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Facebook will block Australian users and publishers from sharing news links in response to new bill

Facebook will block Australian users and publishers from sharing news links in response to new bill

Filed under:Facebook decided against cutting deals with media partnersFacebook has decided to block both Australian users and media companies from sharing links to news articles and related content on its main social network, following the country’s proposed that would force tech giants to pay Australian news organizations for using their content.The passed the Australian House of Representatives today and is believed to have enough votes to pass the Senate, The New York Times . The bill also targets Google, which at one point last month . However, Google has since decided to start cutting...

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Amazon is opening its first manufacturing line in India to produce Fire TV devices

Amazon is opening its first manufacturing line in India to produce Fire TV devices

Filed under:Amazon is partnering with a Foxconn-owned subsidiaryAmazon is opening its first manufacturing line in India in a partnership with Foxconn-owned Cloud Network Technology, an India-based subsidiary of the Taiwanese electronics giant, . The partnership is part of an effort to work with the Indian government, which has embarked on a campaign to encourage companies to invest in the Indian economy to avoid roadblocks, like high import taxes, to entering and competing in the country’s competitive and fast-growing economy.The Indian government calls its campaign to encourage local...

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Apple won’t have to allow App Store alternatives on iOS after North Dakota bill fails

Apple won’t have to allow App Store alternatives on iOS after North Dakota bill fails

Filed under:The bill failed in a 11-36 vote on TuesdayA North Dakota bill that would have drastically altered the way app store operators like Apple and Google manage their digital marketplaces has failed to garner enough votes, failing in the state senate by an 11-36 vote on Tuesday, according to .The bill, SB 2333, when a committee hearing drew the attention of corporate lawyers and lobbyists, experts, and Apple critics arguing both in favor and against the proposed legislation’s potentially far-reaching consequences.The bill would have barred any company in the business of software...

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Apple’s App Store is hosting multimillion-dollar scams, says this iOS developer

Apple’s App Store is hosting multimillion-dollar scams, says this iOS developer

Filed under:Developer Kosta Eleftheriou says the App Store is fundamentally brokenMobile app developer Kosta Eleftheriou has a new calling that goes beyond software development: taking on what he sees as a rampant scam problem ruining the integrity of Apple’s App Store.Eleftheriou, who created the successful Apple Watch keyboard app FlickType, has for the last two weeks been publicly criticizing Apple for lax enforcement of its App Store rules that have allowed scam apps, as well as apps that clone popular software from other developers, to run rampant. These apps enjoy top billing in the...

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Hackers tampered with a water treatment facility in Florida by changing chemical levels

Hackers tampered with a water treatment facility in Florida by changing chemical levels

Filed under:No residents were harmedHackers successfully infiltrated the computer system controlling a water treatment facility in the city of Oldsmar, Florida, according to a . In doing so, the hackers were able to remotely control a computer to change the chemical levels of the water supply, increasing the amount of sodium hydroxide before a supervisor was able to catch the act in real time and revert the changes.“At no time was there a significant adverse effect on the water being treated,” Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said during a press conference on Monday, which was ....

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Apple’s next iOS 14 beta will begin forcing developers to ask for permission to track you

Apple’s next iOS 14 beta will begin forcing developers to ask for permission to track you

Filed under:The new privacy feature will go live for everyone some time this springApple’s new privacy feature requiring developers ask for permission to track iOS users for ad targeting is at last going live in the next iOS 14 beta with a planned full release some time this spring for non-beta users, the company tells The Verge.The announcement coincides with Data Privacy Day, as well as a speech on privacy from Apple CEO Tim Cook later today at the Computers, Privacy and Data Protection conference in Brussels. Apple initially planned for the feature to go live with the launch of iOS 14...

