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“Snap Audience Network”- Meet The All New Version of Snapchat!

"The plan is for Snap to sell ads that will appear inside other companies' apps, a move that will help Snap advertisers reach a larger group of people than just those who use Snapchat," the report noted.

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Snapchat, in a statement, said: "'Stories' feature allows people to share videos, photos shot from Snapchat's in-app camera on dating app Tinder and social networking app Houseparty as 'Story'". Pixabay

Joining the league of other tech giants and their big fancy annual conferences like Facebook’s “F8”, Google’s “I/O” and Apple’s “WWDC”, photo-messaging app Snapchat hosted its first “Partner Summit” in California.

The motive of the event was to unveil new products – some for users, some for developers – and encourage potential partners to build features or products that work with the Snapchat app, Recode reported on Thursday.

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A new filter called “Landmarks” also made its place on Snapchat, bringing AR filters for iconic landmarks from around the world, like the Eiffel Tower, the report said. Pixabay

During the event, the platform announced new Facebook app-inspired “Stories” option, in-house built multi-players games and more Augmented Reality (AR) filters which are not just restricted to faces.

Snapchat, in a statement, said: “‘Stories’ feature allows people to share videos, photos shot from Snapchat’s in-app camera on dating app Tinder and social networking app Houseparty as ‘Story'”.

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Joining the league of other tech giants and their big fancy annual conferences like Facebook’s “F8”, Google’s “I/O” and Apple’s “WWDC”, photo-messaging app Snapchat hosted its first “Partner Summit” in California. Pixabay

A new filter called “Landmarks” also made its place on Snapchat, bringing AR filters for iconic landmarks from around the world, like the Eiffel Tower, the report said.

These apart, in partnership with media companies like Dakota Pictures, NBC and Insurrection Media, Snapchat announced eight new shows including a comedy show, a zombie apocalypse show and a docu-series about race in America, the report said.

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Snapchat also floored its new ad network, called the “Snap Audience Network” .

“The plan is for Snap to sell ads that will appear inside other companies’ apps, a move that will help Snap advertisers reach a larger group of people than just those who use Snapchat,” the report noted. (IANS)

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Social Networking Giant Facebook Blames Apple iOS for Bezos’ Phone Hacking

WhatsApp provides end-to-end encryption by default, which means only the sender and recipient can view the messages

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The social media application, Facebook is displayed on Apple's App Store, July 30, 2019. VOA

Facebook has blamed Apple’s operating system for the hacking of Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos’ phone, saying WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption is unhackable.

Investigators believe that Bezos’s iPhone was compromised after he received a 4.4MB video file containing malware via WhatsApp – in the same way when phones of 1,400 select journalists and human rights activists were broken into by Pegasus software from Israel-based NSO Group last year.

In an interview to the BBC last week, Facebook’s Vice President of Global Affairs and Communications, Nick Clegg, said it wasn’t WhatsApp’s fault because end-to-end encryption is unhackable and blamed Apple’s operating system for Bezos’ episode.

“It sounds like something on the, you know, what they call the operate, operated on the phone itself. It can’t have been anything on the, when the message was sent, in transit, because that’s end-to-end encrypted on WhatsApp,” Clegg told the show host.

Clegg compared the hack to opening a malicious email, saying that “it only comes to life when you open it”.

According to a report from FTI Consulting, a firm that has investigated Bezos’ phone, after that the video file was received, Bezos’ phone started sending unusually large amounts of outbound data, including his intimate messages with his girlfriend Lauren Sanchez.

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Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and owner of Blue Origin. (Wikimedia commons)

According to Clegg, “something” must have affected the phone’s operating system.

“As sure as you can be that the technology of end-to-end encryption cannot, other than unless you have handset, or you have the message at either end, cannot be hacked into,” he was quoted as saying.

Apple was yet to comment on Facebook’s statement.

The NSO Group has denied it was part of Bezos’ hacking.

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WhatsApp provides end-to-end encryption by default, which means only the sender and recipient can view the messages. But the piece of NSO Group software exploited WhatsApp’s video calling system by installing the spyware via missed calls to snoop on the selected users.

According to leading tech policy and media consultant Prasanto K. Roy, end-to-end encrypted apps (E2EE) do provide security, and messages or calls cannot be intercepted and decrypted en route without enormous computing resources.

“But once anyone can get to your handset, whether a human or a piece of software, the encryption doesn’t matter anymore. Because on your handset, it’s all decrypted,” Roy told IANS recently. (IANS)