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SC to hear pleas seeking probe into Pegasus hacking scandal on 5 August

A bench comprising Chief Justice NV Ramana and Justice Surya Kant is scheduled to hear three separate petitions including the one filed by senior journalists N Ram and Sashi Kumar.
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How 3 non-techie women are helping fight fear of technology among Indian non-profits

They may not have an educational background in tech, but 3 women from different parts of India are helping non-profits channelise its potential to strengthen their work.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur

Pegasus spyware temporarily blocked for some clients to check misuse, says NSO employee

According to NPR report, NSO employee says the Israeli firm is investigating some of its govt clients amid reports of the spyware being misused.
A technician monitors cryptocurrency mining rigs at a Bitfarms facility in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada | Representational image

ED probes crypto exchange Binance in betting app laundering case

Binance has been facing regulatory crackdown as nations intensify scrutiny of crypto industry amid concerns that it is being used to conceal proceeds of money laundering & terrorism.

Over 500 people & groups write to CJI Ramana seeking SC intervention in Pegasus row

The letter also sought a moratorium on the sale, transfer & use of Pegasus spyware and requested SC to adopt a gender-neutral sexual harassment, data protection and privacy policy.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur

Suspicious URLs, zero clicks, iMessages — how Amnesty found Pegasus on ‘target’ phones

As part of Pegasus Project, Amnesty conducted forensic analysis of 67 phones linked to numbers on a database listing 50,000 suspected targets of the Israeli spyware.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee | File photo: ANI

Mamata Banerjee forms inquiry panel to probe Pegasus scandal, says ‘Centre is sitting idle’

The decision to form a panel, with retired judges as its members, was taken at a special cabinet meeting chaired by the West Bengal chief minister during the day.

Repairing – not recycling – is the first step to tackling e-waste from smartphones

Smartphones have become a form of consumption and replacing them on a regular basis has become commonplace. Changing this mindset will be key.
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Arvind Kejriwal’s aide VK Jain, Enforcement Directorate officer on latest Pegasus ‘snoop’ list

Senior Enforcement Directorate officer Rajeshwar Singh has been at the helm of many major investigations, including the Aircel-Maxis deal case.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur

Is my phone at risk? How the Pegasus spyware works

It is in the very nature of spyware to remain undetected on a device. That said, there are mechanisms to show whether your device has been compromised.

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Apple plans satellite features for iPhone that allow emergency calls

Apple has been working on satellite technology for years, with a team exploring the concept since at least 2017. However, the feature is unlikely to be ready before next year. an Francisco: Apple Inc.’s push to bring satellite capabilities to the iPhone will be focused on emergency situations, allowing users to send texts to first responders and report crashes in areas without cellular coverage. The company is developing at least two related emergency features that will rely on satellite networks, aiming to release them in future iPhones, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Apple has been working on satellite technology for years, with a team exploring the concept since at least 2017, Bloomberg has reported. Speculation that the next iPhone will have satellite capabilities ramped up this week after TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the phone will probably work with spectrum owned by Globalstar Inc. That’s led to conjecture that the iPhone will become something akin to a satellite phone,...
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RBI to penalise banks if ATMs run out of cash from 1 October

The scheme has been formulated over concerns of inconvenience caused to the public and to ensure that sufficient cash is available through ATMs, RBI said in a circular.

Defence

‘Will pull India into a vortex’ — why Delhi is unlikely to heed ‘Afghan demand for air support’

While no active military aid is being discussed, ‘benign support’ like maintenance of equipment, training and spare parts has been under discussion between India and Afghanistan.

Caste, ethnicity, religion – United colours of Indian hockey prove the game thrives in inclusivity

It's impossible to field an Indian hockey team that doesn’t reflect the diversity, the united colours, better than any other. Shows that a sport, or a nation, will prosper with growing inclusivity.
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