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WhatsApp to delay new privacy policy amid mass confusion about Facebook data sharing

WhatsApp to delay new privacy policy amid mass confusion about Facebook data sharing

Filed under:The new update will now go out on May 15thWhatsApp on Friday announced a three-month delay of a new privacy policy originally slated to go into effect on February 8th following widespread confusion over whether the new policy would .The update does not in fact affect data sharing with Facebook with regard to user chats or other profile information; WhatsApp has repeatedly clarified that its update addresses business chats in the event a user converses with a company’s customer service platform through WhatsApp.WhatsApp is trying to clear up confusion about its privacy...

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Qualcomm just bought a two-year-old startup founded by former Apple engineers for $1.4 billion

Qualcomm just bought a two-year-old startup founded by former Apple engineers for $1.4 billion

Filed under:The company, Nuvia, specializes in chip designQualcomm has just made a in the chip market that’s sure to shake up the semiconductor industry in substantial fashion. The company Qualcomm is purchasing, Nuvia, was formed in 2019 by three former engineers and chip specialists, all of whom . And now, Qualcomm is paying an eye-popping $1.4 billion for the firm, placing a huge bet on the team’s talent and its focus on building next-generation CPUs for use in data centers, mobile, and other devices.Qualcomm is specifically calling out the growth of 5G as one of the reasons it’s paying...

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Google completes purchase of Fitbit

Google completes purchase of Fitbit

Filed under:The $2.1 billion acquisition was announced in November 2019Google has completed its $2.1 billion acquisition of Fitbit, the . The news follows the EU’s announcement late last year that it had , after Google made a series of commitments about its planned operation of Fitbit and use of the its health data.In its announcement, Google’s hardware chief Rick Osterloh said the acquisition was “about devices, not data.” Emphasizing this point, he reiterated Google’s commitments about how it will handle the acquisition in markets around the world. These pledges include not using Fitbit...

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WhatsApp really wants you to know it’s not sharing all your data with Facebook

WhatsApp really wants you to know it’s not sharing all your data with Facebook

Filed under:The company is trying to contain fallout over a privacy policy updateWhatsApp has outlining its stances on user privacy in response to widespread backlash over an upcoming privacy policy update. The core issue relates to WhatsApp’s data-sharing procedures with Facebook, with many users concerned an updated privacy policy going into effect on February 8th will mandate sharing of sensitive profile information with WhatsApp’s parent company.That isn’t true — the update has nothing to do with consumer chats or profile data, and instead the change is designed to outline how...

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GitHub says it will now operate in Iran after receiving sanction exemption

GitHub says it will now operate in Iran after receiving sanction exemption

Filed under:The company appealed to the Office of Foreign Assets Control for a license to operateGitHub says it will now offer its full range of services in Iran, after imposing restrictions on the platform for Iranian developers due to US sanctions. The changes are due to an exemption granted by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the sanction enforcement arm of the US Treasury Department.“Today we are announcing a breakthrough: we have secured a license from the US government to offer GitHub to developers in Iran. This includes all services for individuals and organizations,...

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Apple supplier Lens Technology accused of using forced Uighur labor

Apple supplier Lens Technology accused of using forced Uighur labor

Filed under:The firm allegedly used thousands of forced labor workers from the Muslim region of XinjiangA major Chinese supplier of consumer electronics components, Lens Technology, has been accused of using forced-labor Uighur workers from the predominantly Muslim region of Xinjiang, China, according to a report from the Tech Transparency Project (TTP) shared with The Verge.The report says Lens Technology — a gadget glass supplier to companies like Amazon, Apple, and Tesla — has used thousands of such workers as part of the Chinese government’s ongoing detention and forced labor campaign...

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The FTC is suing Facebook to unwind its acquisitions of Instagram and WhatsApp

The FTC is suing Facebook to unwind its acquisitions of Instagram and WhatsApp

Filed under:A separate lawsuit is also being brought by 48 state attorneys general0On Wednesday, New York Attorney General Letitia James announced a massive antitrust lawsuit against Facebook, claiming the social media giant has harmed competition by buying up smaller companies like Instagram and WhatsApp to squash the threat they posed to its business. Forty-seven other state and regional attorneys general are joining the suit.The lawsuit centers on Facebook’s acquisitions, particularly its $1 billion purchase of Instagram in 2011. In addition to its acquisition strategy, the attorneys...

