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Comcast Xfinity Is Fastest US ISP – Ookla

Uncategorized September 7, 2017

Cable providers pushing the new DOCSIS 3.1 protocol are getting competitive with fiber, boosting average home download speeds in the US to over 67Mbps, according to a new report from Ookla Speedtest. Ookla looked at 111 million tests over the first half of 2017 and anointed Comcast Xfinity as the fastest overall ISP, beating Verizon Fios by a nose. The key here is that cable has gotten fast enough to beat fiber. Xfinity also leads the ISP pack when it comes to consistently providing acceptable speeds that don’t slow down too much during busy times, Ookla says. Continue reading …

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Google Launched new feature to help Indian SMBs manage business online

Uncategorized September 7, 2017

In a bid to empower Indias small and medium business (SMB) communities, Google on Thursday launched a feature for “Google My Business” customers that allows owners to manage their business listings from a simple, easy-to-access new dashboard within Google Search.

For this, owners of business are required to find their businesses on Google Search, complete and enhance listing, share photos and posts and see how many views they are receiving from their Google My Business Dashboard. According to Google India, more than 80 per cent of people are searching the Internet to find local information and vendors.

“When people get to know your business, they are more likely to become customers and businesses with complete listings on Google are twice as likely to gain customer trust, 38 per cent more likely to attract in-store visits and 29 per cent more likely to see a purchase,” Google India said in a statement.

An owner can find business on Google Search and click the edit button on a new menu above the search results. The fields which can be edited will be highlighted where an owner can update information and upload photos directly.

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Mumbai High Court asks government to respond to PIL seeking ban on Blue Whale Challenge Game

Uncategorized September 7, 2017

The Bombay High Court today asked the State government to file an affidavit in response to a public interest litigation (PIL), seeking a ban on the Blue Whale Challenge online game, which is responsible for various suicides in the country. The PIL was filed on 6th Sept by a city-based NGO, Citizen Circle for Social Welfare and Education, seeking a direction to the state government to put an ban to this online game. Advocate Hiten Venegaonkar, appearing for the Maharashtra government, told a division bench headed by Chief Justice Manjula Chellur that a similar matter was pending before the Gujarat High Court, in which the Centre had informed the court about an advisory issued by it against the game. Continue reading …

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Bitcoin Drops as China bans cryptocurrency offerings

Uncategorized September 5, 2017

After a a series of investigations, on Monday The People’s Bank of China banned initial coin offerings — raising funds by launching new digital tokens. There was no mention of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin or its rival Ethereum, but the announcement sent stocks sliding anyway.

The burgeoning market for cryptocurrencies, which has grown very rapidly that one bitcoin was worth more than an ounce of gold in March, has seen digital currency entrepreneurs flocking to ICOs to create and sell digital tokens to investors, who include many celebs.

Still, regulators are not taking to ICOs well. The practice, which Bloomberg said netted $1.6 billion in the last year, has prompted security concerns from the US Securities and Exchange Commission. The Commission released advisories in July and August saying some ICOs should be regulated like other securities, warning of risks that come with investing in ICOs, including scams.

ICOs are a form of “unauthorised and illegal public financing,” the People’s Bank of China said in a statement, adding that ICOs have “seriously disrupted economic and financial order” in China.

The People’s Bank said the country has banned all sales and currency conversions involving digital tokens, and prohibited all financial institutions and non-bank payment organisations from offering any services to ICOs.

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Facebook will shortly begin to blocking ads for Pages that share fake news

Uncategorized September 3, 2017

While often thrown around today to delegitimize any article that the speaker doesn’t like, “real” fake news has become a growing problem online. The term “fake news” began receiving attention during the 2016 presidential election. One such widespread article from the election stated Pope Francis had endorsed Donald Trump for president when in fact he made no such statement. Many inaccurate stories like this one are believed to have influenced voters on Facebook. As a response, the social network has put in place numerous policies to combat fake news. Their goal is to fight bogus news by: Continue reading …

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You can’t block Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan on Facebook

Uncategorized September 3, 2017

Being the CEO of a social network behemoth that boasted 2 billion monthly average users, would you fix it so nobody could block you and your wife? That’s the claim some Facebook users directed at Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan when they found the function didn’t work on this pair’s Facebook profiles, but the actual reason has nothing to do with ego. Continue reading …

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Everything you should know about ‘Locky Ransomware’

Uncategorized September 3, 2017

The Narendra Modi government on Saturday issued an alert on the spread of a new malware. The name of this malware is ‘Locky Ransomware’. Here are things you must know about the Locky Ransomware and how it harms our systems:- What is Locky ransomware? Ransomware is a kind of cyber-attack designed to block access to the data and files on local computer and demand money in the form on bitcoins to unlock it. The Locky ransomware is similar in nature to the “WannaCry” that caused massive outcry around the world earlier this year. The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) issued an advisory for Locky ransomware warning for users in India to stay alert. Locky ransomware has been active since last year, but this time around it is back with its new variant. A new ransomware campaign was launched on August 9, and it appears to have started to penetrate in India as well. Cybersecurity company AppRiver said that it has seen over 23 million messages sent in the attack, making it one of the largest malware campaigns seen so far. How does it work? The ransomware is being distributed through a new file extension called “.diablo6”, according to Malwarebytes research. Continue reading …

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‘Locky Ransomware’ hits Indian cyberspace & targeting computers, Indian government issues alert

Uncategorized September 3, 2017

Locky, a deadly “ransomware” has hit India. State-run Indian Computer Emergency Response Team(CERT-in) has issued an advisory on the spreading of Locky ransonware in the country, urging users to not open any emails with attachments from unknown senders.

Ransomware is a malicious software and the Locky Ransomware is learnt to be demanding ransom of half bitcoin, which at present rate is equivalent to over Rs 1.5 lakh. The alert, issued on Cyber Swachhta Kendra, said it has been reported that a new wave of spam mails is circulating with common subject lines to spread variants of Locky Ransomware. “Reports indicate that over 23 million messages have been sent in this campaign. The messages contain common subjects like ‘please print’, ‘documents’, ‘photo’, ‘Images’, ‘scans’ and ‘pictures’. However, the subject texts may change in targeted spear phishing campaigns,” the alert, which described severity of the ransomware as “high”, said. Continue reading …

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