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How will Mark Zuckerberg monetize the metaverse?

The Financial Times and Business Insider ‘s analysis  of dozens of patents recently granted to Facebook’s parent company reveals how Mark Zuckerberg plans to profit from our personal data in the metaverse.

Almost all the relevant patents contemplate wearing a helmet, glasses or even a headband to access the virtual world. They are equipped with technologies to track the gaze, the dilation of the pupils or the wrinkling of the nose – all signs of expression which will be exploited to generate income.

One of the patents in particular describes the analysis of eye tracking collected in a helmet by tiny cameras, in order to infer the interests of the user. For example, if his eyes linger on an image, it could indicate that he is interested in it and suddenly what he sees in the metaverse could change accordingly.

A patent studies how to personalize advertising in augmented reality, according to age, gender, areas of interest and « how users interact with social networks », in particular according to their likes and comments.

Another technology describes how to produce an ultra-realistic three-dimensional avatar, based on a person’s photo.

“Meta’s ambition is to be able to simulate every pore of the skin, every strand of hair, every micro-movement… In truth, they are undertaking a worldwide program of human cloning”, according to Noelle Martin, an activist -lawyer who has spent more than a year researching Meta’s ambitions, from Western University in Australia.

It seems obvious that Facebook is trying to create a much more realistic three-dimensional environment than the current version, where avatars represented as cartoon characters move awkwardly. The future metaverse will be populated by avatars able to move their eyes, change their expressions and adopt different postures with clothes that wrinkle with each movement. In this virtual environment, objects can be entered, moved and modified.

But Business Insider ‘s review of Meta’s patents has so far revealed no technology related to data protection, although Zuckerberg and other executives have insisted that the metaverse will be designed in this way. optical.

“It is very concerning that security and privacy are not present in patents,” said Owen Vaughan, director of research at nChain , a world leader in blockchain research and development. “They should be. Integrating them after the fact might prove impossible”.

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TikTok becomes most visited website, surpassing Google

The Chinese platform has gained six places in just one year, surpassing all services linked to Google.

With one billion monthly active users, TikTok is reaching a new milestone. The application of short videos overtakes Google and thus becomes the most visited website in the world in 2021, according to the ranking of the American company Cloudflare.

In other words, TikTok generates more traffic on its site than all of Google’s services combined: search engine, mapping, translation, news or photos. This is the first time that the ByteDance firm has climbed to the top of the charts.

After TikTok and Google, Facebook occupies the last place on the podium. Next are Microsoft, Apple , Amazon , Netflix , YouTube , Twitter and WhatsApp . This latest messaging app throws Instagram out of the Top 10, yet ninth in 2020. Compared to last year, Netflix has lost two places while Twitter has gained one. But this comparison should be taken with caution because the 2020 ranking began in September, so Cloudflare only analyzed the last four months of the year.

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Donald Trump’s social network is already hacked!

Even before its launch, Trump was forced to shut down access to his social network  Truth Social . Internet users managed to register in his name and published a shower of insults as well as the same distasteful tweet  »  Pig Poop Balls   » dating from 2011.

What do we do when we can no longer access social networks? We throw his! After being banned from Twitter , Facebook and YouTube , Donald Trump announced his own site on Wednesday. Dubbed « Social Truth », it is part of a new Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG) created to fight the  »  liberal media consortium   » and  »  resist the tyranny of the web giants  . »

In a few hours, Internet users, some of whom claim to be part of the Anonymous movement , had already discovered the address of the site when it was not yet officially launched. They then succeeded in creating accounts in the names of the former US president and several other personalities such as Steve Bannon (his former adviser), Mike Pence (his former vice-president), Ron Watkins (member of QAnon) or even the P .-Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey .

Troll festival and licensing issues

These fake accounts were then used to troll personalities and the site, between insults, conspiracy theories and images of a pig defecating on his testicles . The administrators first closed the creation of new accounts before having to disconnect the entire platform.

Others immediately realized that the site was a modified version of Mastodon, free software . The AGPLv3 license requires anyone who uses it to share their code and clearly display the license on the site. Of course, this was not done with Truth Social. The creator of Mastodon, Eugen Rochko, told the  Talking Points Memo site that he plans to find out about possible legal remedies. As expected, Trump’s site is off to a rocky start even before its launch …

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Google will block the connection of old smartphones from next September

The smartphones running Android 2.3.7 or earlier will no longer have access to Google services from September 27

According to the company, this step is taken in order to protect the privacy of user accounts, which can no longer be as secure as on the most recent versions.

The smartphones running Android 2.3.7 or earlier will no longer have access to Google services from September 27, the company announced Tuesday. In order to justify this decision, Google has put forward its « permanent efforts to ensure the safety of users », their accounts can no longer be as secure as on the most recent versions, reports Phonandroid .

