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Loot boxes, Marijuana apps and more were cracked down by Google Play

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Loot boxes, Marijuana apps and more were cracked down by Google Play

Google came with new policies on  Wednesday. They were following a complaint done by FTC regarding privacy law children and other different rules. Kids apps were not only the main problem. As the seriousness of the complaint was increasing, Google started targeting the loot box and the apps related to marijuana. They are also working to block sexual contents, hate speech, and counterfeit goods.

There are two other significant changes regarding a ban on marijuana delivery apps and cracking down of loot boxes.  Google has confirmed that the service providers will remain intact, but the delivery should take place on the outside of the app. That means the users can’t get delivery through this app.

But Google took a firm decision to not allow any app to provide service on Marijuana delivery and collection. The decision is also for the products of THC.

This was not a big shock for anyone. Apple has already blocked those apps which sell and delivers marijuana, Tobacco, and other highly addictive substances. iOS already has Weedmaps but it does not allow the ordering function. Google will follow the same policy of Apple.

This issue is very tough to tackle for Apple and Google. There are various states which have the law to sell marijuana, but the law is not constant everywhere. According to federal law, it is still illegal. Standing out of these kinds of services is the right decision taken by Google.

Google does not intend to ban those apps which delivers marijuana because they know that those apps are very popular among the masses. So, Google has decided to give a 30 day grace period so that they can make changes. They are also working with the developers of the affected app to make the app proper.

A spokesperson said that-

 “These apps simply need to move the shopping cart flow outside of the app itself to be compliant with this new policy.”

He also added that:

“We’ve been in contact with many of the developers and are working with them to answer any technical questions and help them implement the changes without customer disruption.”

There was another big change which gave a big impact on the loot boxes apps. It is a kind of gambling app and it is very popular among gamers. Initially, the users have to pay a minimum fee to get access to the game items. These kinds of apps were hugely criticized for different reasons like marketing strategies which include children and effects of gameplay which are highly negative.

A new bill of Senate was introduced last week with the big support of bipartisan. The bill stated to take a ban on selling of loot boxes.

But Google play is not on its way to banning the loot box entirely. But they said to show the odds of getting different items.

In a mission to change, Google came up with more updates. It is given on the Developer policy center.

Google has already taken a stand on the apps which contains sexual contents illustrations, advertisement of sexual aids and articles regarding nudity.  It also added “content that is lewd or profane,” according to Android Police, which compared the old and new versions of the policy.

There are few definitions which can be openly interpreted. This is the thing which Apple uses commonly so that they can gain the best editorial cover. After banning profane and lewd, they have the option to say no to the apps which are not covering these type of examples.

Google is planning to expand its example list of speech which is filled with complete hatred which will have:

 “content or speech trying to encourage others to believe that people should be hated or discriminated against because they are a member of a protected group.2 It will also include “compilations of assertions intended to prove that a protected group is inhuman, inferior or worthy of being hated;” and “apps that contain theories about a protected group possessing negative characteristics (e.g. malicious, corrupt, evil, etc.), or explicitly or implicitly claims the group is a threat.”

There was an update to improve the intellectual property policy that has a clear indication to ban the sale of goods which are counterfeit. The users have already clarified about the policy regarding this.

A spokesperson of Google said that the updates are done regularly. It is a clear cut rule of developer policy.

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Amazon Spark, the two-year-old Instagram competitor has finally shut down

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Amazon Spark, the two-year-old Instagram competitor has finally shut down

The two-year-old Amazon Spark, the competitor of Instagram has finally closed its business. With the growing popularity of social media, Amazon has capitalized on the shopping trends and released Amazon Spark so that it can compete with Instagram. The experiment which is popularly known as Amazon Spark has finally come to an end.

The service which has been provided by Amazon Spark is very bland in nature. On Instagram, people can follow their friends, interests, and brands which makes it very engaging. Amazon Spark is much more focused on sale and shopping. The company had tried to mock Instagram previously with different fashion inspirations, but Instagram can win over them because the reach of Instagram is much more widespread.

Amazon, till now, has not commented anything about this and when they were asked about the company shutting down, they did not reveal anything. Amazon has decided that they need to comment on the apparent shutdown of the Spark but all the services which were present on the website are all gone now.

