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Xiaomi tried to clone iMessage but screwed up badly

Xiaomi tried to clone iMessage but screwed up badly

On the face of it, Xiaomi's plan must've seemed a good idea: take a leaf from Apple's playbook and offer free messaging when users turned on its Android phones. Unfortunately, MIUI Cloud Messaging instead prompted accusations of data mining and intrusion into privacy, as new Xiaomi phones uploaded the contents of the phone book, numbers from received SMS messages, and the phone's own details to the company's servers, with no prior warning.

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Google explains digital fingerprints that caught Gmail offender

Google explains digital fingerprints that caught Gmail offender

Google's decision to notify law enforcement of a Gmail user sharing indecent photos of children reignited questions around what privacy the company provides, but Google has stepped forward with new details on how, exactly, its monitoring system worked. A Houston man was arrested last week after Google informed police in Texas that he had been sharing child pornography with his Gmail account; that content, Google says now, has a special digital fingerprint which distinguishes it from other materials.

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