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Demonoid Goes Down Due To Technical Problems, While The Owner Is Missing

Demonoid is a popular BitTorrent tracker and a website that includes file-sharing related discussion forums. This popular Semi-private BitTorrent tracker has been down for many days now. Moreover, the people working for this website haven’t heard from the website owners for around two months now.

ALSO READ: The Pirate Bay May Be Blocked In New Zealand By Sky TV

Demonoid Goes Down; Major Issues

More and more countries are classifying using and sharing pirated content as an illegal online activity. Demonoid is an old torrent community that had witnessed many problems like media industry pressure, blocking orders, hosting issues, lawsuits or police investigations and much more.

Also Read- Demonoid Alternatives -5 Best Torrent sites to Download free Movie

It is worth noting that earlier also Demonoid has been down for weeks and even months but the website came back as if everything was normal.

During the past few weeks, this torrent community has gone through some rough patches again. The website is facing many technical problems, that are eventually taking too much time to be fixed. Demonoid’s tracker sub-site Hypercache.pw has also gone offline, making the situations even worst.

Lastly, the site’s owner, Deimos is missing as well. In fact, for around two months the staff members haven’t heard from him. Though people working at Demonoid suggest that he is stuck in some personal circumstances.

ALSO READ: The Pirate Bay is Down- 3 Best Torrent Sites To Download Free Movie

Demonoid Goes Down; Will It Come Back? 

Demonoid is a very good torrent community, and the user base grows exponentially every year. Consequently, it’s relatively difficult to maintain the platform and there’s always one or the other technical problem. As of now, the downtime is a major setback for the platform but it will most likely return. That said, there still no official announcement as to when the website will be back to normal.

Do share your thoughts and opinions on the technical problems that websites like Demonoid and Pirate Bay face.

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Google admits third-party developers can access users’ Gmail inbox

Google admits third-party developers can access users' Gmail inbox

Google still allows third-party developers to scan your Gmail accounts

In July this year, we had reported how Google is allowing third-party app developers access to user’s private messages in Gmail.

Now, the search giant has officially admitted in a letter to US lawmakers that it allows third-party apps to access and share data from Gmail accounts, even though Google itself has stopped the practice for the purpose of ad targeting last year.

“Developers may share data with third parties so long as they are transparent with the users about how they are using the data,” wrote Susan Molinari, Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs for the Americas at Google in the letter sent to the US Senators in July, which was made public on Tuesday.

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Molinari also reiterated that Google employees can read Gmail users’ email content only in cases where a user has given consent, or where the content is required to be inspected by the company for security purposes, such as investigating a bug or abuse.

She wrote that the company ensures that the relevant privacy policy is “easily accessible to users to review before deciding whether to grant access.”

In the letter, the company said that it thoroughly vets any third parties that are granted 9access, and also manually reviews privacy policies and uses computer tools to detect any significant changes to the behavior of the apps.

Suzanne Frey, Google’s director of security, trust, and privacy explained in a blog post in July that Google grants certain permissions to third-party apps and services in order to enhance the experience for Gmail users.

“We make it possible for applications from other developers to integrate with Gmail – like email clients, trip planners and customer relationship management (CRM) systems – so that you have options around how you access and use your email.” Ms Frey wrote.

Any non-Google app first goes through a “multi-step review process” before accessing a person’s Gmail messages that includes assessing the app’s privacy policy to ensure that it’s a legitimate app, Ms Frey said.

“We strongly encourage you to review the permissions screen before granting access to any non-Google application,” she added.

Those who do not wish third-party apps scan your emails, then it is suggested that you can either uninstall extensions that you don’t trust and use apps from reputed developers or choose not to install the apps at all.

Source: WSJ

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FAB IPTV shuts down following a Europol-led raid

FAB IPTV shuts down following a Europol-led raid

Europol-led raid forces FAB IPTV to shut down

Last week, Europol had started raiding and arresting IPTV providers based in the UK and Southern Ireland. Now, FAB IPTV, one of the major providers of unlicensed streaming content in the UK, has shut down completely following a Europol-led raid, reports TorrentFreak.