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Massachusetts on the verge of becoming first state to ban police use of facial recognition

Massachusetts on the verge of becoming first state to ban police use of facial recognition

Filed under:The bill still requires signing by the state’s governorMassachusetts lawmakers this week voted to ban the use of facial recognition by law enforcement and public agencies in a sweeping police reform bill that received significant bipartisan support. If signed into law, Massachusetts would become the first state to fully ban the technology, following bans barring the and other, more limited city-specific bans on the tech.The bill, , marks yet another state government tackling the thorny ethical issue of unregulated facial recognition use in the absence of any federal guidance...

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Salesforce is acquiring workplace chat app Slack for $27.7 billion

Salesforce is acquiring workplace chat app Slack for $27.7 billion

Filed under:A major acquisition in the business software industryCloud computing giant Salesforce is acquiring workplace chat app Slack, the two companies . The deal, , marks one of the most consequential acquisitions in the business software industries in recent years and Salesforce’s biggest purchase ever.Salesforce is paying $27.7 billion for Slack, according to the press release. “Under the terms of the agreement, Slack shareholders will receive $26.79 in cash and 0.0776 shares of Salesforce common stock for each Slack share, representing an enterprise value of approximately $27.7...

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Twitter’s disappearing tweets, called Fleets, are now available for everyone

Twitter’s disappearing tweets, called Fleets, are now available for everyone

Filed under:Everyone can start... fleeting?Twitter on Tuesday announced a global launch of “Fleets,” the ephemeral tweeting feature it and tested in various markets around the globe.Now, any mobile Twitter user, regardless of where they live or what platform they’re on, will have access to the disappearing messaging feature, which will sit right at the top of the timeline in a row of Stories-like bubbles.Twitter hopes the new feature will help reduce the pressure around tweeting by letting users express more casual thoughts and feelings while also concerning themselves less with saying...

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Four Seasons Total Landscaping becomes a VRChat hangout for furries

Four Seasons Total Landscaping becomes a VRChat hangout for furries

Filed under:The Trump campaign’s bizarre press conference is immortalized forever in VRPost-election celebrations took many forms this past weekend after President-elect Joe Biden was projected to be the 46th president of the US. Those ranged from mass dance parties in the street to countless online expressions of some much-needed collective schadenfreude at the expense of Donald Trump and his surrogates who refuse to accept the reality of his loss.But none quite measure up to the group of furries, led by , who re-created Trump’s bizarre and sad press conference outside a landscaping...

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Facebook weathers ad boycott and messy election season to report massive growth

Facebook weathers ad boycott and messy election season to report massive growth

Filed under:Facebook’s third quarter earnings reported huge revenue and user growthAmong the tech platforms, no company, perhaps save Twitter, has had as contentious of a year as Facebook. The social media giant spent the last three months dealing with a and in US political history. Yet, Facebook’s handling of its many issues around political advertising, moderation, and election interference have had seemingly no effect on its bottom line, as the company just .The company reported a 22 percent year-over-year increase in revenue to $21.2 billion, as well as a 12 percent increase in profit...

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Cyberpunk 2077 developers ask for basic human decency after receiving death threats over game delay

Cyberpunk 2077 developers ask for basic human decency after receiving death threats over game delay

Filed under:‘We are people, just like you.’The creators of Cyberpunk 2077, one of the most anticipated video games of the last few years, are having a rough go of it in the lead-up to launch, complicated by to help the CD Projekt Red developers finish polishing the game before it launches across nine platforms on December 10th. Now, senior game designer Andrzej Zawadzki has taken to Twitter in the aftermath of the delay announcement to plead with fans to exercise some basic human decency by not continuing to send the Polish studio death threats.“I want to address one thing in regards of the...

