks suffered a mass user withdrawal following exposés that it has been acting as a gateway to those who want to collect data on millions of users, such as data firm Cambridge Analytica, may be mining even deeper into consumer data in the developing world where laws are weak or non-existent and regulators are lacking the knowledge and technology to monitor its activities.

With eyes now focused on the scale of Facebook’s data gathering and data selling through its own platform, the company’s Express Internet service, which has been rolled out in thousands of hotspots, including more than 1,000 in Kenya, is thought to have deepened the company’s data gathering capacity with unknown consequences to consumers.

Facebook Express falls within the suite of services that Facebook launched under the Internet.org initiative – starting with Facebook Basics, a service that gives free access to Facebook and some extras, such as weather forecasts.

Facebook Basics was later banned in India as a Facebook-selected microcosm of the Internet that raised the spectre of up to half the country’s population sitting solely within a commercially controlled Internet space.

By end of last year, Facebook had rolled out a new service again, initially solely in Kenya and Nigeria, but subsequently in India, Tanzania and Indonesia, called Facebook Express.

The new service is a standard paid-for Wi-Fi service, launched as a ‘feel-good’ peoples’ Internet.

It is not the cheapest in Kenya, but is at the cheaper end of the country’s fiercely competitive data market, offering, for instance, 3GB of monthly data for Sh500.

n launching Wi-Fi Express, Facebook did not want to get into the ISP business itself, and instead offered to supply ISP partners the equipment for their Wi-Fi access points.
Each access point costs around $250 (Sh25,000) and around another $200 (Sh20,000) to install.

In return for these free access points, the local ISPs permanently branded their Wi-Fi as ‘powered by Facebook.’

But it is the software in the access points that has raised eyebrows among many in the ISP community.

Nearly all of the world’s Wi-Fi access points are sourced from one of two market leaders: Microtiq and Ubiquiti, and come with an operating system, called firmware.

When Facebook set out to source the equipment for thousands of access points, it made a purchase from Ubiquiti on condition that it would be allowed to insert its own software, or, as one industry insider described it, ‘little black box’, into each access point.

Facebook did not divulge the nature or purpose of the insertion, and Ubiquiti refused to insert it. Facebook then went to the lesser known supplier Cambrian, which agreed to insert the black box into the access points.

Thus, the Wi-Fi Express access points — paid for, but not operated by Facebook — have now been rolled out to thousands of hotspots, at bus stations, markets, and meeting areas.Ordinarily, ISPs must always have the capacity to extract data from any Internet access point on a court order.

For this reason, the standard firmware enables website blocking and access to user browsing records and to substantial user data.

In Kenya, many, but not all, ISPs supply this user data to the authorities on request, although some refuse to pass on users’ data unless served by a court order.

Facebook normally only receives all the data entered by Facebook members via Facebook, which accounts for around 20 per cent of most ISP’s data. Thus, the additional purpose of Facebook’s black boxes in the access points it has provided is being viewed by some as deeply worrying.

SOURCE: BUSINESS DAILY

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Watch planet Mercury orbit the Sun this November of 2019

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On Nov. 11, individuals over most of the world can capture the planet, Mercury, passing over the sun. This uncommon occasion won’t be seen from Soil once more until 2032.

The littlest planet within the sun oriented framework is additionally the closest to our star, and sometimes it crosses before the sun’s shinning disk from our viewpoint here on Earth. Previously, this happened last in 2016, but after this up and coming travel, we’ll need to hold up another 13 long years to see another one.

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Mercury will start its travel over the sun on Nov. 11 at 7:35 a.m. EST (1230 GMT), and the complete trip will generally take five and a half hours, finishing at 1:04 p.m. EST (1830 GMT), concurring to NASA.

The planet will see as a modest, travelling imperfection on the sun’s confront as Soil passes through Mercury’s little shadow. The transiting world will be so tiny that skywatchers will require extraordinary adaptive — telescopes or binoculars prepared with defensive sun oriented channels — to see it.