Apparently, the law enforcement agency had executed a warrant in Scotland, where FAB IPTV is reportedly based, but no further information was provided. The official website of FAB IPTV, an IPTV provider known to operate from addresses in Scotland, currently displays a message that reads,

Important Annoucement – CLOSURE & INFORMATION

On the morning of Tuesday September 11th a co-operation raid took place on one of the administrators homes whilst on holiday led by EUROPOL/Police Scotland and members from SKY/BT/Virgin/Possibly HBO and other Film/TV organizations. A number of devices were seized. It is on that note we will no longer be operational and will come to a COMPLETE close. Unfortunately nothing else is known right now as no information will be given on the case and that this will take many months. I/We would advise that anyone whom would like a refund and are within 180 days as per PayPal limitations you should raise a dispute as we have zero access to any financial accounts associated with FAB. Please note this is an active investigation and doing so may bring action towards you so proceed with caution. I/We highly suggest taking precautions if you have used your REAL information with us or any IPTV service as this is only the beginning of what is a huge fight against illicit services. More information will come in due course no doubt on EUROPOL’s website and other IPTV related media sites. Thank you for being loyal to FAB and stay safe.

FAB

FAB IPTV was incorporated under the name FAB Hosting Ltd on February 22, 2017 in Scotland. On May 15, 2018, a notice was published for compulsory strike-off. Further, the company was dissolved on July 30, 2018, after filing no accounts. However, the service continued to operate but its operators advised customers during August that it would ultimately shut down sooner or later.

Following the closure announcement, FAB’s customers who have purchased paid subscriptions and resellers of FAB’s service who have invested huge sums are going to be out of pocket. However, the message from FAB on its website indicates funds could be reclaimed.

In the crackdown started by Europol on IPTV, a 41-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman was arrested in Bursledon, Hampshire. They both were detained under suspicion of offenses under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 and money laundering. The duo was accused of illegally offering content from companies including Sky and BT Sport.

Later on, four more arrests were announced in Southern Ireland, where two men, aged 42 and 45, and two women, aged 37 and 40, were detained following house searches in Crumlin, Dublin and Ashbourne, Co Dublin. The four people arrested were questioned under the Copyright and Related Rights Act 2000 and the Criminal Justice (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing) Act 2010.

The arrests carried out by Europol had taken place after a complex year-long investigation that involved the Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Police Scotland, Trading Standards, the UK Intellectual Property Office, the Audiovisual Anti-Piracy Alliance (AAPA) and Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT).

While services like FAB allow users to fill up fake details to use its service, many people still use their real identities. With the easy tracking down and identifying of FAB IPTV and its administrators, it raises questions regarding the use of low level of security and privacy by such services. Having said this, one will have to be prepared for inevitable consequences.

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Facebook Dating feature starts rolling out in Columbia

Facebook officially launches its dating service in Columbia

Facebook has started rolling out a countrywide test of its new online ‘Dating’ feature in Colombia that aims to take on major dating apps, such as Tinder, Bumble and Match.

For those unaware, Facebook had originally announced the feature at the F8 developer conference in May this year. The online Facebook Dating feature will allow people able to create a dating profile that is separate from their Facebook profile – and potential matches will be recommended based on dating preferences, things in common, and mutual friends. The dating feature has been built keeping privacy and security in mind.

Also, back then Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg had mentioned at the F8 developer conference that the new feature is “not just for hookups” but to build “meaningful, long-term relationships.”

“We wanted to make it apparent these are people you’re considering. It’s not just a profile,” Nathan Sharp, product manager for Facebook dating, said in an interview last week. “This should be about relationships, not one-night stands.”

How Does Facebook Dating Works?

Based on an algorithm powered home screen, the all-new Facebook Dating feature of the app basically helps users to select romantic matches from Facebook’s wide pool of single users.

Since, the Facebook Dating feature is optional and is supported through the app, the users will have to select it to use the service. The users will then have to fill out basic information about themselves, such as age, gender, occupation, education, religion, etc. Facebook also offers non-binary genders and sexual orientations.

Users are allowed to upload up to 12 photos on their profile and can respond to as many as 20 questions, such as “What does your perfect day look like?” or “What song always makes you sing along? How loud?”. These will not only help the user’s match to know him/her better but also make it easier for them to strike a conversation with the user.

Also, there is no swiping left or right to like or reject potential matches unlike competitors Tinder or Bumble. Instead, the user will need to scroll down through a person’s profile and tap if he/she is interested.

Those opting for the service will have to verify their location and will be able to find matches within 100 kilometers. It will suggest matches to users that they aren’t already friends with.

