Daily News – 19th of December 2018
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Former Microsoft intern said that Google sabotaged Edge browser

Former software engineering intern on the Edge team at Microsoft, Joshua Bakita, claims that Google kept changing up their web apps, making them not run properly on other browsers. And because of this, Microsoft chose to eliminate its EdgeHTML engine in favor of Chromium. Bakita explained how Google would make changes to its YouTube property in such a subtle way that it would cause Edge’s browser engine to fail with specific tasks.
You can read more here.

Facebook gave Spotify and Netflix access to users’ private messages

More than 150 companies, including major tech organizations and online retailers, made arrangements with Facebook to have special access to users’ personal data, The New York Times wrote. Netflix and Spotify were granted permission to read users’ private messages; Amazon was able to obtain the contact information of users through their friends; and Bing, the Microsoft search engine, was allowed to “see the names of virtually all Facebook users’ friends without consent”.
More info are available here. 

New products

Lenovo Z5 Pro GT

The phone has 12GB of RAM and 512GB of internal storage. It comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and a 6.39-inch Full HD+ display.
More info here. 

Samsung Galaxy M20

Samsung Galaxy M20 will have Exynos 7885 processor and 3GB of RAM. It will come with a 5,000 mAh battery abd a dual main camera with 13MP and 5MP sensors.
More info here. 

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Google deleted millions of fake Play Store ratings in one week

During that same period, Google also removed “thousands of bad apps identified due to suspicious reviews and rating activities on them”. The likelihood of a user installing an app increases exponentially based on the reviews, so developers often incentivise existing users to leave positive reviews. Google hopes to discourage such behaviour and will penalise any developers that engage in it.
You can read more here. 

Gboard supports 500 languages just two years after launch

This milestone means that over 90 percent of the world can use Gboard to type in their first language, according to the official Google blog. This is an important achievement, as the ten most common languages are spoken by half the world, the company says, but thousands of languages are used by the other half.
More info can be found here.

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