YouTube Music and YouTube Premium launch May 22

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Google has announced a new music streaming service, YouTube Music, as well as YouTube Premium, both of which launch next week. The two services come as a result of Google splitting up YouTube Red. YouTube Premium will available for $11.99 per month, while YouTube Music will have free and paid-for versions. The free edition will be ad-supported, but these can be banished for $9.99 per month. See also: YouTube hackers take down and deface videos from the likes of Taylor Swift and Drake Google will require OEMs to provide regular Android security updates Google explains its handling of user data… …Continue reading on BetaNews

NYC announces plans to test algorithms for bias

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The mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, has announced the formation of a new task force to examine the fairness of the algorithms used in the city’s automated systems. The Automated Decision Systems Task Force will review algorithms that are in use to determine that they are free from bias. Representatives from the Department of Social Services, the NYC Police Department, the Department of Transportation, the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, the Administration for Children’s Services, and the Department of Education will be involved, and the aim is to produce a report by December 2019. See also: Twitter… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Mark Zuckerberg agrees to appear in front of EU parliament to answer questions about Facebook’s use of data

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After refusing to answer questions in the UK, Mark Zuckerberg has agreed to face questions in front of the EU Parliament. The grilling comes in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal. The Facebook CEO could answer questions about the social network’s use of data very soon, with the president of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, saying that “hopefully” it could happen next week. See also: Facebook’s new Clear History privacy tool will let you stop third-party tracking and delete collected info There’s still no ‘dislike’ option, but Facebook is testing upvote and downvote buttons with many users Facebook… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Microsoft is said to be working on a cheap Surface tablet to compete with the iPad

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Not wanting to be outdone by Apple, Microsoft is reportedly planning to release a low-cost Surface tablet later this year. Said to measure 10 inches and with a price tag of around $400, the budget Surface will retain the familiar kickstand found on its Pro sibling, and will compete directly with the iPad. This is not a re-run of the Surface RT, as full-blown Windows will be supported. See also: Microsoft blocks the rollout of Windows 10 April 2018 Update to computers with problematic Intel SSDs Ubuntu 18.04 LTS hits the Microsoft Store for Windows 10 users Microsoft announces Surface… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Microsoft blocks the rollout of Windows 10 April 2018 Update to computers with problematic Intel SSDs

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If you have an Intel SSD installed, there’s a chance that you won’t be able to upgrade to Windows 10 April 2018 Update for the time being. Computers with Intel SSD 600p Series or Intel SSD Pro 6000p Series ended up crashing after the installation of the most recent major update to Windows 10, but users have been able to roll back their system to a usable state. To prevent further problems Microsoft has opted to block the April 2018 Update to such systems. In a post on the Microsoft Community, moderator Lonnie_L explained recently: “When attempting to upgrade to… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS hits the Microsoft Store for Windows 10 users

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There are now two versions of Ubuntu available to download from the Microsoft Store. Adding to the existing Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04 has also now arrived. The addition comes just weeks after the official launch of Ubuntu 18.04, and it gives Windows 10 users the option of working with the new LTS (long term support) build of Ubuntu. The older version remains supported for the time being as well. See also: Canonical finally comments on Ubuntu Linux Snap Store security failure Ubuntu Snap Store app contained cryptocurrency miner Ubuntu Linux 18.04 Bionic Beaver is here — download it now! Weighing… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Twitter tweaks algorithms to give trolls less prominence

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Twitter’s troll problem has not improved, despite various measures taken by the company. The latest attempt to get things under control finds Twitter changing its algorithms to take into account “behavioral signals” and help bury content from trolls. The algorithm tweaks do not means that tweets will be deleted, but those that are found to “distort and detract from the public conversation” will be pushed further down conversations and search results to reduce their visibility. See also: Twitter warns all users to change passwords after ‘bug’ left credentials stored in plaintext Twitter bans Kaspersky Lab from buying ads Twitter to… …Continue reading on BetaNews

WhatsApp update brings Slack-style group messaging features and new admin controls

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The latest update rolling out to WhatsApp users heralds the arrival of a batch of new group messaging features. Available to both iOS and Android users, the new features include a Slack-style “group catch up” option, and it is also possible to add a description to group chats, and search for individual participants. See also: WhatsApp raises minimum user age to 16 in Europe and announces data download tool Now you have longer to delete your WhatsApp messages BlackBerry sues Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram in messaging patent spat Group messaging has become increasingly important to WhatsApp in recent times, as… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Kaspersky to move data from Russia to Switzerland to improve transparency

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Kaspersky Lab has announced that it plans to move data out of Russia and into a new data center in Switzerland. The move is part of the company’s Global Transparency Initiative which came in response to concerns about ties to the Russian government. Software produced by Kaspersky has already been banned from US government systems, and the company has been on a mission to prove that Russia is not spying on other countries via its antivirus tools. See also: Twitter bans Kaspersky Lab from buying ads Kaspersky Lab plans Swiss data center to quell fears about Russian connections Kaspersky sues… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Facebook launches Youth Portal to tell teenagers how it uses their data

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Facebook has launched a new Youth Portal with the aim of educating its teenage users about using the social network safely. The portal also reveals to teens how Facebook uses their data, and is packed with tips about using the service and translates the site’s Data Policy into a more understandable form. See also: Facebook’s new Clear History privacy tool will let you stop third-party tracking and delete collected info There’s still no ‘dislike’ option, but Facebook is testing upvote and downvote buttons with many users Following Apple’s lead from 2016, Microsoft, Facebook and Google replace gun emoji with water… …Continue reading on BetaNews

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