Thus, the Californian giant recommended to those concerned to opt « for a more recent version of Android, 3.0 » or a later version. Among the Google applications that will no longer be available from September 27 include Google Maps, YouTube and Gmail. After the deadline, the system will no longer recognize the usernames and passwords of clients using an older operating system and an error message will be displayed.

Possibility to go through the web version of the applications

Owners of a smartphone that does not allow an Android update will still be able to continue using some of Google’s portals through their web versions. For example, their Google account will be accessible via the URL and their Gmail email on The other solution is to buy a newer terminal, added  Phonandroid .

Users of Android version 2.3.7 or later will also be unable to log in with their username and password if they create a new Google account on their smartphone or if they delete their account and try to add it. It also won’t work if they reset their phone to factory settings or change their password.

Source : 20 minutes

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Why These 8 Android Apps Are Dangerous For Your Bank Account

They are all infected with the Joker malware, which could then empty your bank accounts.

It is aptly named. The company Quick Heal Security Labs has revealed that eight applications present on Android are infected with the dreaded Joker malware. According to Presse-Citron , this virus is frequently hidden in apps with the aim of emptying your bank accounts. Google has already been notified of the problem and the infected tools have all been removed from the Android app store. Be careful, however, for people who have already installed them and would not have thought of removing them from their phone.

For users of Auxiliary Message, Fast Magic SMS, Free CamScanner, Super Message, Element Scanner, Go Messages, Travel Wallpapers and Super SMS, it is recommended that you remove these applications from your mobile phone as quickly and completely as possible , since they allow malware to install itself on your mobile system, visit websites, subscribe the victim to paid services or even intercept codes that could allow them to access your banking data.

The Joker malware has already claimed many victims among Play Store users and even managed to infiltrate the Huawei application store , the App Gallery last April , infecting more than 500,000 smartphones from the Chinese manufacturer, reminds 20Minutes . To avoid being confronted with this malware, it is therefore advisable to only download applications from well-known developers and publishers and to avoid those that have just been released on download stores and which offer offers that are too good to be. true.

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Wikileaks: Do the emails from John Podesta, former Obama and Clinton adviser, mention the existence of extraterrestrials?

John Podesta, former campaign manager for Hillary Clinton in New York in November 2016 
(Carlos Barria / Reuters)

Released by Wikileaks in October 2016, the emails from this Democrat, former campaign manager for Hillary Clinton, show that he was simply passionate about extraterrestrial life.

Your question relates to an email released in October 2016 by Wikileaks , which was addressed to John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager for the 2016 presidential election, also a former White House chief of staff to Bill Clinton and former adviser to President Obama. Victim of a phishing on his personal Gmail address, more than 20,000 emails received and sent have been revealed. The authenticity of these exchanges has not been contested. John Podesta accused Russia of being behind the hack and blamed Wikileaks for harming Hillary Clinton’s election campaign.

The email you send to us, dated March 5, 2015, is signed by Edgar D. Mitchell (deceased in 2016), posing as the « sixth man to walk on the moon » as the « Apollo astronaut 14 ” and as the “ Scientific Director and Founder of Quantrek ” . The sender’s e-mail address corresponds to that of Terri Mansfield, a relative of the astronaut, also director of a task force for peace with extraterrestrial intelligences.

Author of books on the subject

In this email addressed to John Podesta and his assistance Eryn Sepp, the former astronaut takes advantage of the fact « that [John Podesta no longer works] at the White House » to offer them « a one-to-one meeting to discuss zero point energy and Disclosure [of the existence of extraterrestrials] ” . He talks about his knowledge of aliens, which he said would be peaceful, since they « hovered nonviolently over Phoenix and other sites, waiting for help, as they hovered over them. could very easily have destroyed the city with their uses of consciousness ” .

Scrutinized by American journalistsduring the last month of the presidential campaign, emails from John Podesta do not demonstrate that there is extraterrestrial life as some internet users want to believe, but instead show that the Clinton and Obama advisor is passionate by the subject, exchanging readily with interlocutors convinced that extraterrestrial life is a reality. Indeed, John Podesta and his assistants had about thirty exchanges with astronaut Edgar D. Mitchell, who even wanted to meet Barack Obama. Emails leaked by Wikileaks also show the same amount of posts with Tom Delonge, the former Blink-182 guitarist turned alien enthusiast, who has produced books and documentaries on the subject.

The interest of Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager in flying saucers, however, was not revealed by Wikileaks, since an investigation published by the Washington Postin April 2016 already returned to his obsession with Area 51 when he was advisor to Bill Clinton, and his requests under George Bush and Barack Obama to declassify government information regarding unidentified flying objects. The American daily also highlighted its statements on CNN, where it promised that Hillary Clinton,« If she is elected president, when she takes office, she will seek the declassification of as many documents as the United States federal government has, and I think that is a commitment that she intends to keep and which I intend to make him respect. « 

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Android: Be careful with this SMS, do not click under any circumstances!

