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Google Duo for Android will allow just email addresses
Google is reportedly allowing web users Duo usage with just email addresses

Google is contemplating connecting Duo Android users via there email addresses, Jane Manchun Wong has tipped.

No doubt the battle for supremacy and the present condition the whole world finds itself has seen the launch of several video conferencing apps with the existing ones coming up with new changes to suit public demand. Facebook launching Messenger Rooms and Zoom Communication scalling up with their flagship meeting are all testament to that.

The video calling app launched in May, 2016 ensured Duo users have a phone number before they can create a call but that trend might be coming to an end with Manchun Wong, a Reverse Engineering expert teasing the new update on Twitter.

Wong tipped the launch of the new feature on Twitter through an image showing a new “Reachable with email address” toggle on the Google Duo app. It is also being interpreted as Google’s preparation for allowing Google Duo use without adding a phone number at all. The “Reachable with email address” option has been tipped to show up in the Account section of Settings. The screenshot says that it would “let people contact you on Duo Android with your email address.”

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This could really come in handy considering Google’s sole objective of connecting users all over the world with a wide range of services from just a single address.

9to5Google reported in January that
Google allowed the use of Duo for Web without linking a phone number. You can do video calls by just using an email address. However, the accounts that don’t have a mobile number linked don’t show up in the contact list. 9to5Google said this could mean that the same ability may come to the Android app as well.

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It’s not clear right now whether Google will allow the accounts with only email address on Android as users are still required to create new addresses with a recovery phone number. But with the possible new change, reaching people via email address might be allowed.

It is also worth noting that Google last month announced that it is adding a “Duo Moments” feature for users to take screenshots during video call. It also said that it is increasing the number of participants in group video calls to 12. It is also working on providing better experience, even on lower bandwidth connections.

This could add to the several changes Google has been announcing for the video-calling app off late. With the never-ending battle for the top and genuine promise of handling user data, always expect Google to give in their last.

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How do you convince Nigerians to Read? Put it in the “Terms and Conditions” – The Paystack misogyny Saga Explained in Full

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Yesterday, a global poorly kept secret was made evident for all to see with Paystack, a Nigerian fintech startup, top of the trend section on Twitter, after calls by some users to boycott the company.

Though the actual happenings weren’t really documented but reports reaching Naijatechguy states that it all went haywire when the popular payment platform revoked a payment link for a certain lady’s birthday party, and did I say hell was let loose? Yes, it did.

Apparently, in a nutshell I’m just here to let you know Paystack is now in the business of turning down certain individuals from using its payment service, maybe, because it has got a lot of request on its table.

Now, you’d be forgiven if you haven’t already gotten a sneek peek into the gist right now, perhaps you were hiding under a rock to avoid getting infected with the death sentence that is the Coronavirus pandemic.

We’re only joking here, you get right? Did you take that serious!!! Damn

Here’s how the whole plot between Paystack and the lady who had her payment link revoked played out on Twitter.

Paystack can’t be this Bahd. Are they?

On August 17, @obidi__ , a Twitter user, announced that she was organising a private birthday party in Abuja, Nigeria, on August 22: which translates to this Saturday. She also mentioned it was going to be a paid one.

However, to her utter surprise she woke up the next day to see Paystack, after tweeting she intended using the payment platform as her go-to for the party has for some reason blocked her birthday party because she was quoted as ‘selling body parts’.

Here’s the graphic for the birthday party in question:

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What ensured was a normal for the Nigerian Twitter section as she called out fanboys who ramped up the revoke against the tech company for their ‘partial’ deeds.

A closer look however, has revealed that Paystack had disabled her account, but for another reason altogether. She didn’t adhere to a different part of the company’s Acceptable Use Policy.

According to the company’s email to her, Jacob Christian, a User Ops at Paystack, opined that while reviewing @obidi__’s business on the platform, they realised that it involved sexual activities; in this case, an orgy.

How do you convince Nigerians to Read? Put it in the "Terms and Conditions" - The Paystack misogyny Saga Explained in Full 5

How do you convince Nigerians to Read? Put it in the "Terms and Conditions" - The Paystack misogyny Saga Explained in Full 6

“We would like to draw your attention to Section 2 of Paystack’s Acceptable Use Policy ( https://paystack.com/terms ), which states that Paystack may not be used in connection with any product, service, transaction or activity that relates to the sale and/or purchase of certain sexually oriented materials or services,” an excerpt from the email read.

If at this stage you’re still wondering what in the world an orgy is, a quick Wikipedia definition reiterates: “An orgy as a sex party consisting of at least five members where guests freely engage in open and unrestrained sexual activity or group sex.” In other words, an orgy is part of Paystack’s “certain sexually-oriented services”.

Now, we could all turn back to point accusing fingers at this lady but her crime is simply one each and every internet user have fallen for at least once in a lifetime.

WHEN LAST DID YOU READ A TERM’S AND CONDITIONS PAGE WHEN ACCESSING A SERVICE OR USING A PRODUCT?

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It is very important to read a company’s terms and conditions and it is even scary and unhealthy to use any product you don’t find its scriptly documented acceptable use policy in it’s ranks.

In essence, she was trying to use Paystack in connection with one of the many business categories the company said it wasn’t going to permit in its Terms and Conditions. And as stated in its “ Actions by Paystack” segment, the company suspended her use of Paystack’s Services.

