Facebook’s data deals with Microsoft, Apple and Amazon under grand jury scrutiny

Facebook’s 150 personal information sharing contracts with tech companies is now under a grand jury scrutiny. Question is can you ever trust Facebook? As per a report by the New York Times, U.S. federal prosecutors are conducting a criminal probe into data deals that Facebook Inc entered into with some of the world’s largest tech…

EU’s antitrust ruling against Google more of an observation rather than a prescription

Although the ruling should provide smartphone makers the ability to develop phones based on Amazon’s Fire OS, Google limits the adoption of such forks, as termed in the industry, through its licensing model. Essentially, the ruling is not likely to significantly change Google’s licensing model and the revenues derived from it. With the European Union’s…

Wal-Mart partners with Microsoft to battle Amazon.com

The partnership will enable Wal-Mart to boost its online presence and tap into Microsoft’s repertoire of cloud services and advances in artificial intelligence technologies which could potentially enable it to provide customers at its brick and mortar stores cashier-less checkouts. On Tuesday, Walmart Inc, the world’s biggest brick-and-mortar retailer, disclosed it had entered into a…

Security researchers find more vulnerabilities in Intel’s, AMD’s and ARM Holdings’ chips

Known as Speculative Store Bypass or “Variant 4”, these new vulnerabilities have a low risk profile assigned to them partly due to the patches that were released earlier this month for the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities. Security researchers from Alphabet’s Google and from Microsoft Corp have unearthed new security vulnerabilities that impact a broad range…