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Google has updated the gun emoji

A realistically drawn gun emoji has been replaced with a friendlier-looking, bright orange water gun.

A realistically drawn gun emoji has been replaced with a friendlier-looking, bright orange water gun. — Google

Cyber-crime website behind 4 million attacks taken down

A British- and Dutch-led operation on April 25 brought down a website linked to more than four million cyberattacks around the world, with banking giants among the victims, Britain’s National Crime Agency said.

British police searched an address in Bradford, northern England, and seized a number of items, while Dutch police, with assistance from Germany and the United States, seized servers and took down the website. — Reuters

Facebook results to be scoured for evidence of user defections

Facebook Inc is on tap to report first-quarter results after the close of trading on April 25, and Wall Street will scour the numbers for any signs of user losses or a drop-off in advertiser spending.

Analysts at MKM said that Facebook management will probably talk up aggressive efforts to identify and curtail misuse of data by third parties. — Facebook/TNS

India ride-hailing firm Jugnoo eyes Singapore as Uber drives off

Indian ride-hailing firm Jugnoo plans to enter the Singapore market next month, its chief executive said on April 25, joining other companies eyeing the city state as Uber Technologies prepares to leave.

Jugnoo, which uses auto-rickshaws in India, will offer a private car-based service in Singapore with an app that will allow riders to choose from drivers' competing bids on fares. — Reuters

To beat porch thieves, Amazon slips packages in car trunks

Not content to stop at slipping packages inside customers' front doors, Amazon.com Inc on April 24 started a new programme to deliver packages to its members' parked cars.

In-car delivery gives Amazon an in-between option for customers who might want a more secure delivery location than the front porch but do not want delivery people inside their homes. — Reuters

Protesters greet Amazon’s Jeff Bezos in Germany

Hundreds of Amazon workers blew whistles and banged drums on April 24 to protest against the presentation of a German award to Jeff Bezos, the e-commerce firm's chief executive.

US$35mil penalty for not telling investors of Yahoo hack

US securities regulators on April 24 announced that Altaba will pay a US$35mil (RM136.93mil) penalty for not telling them hackers had stolen Yahoo’s “crown jewels”.

While Yahoo discovered the data breach quickly, it remained mum about it until more than two years later when it was being acquired by telecom giant Verizon Communications, the SEC case maintained. — Reuters

Google overhauls Gmail to lure businesses away from Microsoft

Alphabet Inc's Google unveiled on April 25 its first Gmail redesign since 2013, capping what the company says was an expensive overhaul two years in the making to adopt security and offline functionality and better resemble Microsoft Outlook.

With Gmail, Google said it restructured email storage databases, unified three dueling systems for syncing messages across devices and upgraded computers underpinning the service. — Reuters

Amazon.com plays catch-up in Brazil as local rivals thrive

Claudia Maria de Oliveira is leery of online shopping. But while browsing social media recently, the 49-year-old Brazilian spotted a bargain-priced sandwich press from local retailer Magazine Luiza SA.

Fitbit launches Versa smartwatch and releases OS 2.0 update

Fitbit has unveiled its second generation Fitbit OS 2.0 along with the Fitbit Versa smartwatch which has a function for tracking menstrual cycles.

[L-R] Fitbit APAC product marketing director Alexander Healy, Thrive Health Clinic founder Dr. Sumithra Nadarajah, personal trainer Joanna Soh and Fitbit SEA, Hong Kong and Taiwan country manager Louis Lye posing with the Versa, at the launch. — FitBit

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