Grindrs Chinese ownership a national security risk US government reportedly says

first_img1:54 Share your voice 0 Following its sale to Kunlun last year, Grindr released a public statement preempting user distrust of the app’s new owners. “Nothing changes with how we will protect your personal information,” the company noted.”CNIUS’s action shows a commendable awareness of the fact that big data is not just a matter of privacy, but also a matter of antitrust,” Guido Noto La Diega, senior lecturer in cyber law at Northumbria University, said to CNET in an email. ” I agree that Grindr’s acquisition from a Chinese tech group exposes the LGBTQ dating app’s users to some privacy and security risks, in light of Chinese laws on security, cybersecurity, and audio-visual content.”This said, however, one could argue that the move to force Grindr’s sale is not necessarily motivated by actual security and privacy concerns, since Trump has been pushing to strengthen intelligence programs that allow surveillance of targets abroad.”The reported move follows the US’ systematic blockading of Huawei over similar national security firms. Huawei is known to most for its dazzling phones, but it’s also in the telecommunications business. The US fears that Huawei, if commissioned to build internet infrastructure in the US, could purposefully create security flaws which the Chinese government could at some point take advantage of.Originally published March 27.Update, March 28: Adds comment from Guido Noto La Diega.  Border security: Tech options that could replace a wall Leon Neal/Getty Images LGBTQ dating app Grindr was bought last year by a Chinese gaming company called Beijing Kunlun. The US government considers the deal a national security risk and is pressuring Kunlun to sell, according to a Reuters report.Kunlun fully acquired the California-based Grindr app in January of last year for an estimated $152 million after buying an initial $93 million stake in 2016, reported TechCrunch. However, neither of these transactions was cleared with the Committee on Foreign Investment (CFIUS), according to Reuters.CFIUS has told Kunlun that its ownership of Grindr equates to a US national security risk, the report adds. CFIUS did not immediately respond to CNET’s request for comment. Grindr declined to comment. The specific manner in which Kunlun’s ownership constitutes a national security threat wasn’t explained in the report. However, Grindr said last year it had 3.8 million daily users from “every country in the world,” presumably excluding countries it’s banned in, and 27 million users in total. Those users’ data could be seen as a honeypot for unsavoury actors.center_img Now playing: Watch this: Tags Post a comment Mobile Tech Industrylast_img read more



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UPDATE Venezuela Shop Owner Says Looting Like War

first_imgThe Latest on the ongoing political crisis in Venezuela (all times local):3:40 p.m.A woman whose butcher’s shop was ransacked in violence overnight in Venezuela says the attack was like “a war.”Liliana Altuna says looters armed with guns and knives attacked about 30 businesses in the community of El Valle over the course of five hours.An officer tried to help but Altuna says police were unable to stop looters from breaking the windows of her business and violently grabbing refrigerators, lamps, security cameras and anything else they could seize.The looting and other violence following two days of massive protests has left at least 12 people dead. Overall, 20 people have been killed this month in unrest that erupted after the Supreme Court stripped congress of its last powers, a decision it later reversed.@RichardBlancoOf @unidadvenezuela @hcapriles @alcaldeledezma @la_patilla @ReporteYa @enpaiszeta @liliantintori @CaraotaDigital La guardia disparando contra las csas. Si puede RThttps://t.co/5RF0O5dnM9— *Susysu* (@Susanna_Susysu_) April 20, 2017– / 15 ___3 p.m.Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami says the country is facing what he calls an “unconventional war” led by opposition groups working in concert with criminal gangs.He said on Friday that claims by the opposition that government forces were responsible for launching tear gas at a maternity hospital during a protest are just another attempt to demoralize a people who have “decided to break ties with the bourgeoisie forever.”At least 20 people overall have been killed this month in the South American country in unrest that has erupted since the government-stacked Supreme Court briefly gutted congress of its last vestiges of power.The move made three weeks ago was reversed amid a storm of international criticism.Opposition members say they have no intention of slowing protests demanding new elections and criticizing a government they deem a dictatorship responsible for triple-digit inflation, rising crime and food shortages.____1:30 p.m.Authorities in Venezuela say 12 people were killed overnight following looting and violence in the South American nation’s capital amid a spiraling political crisis.The Public Ministry confirmed the deaths Friday and said another six were hurt.Most of the deaths took place in El Valle, where opposition leaders say 13 people were hit with an electrical current while trying to loot a bakery protected by an electric fence.Tens of thousands of people opposed to Venezuela’s socialist government took to the streets on Thursday in ongoing protests demanding elections and denouncing what they consider an increasingly authoritarian government. They were met by tear gas and rubber bullets as they tried to march to downtown Caracas. Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/21112340/venezuelavideo.mp400:0000:0002:42Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Police Forces in Venezuela are throwing tear gas into crowds of protesters Thursday evening April 20, 2017center_img Sharelast_img read more



