Facebook cancelled an Indian-origin student’s internship after he exposed a serious privacy flaw in the social media giant’s messenger service, a media report said. Aran Khanna’s application, Marauder’s Map, used data from Facebook Messenger to map users’ location when they sent messages, Boston.com reported on Wednesday. He posted about his app on social media sites Reddit and Medium in May this year and soon it went viral. The app caught the attention of Facebook and Khanna was asked to disable it. (The Indian Express)
Samsung unveils 2.5-inch 16TB SSD: The world’s largest hard drive
At the Flash Memory Summit in California, Samsung has unveiled what appears to be the world’s largest hard drive—and somewhat surprisingly, it uses NAND flash chips rather than spinning platters. The rather boringly named PM1633a, which is being targeted at the enterprise market, manages to cram almost 16 terabytes into a 2.5-inch SSD package. By comparison, the largest conventional hard drives made by Seagate and Western Digital currently max out at 8 or 10TB. (ArsTechnica)
Lenovo faces Motorola hangover, cuts 3,200 jobs as sales slide, profit tumbles
China’s Lenovo Group Ltd will lay off 10 percent of white-collar staff after sales of Motorola handsets fell by a third, raising doubts over the personal computer giant’s bet that a money-losing brand it bought for nearly $3 billion will help it become a global smartphone leader. Lenovo, which uses the U.S. dollar in operations rather than the recently devalued Chinese yuan, said it plans to cut about 3,200 non-manufacturing jobs with a one-time cost of $600 million. (Reuters)
Google to spin out game maker Niantic Labs as independent company
Google is spinning out game-maker Niantic Labs from its company, according to a statement from the company on Wednesday. The company said it plans to expand who it builds the game for as an independent company, without giving much other detail.
Niantic makes Ingress, a game that involves players going to various real world landmarks — like a public sculpture or a sign — and “capturing” it for their team by using various commands on their smartphones. (CNet)
Tinder’s Sean Rad Returns as CEO Ahead of IPO
Dating app Tinder is reinstalling co-founder Sean Rad as CEO just five months after he was replaced following a sexual harassment lawsuit.
The company said late Wednesday that Rad will take back the reins from Christopher Payne, a former eBay executive who gave the fast-growing startup more experience at the top. (The Wall Street Journal)
Apple says hired 65 percent more women in the past year
Apple Inc said it had hired over 11,000 women globally in the past year – 65 percent more than the previous year – to boost employee diversity.
“In the first 6 months of this year, nearly 50 percent of the people we’ve hired in the United States are women, Black, Hispanic, or Native American,” Chief Executive Tim Cook said in a message on the company’s website. (Reuters)