Rwanda launches world’s first blockchain project to track tantalum mining

Rwanda’s mining boss announced on Tuesday the world’s first blockchain project to track tantalum from the pit-face to the refinery, part of a push to woo investors seeking a conflict-free source of minerals. “Blockchain is one of the technologies that has demonstrated capabilities of providing a more efficient and effective way of delivering traceability for …

Sundar Pichai says Google is still considering the Dragonfly, censored search engine in China

Google is still considering whether to launch a censored version of its search product in China, CEO Sundar Pichai said Monday. “It’s very early. We don’t know whether we could or would do this in China, but we felt it was important for us to explore,” Pichai said at the Wired25 conference in San Francisco. …

Windows 10 October 2018 Update stopped by Microsoft due to a serious problem

Microsoft has stopped distributing its latest Windows 10 October 2018 Update. The software giant started rolling out the update during the company’s Surface event earlier this week, but some Windows 10 users immediately noticed their documents were being deleted. In a support document updated today, October 6, the Redmond-based OS maker said it took this …

A Simple Tweak turns India’s controversial Biometric Database, Aadhaar, Into a Profitable Counterfeit System

India’s controversial biometric database, Aadhaar, has been once again compromised, according to a three-month investigation launched by HuffPost India. In a report published Tuesday, HuffPost revealed the existence of a malicious patch said to disable critical security features, making it easier not only to create unauthorized Aadhaar numbers but to fool the system’s biometric recognition …

Microsoft could be acquiring GitHub and this is scary news to the coding industry

Microsoft has reportedly acquired GitHub, and could announce the deal as early as Monday. GitHub is a large code repository that has become popular with developers and companies hosting their projects, documentation, and code. Apple, Amazon, Google, and many other big tech companies use GitHub. Bloomberg reports that the software giant has agreed to acquire …

Bullish again, Bitcoin Prices Surge

Bitcoin prices rose sharply yesterday after months of downfall, showing that bullish sentiment has returned to the digital currency markets. “The bulls are back in charge,” said analyst Charles Hayter, who pointed to Bitcoin’s robust intraday gain and a short squeeze taking place on Bitfinex. The world’s largest cryptocurrency reached $8,055.20, climbing almost 20% in less than six …

FTC confirms Facebook’s privacy practices are under scrutiny

US Federal Trade Commission is investigating Facebook’s privacy practices following a week of scandals and public outrage over the company’s failure to protect the personal information of tens of millions of users. “The FTC takes very seriously recent press reports raising substantial concerns about the privacy practices of Facebook,” said Tom Pahl, acting director of …

Google is asking for web publishers’ consent to gather personal data ahead of GDPR

Google is requesting that web publishers provide it with the necessary consents to continue gathering personal information from Europeans for targeted ads as it gears up for the impending arrival of toughened data privacy laws. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May after which companies will be obligated to obtain …