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Facebook bug changed millions of users’ private posts to public

You may have been sharing things to everyone without knowing it

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If you’ve ever mistakenly shared something intended for your friends publicly back in May, here’s the reason why.

A bug in Facebook’s software set the default sharing settings of about 14 million users to public without them knowing. Posts that were meant to be seen by just a few people were instead shared publicly, without them knowing. Of course, if people were already used to their privacy settings, the changes the bug caused could have been overlooked.

The bug affected users from May 18 to 22, 2018, when Facebook was testing out a new feature. Facebook developers were trying out a new feature that allowed users to share photos on their profiles, suggesting that all new posts be set to public. Normally, Facebook gives users a choice on who can see their posts, including their pictures, videos, and status updates. However, the bug automatically made the choice for its users.

The issue adds to the long list of privacy data-related issues Facebook is facing this year. A few months ago, 87 million users had their data leaked by Cambridge Analytica which spurred media reports and court hearings for the company regarding data privacy. Facebook’s policies towards data privacy and third-party applications have long been criticized as being poorly implemented and managed. Officials have done whatever changes necessary to ensure the safety of its users.

Since then, Facebook officials took action by reoganizing the posts of affected users and restoring their default settings before the bug. Facebook’s chief privacy officer Erin Egan said that the bug did not affect any posts people had before the bug affected them, and that users still had the option to change their audience when needed to.

In addition, the company plans to notify the 14 million users affected by the bug with an alert in the next few days.

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Finally! Grab users may now pay directly using GCash

Much-awaited partnership

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Grab Philippines and GCash have finally struck a partnership deal that will make payments on the superapp even easier and more convenient.

Starting February, users will be able to add GCash as a direct payment method on the Grab app, making cashless transactions on food and grocery deliveries, car transport, and other services cashless.

Prior to the collaboration, GCash users could only send money from their account to their GrabPay wallet, and vice-versa, causing a bit of hassle switching in between apps on one’s phone screen.

The partnership also means there will be no more transaction fees unlike before when Grab users have to cash in using their credit or debit cards or linked bank accounts.

Grab customers may also avail of GCash exclusive deals, and even get treats when they pay using the e-wallet.

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Samsung offers $100 for Galaxy S23 preorders

Or the upcoming Galaxy Book

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The Galaxy S23 series is coming. Samsung has officially scheduled the first Galaxy Unpacked event of the year for early February, heralding the coming of the Galaxy S23 series. While the flagship series will certainly wow a lot of users, buying one might crumple bank accounts so soon after the holidays. Luckily, Samsung is holding an early reservation promo ahead of the Galaxy Unpacked event.

If you reserve either the new Galaxy S23 or the new Galaxy Book now, Samsung is giving away US$ 50 worth of Samsung Credit. Additionally, users can reserve both devices and get US$ 100 worth of credit for use on any eligible products in the store.

Simply by signing up with your email address, you can use this link to save up to US$ 100 when you shop with Samsung.

The promo ends next Wednesday, February 1, by 11:59pm EST.

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Apple halts development of in-house chip

Broadcom is still in

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Apple is currently on a quest to reduce its reliance on third-party components for its devices. For the most part, the company is successful in doing so. Apple Silicon is already an important part of the brand’s identity — with work on more in-house components ongoing. Now, Apple is reportedly pausing development on one of its upcoming chips.

According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will delay the development of its in-house connectivity chip. In the meantime, the brand will keep relying on Broadcom for the same components, going into the iPhone 15 series.

To be clear, the paused component only deals with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. Apple is still developing its in-house modem for 5G connectivity — according to outside reports, at least. While the Broadcom deal will still continue, Qualcomm might still get the axe after Apple develops its replacement chip.

Given the positive response to Apple Silicon, building more in-house components might ultimately work well for the brand. If anything, the company can rest easier by controlling how one of its components is produced.

Besides Apple, other brands are also developing their in-house chipsets to rival component makers like Qualcomm. Google, for instance, is doing relatively well with the Tensor lineup. Additionally, though the upcoming series will rely on Qualcomm, Samsung is currently working to bring the Exynos lineup to match current standards.

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone 15 Rumor Roundup: Goodbye Pro Max, hello Ultra

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