While it is a known fact that most terms and conditions are incredibly long and hard to read, situations like this Paystack-orgy saga subtly reminds us of their importance.

Mark Amaza, a Twitter user was also in support of the action taken by Paystack, writing that: “Paystack’s refusal to allow payment for sex work/orgies using its platform is more than just about the law. It is also about brand & financial risks it is willing to bear”.

I mean some other companies have even way scarier For policies. Stripes is one which doesn’t even allow payments for flights.

There have been previous collective cases of people complaining about social networks using their data for advertising purposes as can be seen with the TikTok security flaw. But over time, this same users have come to realise that they opted in for such maybe on Twitter trends or after they are done using the product.

Imperatively, it is jail-worthy putting the lives of users and individuals at risk but equally, you accepting these terms and conditions whenever downloading an app, accessing a service, registering on a website, is legally binding. It is for this reason you need to spend some time reading them before going forward or checking out that popular hook-up page.

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Hackers take over Twitter Accounts of Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Kanye West, Apple and others in major Sitewide Crypto Heist

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Bill Gates, Elon Musk, and Jeff Bezos had their Twitter accounts hacked on Wednesday evening in an apparent cryptocurrency giveaway scam.

Other accounts including Mike Bloomberg, Joe Biden, Apple, Uber, Square’s CashApp, and Coinbase were also hacked.

Remember when your mom warned you staying up for long on your smartphones will ‘kill you someday’

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This tame prophecy seems to be coming though all of a sudden as Twitter followers of Bill Gates and Elon Musk speculated that their accounts been hacked on Wednesday, as a series of tweets dangled a bitcoin giveaway that looked too good to be true.

I mean who could believe we could have a day when the entire bigwigs in the tech ecosystem will come together to “give back to the community”? It’s happening!

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We don’t know how it’s happened with reports also speculating Twitter’s own systems may have been compromised. The hack however, is ongoing, with new tweets posting to verified accounts on a regular basis starting shortly after 4PM ET.

How it all began…

It all started off when Elon Musk’s Twitter account was seemingly compromised by a hacker intent on using it to run a bitcoin scam. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates also had his account seemingly accessed by the same scammer, who posted a similar message with an identical bitcoin wallet address.

It was preceded by another quickly deleted tweet from Musk which said he was “feeling generous because of Covid-19.”

Both accounts are continuing to post new tweets promoting the scam almost as fast as they are deleted.

Though a spokesperson for Gates Teddy Schleifer, was seconds late in reporting the Heist from another account – “We can confirm that this tweet was not sent by Bill Gates. This appears to be part of a larger issue that Twitter is facing. Twitter is aware and working to restore the account.”

No doubting the major damage has already been with reports up to $10M worth of Bitcoin has been transferred already.
Shortly after the initial wave of tweets from Gates and Musk’s accounts, the accounts of Apple, Uber, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, hip-hop mogul Kanye West, and former New York City mayor and billionaire Mike Bloomberg, among others, were also compromised and began promoting the scam.

Though it’s still unclear how widespread the operation is, but it appears to be affecting major companies and extremely high-profile individuals.

Suggestions are flying all over the internet views someone might have either found a severe security loophole in Twitter’s login process or third-party app, or that the perpetrator has somehow gained access to a Twitter employee’s admin privileges.

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The origin of the scam appears to be when Musk’s account issued a mysterious tweet at 4:17PM ET reading, “I‘m feeling generous because of Covid-19. I’ll double any BTC payment sent to my BTC address for the next hour. Good luck, and stay safe out there!” The tweet also contained a bitcoin address, presumably one associated with the hacker’s crypto wallet.
The tweet posted to Gates’ account echoed the last Musk tweet, with an identical BTC address attached. It was also deleted shortly after posting, only for a similar message to take its place.

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Moving on, Square’s Cash App appears to be one of the other company accounts compromise. However, it’s not clear if the culprit is the same or a different group as the tweet contained a different BTC address than the ones posted to the other accounts.

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In addition to the Cash App, popular crypto Twitter accounts, including those of Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss’ Gemini cryptocurrency exchange and widely used wallet app Coinbase, were also compromised. Cameron Winklevoss claims the Gemini account was protected by two-factor authentication and used a strong password, and the company is now investigating how it was hit.

American presidential candidate and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos were also hacked

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Hackers take over Twitter Accounts of Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Kanye West, Apple and others in major Sitewide Crypto Heist 15

Apple’s official Twitter account alongside Uber’s also sent in same tweets:

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Hackers take over Twitter Accounts of Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Kanye West, Apple and others in major Sitewide Crypto Heist 17

What has Twitter said so far?

While majority of the accounts taken over has moved swiftly to inform the public about the ongoing heist though their support channels, Twitter however, is yet to make any official statement on what’s going on and how it came to be.

A Twitter spokesperson said “we’re looking into this.” The company will share a statement soon. We’ll update the story as we learn more.

More than $100,000 had been funneled to the bitcoin address included in the tweets.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey last year had his account taken over by a group of hackers calling themselves #ChucklingHella. The account immediately went on to tweet out the N-word in all caps before adding: “intel is there’s a bomb at Twitter HQ.” Twitter stock was down more than 3% in after-hours trading.

All this however, have once again brought the issue of cybercrime and its consequences to the limelight. Though the deed has already been done, humanity can’t keep any bargains no more about user security especially with new smart tech and homes evolving each day.

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