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Facebook’s Changes To WhatsApp’s Privacy Policies Makes People Outrage

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Latest changes to messaging service WhatsApp’s privacy policy is making all of the users worldwide to spark anger. The company has announced on the 6th of January that it will force all the users to share and link the information with Facebook if they want to keep using the service.

Unless people agree to these new terms, they will be locked out of WhatsApp on the 8th of February. Some privacy advocates have questioned the move, citing Facebook’s track record in handling user data.

Anatoliy Gruzd who is an associate professor and Canada Research Chair in privacy-preserving digital technologies at Ryerson University said, “Every time a company combines data from multiple sources, multiple platforms, it raises privacy concerns because it increases the possibility that people can be identified, that a company knows more about you”.

He also added, “WhatsApp users are concerned about the increased integration with Facebook”.

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The updated privacy policy requires all the users to “agree” for them to share data it collects about you. The data are surprisingly private and confidential data such as your phone number and location with Facebook.

This data will be shared with the broader Facebook network, such as Instagram and Messenger, and applies regardless of whether you have accounts or profiles there. The option to share data with Facebook has existed on the app for years, but up until now, it was only an option.

The terms now clearly state that “WhatsApp receives information from, and shares information with, the other Facebook companies. We may use the information we receive from them, and they may use the information we share with them, to help operate” and market services.

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It has prompted some people online and including Tesla’s founder that is Elon Musk. He calls for users to leave the app and use more privacy-focused messaging services like Signal or even Telegram. Other than that, American whistleblower Edward Snowden also tweeted, “I use Signal app every day and I’m not dead yet”. Next, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s media office and the country’s defense ministry announced, they were dropping WhatsApp after the policy changes and opened a probe into the move.

Because of all the tweets stated by all these influential people, the Signal app has become the top free app on both Google and Apple’s app stores in most countries around the world. More than 8,800,000 people downloaded Signal on iPhones and Android phones in the week of Jan. 4. Another app that could be a Whatsapp alternative, that is Telegram was said on Tuesday that more than 25 million people had joined in the last 72 hours.

Will Cathcart that is the head of WhatsApp explained, “It’s important for us to be clear this update describes business communication and does not change WhatsApp’s data-sharing practices with Facebook”. He also added, “It does not impact how people communicate privately with friends or family wherever they are in the world”

Sources: Appfigures, BuzzFeed News.

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AirAsia Offers Free Delivery Service Throughout MCO

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AirAsia has decided to offer an unlimited free delivery service for any purchase at their own AirAsia food, AirAsia fresh, and AirAsia shop during this MCO period. The true intention is to make it easier for all Malaysians to get necessities such as food, fresh products, groceries, and more while staying safe at home.

However, this free delivery service is only available in the Klang Valley only and will be offered in other areas soon.

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AirAsia Food

AirAsia Food offers a wide variety of food options available to eat. Customers can also enjoy unlimited free shipping within 15km of your home. There are various dishes available such as Asian cuisine, western cuisine, desserts, bread, and many more.

AirAsia Fresh

In addition, customers can order fresh products such as meat, seafood, vegetables, and groceries online at AirAsia Fresh. With a minimum expenditure of RM30, you have the opportunity to enjoy unlimited free shipping using the promo code ‘STAY HOME’. For this service, there is no set limit for free shipping distance. Alternatively, customers can choose delivery for the next day or delivery based on the time of choice.

AirAsia Shop

Through the AirAsia shop, customers can get products such as skincare, make-up, health, and so on. Just place a minimum order of RM30 to enjoy unlimited free shipping. No promotional code is required, however, you need to be around the Klang Valley only.

Sources: AirAsia Food, AirAsia Fresh, AirAsia Shop.

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GTA 6 Rumored To Have A Female Protagonist, First Time Ever For GTA Franchise

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GTA 6 reportedly would have a female protagonist, a first for the Grand Theft Auto franchise. GTA 6 has yet to be confirmed by Rockstar Games or to confirm that a new game in the series is in progress. However, according to a plethora of sources, for the PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and probably the PC as well, GTA 6 is already deep in development.

GTA 6 is closer to release than you thought or still very far away from release, depending on what article or rumor you’re hearing. Unfortunately, no further information on the release of the game has surfaced right now, but we do have a new update on the protagonist of the game, courtesy of Tom Henderson, a leaker and industry insider well known for his Call of Duty scoops.

Henderson recently announced on Twitter that, alongside a playable male protagonist, GTA 6 will have a playable female protagonist. This is, unfortunately, where the scoop ends.

In other words, it is unclear if the game would turn between two protagonists that players can switch between or if it is a situation for Cyberpunk 2077, i.e. one playable protagonist who can be male or female.

You’d think it’s former in the light of previous releases, but if Rockstar Games is going to break convention and eventually have a female protagonist, it might be ready to break additional conventions.

It’s important to remember that Henderson did not disclose his source. That said, in the past, he has proved reliable on numerous occasions, although it has usually been with Call of Duty details.

Although the reporting of Henderson has never been limited to Call of Duty, it’s what he’s known for, so take this with an extra grain of salt because it’s not only unofficial but out of the wheelhouse of Henderson. And, of course, even though the report is 100% correct, it is subject to change as well.

This isn’t the first time we’ve learned the game is going to have a playable female protagonist for what it’s worth, however, so far, this has been the most reliable source for making this argument.

At the moment of publication, Rockstar Games has not commented on this story in almost any capacity, and it’s uncertain this will change. Like many developers, when it comes to rumors, news, leaks, or any knowledge of this variety, Rockstar maintains a rather strict “no comment” policy.

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Lady Gaga And Jennifer Lopez To Perform At Joe Biden’s Inauguration Ceremony

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Jennifer Lopez and Lady Gaga will take the stage in the U.S. The inaugural ceremony in Washington next week by President-elect Joe Biden alongside others in what his transition team said would showcase a diverse America.

The two will perform for the new 46th U.S. president at the Jan. 20 gathering, which will also include comments from a Georgian black firefighter, a former Youth Poet Laureate, a Catholic priest, and a pastor from Wilmington, Delaware, Biden’s hometown.

The national anthem will be sung by Lady Gaga and a musical performance will be given by Lopez.

“They represent one clear picture of the grand diversity of our great nation,” his team said in a statement on Thursday.

The presenters reflect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’s “steadfast vision of a new chapter in our American story in which we are an America united in overcoming the deep divisions and challenges facing our people, unifying the country, and restoring the soul of our nation,” it added.

Their positions come as the Democrat takes over the White House from Republican Donald Trump in a scaled-down event after a mob of Trump supporters threatened the United States in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and the rising of security concerns. Capitol to thwart the certification of Biden’s victory by lawmakers.

On the West Front of the Capitol building, now fortified by fencing, barriers, and thousands of National Guard soldiers, the public would not be on hand to witness the swearing-in.

Biden’s transition team cited Lady Gaga’s advocacy of LGBTQ rights and health concerns in announcing the inauguration speakers, and Lopez’s work raising awareness about the adverse effects on Latinos of coronavirus.

Many representatives include Fulton County, Georgia, career firefighter Andrea Hall and 2017 National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman, a resident of Los Angeles. Father Leo O’Donovan, former President of Georgetown University, and Reverend Dr. Silvester Beaman of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, both close to the Biden family, will talk as well.

Source: Reuters

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