False alert: Here's what OnePlus' Clipboard app actually sends to Chinese servers

 yesterday, we reported on yet another slightly-alarming security issue related to OnePlus’ devices and a potential security breach that had many worried their sensitive data leaked out to Chinese servers. This time, however, it would seem that this was a false alert as it turns out OnePlus is merely trying to prevent popular Chinese messenger Wechat from blocking certain links leading to some of the bigger Chinese online retailers. OnePlus’ Clipboard unblocks said links by sending a predefined hashcode token that essentially fools out Wechat into thinking the links are okay.

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User spots OnePlus 3T sending their clipboard data to servers in China

OnePlus gets in hot water every now and again over privacy concerns, and now, there’s another little controversy brewing. A keen OnePlus 3T user who happened to be monitoring the traffic that goes in and out of their network noticed something weird when they updated to the latest beta build for their device. Apparently, the handset was sending clipboard information directly to AliBaba Group servers.

So, basically, anything you hit “copy” on — web addresses, contacts, photos, etc. — can be sent over to AliBaba, which is one of the biggest e-commerce sites to come out of China.

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Pebble releases firmware update to allow its smartwatches to function even after servers close

After being acquired by Fitbit back in December, Pebble informed customers that it would continue to support its platform and preserve smartwatch functionality for at least a year. Based on that statement, we can assume that Pebble servers are likely to go dark at the end of this year if Fitbit doesn’t have other plans.

Four months after the acquisition announcement, Fitbit comes out with a new firmware update that is meant to offer its customers what was promised. Regardless of what smartphone you use (Android or iOS), you will soon be able to download the update for free.

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