WhatsApp temporarily suspends sharing European user data with parent company Facebook

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WhatsApp has temporarily suspended giving parent company Facebook information about users in Europe for ad targeting, responding to concerns there over privacy, a source close to the matter said Tuesday. Conversations with officials in Europe over the past few months resulted in the social network deciding to only tapping into WhatsApp user data there for purposes such as fighting spam, according to the source. The break was described as an effort to give regulators time to share privacy concerns and for Facebook to consider ways to address them. German data protection authorities in September cited privacy concerns when they blocked Facebook from collecting subscriber data from WhatsApp there. "It has to be (the users') decision whether they want to connect their account with Facebook," Hamburg's Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information Johannes Caspar said at the time.


WhatsApp launches video calling

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WhatsApp has introduced a new feature likely to strike fear into the hearts of its competitors: video calling. After months in the beta stage, the Facebook-owned tech giant rolled out the update on Tuesday to its more than one billion monthly users. The latest feature could be bad news for rivals such as Skype and Apple's Facetime, as Whatsapp ups the ante in its effort to position itself as a one-stop-shop for communications. Facebook employees'form secret task force' to purge fake news Russia to ban LinkedIn, leading fears of crackdown on internet freedom Yahoo admits it knew about huge data breach for two years Facebook employees'form secret task force' to purge fake news Users will be able to make video calls across Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone devices in the coming days, according to a statement posted on the company's blog. The new functionality looks similar to the normal voice calling feature, however a picture-in-picture feed will allow you to see yourself and who you're talking to.


Kingdom Hearts 2.8 review: A sliver of what you've been waiting for

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To say the Kingdom Hearts franchise is difficult for new players would be a similar understatement to saying: 'Aren't people a bit miffed about the EU referendum vote?' We've had: Kingdom Hearts, Kingdom Hearts Chains of Memories, Kingdom Hearts II, Kingdom Hearts Encoded, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, prequel Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep, and more. The plot has become nightmarish to follow for anyone but hardcore fans and the series' original hook (a game that appeals to as many people as possible thanks to the inclusion of Disney characters) has been lost. The latest release from Square Enix is the bafflingly named Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. The disc features a high definition remaster of Nintendo 3DS game Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, a new installment (deep breath now) Kingdom Hearts 0.2: Birth By Sleep - A Fragmentary Passage, and a cinematic titled Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover, which details events not shown in the original χ game. So, what story elements do you need to know from the original games?


Assassin's Creed: The Ezio Collection review: Three great games given an unremarkable remaster

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Like a university student taking a gap year to recharge their batteries after a particularly gruelling exam period, the mainline Assassin's Creed series gets a much-needed rest this year. Having spectacularly failed their French A level and scraped a pass in the mandatory post-Brexit Victorian English GCSE, here Ubisoft offer up some old past papers for assessment. Comprising Assassin's Creed II, Brotherhood, and Revelations, this remastered Ezio collection arrives in timely fashion before the franchise hits the big screen next year. The titular Assassins are apparently the good guys, despite their deadly name and the fact that they plug our modern day hero Desmond Miles into a Matrix-esque machine called the Animus and make him kill cartloads of people, using only the genetic memories of his ancestors and an alluring array of daggers and swords. Both the Assassins and their Templar opponents are obsessed with finding the Apples of Eden, which are basically Golden Delicious on steroids, full of knowledge and almost certainly worth getting chucked out of any garden for.


Spotify joins up with Headspace to help people practice mindfulness and meditation

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Spotify is looking to make people better, as well as more entertained. The company has launched a new partnership with Headspace, an app meant to help people live "healthier and happier lives". In the new deal, people will be able to suscribe to both of the services for a reduced price. Together, the two apps will sell for £14.99 -- or roughly the same price in other currencies -- rather than the £10 or so that each of them costs. A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar.