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Microsoft pulls security update for Windows 10

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San Francisco, Microsoft has removed a standalone security update from its Windows update after confirming user reports about freezes, boot problems, and installation issues.

The security update, KB4524244 was released on Feb 11, 2020, as part of the normal Patch Tuesday release cycle, and was targeted for all Windows 10 versions via Windows Update, the company said on Saturday.

It was intended to address a security vulnerability affecting third-party Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) boot managers.

“The standalone security update has been removed due to an issue affecting a sub-set of devices. It will not be re-offered from Windows Update, Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) or Microsoft Update Catalog,” the company said in a statement.

“Removal of this standalone security update does not affect successful installation or any changes within any other Feb 11, 2020 security updates, including Latest Cumulative Update (LCU), Monthly Rollup or Security Only update,” the company added.

According to the Microsoft, they are working on an improved version of this update in coordination with the partners and will release it in a future update.

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COVID-19 brought the best and worst out of TikTok

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New Delhi, April 7 (IANS) The popular and highly controversial short video-sharing platform TikTok has once again hogged the limelight even as India battles the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you have read reports about how streetchildren used TikTok to beat the stress ever since the country went into a lockdown, then you could hardly miss findings about how misinformation aimed at discouraging Muslims from taking preventive measures against COVID-19 circulated on the platform.

The videos created on TikTok often find their ways to other social media platforms like WhatsApp and Facebook, reaching a wider audience.

And then came the hate messages targeting the Muslim community.Urging Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take steps to spread hate mongering on social media, the All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (Apex Confederation of Muslim Organisations) chief Navaid Hamid alleged that 30,000 “fake clips are in circulation on TikTok to spread disinformation that Muslims are spreading COVID-19 in the country” and that “these clips are creating tensions between communities across India”.

The government took note of the developments and even wrote a letter to some of these platforms, including TikTok, to take down videos that spread misinformation about the disease.

TikTok says it is doing its bit to fight the challenges posed by the novel coronavirus – from improving moderation efforts to removing thousands of videos that violated its rules.

“In the present context in particular, invalidated or misleading content poses an acute concern and is an area of focus for social media platforms. At TikTok, we have heightened our moderation efforts, and have been monitoring and systematically removing content from our platform that violates our Community Guidelines,” said a TikTok spokesperson.

“In India, we have removed thousands of videos that have contradicted legitimate advice about COVID-19 from credible authorities, as well as content that could cause imminent harm to public health and safety,” the spokesperson added.

In fact, such has been the popularity of TikTok that several law enforcement agencies — including Bengaluru City Police, Delhi Police, Uttarakhand Police, Kerala Police, Punjab Police and Maharashtra Police — have used the platform to raise awareness about how to fight COVID-19.

“Over the last few weeks, our platform has prioritised informative content and supported several government and law enforcement agencies, as well as non-profit organisations across India in disseminating information regarding responsible practices in an entertaining and responsible manner,” the TikTok spokesperson said.

Several global organisations including the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNDP are now using TikTok to share useful content and shed light on how to stay safe.

The short-video sharing platform owned by Beijing-based ByteDance last week said it donated 400,000 hazmat medical protective suits and 200,000 masks worth Rs 100 crore in order to help doctors and other medical professionals tackle the spread of COVID-19 in India.

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SWR chips in with 7,295 masks, 1,200 litres of sanitiser

“At the stitching and furbishing section of the workshops, face masks are being made. These masks are being made using cotton cloth with bands for adjustments,”

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Bengaluru, April 6 : The South Western Railway (SWR) zone has chipped in with 7,295 masks and 1,200 litres of hand sanitizer to meeting the shortage amid Covid pandemic, an official said on Monday.

“Due to the increase in demand for essential medical commodities, Railways has taken for in-house production of sanitiser and making masks in-house to deal with the crisis at hand during the lockdown,” said a SWR spokesperson.

SWR is preparing the hand sanitizer following the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) formula, using surgical spirit, aloe vera gel, glycerol and scent.

“At the stitching and furbishing section of the workshops, face masks are being made. These masks are being made using cotton cloth with bands for adjustments,” said the statement.

The railway zone’s Hubballi Division produced 450 masks and 220 litres sanitizer, Hubballi Workshop, 1,225 masks and 400 litres, Bengaluru Division, 3,000 masks and 300 litres, the Mysuru Workshop, 2,100 masks and 280 litres sanitizer and Mysuru Division 520 masks.

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Railways develops disinfectant tunnel to combat Covid-19

The disinfection tunnel will work uninterrupted for 16 hours, hence requiring refilling only once a day.

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New Delhi, April 6 : The Indian Railways has developed a disinfection tunnel to sanitise people for just Rs 10,000, officials said on Monday.

A railway ministry official said that the loco shed in Maharashtra’s Bhusaval has developed a disinfection tunnel to fight Covid-19.

He said one set of three nozzles spray one ppm sodium hypochlorite solution, as people walk for a duration of between three and five seconds inside the tunnel.

The official said that upon contact in the tunnel, the spray is efficient enough to kill the virus.

He said the total cost of the tunnel was around Rs 10,000 and its capacity is of 500 litres.

The disinfection tunnel will work uninterrupted for 16 hours, hence requiring refilling only once a day.

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