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The company in charge of monitoring Australia's New Payments Platform (NPP) issued a statement last week in response to concerns that its PayID look-up function is an invasion of privacy after "a person on Twitter" posted screenshots of him entering random mobile numbers and returning PayIDs registered to real people.

Source: ZDNet

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As the main search engine of choice for most people, Google dominates with more than 63% market share and holds 95% of mobile searches. But that’s quickly changing as Facebook continues to expand its search features, particularly in favor of businesses themselves. In fact, one can say Facebook is the next big search engine and local marketing platform for brands that want to reach their target audience, including prospective and current customers.

Source: Forbes

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Hiya came to life a year ago when it was spun out by Whitepages to take on TrueCaller and others in the world of smart caller ID services. Using machine learning analytics on a vast database of calling data (3.5 billion calls to date), Seattle-based Hiya’s mission has been to supercharge the humble phone call — by providing detailed information about who is calling you, whether it’s a regular person or an IRS fraudster.

Source; TechCrunch

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Truecaller, the caller ID and call-blocking app, has gained popularity worldwide since its initial release during 2009. The Swedish owned company behind the service, True Software Scandinavia AB, reports that it now has over three billion telephone numbers in its database and over 100 million Google Play Store downloads for its Android app alone.

Source: The Next Web/iAfrican

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The company behind directory enquiries service 118 118 saw takings fall by a fifth last year as regulators tightened the net on premium phone lines. Turnover fell to £40m in 2016, down from £49.5m the year before, according to accounts filed for parent company The Number UK.

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