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TLDR: WhatsApp, Google, Apple, Netflix, Swiggy, Instagram, spyware, cybersecurity

There’s a new spyware threat in town

A highly sophisticated spyware is infecting Android devices around the world, researchers who are part of Google’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG) have found. PREDATOR seems like a close cousin of the Pegasus spyware: It has reportedly been deployed against journalists, activists, and political rivals in countries like Egypt, Armenia, Greece, Madagascar, Côte d’Ivoire, Serbia, Spain, and Indonesia.

WhatsApp lets users access PAN, driver’s license

Indian citizens who have uploaded their government-issued documents, marksheets, or insurance policy papers on Digilocker can now download them over WhatsApp by dropping a text to +91 9013151515 – the MyGov Helpdesk chatbot, according to the Press Information Bureau.

Implementing a global digital tax to take a while

France’s finance minister indicated that the re-allocation of taxable profits (earned by Big Tech) to countries where their end users are actually located, might not happen before 2024, according to The Hindu. A two-pillar global digital tax framework that applies to all 135 OECD countries was agreed upon in October last year but it had faced criticism over loopholes. Pillar 1 was supposed to be in place by 2022.

Crypto tax firm makes timely entry into India

CoinTracker is bringing its tax compliance and portfolio-tracking products to all crypto investors across the country, Moneycontrol reported. The company’s expansion comes on the back of the government’s decision to levy a 30 percent tax on virtual digital assets and a 1 percent TDS on all crypto transactions, starting July 1.

Instagram went down for a few hours

Users were unable to log into the Meta-owned social media platform for a brief period of time yesterday, Indian Express reported. But other user reports indicated that the outage didn’t affect all of them; Instagram has kept mum about it.

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Swiggy makes a play for e-commerce: Report

The food delivery platform is looking to have local stores and direct-to-consumer (D2C) brands be a part of its own online marketplace, ET reported citing sources. Swiggy has been making several moves to expand beyond its traditional offerings; for instance, it recently acquired a table booking platform called Dineout.

Apple sets new deadline for App Store rule

All apps on the App Store that allow users to create their own accounts must also let them delete the said accounts along with their personal data by June 30. “The account deletion option should be easy to find in your app. If your app offers Sign in with Apple, you’ll need to use the Sign in with Apple REST API to revoke user tokens when deleting an account,” Apple reportedly told developers.

Netflix launches three mobile games

The online streaming giant released new game titles as part of its bet on interactive entertainment, according to Reuters. Role-playing adventure game Moonlighter, strategy game Townsmen, and animated idle-adventure game Dragon Up is available for both iOS and Android users, the report added.

Texas gunman was active on Facebook before the attack

The gunman who killed 19 children and two teachers at a school in Texas, reportedly discussed his plans on Facebook in the form of one-to-one direct messages, prior to the attack. A similar piece of information was reported in the aftermath of the Buffalo shooting. Could this lead to greater social media monitoring in the US? What does it mean for end-to-end encryption which is enabled on Facebook Messenger?

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