Additionally, the users will have the option to discover others with similar interests through their Groups or Events so that users can find even more prospective matches. However, what people do within the Facebook Dating feature will not be shown to their friends.

The Facebook Dating feature is limited to text and emoji-only, which means photos, links, or other media cannot be exchanged, as Facebook is aiming to foster meaningful relationships through the app.

Facebook Dating feature now rolling out in Columbia

The Facebook Dating feature is free and currently active in Columbia. Users aged 18 and above can avail the online dating service by signing up for it. However, Facebook will let users start matching their profiles with each other only when it thinks it has collected enough profiles, which could be days or weeks, the company added. For now, Facebook Dating is mobile-only, and is a part of the main app.

If Facebook’s Dating feature is able to make an impact on its users, then it could pose a great threat to major dating apps, such as Tinder, Bumble and Match.

What do you think of Facebook’s Dating feature? Would you give Tinder, Match, Bumble, or Hinge amiss to use this feature, do let us know in the comments section below.

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Developer of Terrarium TV says he could hand over user info to authorities

Developer of Terrarium TV says he could hand over user info to authorities

Details of Terrarium TV users could be handed to authorities, developer says

Terrarium TV had recently announced that it would be shutting down its service at the end of September. Terrarium TV, a popular app for Android-powered devices, allowed users’ access to pirated copies of TV shows and movies pulled from file-hosting sites for free.

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According to NitroXenon aka Peter Chan, the app’s developer who announced the shut down on September 10 in a notification to app users said, “It has always been a great pleasure to work on this project. However, it is time to say goodbye. I am going to shut down Terrarium TV, forever. I know this day will come eventually. I know it would be hard to let go. But it is really time for me to move on to other projects.”

The message continued: “Please note that you will not be able to open the Terrarium TV app after the end of September as the app will close itself automatically.”

While this news came as a huge blow for its users, the developer starting sending another notification to its users to immediately uninstall their app. Apparently, those users who did not uninstall the Terrarium TV app immediately after receiving the notification message of shut down are now receiving warning notification on their devices. It is asking the user to immediately uninstall the app or their data including IP addresses may be handed over to the authorities.

“Uninstall immediately!” one notification reads. “Your IP address and location are being tracked!”

“We can’t guarantee that details won’t be shared upon request,” advises another.

When TorrentFreak contacted NitroXenon and asked for an explanation for the warning notifications, he replied, “I’m just telling the truth. Almost every app tracks user’s IP [addresses]. And if I must [hand] the info to authorities then I’ll do it.”

While it isn’t clear why NitroXenon decided to shut down Terrarium TV, many are speculating that the developer may be under legal pressure to shut down due to the growing number of lawsuits targeting piracy apps.

Not only Terrarium TV, but pirate services like Morpheus TV and even paid services like Set TV have also shut down recently due to piracy lawsuit.

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Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Release Postponed To September 27th

Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Release Postponed To September 27th

Nvidia delays the launch date of GeForce RTX 2080 Ti by a week

Nvidia has decided to postpone the release date of its upcoming graphics card, GeForce RTX 2080 Ti to September 27th. The company originally had plans to release this graphics card on September 20th along with GeForce RTX 2080.

The delay in availability of the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti by a week was confirmed by a moderator on the official Nvidia GeForce forums. This means PC gamers will need to wait for an additional week to get their hands on the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti.

“Hi Everyone, Wanted to give you an update on the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti availability. GeForce RTX 2080 Ti general availability has shifted to September 27th, a one week delay. We expect pre-orders to arrive between September 20th and September 27th,” wrote the moderator on the forum post.

The delay in the release of the RTX 2080 Ti by a week could possibly be due to high demand and shortage of supply of the graphics card since it was available for pre-order from the time it was announced last month. Although nothing has been confirmed by Nvidia yet.

However, there is no change to the general availability of the GeForce RTX 2080, confirmed the moderator. “There is no change to GeForce RTX 2080 general availability, which is September 20th. We’re eager for you to enjoy the new GeForce RTX family! Thanks for your patience,” the moderator added.

In other words, the GeForce RTX 2080 is still on schedule and will be available on September 20th. This means those who have pre-ordered the RTX 2080 can expect to get their card at its initial launch date.

The GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition is priced at $1199, while non-Founders Edition cards will be available for $999.

