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After demoing the Tracking Prevention feature at build 2019, Microsoft launched an experimental preview of the feature in Edge Preview builds. The feature was first made available behind a flag, today we noticed Tracking Prevention is enabled by default in Edge Dev and Canary builds and set to “Balanced” Setting, this means you no longer need to visit Edge flags page to enable the feature. Microsoft says the feature is “designed to protect you from being tracked by websites that you aren’t accessing directly”. We can simply say the Edge with the Tracking Prevention enabled, blocks trackers and third-party tracking cookies, so you’ll see fewer ads targeted at you. Microsoft’s Tracking Prevention feature works like Tracking Protection in Firefox, but the former relies on ” Trust Protection Lists”. According to Microsoft Eric Lawrance, the Trusted Protection List contains a list of known trackers and organizational lists and is derived from Mozilla’s Content blocking list, which is also obtained from’s lists. So can we say both Firefox Tracking Protection and Edge Tracking Prevention same? Maybe not, there could be implementation differences. The feature is available in three modes in Microsoft Edge browser: Basic, Balanced and Strict. Basic TP prevents malicious trackers but allows some that can show relevant ads to you based on browsing history. Balanced TP is recommended and default setting blocks malicious and third-party trackers so you may see less relevant ads. Strict TP setting, when enabled, blocks most of the trackers, but there is a downside also, some websites may break.  Visit OUR FORUM to learn more.

The popular Steam game client for Windows has a zero-day privilege escalation vulnerability that can allow an attacker with limited permissions to run a program as an administrator. Privilege escalation vulnerabilities are bugs that enable a user with limited rights to launch an executable with elevated, or administrative privileges. As Steam has over 100 million registered users and millions of them playing at a time, this is a serious risk that could be abused by malware to perform a variety of unwanted activities. Two researchers publicly disclosed a zero-day vulnerability for the Steam client after Valve determined that the flaw was "Not Applicable." The company chose not to award a bug bounty or give an indication that they would fix it and told the researchers that they were not allowed to disclose it. In a report published yesterday, security researcher Felix was analyzing a Windows service associated with the Steam called "Steam Client Service" that launched its executable with SYSTEM privileges on Windows. The researcher also noticed that the service could be started and stopped by the "User" group, which is pretty much anyone logged on the computer. The registry key for this service, though, was not writable by the "User" group, so it could not be modified to launch a different executable and elevate its privileges to an administrator. The researcher then tried configuring a symlink from one of these subkeys to another key for which he did not have sufficient permissions and saw that it was possible to modify that key as well. Learn more by visiting OUR FORUM.

Huawei has presented its mobile operating system dubbed Harmony as a possible replacement for Google's Android OS amid a crackdown on the Chinese tech giant by the US government. Via sputniknews. The possibility of losing access to Android and other Google services has forced Huawei to speed up the development and launch of its in-house Harmony OS. The US Department of Commerce has issued a 90-day temporary general license to Huawei, allowing US companies to continue doing business with the Chinese firm until the end of August. Elliott Zaagman, a columnist for the China-focused tech news website and co-host of the China Tech Investor Podcast, has spoken about the prospects of the new operating system amid Android and iOS dominance.
Sputnik: Huawei has launched its own operating system — the Harmony OS. How significantly could it change the market for operating systems?

Contractors working for Microsoft are listening to personal conversations of Skype users conducted through the app's translation service, according to a cache of internal documents, screenshots, and audio recordings obtained by Motherboard. Although Skype's website says that the company may analyze audio of phone calls that a user wants to translate in order to improve the chat platform's services, it does not say some of this analysis will be done by humans. The Skype audio obtained by Motherboard includes conversations from people talking intimately to loved ones, some chatting about personal issues such as their weight loss, and others seemingly discussing relationship problems. Other files obtained by Motherboard show that Microsoft contractors are also listening to voice commands that users speak to Cortana, the company's voice assistant. Apple and Google recently suspended their use of human transcribers for their respective Siri and Google Assistant services after a backlash over similar media reporting on the companies' practices. "The fact that I can even share some of this with you shows how lax things are in terms of protecting user data," a Microsoft contractor who provided the cache of files to Motherboard said. Motherboard granted the source anonymity to speak more candidly about internal Microsoft practices, and because the person is under a non-disclosure agreement with the company. The snippets of audio obtained by Motherboard are typically short, lasting between five and ten seconds. The source said other passages can be longer, however.  Learn more by visiting OUR FORUM.

Japan’s Fair Trade Commission is investigating Apple Inc (AAPL.O) over its pressure on Japanese parts makers and whether it abused its power in violation of anti-monopoly rules, the Mainichi newspaper reported on Tuesday. The investigation is the latest by the country’s regulators against the tech giant after they found last year that the company may have breached antitrust rules on the way it sold its iPhones in Japan. It also comes as Apple may face more regulatory scrutiny in the United States. Reuters reported in June that the U.S. Justice Department has jurisdiction for a potential probe of Apple as part of a broader review of whether technology giants are using their size to act in an anti-competitive manner. Japan’s FTC survey of companies showed that Apple had signed contracts forcing firms to provide free technology and know-how to its affiliates for parts manufacturing, the Mainichi said. It also pressured some suppliers to lower components prices and prohibited them from selling parts and technology to other companies, while requiring them to shoulder the costs of any unforeseen issues, the newspaper said, citing unnamed sources. When a company called it an infringement of intellectual property rights and demanded a revision, Apple threatened to end their business relationship, the report said. The FTC had no immediate comment. Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Last year, the FTC investigated Apple over allegations that it unfairly pressured Yahoo Japan Corp (4689.T) to slow the expansion of its online games platform, which competes with Apple’s App Store. The tech firm is also facing a potential U.S. investigation over allegations that App Store policies give the company too much clout over app sales and in-app purchases. Follow this and more on Our Forum.

China's tech company Huawei has been actively developing a new operating system, 'Hongmeng,' after Google confirmed it would stop supporting Android updates for its devices due to US government restrictions on business between Huawei and US companies. Huawei could release a phone with its own operating system later in the year after Google deprived the Chinese tech giant access to Android updates after the US blacklisted the company. Currently, Android is the operating system (OS) installed on Huawei smartphones. According to the Global Times, the OS, built for use with smart TVs and watches rather than mobile phones – is set to be released on 9 August. According to a source speaking to the Global Times, the new OS has cryptographic functions for protecting users' personal data.
"The new Huawei phones with the Hongmeng system will debut in the market in the fourth quarter, with up to several million units in stock. The new smartphones should debut along with the Huawei Mate30 series," added the source.
The new smartphone, priced at around 2,000 Yuan (£230), will target the medium to low-end market in China.
Previously, in an interview with French publication Le Point, Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei claimed Hongmeng OS would be a universal OS spread across multiple IoT devices and 60 per cent faster than Android's system, but admitted Huawei still lacks a good app store.