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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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Microsoft finally brings its To-Do application to the Mac operating system

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Microsoft finally brings its To-Do application to the Mac operating system

In the year 2017, Microsoft said that it will be shutting down Wunderlist which was a company acquired by Microsoft in order to forge their to-do application.

After acquiring the company, Microsoft released its to-do app. It has launched the To-Do as the application is called on Windows, Android, and iOS and expanded its feature set. This application will now be available in Mac operating system too.

This morning, Microsoft announced that their To-Do application will now be available in the Mac operating system. All the core features of the application will be working with the application. Some of the handiest features of this application are utilized tags, share list, work offline and manage tasks. The Mac operating system will take advantage of the new platform which offers a handful of shortcuts.

There was a Worldwide Developer Conference this month where the company ended up announcing all their tools and they started calling it Project Catalyst. Under this project, Apple is trying to bring all the applications to release their products for the Mac operating system. The Project Catalyst helps developers build a new application with the help of the existing codebase which will is being used in iOS applications.

Microsoft was not ready to be a part of the Project Catalyst and this is why they went in a very different route. The company wants to ship totally brand new applications for the Mac operating system.

“We’re not currently working on new features for Wunderlist as we’re concentrating on our new app, Microsoft To-Do,” a spokesperson said. “Once we are confident that we have incorporated the best of Wunderlist into Microsoft To-Do, we will retire Wunderlist,” they added.

This is a big step for Microsoft to release a completely new software just for the Mac operating system.

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Google accused of copying lyrics of different songs from Genius for their search results

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Google accused of copying lyrics of different songs from Genius for their search results

In a recent report from the Wall Street Journal, there have been accusations made on Google by Genius Media by saying that Google copies song lyrics from their website to use them in their search results.

If you have ever looked for Google Search, then you have seen that there is a box appearing alongside the general search results. It basically shows the lyrics of the song. Some lyrics websites have taken issues with this because this means that they will receive less traffic from users.

Genius Media is accusing Google of copying all the lyrics directly from their website and using them in Google search results.

Genius made a change to its site back in 2016 where it started:

 “Alternating the lyrics’ apostrophes between straight and curly single-quote marks in exactly the same sequence for every song.”

This effectively acts as a watermark for the copy, and when the apostrophes are translated into Morse code, it spells out “Red Handed.”

Google has been notified by Genius multiple times in the last two years about the stolen lyrics. The company had already explained that all the lyrics were directly licensed from partners. Google also came out with an official statement that they will be looking over and investigating the whole matter. Google is not really at fault right now because past complains from Genius might have triggered an investigation far more sooner but nothing like this has happened yet.

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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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