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Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 catches fire in woman’s purse

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 catches fire in woman’s purse

Woman sues Samsung over Galaxy Note 9 bursting into flames

A woman in Long Island has filed a lawsuit against Samsung after her Galaxy Note 9 caught fire inside her purse, the New York Post reported Saturday.

The report brings back ill-fated memories of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, which was infamously recalled twice and discontinued merely weeks after it was released due to its exploding battery.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Catches Fire

Diane Chung, a real estate agent based in Long Island, was in the elevator of a Bayside building on September 3rd when her new Galaxy Note 9 “became extremely hot” after use, reveal the legal documents. As a result, she stopped using the phone and put it inside her purse.

Chung said she then “heard a whistling and screeching sound, and she noticed thick smoke” coming out of her purse.

According to the lawsuit filed to the Queens Supreme Court, Chung tried to empty the purse’s contents on the floor but in the process, she burned her fingers while trying to touch the Samsung phone that had caught fire. The moment the doors of the elevator opened, Chung kicked the burning handset out of the elevator. However, the device did not stop burning until a passerby picked it up with a cloth and placed it into a bucket of water, the newspaper reports.

Chung calls the experience “traumatic” in her lawsuit, adding that the fire left her unable to contact clients and ruined everything in her bag. She is seeking unspecified damages and a restraining order barring the sales of any Galaxy Note 9.

Ironically, the incident comes barely a month after DJ Koh, head of Samsung’s mobile business had promised consumers the batteries on the new Galaxy Note 9 are “safer than ever” and it goes “well above and beyond the industry standard.”

Commenting on the incident, a spokesperson for Samsung told the New York Post that “Samsung takes customer safety very seriously and we stand behind the quality of the millions of Galaxy devices in use in the United States. We have not received any reports of similar incidents involving a Galaxy Note 9 device and we are investigating the matter.”

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Google launches ‘Dataset Search’ to help scientists and journalists

Google Unveils New Search Engine To Help Scientists And Journalists Find Datasets

Google Dataset Search: This new search engine helps scientists hunt for public data

Google on Wednesday launched a new search engine targeted at the scientists, data journalists, data geeks or anyone else looking for precise datasets online.

The service called Dataset Search is a targeted search that can help scientists and data journalists find the data required for their work and their stories, or simply to satisfy their intellectual curiosity.

The new search engine works similar to Google Scholar, the company’s popular search engine for academic studies and reports. Dataset Search enables users to find datasets stored across thousands of repositories on the Web, making these datasets universally accessible and useful.

“Dataset Search lets you find datasets wherever they’re hosted, whether it’s a publisher’s site, a digital library, or an author’s personal web page,” Natasha Noy, Research Scientist, Google AI, said in a blog post.

ALSO READ: Google launches new job search feature

To create Dataset Search, Google developed guidelines for dataset providers to describe their data in a way that the company (and other search engines) can better understand the content of their pages.

The approach is based on an open-source standard laid out by the collaborative data community Schema.

“These guidelines include salient information about datasets: who created the dataset, when it was published, how the data was collected, what the terms are for using the data, etc. We then collect and link this information, analyze where different versions of the same dataset might be, and find publications that may be describing or discussing the dataset,” Noy said.

“We encourage dataset providers, large and small, to adopt this common standard so that all datasets are part of this robust ecosystem,” added Noy.

Dataset Search contains contents from organizations like NOAA and NASA, as well as from academic repositories such as Harvard’s Dataverse and Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), along with government data and data provided by news organizations, such as ProPublica.

Dataset Search works in multiple languages with support for additional languages expected to come soon. You can find more information on Google’s official blog post here.

Also, check out the new search engine in action (see video below).

Source: Google

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Facebook Watch is now rolling out globally to rival Youtube

Facebook Watch is now rolling out globally to rival Youtube

YouTube alternative ‘Facebook Watch’ launches worldwide

Facebook on Wednesday announced via an official blog post that ‘Facebook Watch’ will now be “available everywhere.”

Considered as an answer to YouTube, Facebook Watch, the video-on-demand (VOD) platform, allows users to view video on different genres like sports, news, entertainment along with videos from content creators in their personalized Watch Feed. It also allows users to comment and react to videos on real time on Facebook Watch. For those unaware, Facebook Watch was only launched in the U.S. in August 2017.

