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Facebook faces German WhatsApp data ban

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Facebook has been ordered by a German privacy regulator to stop collecting and storing the data of German users of its messaging app WhatsApp.

The Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information said that the social network had not obtained effective approval from WhatsApp’s 35 million German users.

Facebook bought WhatsApp for $19bn (£14.6bn) in 2014 as a way to reach out to a younger audience.

It is to appeal against the order.

“We will work with the Hamburg DPA in an effort to address their questions and resolve any concerns,” it said in a statement.

The data watchdog said that Facebook and WhatsApp were independent companies and should process their users’ data as such.

“After the acquisition of WhatsApp by Facebook two years ago, both parties have publicly assured [users] that data will not be shared between them,” said commissioner Johannes Caspar in a statement.

WhatsApp caused controversy in August when it announced that it was changing its privacy policy to allow its data to be shared with its parent company.

It said that better co-ordination with Facebook would help it to fight spam as well as allowing Facebook to offer “better friends suggestions and show you more relevant ads if you have an account with them”.

It will share phone numbers and the details of the last time that users signed on to WhatsApp.

EU and US regulators reacted with caution, saying that the update needed to be investigated. The UK’s Information Commissioner is also looking into the changes.

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Samsung to resurface Gear VR device with Galaxy S10

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Samsung spokesperson has expressed that they are ready to resurface a new lineup of Galaxy S10 phones with an improved Gear VR headset. adding that the Gear VR device will contain adapter that will  allow Samsung phones to access the device.



The designed Gear VR can accept several different phone sizes thanks to its spring-loaded catches, it still requires some conscious design effort by Samsung to limit the size and shapes of its phones to fit, and preload a certain amount of software so a Galaxy phone detects that it’s been plugged in.

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However, he admits that the features were improved due to the challenges the users observed on Samsung Note 9, where the user had to contact Samsung to get the adapter and the music of Elton John.

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Meanwhile Samsung  states it hasn’t given up on the brand. Which, to be fair, is also what its partner Oculus disclosed last September, pointing out that $19.9 Oculus Go doesn’t totally compete with the Gear VR, since apps that developers make for either one are 100-percent compatible with the other.

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Volkswagen targets mass production of electric cars.

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Volkswagen concept is set to become the first largest producer of electric cars in the world, also making plans to raise annual production of electric cars to 2 million by 2025, from 30,000 in 2018, despite its cost, power inconvenience and lack of range attached to it.



The German giant has staked its future, to the tune of 80 billion euros ($91 billion), on being able to profitably mass-produce electric vehicles – a feat no carmaker has come close to achieving.

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VW brand chief Herbert Diess has stated their vision is to flood the market with their brands when the demand is needed. and has expressed plans to develop an electric vehicle platform, codenamed MEB, paving the way for mass production of an affordable electric car.

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“It was an intense discussion, so was the realization that this could be an opportunity, if we jump far enough,” said Juergen Stackmann, VW brand’s board member for sales.

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