This line-up of stories will help you discover the latest happenings around the tech world, today.
1. France fines Google and Facebook €210 millio
French regulators, in a fresh policy breach encounter, have fined American leading tech giants, Google and Facebook, to the tune of 210m euros.
The development comes as the regulators ruled both companies to have violated its cookies undertaking.
Explaining the breach, data privacy watchdog, Commission Nationale Informatique & Libertés (CNIL), noted that both sites were making it difficult for internet users to refuse the online trackers.
Consequent on the development, the social-media firms is, therefore, said to have three months to comply or face additional penalties of 100,000 euros for each day of delay.
Further speaking on the fine and operations of Facebook and Google, Karin Kiefer, the CNIL’s head of data protection and sanctions, argued that rejecting cookies should be as simple as its accepting process.
He said: “When you accept cookies, it’s done in just one click. Rejecting cookies should be as easy as accepting them.”
Tech Trivia: What is a person who posts videos on a regular basis called?
Answer: See end of post
2. WhatsApp to revamp chat-lists design in new update
Meta-owned social messaging platform, WhatsApp, is reportedly looking to revamp its chat-lists design.
The development, according to media source, will see the app moving its broadcast lists to another part of the app in its coming update.
The soon-to-release update version of the app is expected to remove “broadcast lists” and “new group” from the chats list in a bid to improve user experience.
In the new design, the app will come with a new entry point for “broadcast” within the contacts list, available when users tap the same button “start new chat.”
Although, the date of the release is unknown, there are speculations, however, that WhatsApp will start by testing the new feature on iOS.
3 Orange Ventures opens call for applications for seed challenge
Egyptian VC firm, Orange Ventures, has opened applications for its “Seed Challenge – Fintech Egypt.”
The venture, through the initiative, looks to award one company with EUR500,000 (US$570,000) in funding.
Orange Ventures, which is the corporate VC of telecoms firm Orange Group, reportedly opened its Orange Digital Centre in Cairo in December.
Launching its fintech seed challenge, applications are invited from seed-stage fintech startups in Egypt.
Meanwhile, the board noted that applicants, who are eligible are startups who have not raised more than EUR1 million (US$1.14 million) in total equity funding.
As part of reward for the selected startup, it will be drafted into the Orange Digital Centre for six months, gaining access to workspace and mentoring programmes, and have the chance to pitch to the executive committee of Orange Egypt and discuss partnership opportunities.
Trivia Answer: Vlogger
Vlog is short for “video blog” and is pronounced “vlog” (one syllable). A vlog is a blog, or web log, that includes video clips.
It may be entirely video-based or may include both video and written commentary. Several types of vlogs are available on the Web, including instructional videos, travel updates, and personal commentaries.
People who create vlogs are known as “vloggers.” Some vloggers post videos for fun, while others run vlogs for the purpose of generating revenue through advertisements.
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