Seung Lee

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20 Aug 2018 | 7:00 AM

These Android phones have security defects out of the box, researchers say

At least 25 Android smartphone models – 11 of which are sold by major US carriers – carry vulnerabilities out of the box, making them easy prey for hackers, according to a new study from security researchers.

At least 25 Android smartphone models — 11 of which are sold by major US carriers — carry vulnerabilities out of the box, making them easy prey for hackers, according to a new study from security researchers. — Google
23 Jul 2018 | 8:30 AM

Zuckerberg called Trump after election to congratulate him: report

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, shortly after then-President-elect Donald Trump defeated Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, called Trump to congratulate him on running a successful campaign, which involved spending more than US$44mil (RM179mil) on Facebook and ceaselessly refining its advertisements on the platform to sway voters, according to a new report from BuzzFeed News on July 19.

Despite keeping its distance from the Trump campaign and the White House in public, Facebook in private acknowledged how Trump ran one of the most imaginative campaigns the company has seen in its domain, according to the report. — AP
12 Jul 2018 | 10:30 AM

Google’s human-like speaking AI will soon start booking restaurant, hair salon reservations

After generating buzz and controversy with its unveiling, Google's human-like speaking assistant Duplex will be released to select users and businesses this summer, the company announced recently.

9 Jul 2018 | 8:30 AM

East Menlo Park tenants to Zuckerberg: Facebook is helping to displace us

Low-income tenants living near Facebook's campus are speaking out, including to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, to help stop their landlords from displacing them from their homes.

Zamora and members of the Redwood Landing Tenant Union are mostly low-income, Latino residents who have lived in their residences for more than 10 years – before Facebook became the Silicon Valley behemoth it is today. — Bay Area News Group/TNS
25 Jun 2018 | 9:30 AM

‘These are poverty-level jobs in Facebook’: Silicon Valley security officers protest for better wages

Eric Murphy generally makes about US$2,400 (RM9,611) per month after taxes as a security guard at Facebook, but his dream right now is not to buy a home or even rent out a one-bedroom apartment in San Jose, which averages about US$2,460 (RM9,851) monthly.

12 Jun 2018 | 9:00 AM

Sheryl Sandberg speech at MIT: Ad in student newspaper says ‘break up Facebook’

An activist group called to “break up Facebook” in an advertisement in the Massachusetts' Institute of Technology student newspaper on the same day Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg gave the school commencement speech.

As Sandberg urged students to be vigilant for challenges ahead, she also acknowledged the numerous privacy-related scandals surrounding Facebook in the past few months. — Reuters
28 May 2018 | 7:30 AM

Next change for Facebook: New board director, executives reshuffled

Facebook will undergo major organisational changes inside its Menlo Park-based headquarters and with its board of directors, including having a new director fill the board seat left open by WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum.

After dealing with Russian interference in the 2016 election on its platform and currently reeling from the fallout of the Cambridge Analytica revelations, Facebook will restructure its executives into three branches, according to Recode. — Dreamstime/TNS
21 May 2018 | 7:30 AM

Apple now has more self-driving car permits in California than Waymo and Tesla

Just last year, Apple was in the backseat of an increasingly crowded competition for self-driving cars with Google-owned Waymo, Tesla and Uber vying for an edge.

Apple has beaten out Tesla and Waymo for the second-most self-driving car permits with the DMV, according to a report from the Apple-focused tech blog Mac Reports. — AFP
15 May 2018 | 7:00 AM

Zuckerberg’s control over Facebook ‘akin to a dictatorship’, says California pension fund

A major California-based Facebook shareholder blasted the social networking giant's power structure, arguing that the dual-class share structure grants CEO Mark Zuckerberg voting power that is “akin to a dictatorship”.

7 May 2018 | 5:54 PM

First company to US$1tril: Apple zeroes in on historic market cap for ultimate ‘icing on the cake’

For the past few months, Apple has flirted with the possibility of becoming the first company ever to reach the once-thought-impossible US$1tril (RM3.94tril) market capitalisation.

After a stronger-than-expected earnings announcement and Warren Buffett doubling down his confidence with a major stock purchase, Apple is closing in on the ultimate stock market summit of US$1tril in market capitalisation. — Dreamstime/TNS