Tag Archives: Voice

Apple Plugs ‘No-Click’ Phone Hack Attributed to Pegasus Spyware | Voice of America ~ #VoA:

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – Apple released a critical software patch to fix a security vulnerability that researchers said could allow hackers to directly infect iPhones and other Apple devices without any user action. Researchers at the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab said the security issue was exploited to plant spyware on …

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Qatar Awards Scholarship to Afghan Girls’ Robotics Team | Voice of America ~ #VoA:

DOHA, QATAR – Qatar has granted academic scholarships to members of a girls’ robotics team from Afghanistan dubbed the “Afghan Dreamers,” the Persian Gulf nation’s education and science foundation said on Tuesday. Qatar has been instrumental in efforts to evacuate at-risk Afghans and foreigners from Kabul airport, including members of …

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Ireland Fines WhatsApp for Breaching EU Privacy Laws | Voice of America ~ #VoA:

Ireland on Thursday slapped Facebook’s WhatsApp messaging service with a record fine for breaching EU data privacy laws after European regulators demanded the penalty be increased. Ireland’s Data Protection Commission was entrusted with the case because Facebook’s European headquarters are situated in the country. “And following this reassessment the DPC …

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Some Nigerian-based Experts Warn of China’s Growing Influence in African Technology | Voice of America ~ #VoA:

ABUJA – Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei says it wants to train up to 3 million African youths to work with cutting-edge digital technology such as artificial intelligence. Already, Nigerian students who took part in a Huawei-sponsored information and communications technology (ICT) competition say the benefits, including possible job placements with the company, are enormous. …

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Facebook Invests in New Partnerships With Argentine Press | Voice of America ~ #VoA:

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA – Social media giant Facebook will invest $1.5 million in Argentine media to train journalists and promote online development, a first in Latin America. The agreement signed last week with almost 150 media outlets will allow 3,000 journalists to be trained, while also helping Facebook develop commercial …

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South Korea Bans Google, Apple Payment Monopolies | Voice of America ~ #VoA:

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – South Korea’s National Assembly approved legislation on Tuesday that bans app store operators such as Google and Apple from forcing developers to use their in-app payment systems. South Korea is reportedly the first country in the world to pass such a bill, which becomes law when …

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Spacex Launches Ants, Avocados, Robot to Space Station | Voice of America ~ #VoA:

CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – A SpaceX shipment of ants, avocados and a human-sized robotic arm rocketed toward the International Space Station on Sunday. The delivery — due to arrive Monday — is the company’s 23rd for NASA in just under a decade. A recycled Falcon rocket blasted into the predawn …

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Tech Companies Pledge Billions in Cybersecurity Investments | Voice of America ~ #VoA:

WASHINGTON – Some of the country’s leading technology companies have committed to investing billions of dollars to strengthen cybersecurity defenses and to train skilled workers, the White House announced Wednesday following President Joe Biden’s private meeting with top executives. The Washington gathering was held during a relentless stretch of ransomware …

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China Rejects Second Probe Into Coronavirus Origin | Voice of America ~ #VoA:

China has rejected the World Health Organization’s proposal for a second phase of its investigation into the origin of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Zeng Yixin, the vice minister of the Chinese National Health Commission, told reporters in Beijing Thursday that he was extremely surprised when he read the proposal offered …

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Attackers Attempt to Stab Mali Interim President | Voice of America ~ #VoA:

An official at Mali’s presidency said Tuesday that interim leader Assimi Goita was “safe and sound” after armed men attacked him during a religious ceremony in the capital Bamako. The official added that Goita had arrived at the military camp of Kati, outside Bamako, “where security has been reinforced”. Two …

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Britain’s Prime Minister, Finance Minister Exposed to COVID-19 | Voice of America ~ #VoA:

Britain’s National Health Service has contacted Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his finance minister, Rishi Sunak, to let them know that they have been close to someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Downing Street said Sunday in a statement the men will participate in a daily contact testing pilot that …

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Australia Called ‘Easy’ Target for Hackers | Voice of America ~ #VoA:

SYDNEY – Australian cybersecurity experts are calling for more aggressive government action to protect businesses from ransomware attacks. Experts have warned a “tsunami of cybercrime” has cost the global economy about $743 billion. Big companies can be attractive targets for cybercriminals who can extort millions of dollars after stealing sensitive …

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Internet Restrictions Hold Back Africa’s Economic Growth, Study Finds | Voice of America ~ #VoA:

A report by a non-profit group says Africa needs to increase internet access to boost its economies, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The advocacy group found that while Africa’s locally routed online traffic has increased, only one in five Africans has internet access.  High taxes and frequent …

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