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Ellen DeGeneres Gives Away Tickets Rallies Astros Fans at The University of

first_imgAttention all @UHouston students. You have 3 hours til you need to be at the E. Cullen building and be on my show.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) October 24, 2017 “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” held a local Twitter live shot at the University of Houston on Tuesday, October 24th.Ellen tweeted on Monday and Tuesday inviting  Houston Astros  fans to arrive to the E. Cullen Building on campus dressed in the biggest costumes they could find for a chance to win World Series tickets. – / 9 I’ve got something very big planned for tomorrow. If you’re anywhere near @UHouston, be ready. #EarnHistory— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) October 23, 2017 I’m giving away something huge at @UHouston tomorrow. I’m not gonna tell you what it is. (#WorldSeries tickets.)— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) October 23, 2017center_img Everything’s bigger in Texas! Today, 3:30PM @UHouston… wear the biggest outfit for a chance to win tickets to one of the big games!— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) October 24, 2017Via live shot, Ellen asks her fans to rewrite the lyrics to “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” explaining why they should go to a championship game.The finalists with the best costumes were narrowed down, and after singing their songs, Ellen declared UH students  Damian Falcon, Tahj Bell, and Jesus Quiroga the winners of the World Series tickets I can’t believe the amazing turnout at @UHouston today. Thank you to each and every person who showed up. You’re all incredible.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) October 24, 2017 Sharelast_img read more



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Unravelling the facets of theatre

first_imgTheatre, through its various faces, has grown over the years and has come into the limelight, providing a platform to budding theatre artists as well as theatre pundits. In order to celebrate theatre and to make it more accessible, ‘Bharat Rang Mahotsav’ is being held in the national Capital from February 1 to February 21. The inaugural ceremony of the 18th ‘Bharat Rang Mahotsav’, which was held in Kamani Auditorium in the national Capital on Monday, witnessed the presence of N K Sinha, Secretary, Ministry of Culture, government of India; Bollywood actors and renowned theatre personalities. Nana Patekar graced the occasion as the guest of honour whereas Anupam Kher was the special guest. The evening was presided over by Shri  Ratan Thiyam, chairperson, NSD Society and Waman Kendre, Director, National School of Drama (NSD). Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The inauguration was followed by the performance of ‘Macbeth’ in Manipuri by Chorus Repertory Theatre, Imphal, Manipur, which has been directed by Ratan Thiyam.Ratan Thiyam, chairperson, NSD Society said: “This is indeed a moment of pride and great pleasure to see ‘Bharat Rang Mahotsav’ entering its 18th edition. The festival is a celebration of diverse and colourful culture of India in the age of globalisation.”Some of the finest names in the theatre world from India and abroad are set to be a part of the festival. Commenting on the same, Waman Kendre, Director, National School of Drama said, “There is a need to not only experience theatre, but understand the thought behind theatre, and we are attempting to do that through the 18th ‘Bharat Rang Mahotsav.’ The festival is expanding and the theme for the festival this year is ‘Rediscovering the magic of theatre’. We want to celebrate theatre and we want to celebrate the thought behind theatre.”   Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixN K Sinha, Secretary, Ministry of Culture, government of India said, “National School of Drama is doing a commendable job through Bharat Rang Mahotsav of taking the tradition of Indian theatre to the global map and to preserve and recreate the cultural heritage of the country.”Eminent stage and film personality Nana Patekar, who was the guest of honour at the inaugural ceremony commented on the effort made by NSD to promote theatre by saying: “I would like to congratulate National School of Drama for the wonderful job that the institute is doing to promote theatre. It is really great to see the response and kind of audiences, and I look forward to come back. My best wishes to National School of Drama for a successful ‘Bharat Rang Mahotsav.’”Anupam Kher, who was present as a special guest said, “National School of Drama has taught me not only the nuances of theatre, but I learnt a lot about life itself. Whenever I come back here, it is the best experience for me.” The performances will be held at Abhimanch and Open Air Theatre at the NSD Campus along with LTG Auditorium, Kamani Auditorium and Shri Ram Centre.last_img read more



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