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Bowser arrested and charged for selling Nintendo Switch hacks

Bowser arrested and charged for selling Nintendo Switch hacks

Filed under:Members of piracy group Team Xecuter were charged with 11 felony countsTwo members of a console hacking and piracy organization known as Team Xecuter have been , one of whom is named Gary Bowser. French national Max Louarn and Bowser, originally from Canada but arrested in the Dominican Republic, allegedly led the group, which makes a line of tools for cracking locked-down gaming hardware.Team Xecuter is a sophisticated operation known best for its Nintendo hacks, including a USB device called the SX Pro that allows the Nintendo Switch to run pirated games. The group’s...

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Alphabet’s latest X project is a crop-sniffing plant buggy

Alphabet’s latest X project is a crop-sniffing plant buggy

Filed under:A new project called Mineral is tackling sustainable food productionAlphabet’s X lab, the former Google division that launched the Waymo self-driving car unit and other ambitious projects, has taken the wraps off its latest “moonshot”: a the company is calling Mineral.The project is focused on sustainable food production and farming at large scales, with a focus on “developing and testing a range of software and hardware prototypes based on breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, simulation, sensors, robotics and more,” according to project lead Elliott Grant.A outlining the...

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Epic judge permanently restrains Apple from blocking Unreal Engine, but won’t force Fortnite

Epic judge permanently restrains Apple from blocking Unreal Engine, but won’t force Fortnite

Filed under:Apple won’t be forced to bring Fortnite back to the App StoreFortnite won’t be coming back to the App Store any time soon. On Friday, Judge Yvonne Gonzales Rogers refused to grant Epic Games a preliminary injunction against Apple that would force the game developer to reinstate Fortnite on the App Store, while simultaneously granting an injunction that keeps Apple from retaliating against the Unreal Engine, which Epic also owns (). In other words, we now have a permanent version of from last month.That means the state of affairs, in which Epic is banned from publishing new games...

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Facebook completely bans QAnon and labels it a ‘militarized social movement’

Facebook completely bans QAnon and labels it a ‘militarized social movement’

Filed under:Pages, groups, Instagram accounts, and other content now banned across all platformsFacebook has banned all forms of content related to the radical fringe conspiracy group QAnon with the exception of posts from individual profiles, marking the company’s most dramatic escalation in the fight against misinformation and what Facebook is calling “militarized social movements.” The company as an update to its that banned close to 1,000 QAnon groups.“Starting today, we will remove any Facebook Pages, Groups and Instagram accounts representing QAnon, even if they contain no violent...

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The Home Depot is selling a new Google Chromecast that hasn’t been announced

The Home Depot is selling a new Google Chromecast that hasn’t been announced

Filed under:The retailer has the new streaming device up for sale for $49.99, two days before its launchGoogle’s Pixel 5 event is scheduled for this Wednesday, but some of the company’s other new gadgets are already appearing on store shelves. That includes its all-new Chromecast, which some savvy buyers have been able to over the course of the last week.The Verge has purchased one such device from The Home Depot and can confirm the retailer is not stopping customers from checking out and taking the pre-release product home.The device is selling for $49.99 under the codename...

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Sep 28
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Microsoft exclusively licenses OpenAI’s groundbreaking GPT-3 text generation model

Microsoft exclusively licenses OpenAI’s groundbreaking GPT-3 text generation model

Filed under:Microsoft will get to use the underlying technology of the AI model in its productsMicrosoft has expanded its ongoing partnership with San Francisco-based artificial intelligence research company OpenAI with a , an auto-generating text program that’s emerged as the .The two companies are already entwined through OpenAI’s , with Azure being the platform on which OpenAI accesses the vast computing resources it needs to train many of its models, and a to become OpenAI’s exclusive cloud provider. Now, Microsoft is issuing yet another signal of high confidence in OpenAI’s research by...

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