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Researcher discovers Venmo exposes ‘an alarming amount’ of personal data in public API

“Using transaction data made available through the public API, Do Thi Duc downloaded 207,984,218 Venmo transactions, all the public transaction made on the app in 2017, and analyzed them” writes Matt Binder for mashable.com. To show just how much detail you can pull from the public Venmo transaction data, Do Thi Duc’s Public By Default project focuses on on five specific Venmo accounts.The amount of information Do Thi Duc is able to pull from the transaction data Venmo is sharing is pretty astonishing. Source: mashable.com Share This:

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Performance implications of default struct equality in C#

“After a very quick look at the code it was clear what was the problem: We used a tuple that contained a custom struct with default equality implementation” reports microsoft.com. A more appropriate approach is to warn a developer when “inappropriate” struct with default equality members (defined in the app or in a third-party library) is stored in a hash set.And, as you may imagine, this will cause a drastic performance impact if these instances are stored in a hash set or a hash table. Source: microsoft.com Share This:

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EU may block Google from making Google Search and Google Chrome default apps on Android

“These rules include what applications must be preinstalled, and Google Chrome and Google Search are two of these” reports xda-developers.com. Now we’re seeing something similar again, as Google has been accused of basically strongarming device OEMs to preinstall Google applications on Android smartphones.With Google Search offered up by default, Google can learn more about users and offer up targeted advertisements – where the company’s true profits lie.This isn’t the first time Google has had trouble in the EU. Back in 2016, Google was ordered to stop offering a financial incentive…

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Samsung’s Default Texting App on Galaxy S9 and Note 8 is Sending Photos to Random People

“A bunch of Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S9 owners are reporting that the Samsung Messages app is randomly sending out photos stored on their device to people in their phonebook” reports iphonehacks.com. This has created an incompatibility with the Samsung Messages app which is creating this issue. There are plenty of other SMS apps available in the Play Store like ChompSMS, Textra, or even Google’s own Android Messages app which offer far greater functionality than Samsung’s stock messaging app.For one owner, the issue was even worse as the…

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How Employers in Poor Countries Are Using Nudges to Help Employees Save Money

“One decade after mobile money first launched in 2007, there are over 118 million active accounts using 277 mobile money services in 92 countries” reports hbr.org. Employers are catching on to the trend and paying wages with mobile money in Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, and South Asia.Most U.S. employers have adopted default savings programs, but the idea is only just entering  poor countries, where saving is less common.But recently, the world has seen a dramatic drop in the numbers of unbanked adults due to the rapid spread of mobile money.Increasingly,…

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15 more default privacy settings you should change now on your TV, cellphone plan and more

“Two weeks ago, I offered similar suggestions on the worst default settings for Facebook, Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Apple” writes Fowler Is The for washingtonpost.com. I dug into a bunch of popular products and services you might not think of as data vacuums or security risks and found their default privacy settings often aren’t very private.Often, default settings (or screens you probably clicked “agree” to during setup) allow smart TVs, streaming boxes and cable services to track significant amounts of personal information.LinkedIn has about 60 data, privacy and advertising settings you…

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CFTC pushes for another default order in binary options, bitcoin fraud case

“The United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) maintains its efforts to tackle binary options and cryptocurrency fraud” reports financefeeds.com. After pushing for a default order against Dillon Michael Dean, at the helm of a $1.1 million fraudulent scheme, the regulator is now seeking a similar order against the company he ran – The Entrepreneurs Headquarters Limited (TEH). Source: financefeeds.com Share This:

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Corporate bond market may be sending a red flag to stock-market investors: Goldman

“The swap index will tighten if investors believe corporate bonds are less risky than before and widen if worries grow” writes Sunny Oh for marketwatch.com. That implied that credit (accurately) did not buy into the enthusiasm of the equity market.To compare their relative performance of stocks and corporate debt over this year, the Goldman strategists didn’t look at yields for corporate bonds but rather credit default swap indexes that can be used as proxies for the fear of default.In this episode, the divergence has been equally shared between equity rising…

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Murray Energy’s agreement ‘tantamount to a default,’ S&P Global says

“S&P Global Ratings lowered Murray Energy’s debt rating to CC, one step from default, saying that the agreement between the coal producer and some of its lenders to complete a private exchange is “tantamount to a default.”” writes Claudia Assis for marketwatch.com. That private offer would exchange about 71% of the company’s $996 million in 11.25% secured notes due in 2021 for newly issued 12% senior notes due in 2024, S&P said. Source: marketwatch.com Share This:

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