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You can witness this entire phenomenon via the Space.com website where it will be lively webcast. Save the date, Nov. 11, 2019.

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These two smartphones are beating Apple in the global market

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Concurring to available quarterly deals figures, Samsung and Huawei have come out well ahead of Apple in terms of smartphone shipments.

According to figures from Canalys, Q3 shipments of smartphones in 2019 , Samsung is driving the pack with 78.9 million units, taken after by Huawei at 66.8 million, with Apple completing the top three with deals of 43.5 million units.

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Apple will be trusting that its recently-released trio of unused phones will do much to turn around their fortunes. The iPhone 11 was discharged with a lower beginning cost than expected, so that may be a step within the right course to expanding their shipments vis-à-vis Huawei and Samsung.

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The presentation of 5G network to following year’s iPhone 12 run, as supposed, might give other welcome deals boost to Apple.

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Chinese firms believed to be interested in Expressway project

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Chinese firms are believed to be interested in taking on the Expressway project. Their interest was shown after the United States withdrew their plans. Current China-Kenya relation which has seen them secure multiple mega infrastructure projects in the country.

“We shall be able to put it in the market and therefore whoever will be able to give us the best bid, we shall go with that person,” Kenha director-general Peter Mundinia said.

Chinese companies are accused of giving 10 per cent kickbacks to corrupt leaders, hence the high number of projects secured.

“Don’t be surprised the Chinese developing the proposed JKIA Westlands expressway are given the project. The Chinese are highly likely to win the tender,” a source who sought anonymity said.

“Fresh consultations will be required which will inform compensation for affected persons. Currently, we cannot even say who will be affected because the route has not been decided,” a source said.

“We are still working on the finance. Kenya has a challenge of debt and we are wary of burdening Kenyans,” the Envoy had said during the interview.

KeNHA which is the contractor, however, insists there is land for the project.

“Land had been identified along the old alignment but issues arose over bringing down a lot of facilities along the road. We have now found land fully off Mombasa road,” Mundinia had said earlier.

 

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This is how twitter will now handle financial scammers

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Already, Twitter took care of cases of extortion through its spam detailing tool. But today’s changes mention accurately what is denied and ought to make it simpler for clients to report fraud.

According to Twitter, clients may not work a fake account or imagine to be an open figure or an organization. Money-flipping plans in which clients inquire for a little sum of cash in return for a more impressive whole are denied, and phishing plans will number as an infringement. To report occurrences of extortion, clients can select “report tweet” from the drop-down menu, select “It’s suspicious or spam” and after that select the sort of infringement.

Twitter might lock accounts that are in infringement and require more information or block them inside and out. It may moreover caution users about possibly risky links and erase particular tweets.

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Huawei Mate 30 Series to be released this Month

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Huawei took to its official Twitter account earlier today to report that it’ll disclose the Mate 30 series on September 19th. For PhoneArena perusers, usually not a shock; back on Eminent 11th we told you that the company’s president of program advancement, Wang Chenglu, had spilled that date to Hi-tech.mail. The Mate 30 Series will be the manufacturer’s most advanced non-foldable phone produced this year. Under typical circumstances, request for the line might have taken Huawei to the beat of the smartphone industry in terms of shipments. But this has not been an normal year for the firm.

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The Huawei Mate 30 Pro is accepted to highlight a 6.7-inch AMOLED curved edge display that will have a 90Hz refresh rate. That’s 50% speedier than the speed found on popular smartphone shows and will lead to smoother liveliness for diversion players and buttery smooth looking over. It moreover may decrease battery life, which is one of the reasons why the Mate 30 Professional ought to transport with a 4500mAh capacity battery interior. Another highlight that calls on the phone’s battery is turn around remote charging. This permits the handset’s raise board to be utilized as a slight charging cushion to control up particular adornments and compatible phones. The Mate 30 will allegedly be prepared with a 4200mAh battery.

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