In no particular order, here are MediaNama’s top 10 stories of the week ended 14th April 2019

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Xiaomi warned about critical flaw in its two Android browsers but does nothing

The Hacker News reported on Friday that two browser apps created by Chinese phone maker Xiaomi have a critical vulnerability that has not yet been patched even after being privately reported to the company. Read it here

Amazon plans to launch 3,236 satellites for global internet connectivity

Amazon plans to launch a constellation of 3,236 satellites into low Earth orbit to provide internet to “unserved and underserved communities around the world”, Reuters reported. Read it here

Tech manifestos 2019: Biju Janata Dal promises expansion of Laptop scheme, infotainment halls, Youth Innovation Fund in Odisha

The Naveen Patnaik-led Biju Janata Dal, which currently has a government in power Odisha, has promised to set up a state Youth Innovation Fund, expand the free laptop for meritorious students scheme, and set up community halls with video and mini-theatre facilities in every panchayat. Read it here

WhatsApp plans to comply with RBI’s data localisation mandate: Report; Why is it needed?

WhatsApp is working to comply with Reserve Bank of India (RBI) regulations on the local storage of payment-related data, the Economic Times reported. “Only some engineering work is left,” an anonymous senior Facebook executive told ET. Read it here

Facebook announces more group admin scrutiny, click-gap algorithm, fact-checking for videos among measures to combat misinformation

Facebook yesterday announced a slew of measures to address fake news, misinformation, group admins responsibility, and Newsfeed designs to curb misinformation. Read it here

ILO report on the Future of Work in Sri Lanka suggests regulating platforms, data governance, UBI, skilling in data science and cyber security

The International Labour Organization’s report on the “Future of Work in Sri Lanka: Shaping technology transitions for a brighter future” (download), suggests regulating the platform economy with a focus on worker welfare, and cites the Motor Vehicles Bill in India, which looks at enforcing licensing for ride-sharing platforms like Ola and Uber. Read it here

Chinese e-commerce firms fudge invoice prices to evade duties: Report

After trying to avoid Indian duties by sending goods as ‘gifts’, Chinese e-commerce firms are now trying to do so by undervaluing products on their invoices, the Economic Times reported. An unnamed senior excise official in Mumbai told the newspaper that the price printed on the invoice can sometimes be half the price displayed on the company’s website. Read it here

Tech manifestos 2019: DMK will regulate social media and scrap the Niti Aayog if voted to power

The DMK, if voted to power, will urge the Union government to bring in legislation which would prevent all social media from publishing obscene content. The party will also seek to revive the Planning Commission’s and scrap the Niti Aayog. Read it here

Elections 2019: Another precautionary Internet Shutdown in Kashmir

Mobile Internet services have been suspended in Kashmir across providers, reports UNI. This was carried out due to the start of polling for the general elections in the Baramullah constituency today. Read it here

UK proposes new tech regulator and calls on tech companies on their ‘duty of care’

The UK’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and the Home Office, have jointly proposed the regulation of tech companies via a new independent regulator and code of practice for tech companies. The two have published the Online Harm White Paper. Read it here