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Trump declares national emergency over IT threats. President Donald Trump has declared a national emergency to protect US computer networks from “foreign adversaries”. He signed an executive order which effectively bars US companies from using foreign telecoms believed to pose national security risks.
Facebook isn’t secretly listening in on your phone conversations. In an informal study, CNET reporters discussed predesignated topics in front of their phones and then monitored the devices for related ads. They found nothing to suggest Facebook had overheard their conversations. While they can’t 100% disprove this idea, security experts have also failed to find evidence the social network is eavesdropping on users to target ads more effectively.
Amazon started building its $1.5 billion airport, with Jeff Bezos taking the controls of a front loader to begin the work. Amazon plans to take greater control of its shipping process and become less reliant on carries such as UPS, FedEx, or the USPS, to cut costs and speed up delivery times. This will be especially pertinent as it rolls out one-day shipping for Prime members.
Instagram is killing off its standalone direct messaging app. It appears the photo-sharing social media behemoth is cutting off support for the Direct app “in the coming month”. However, all of those important messages you’ve slung to mates via the magic of Instagram aren’t disappearing for good — they’re just moving over to the dedicated Instagram app.