Uber tracked iPhone users even after they uninstalled the app and Tim Cook wasn’t happy

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Uber broke Apple’s rules by tagging and tracking iPhones even after users had uninstalled the taxi-hailing app. The New York Times reports that Tim Cook met with CEO Travis Kalanick and warned that the Uber app could be kicked out of the App Store for violating privacy guidelines. It is said that Uber has been found “secretly identifying and tagging iPhones” not only after the app was uninstalled, but even after phones had been wiped. The “fingerprinting” technique was used — it is alleged — to identify individual iPhones, and measures were taken to hide the offending code from Apple.… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Email unsubscription service Unroll.me sells user data; CEO is ‘heartbroken’ that people found out

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Overwhelmed by the number of emails hitting our inboxes these days, it’s little wonder that a “unsubscription service” like Unroll.me came into being. Designed to make it easier to clean up your inbox, it turned out that Unroll.me was selling user data to other companies — including Uber, which is caught up in other controversies of its own. After this came to light, CEO Jojo Hedaya has written a sorry-not-sorry-style apology. In it, he says that it was “heartbreaking” to find that users were upset to discover “how we monetize our free service.” But while recognizing that people are unhappy,… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Google fixes YouTube’s LGBTQ+ filtering problem

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Around this time last month, Google was facing criticism for appearing to censor LGBTQ+ videos with the Restricted Mode feature. Now the company says that it has addressed the problem and will no longer be “incorrectly filtering videos.” Google says that this means hundreds of thousands of videos with LGBTQ+ content have been unlocked, and more than 12 million videos in total have been affected. The company has already issued an apology for the filtering, but now it is keen to be seen making amends. In a blog post talking about changes that have been made to Restricted Mode, Google… …Continue reading on BetaNews

System76 wants to build its own hardware for its Linux-based computers

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System76 is building up quite a name for itself, being one of a very limited number of companies selling only computers running Linux-based operating systems. Now the aim is to branch out; System76 wants to design and build its own hardware, while representing the open source community as it does so. At the moment, the hardware used in System76 systems is outsourced, but in the future this will change. The company says that it is moving into phase three of its development cycle, and this “moves product design and manufacturing in house.” And you should set your expectations high: “We’re… …Continue reading on BetaNews

WikiLeaks reveals CIA’s Weeping Angel tool for hacking Samsung TVs

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WikiLeaks continues to release documents that reveal various hacking tools used by the CIA. After the HIVE revelations just over a week ago, the group has followed up with details of operations that were mentioned in the very first batch of Vault 7 leaks — hacking Samsung televisions to listen in on people. The documents suggest that the CIA’s work is based on a tool developed by MI5 in the UK called Extending. The CIA went on to transform this into its own utility by the name of “Weeping Angel.” WikiLeaks has published the guide to using the tool in… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Leaked specs: Windows 10 Cloud is ready to take on Chromebook

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Microsoft is due to hold an event in NYC on May 2, and it’s widely expected that the company will unveil Windows 10 Cloud — although it may not be until Build slightly later in the month. On paper, Windows 10 Cloud sounds very much like Microsoft’s answer to Google’s Chromebook, and leaks suggest this is precisely the market that Microsoft is targeting. As the May event has an education focus, it’s apparent that any low-cost Chromebook-like Windows devices will be aimed at the education sector — but that’s not to say that there won’t be interest from other people… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Google Play Music becomes the default player on Samsung phones and tablets, plus doubles free storage

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To coincide with the launch of the Galaxy S8 and S8+, Google has announced a new partnership with Samsung. The deal means that Google Play Music will be the default music player and music service on all phones and tablets from the Korean manufacturer around the world. But the partnership has a few bonuses for Samsung users that go beyond just a change in music player. Kicking things off is a boost in free Google Play Music storage: Samsung users will be able to take advantage of double the usual quota. With the storage increase, users will be able to… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Google wants to teach teenagers how to use the internet with special workshops

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Google is launching a series of Internet Citizens workshops as part of its YouTube Creators for Change program. Aimed at 13- to 18-year-olds, the workshops have been designed to teach teenagers how to spot fake news, how to stay safe online, and how to “make negativity bounce.” Taking in topics such as comment moderation, dealing with online abuse, and how to respond to offensive content and echo chambers, the workshops launch today in the UK, starting in Liverpool, and will spread around the country over the coming weeks. But is the program just stoking the idea of generation snowflake? Google… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ launch today — carrier logo-free!

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It’s a little over three weeks since Samsung first unveiled the Galaxy S8 and S8+, and now launch day is upon us. Today sees the flagship smartphones hitting US, Canada, Puerto Rico and Korea, and over the coming weeks it will spread to other markets. In terms of hardware and software, there’s quite a lot to get excited about — the screen for starters, as well as Bixby — but aesthetes also have some rather pleasing news. For buyers in the US, the rear of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ will be devoid of branding from Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Bose faces privacy lawsuit over headphones that share listening habits with third parties

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When it comes to privacy concerns, the mind naturally drifts to the likes of Facebook, Microsoft and Google. But in reality, there is the potential for privacy issues with any connected device — and that includes Bluetooth headphones from Bose. Illustrating this is a man from Illinois who has filed a lawsuit against the Massachusetts-based audio company for “secretly collecting, transmitting, and disclosing its customers’ private music selections to third parties, including a data mining company.” Kyle Zak alleges that his Bose QuietComfort 35 wireless Bluetooth headphones and the associated Bose Connect app gathered information about him, and sold it… …Continue reading on BetaNews

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