A mass text message sent out in recent weeks tries to encourage you to update Google Chrome. Problem: It’s a dangerous malware that tries to empty your bank account.

If you recently updated the Google Chrome app on your  Android smartphone , you may be under a threat. According to the Pradeo team  , malware masquerading as Google’s mobile browser is spreading very quickly on Android. While the exact figures of those infected are not yet known,  Pradeo  claims that this malware may have already infected  « hundreds of thousands of people »  in recent weeks.

It all starts with an SMS

As Pradeo relates  , this malware is spread by SMS. You may have already received a message of this type recently, since this is the technique used by many scams, such as  this dangerous threat . The process is practically identical: you receive an SMS informing you of the delivery of a package. In this time of health crisis where a number of us are ordering more online, this vicious method has a good chance of paying off if, indeed, you are really expecting a package when you receive the message.

In this SMS, you are invited to click on a link to unblock the delivery. This is where the going gets tough. This link first takes you to a page prompting you to update your Chrome application to continue the procedure. The problem is, this so-called update is nothing but malware copying Google’s official application, one after another. Then, as soon as you enter your banking information in order to pay a small sum to unlock the delivery (1 or 2 euros, generally), hackers will have access to it and will be able to take pleasure in emptying your account, down to the smallest penny.

Malware sends 2,000 SMS per week without your knowledge

 Pradeo researchers , who made this discovery, call this malicious campaign a  Smishing Trojan . Worse, the more malware infects smartphones, the faster it is able to spread. The fake Chrome application installed during this process would indeed be able to send up to 2000 SMS by SMS without the knowledge of the owner of the infected smartphone.

Thanks to this mechanism, which is as perverse as it is ingenious, the malware spreads at high speed. This is why, even if your bank account has not been emptied for all that, we advise you to take a look at your settings to check that no duplicate of Google Chrome is there, especially if it displays a package name that has absolutely nothing to do with that of the real browser for  Android .

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Android : Faites attention avec ce SMS, ne cliquez en aucun cas !

Un SMS diffusé en masse ces dernières semaines cherche à vous inciter à mettre à jour Google Chrome. Problème : c’est un dangereux malware qui cherche à vider votre compte bancaire.

Si vous avez récemment mis à jour l’application Google Chrome sur votre smartphone Android, vous êtes peut-être sous le coup d’une menace. Selon l’équipe de Pradeo, un malware se faisant passer pour le navigateur mobile de Google se répand très rapidement sur Android. Si l’on ne connaît pas encore les chiffres exacts des personnes infectés, Pradeo affirme que ce malware pourrait déjà avoir contaminé « des centaines de milliers de personnes » ces dernières semaines.

Tout commence avec un SMS

Comme le relate Pradeo, ce malware se propage par SMS. Vous avez d’ailleurs peut-être déjà reçu un message de ce type récemment, puisque c’est la technique employée par bon nombre d’arnaques, comme cette dangereuse menace. Le procédé est pratiquement identique : vous recevez un SMS vous informant de la livraison d’un colis. En cette période de crise sanitaire où un certain nombre d’entre nous commandons davantage en ligne, cette méthode vicieuse a de bonnes chances de porter ses fruits si, effectivement, vous attendez vraiment un colis au moment de la réception du message.

Dans ce SMS, on vous invite à cliquer sur un lien afin de débloquer la livraison. C’est là que les choses se corsent. Ce lien vous amène tout d’abord vers une page vous incitant à mettre à jour votre application Chrome pour continuer la procédure. Le problème, c’est que cette prétendue mise à jour n’est autre qu’un malware copiant trait pour trait l’application officielle de Google. Ensuite, dès lors que vous rentrerez vos informations bancaires afin de régler une petite somme pour débloquer la livraison (1 ou 2 euros, généralement), les hackers y auront accès et pourront se faire un malin plaisir à vider votre compte, jusqu’au moindre centime.

Le malware envoie 2 000 SMS par semaine à votre insu

Les chercheurs de Pradeo, à l’origine de cette découverte, qualifient cette campagne malveillante de Smishing Trojan. Pire encore : plus le malware contamine de smartphone, plus il est capable de se répandre rapidement. La fausse application Chrome installée lors de ce processus serait en effet capable d’envoyer jusqu’à 2 000 SMS par SMS à l’insu du propriétaire du smartphone infectée.

Grâce à ce mécanisme aussi pervers qu’ingénieux, le malware se propage à vitesse grand V. C’est pourquoi, même si votre compte bancaire n’a pas été vidé pour autant, on vous conseille de faire un tour dans vos réglages pour vérifier qu’aucun doublon de Google Chrome ne s’y trouve, surtout si celui-ci affiche un nom de paquet qui n’a absolument rien à voir avec celui du véritable navigateur pour Android.