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Finnish authorities to investigate Nokia-branded phones sending data to China

The Finnish data protection watchdog has confirmed it’s investigating HMD Global’s Nokia-branded phones over reports they were found to be sending unencrypted data to a Chinese server. Details first emerged after a user, Henrik Austad, tipped off the Norwegian broadcaster NRK, who investigated the breach, Reuters reports.

NRK‘s investigation revealed that the server being contacted was associated with the domain “vnet.cn,” which is linked to the state-owned telco China Telecom. The data was being sent in an unencrypted format by a Nokia 7 Plus, a phone first released in March last year.

Responding to the report, HMD Global — which manufactures Nokia-branded…

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Instagram is facing a reckoning over misinformation

At the end of last year, as we made our predictions about what 2019 would bring for social networks, I raised the prospect that it could be a hard year for Instagram. “I won’t guess the specifics,” I wrote, “but I do think 2019 will see some sort of reckoning over Instagram. Its charismatic founders are gone, the press is waking up to some long-simmering issues there, and there’s an increasing sense among a certain elite that looking at the app all the time is bad for you.”

As of today, that reckoning appears to be here. Instagram has faced plenty of criticism before now, particularly around bullying issues on the platform. But lately, the more that journalists explore its dark corners, the more cause they find for concern.

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Huawei leaks full P30 details on its own website

Huawei just can’t catch a break with the P30, its upcoming flagship that’s due to be revealed next week. Yesterday, Evan Blass spotted that an event page for the phone on the Huawei website was posted live early (as noted by 9to5Google), confirming the rumors that the phone would feature a quad-camera array, and detailing features including improved nighttime recording, and a new “dual-view” video mode.

This video mode, which the page says will be available post-launch in an update, is the most interesting new detail from the page. It suggests that you’ll be able to use two of the phones four cameras — namely the primary lens and the zoom lens — simultaneously, allowing you to see a close-up view and wide-angle view at the same time….

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Norway will install the world’s first wireless electric car charging stations for Oslo taxis

Norway’s capital city of Oslo will be the world’s first metropolitan area to install wireless, induction-based charging stations for electric taxis, in a bid to make a zero-emission cab system by as early as 2023, according to Reuters. Norway wants to go even further than that, however, and is mandating that all new cars sold in the country be all-electric by 2025.

To pull off the taxi charging system, Norway is tapping Finnish utilities firm Fortum, which is working with US company Momentum Dynamics and the municipal government of Oslo to install charging plates in the road that connect to energy receivers in the vehicles themselves. The goal is to make it as easy as possible to charge electric taxis, as doing so now is cumbersome,…

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