By breaking loose from its limited availability in the States, Facebook is looking to attract more people to its VOD platform through its global reach and also increase its advertisement revenue.

“Every month, more than 50 million people in the U.S. come to watch videos for at least a minute in Watch — and total time spent watching videos in Watch has increased by 14X since the start of 2018,” said Facebook’s Head of Video Fidji Simo in the official blog post.

“Taking Watch global also means new opportunities for creators and publishers around the world. We’re expanding our Ad Breaks program so more partners can make money from their videos, and we’re offering new insights, tools and best practices for Pages in Creator Studio,” Simo added.

Ad revenue will be divided into two parts, 55% for the content creator and 45% for Facebook, which was also the same ratio in the United States.

“We’re building new video experiences that put people at the center, giving them the ability to shape the direction of the content. Over time you’ll be able to find new video experiences in your Watch feed, like Watch Parties, Premieres and videos focused on audience participation,” Simo said.

“We’re excited to bring Watch to everyone around the world, and invite you to join in the action in our new video destination,” Simo added.

According to Facebook, Watch has the following things to offer:

A place to discover new videos: Find the latest videos spanning entertainment, sports, news and more — all in your personalized Watch feed.

A way to catch up with creators and publishers you love: At the top of your Watch feed you’ll see your Watchlist, a collection of recent videos from Pages you follow. Customize this section by following more Pages or removing Pages from your follow list within Watch.

A home for your saved videos: If you see a video in News Feed but don’t have time to watch it right away, you can save it to watch later in Watch.

Videos you can participate in: We’re building new video experiences that put people at the center, giving them the ability to shape the direction of the content. Over time you’ll be able to find new video experiences in your Watch feed, like Watch Parties, Premieres, and videos focused on audience participation — like the new trivia game show, Confetti. And we’ll make it easier to find live videos so you can discuss the big moments as they’re happening.

Facebook has reportedly signed on Buzzfeed, Vox Media, ATTN, Group Nine Media and others to produce original content for Watch. The social media giant is also rumored to be in talks with news agencies including the likes of CNN and Fox News to soon launch a news-centric section in the Watch section.

To access Watch on iOS and Android, check out the Watch icon in your shortcuts bar or the “More” bookmark. Watch is also available on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Samsung Smart TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Xbox One and Oculus TV.

Also Read– 10 Best Free YouTube Alternative Sites

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Hoop Messenger already banned?

Hoop Messenger already banned?

Hoop Messenger, an underrated messaging application is already banned upon launch. Based on daily ranks, Hoop Messenger was on its way to gain popularity among Iranian users. Even though applications like Telegram and WhatsApp are still operational and preferred in Iran, Hoop offers different sets of features which differentiates itself from other messaging applications. For example, their Proxy Browser, this allowed users to visit any site of choice anonymously and securely. Vault, an encrypted portion of Hoop which allows users to encrypt photos, videos and other files in one application. These are just two features of many that lead Hoop to its blockage in Iran.

We believe the Iranian government realized this application may be the replacement of Telegram; the application of choice by Iranians and Hoop may be a threat of taking its place. For this reason, during its three-week marketing campaign, the Iranian officials took notice of this application and banned its outgoing connections to Hoop servers.

Raised red flags

How can other applications like WhatsApp, Viber, Telegram be available in Iran for years, but Hoop Messenger is banned within 3 weeks? This ban has raised major flags. This shows other to be claimed “secure applications” have made secret deals with the Iranian government to spy on its users by providing backdoor access. If this wasn’t the case, Hoop wouldn’t be banned in 3 weeks. Since the Facebook scandal its great to see there are startup companies that actually care about user’s privacy and data.

Resolution

We have recently spoken with the Hoop team and they have mentioned that they are currently working on a robust in house “Anti-Filter System” (AFT) to prevent their application from getting banned once again. Of course, fighting the world’s governments may be tricky but the Hoop team is dedicated protect users and to be the true leader of digital resistance.

Key features of Hoop Messenger

  • End to End Chat encryption in Vault
  • End to End Calls
  • Encrypted multiple Alias accounts which are separated and untraceable to master account
  • Proxy browser
  • Unrecognizable location
  • Shred files after deletion, (to prevent data recovery once deleted)
  • Remote delete account from anywhere

And many more

To download Hoop Messenger click here

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