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11
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Twitter flags Trump’s false claim about his COVID-19 immunity

By Jason Hoffman and Jordan Valinsky | CNN

Twitter just added a warning label to a tweet from President Donald Trump that claimed, without evidence, he is immune to coronavirus after his physician cleared him to resume public activities.

“A total and complete sign off from White House Doctors yesterday. That means I can’t get it (immune), and can’t give it. Very nice to know!!!” Trump wrote on Twitter Sunday.

He also claimed immunity in an interview on Fox News where he said he believes he will be immune for “maybe a long time, maybe a short time, could be a lifetime.”

There is no evidence that people are immune to coronavirus if they have been infected once, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC specifically cautions people not to assume they are immune.

Twitter’s warning label says the tweet “violated the Twitter Rules about spreading misleading and potentially harmful information related to Covid-19.”

“We placed a public interest notice on [President Trump’s] Tweet for violating our Covid-19 Misleading Information Policy by making misleading health claims about Covid-19,” a Twitter spokesperson said. “As is standard with this public interest notice, engagements with the Tweet will be significantly limited.”

Trump posted the same message on his Facebook account, but the platform hasn’t added a warning label despite the fact that it violates its rules. The post has been up for four hours and shared more than 24,000 times on Facebook.

CNN Business has reached out to Facebook for comment.

On Tuesday, Facebook removed a post from the President’s account after he falsely claimed the flu is more lethal than Covid-19.

Twitter has added this warning label to Trump’s tweets before. Last month, Twitter flagged a Trump tweet about voting twice. And last week, it added a warning

04
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

With Blackstone’s backing, Murka stakes a claim in social casino games

In the saturated social casino game market, it isn’t easy to battle the big brands. But that’s the challenge that Murka, a smaller player in Ukraine, has undertaken with some success. Through growth that accelerated this year, Murka has become a top 10 player with five million monthly active users.

While it still has a tiny share of the $6.2 billion social casino game market, Murka has grown 40% this year as users play more during the pandemic, partly because its slot machine games are more like role-playing games.

Over a decade, the Kyiv, Ukraine-based company has emerged from a small startup to more than 550 employees across five offices. It was acquired last year by mega investor Blackstone Group, a private equity firm. Blackstone also owns casino properties such as The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas as well as Vungle, a performance marketing firm. Blackstone’s revenues last year were $7.3 billion.

“You can understand why it’s exploding right now,” said Barak David, Murka’s chief operating officer, in an interview with GamesBeat. “There was a pandemic effect. On the positive side, people were staying home and playing. They can play our games to relax a little.”


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The company started in 2011, and it created social casino games such as Slots Journey, Slots Journey 2, TX Poker, S&H Casino, Vegas Slots, Royal Fortune Slots, Bubbla Cadabra, and Scatter Slots. The company doesn’t report its revenues, but its estimated social casino game revenue in the second quarter was $40.5 million, ranking it at No. 10 in the industry, according to analyst firm Eilers & Krejcik Gaming.

Above: Barak David is chief operating officer at Murka.

Image Credit: Murka

That’s far smaller than $503 million in estimated

01
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Last Chance For iPhone Owners To Claim Up To $500 From Apple

iPhone owners in the U.S. have less than a week left to claim compensation from Apple for the Batterygate scandal, which could see them awarded as much as $500.

Apple has set aside up to $500m to settle a lawsuit filed against the company, after it admitted hampering the performance of selected iPhone models to improve the battery life of handsets. Apple has never admitted any wrongdoing, claiming that it restricted battery-sapping performance to improve the overall user experience.

U.S.-based owners of the following devices are eligible for a settlement benefit:

  • iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus or iPhone SE that ran iOS 10.2.1 or later before December 21, 2017
  • iPhone 7 or 7 Plus that ran iOS 11.2 or later before December 21, 2017

The online claims form for the case allows you to enter your phone’s serial number to check if you have an eligible handset. Claims must be made by October 6.

How big could the payout be?

The amount of compensation paid to eligible iPhone owners depends on the number of claimants who come forward.

The case notice (PDF) says that “Apple will provide a cash payment of approximately $25 per eligible device, provided that Apple will not pay more than $500 million in aggregate to the Settlement Class Members.

“If the total value of approved claims submitted exceeds the $500 million ceiling, the value of each approved claim (per eligible device) will be reduced on a pro rata basis.

“Additionally, under the proposed settlement, if the total value of approved claims submitted by Settlement Class Members does not exceed the $310 million floor, the value of each approved claim (per eligible device) may be increased on a pro rata basis, up to a

30
Sep
2020
Posted in technology

Data61 and Monash claim quantum-safe and privacy-preserving blockchain protocol

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation’s (CSIRO) Data61 has announced alongside the Monash Blockchain Technology Centre a blockchain protocol they claim is secure against quantum computers while also protecting the privacy of its users and their transactions.

The protocol, MatRiCT, is patented by CSIRO and now licensed to Australian cryptocurrency developer HCash.

Hcash will be incorporating the protocol into its own systems and transforming its existing cryptocurrency, HyperCash, into one that is claimed to be quantum safe and privacy protecting, but according to Data61, the technology could be applied to more than cryptocurrencies.

It highlighted potential applications such as digital health, banking, finance, and government services, as well as services which may require accountability to prevent illegal use.

Data61 researchers said blockchain-based cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum are vulnerable to attacks by quantum computers, as they are capable of performing complex calculations and processing substantial amounts of data to break blockchains.

“Quantum computing can compromise the signatures or keys used to authenticate transactions, as well as the integrity of blockchains themselves,” research fellow at Monash University and Data61’s Distributed Systems Security Group Dr Muhammed Esgin said.

“Once this occurs, the underlying cryptocurrency could be altered, leading to theft, double spend or forgery, and users’ privacy may be jeopardised.

“Existing cryptocurrencies tend to either be quantum-safe or privacy-preserving, but for the first time our new protocol achieves both in a practical and deployable way.” 

See also: How blockchain will disrupt business (ZDNet/TechRepublic special feature) | Download the free PDF version (TechRepublic)

MatRiCT is based on “hard lattice problems”, which are quantum secure, and introduces three features: The shortest quantum-secure ring signature scheme to date, which Data61 said authenticates activity and transactions using only the signature; a zero-knowledge proof method, which it said hides sensitive transaction information; and an auditability function,