IBM Apologises for Using Ethnic Labels Like ‘Yellow’ and ‘Mulatto’ on Job Application

  IBM apologised Tuesday after one of its recruitment Web pages gave applicants the option of using racially insensitive terms to identify themselves. The process took job seekers to a drop-down menu that included “yellow” and “mulatto” with Caucasian, black and other options. The IT services company said the application had been automatically imported fromRead More

Alibaba CEO Daniel Zhang Rules Out Layoffs This Year

Alibaba Group Holding expects to avoid layoffs this year despite China’s economic slowdown, CEO Daniel Zhang said on Friday. The comments contradict Chinese media reports and market speculation about job cuts and a pull-back for China’s Internet sector amid weakening domestic demand and an prolonged trade dispute with the United States. “This year we not onlyRead More

Amazon Echo Speakers Are Back Online, but Amazon Basics Products Are Still Unavailable

Amazon’s Echo smart speakers are back on the online marketplace, just hours after disappearing possibly due to the new e-commerce regulations. In December last year, the Indian government had tweaked the foreign direct investment (FDI) rules for e-commerce companies in India, directly affecting giants like Amazon and Walmart-owned Flipkart – the deadline for these changesRead More

Google Being Investigated by Turkey’s Competition Authority

Turkey’s competition authority said on Monday it had launched an investigation into whether internet search engine Google broke competition law with algorithms it uses for searches and to target advertisements. The probe follows a complaint that Alphabet’s Googleunit had “abused its dominant position and made the efforts of other companies difficult”, the authority said. The investigationRead More

Microsoft Account Takeover Vulnerability Spotted by Kerala-Based Engineer

A Kerala-based application security engineer has won bug bounty from Microsoft for discovering a series of vulnerabilities that left over 400 million Microsoft users’ accounts – from Office 365 to Outlook emails – open to hacking. Sahad NK, who works as a security researcher with cyber-security portal Safetydetective.com, came across multiple vulnerabilities that, when chained together,Read More

Quora CEO Adam D’Angelo has apologised after hackers stole personal information of over 100 million of its users including their names, email addresses and encrypted passwords. Quora discovered the breach on November 30. It found that the breach happened as a result of unauthorised access to one of our systems by a “malicious third party”. “It is ourRead More

Quora Says 100 Million Users Hit by Security Breach

About 100 million users of Quora were affected by unauthorized access to one of its systems by a “malicious third party,” the knowledge-sharing website said on Monday. Account information, including name, email address, encrypted password, and data imported from linked networks when authorized by users may have been compromised, it said. The company said it isRead More

Google Services Disrupted on Monday by Internet Traffic Hijack

An internet diversion that rerouted data traffic through Russia and China disrupted several Google services on Monday, including search and cloud-hosting services. Service interruptions lasted for nearly two hours and ended about 5:30pm EST (4am IST), network service companies said. In addition to Russian and Chinese telecommunications companies, a Nigerian internet provider was also involved. Google confirmedRead More