The URL of the site amazon.com/spark now redirects to the new site, #FoudItOnAmazon. The site is like a product discovery tool

There has been a lot of use for the interesting find tab since the year 2016 for people who are looking to make everything easy. This was the perfect way for the platform to let people browse all the different looks in a convenient manner.

The site Interesting Finds has a very clean look and it makes looking for products on the website very convenient. People who know about this option often use it and they are the one who has mentioned about the service being discontinued.

According to all the latest reports, from the company, it is evident that Spark is the one which is shutting down and Interesting Finds will still be available so that it feels convenient for the people.

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Airbnb is coming up with ‘Adventure’ which will give a huge thrill to the tourists

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Airbnb is coming up with Adventure which will give a huge thrill to the tourists

Airbnb is coming up with a new venture with which they can grow their business. On that case, they are adding a new thrill to the not so good housing system. They are calling that venture as Airbnb Adventures. Actually, it is a register of all the trips and tours anyone had on their last three days. They have made sure that it will go beyond the city walking tour.

There are few trips in which the tour members can have the actual experience of the wildlife. This wildlife venture can be held in the deep jungles of Kenya. On this trip, the company gives a guarantee where the members can “encounter lions” and they will have a good time in the campfire where they can learn how to make bush tea.” The cost of this adventure tour is only $500 per person. At this rate, the included services are two-night stays, drinks, and five-time meals.

To make this “adventure” program big, Airbnb is working very hard. They are taking all kinds of suggestions from all the tour party guides and the companies who organize small tours like a jungle safari. They need to increase their connection with these local organizers so that they can expand this project in a top class level. Different types of experiences are very important. The organization is also working on some terms and conditions which will help them to do all kinds of activities very safely and securely.

The main focus of Airbnb is to invest in the core areas that will give a good outcome to the core product of short-term-peer-to-peer vacation. It also works for the house rents and they have first time came with these adventures in the year of 2016. It is also trying to come in the streaming media. Probably they will come with this new feature this year.

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Telegram has again faced an attack of DDoS in China

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Telegram has again faced an attack of DDoS in China

Telegram is one of the popular messaging services which is encrypted through end to end connections. They had to face an issue of denial of services which is known as (DDoS). The attack caused huge problems. The clients came on the road of HongKong in protest.

Last several days were very hectic for the consumers. They are protesting against the law in such a way that can bring down the municipality more directly under mainland China’s authoritarian government.

The organizers of this messaging app have already turned in the encrypted messaging services. It will help to avoid the monitoring system of government officials.

The telegram was the first one who reacted to the comment of attack a few hours ago on twitter. It was done in the late afternoon on Wednesday in the city of Hong Kong.

The company has described the issue of DDos on twitter. Telegram said that:

“your servers get GADZILLIONS of garbage requests which stop them from processing legitimate requests. Imagine that an army of lemmings just jumped the queue at McDonald’s in front of you – and each is ordering a whopper,” and they also added that “The server is busy telling the whopper lemmings they came to the wrong place – but there are so many of them that the server can’t even see you to try and take your order.”

This is not the first time where Telegram is facing this kind of attack. Four years ago, they were devastated by this kind of attack where the human rights lawyer was cracked down in China. There was an article which was published in the Hong Kong Free Press which stated the situations of the mainland. The company’s website version was turned down in the cities of Beijing, Yunnan, Shenzhen, Heilongjiang and at Inner Mongolia.

At that very moment, the lawyers were involved in these issues of human rights. They made the organization to confess about their involvement in this attack and how they diverted the monitoring system of the government.

According to China Daily, which is a state-run newspaper stated that the lawyers were using this app for  “attacks on the [Communist] Party and government.”

When the attack occurred, no officials of the Telegram app, including chief executive Pavel Durov commented anything on this issue.

Even now, they are not giving any information. Durov stated on a tweet that:

“IP addresses coming mostly from China,” and he also added that  “Historically, all state actor-sized DDoS (200-400 Gb/s of junk) we experienced coincided in time with protests in Hong Kong (coordinated on @telegram). This case was not an exception.”

 

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