F.T.C. Approves Facebook Fine of About $5 Billion

F.T.C. Approves Facebook Fine of About $5 Billion

The Federal Trade Commission voted this week to fine Facebook about $5 billion for mishandling users’ personal information, according to two people briefed on the vote, in what would be a landmark settlement that signals a newly aggressive stance by regulators toward the country’s most powerful technology companies.

Google to pay Mozilla $300M yearly in new search deal, says report

Google to pay Mozilla $300M yearly in new search deal, says report

Google promised to pay Mozilla almost $300 million annually to keep its search engine as the default in Firefox, according to a report today on AllThingsD, a blog operated by the publisher of the Wall Street Journal.

Google to acquire analytics startup Looker for $2.6 billion

Google to acquire analytics startup Looker for $2.6 billion

Thomas Kurian, the man who was handed the reins to Google Cloud at the end of last year, sees the two companies bringing together a complete data analytics solution for customers.

TikTok parent ByteDance is reportedly making a smartphone

TikTok parent ByteDance is reportedly making a smartphone

ByteDance’s smartphone patent acquisitions suddenly make more sense The Financial Times says that ByteDance CEO Zhang Yiming has “long dreamt” of building a smartphone full of preloaded apps.

Exclusive: Behind Grindr's doomed hookup in China, a data misstep and scramble to make up

Exclusive: Behind Grindr's doomed hookup in China, a data misstep and scramble to make up

(Reuters) - Early last year, Grindr LLC’s Chinese owner gave some Beijing-based engineers access to personal information of millions of Americans such as private messages and HIV status, according to eight former employees, prompting U.S. officials to ask it to sell the dating app for the gay community.

China’s Big Brother Social Control Goes to Australia

China’s Big Brother Social Control Goes to Australia

Just as in China, the surveillance system is being branded as a “smart city” program, and while Australian officials claim its operations are benign, they’ve announced it functions to monitor cell phone activity and “virtual fences” that will trigger alerts if people cross them.

Publicis to buy Epsilon for $4.4 billion

Publicis to buy Epsilon for $4.4 billion

French ad holding company Publicis said Sunday it would pay about $4.4 billion for marketing services company Epsilon to give it a leg up in digital marketing and to help clients better personalize their advertising.

How to delete your voice recordings from Google Assistant

How to delete your voice recordings from Google Assistant

It has a recording of my voice — or my wife's — asking Google Assistant everything — such as playing music, turning off the bedroom lights, getting directions. I don't mind if it saves a few commands for the sake of creating a better product.

The unauthorized sale of your health data is coming to an end

The unauthorized sale of your health data is coming to an end

Data brokers then aggregate this deidentified health information and sell it to third party buyers; for example Adam Tanner of the Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science estimates that a large pharmaceutical company might pay between $10 million and $40 million per year for data, consulting and services from Iqvia alone.

'Google, this is bogus as hell' — one of the fathers of the internet blasts Google for how Chromecast behaves on his home network

'Google, this is bogus as hell' — one of the fathers of the internet blasts Google for how Chromecast behaves on his home network

Read: AT&T signed an ‘8-digit’ deal that isn’t good news for VMware, Cisco, or Huawei – but could be great for Google Cloud DNS turns the words you type into your browser, like businessinsider.com, in the numerical internet address that computers use to find webpages, videos or whatnot and deliver them to your device.

The gloomy saga of Article 13 just got a whole lot worse

The gloomy saga of Article 13 just got a whole lot worse

Getty Images/WIRED It’s a crucial week for the future of the internet, as European politicians debate further changes to the controversial Article 13 copyright proposals.

One of the UN's largest aid programmes just signed a deal with the CIA-backed data monolith Palantir

One of the UN's largest aid programmes just signed a deal with the CIA-backed data monolith Palantir

Last week, the UN's World Food Programme (WFP) announced a partnership with Palantir, the controversial US-based data analytics company with deep links to US intelligence agencies.

That German-French Deal to "Rescue" the EU Copyright Directive? Everyone Hates It. EVERYONE.

That German-French Deal to "Rescue" the EU Copyright Directive? Everyone Hates It. EVERYONE.

This week started with a terrifying bang, when German and French negotiators announced a deal to revive the worst parts of the new EU Copyright Directive though a compromise on "Article 13," which requires copyright filters for any online service that allows the public to communicate.

Coalition and Labor do deal on law enforcement access to encrypted messages

Coalition and Labor do deal on law enforcement access to encrypted messages

In a deal between the attorney general, Christian Porter, and his shadow, Mark Dreyfus, the government has agreed to limit the powers to investigation of “serious offences” and add new safeguards to agencies’ ability to demand tech companies build backdoors into their products.

Microsoft made $1.3 billion in cash payments in GitHub deal

Microsoft made $1.3 billion in cash payments in GitHub deal

(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) said in a filing late Thursday it had made $1.3 billion in cash payments in connection to its acquisition of coding hosting startup GitHub. Software developers use GitHub to host and share code as they write it, often using it to distribute open source software.

FBI foiled as criminal cleverly enters private mode on browser

FBI foiled as criminal cleverly enters private mode on browser

“He’s a goddamn genius, always ten steps ahead,” says Inspector Chris Astley, head of the taskforce pursuing Harrington. Sources close to Harrington have indicated to the Chaser that they now believe Harrington has moved to the Cayman Islands, taking with him over $60 million in money generated through the sale of blackmarket goods.

The Good Censor - GOOGLE LEAK

The Good Censor - GOOGLE LEAK

From elections and political propaganda, trolls and gendered bigotry, to hate speech and religious extremism, Bots and troll farms lash out at free thought and controversial opinion, while faceless users attack each other without empathy. Free speech becomes a social, economic and political weapon.

For Google, you're neither the consumer nor the product. You're a data point.

For Google, you're neither the consumer nor the product. You're a data point.

I bet it was a successful experiment for Google: by using the app, you’ve generated a lot of important information, helped them learn useful patterns and god knows what else.

Firefox Monitor arrives to let you know when you've been pwned

Firefox Monitor arrives to let you know when you've been pwned

The firm will tread carefully when it comes to user privacy, too, with Mozilla working with Cloudflare to create a method of anonymized data sharing for Firefox Monitor, which never sends your full email address to a third party, outside of Mozilla.

After Spying On You, Your Vizio TV Will Ask You to Sue

After Spying On You, Your Vizio TV Will Ask You to Sue

As part of the legal process against the company, the plaintiffs — lead by the law firm Girard Gibbs — and defendant Vizio agreed to push a notice to all affected smart TVs alerting consumers of what happened and what are their rights to join the class action lawsuit on September 12.

Verizon’s troubles with AOL taught it a lesson: Consumers care about privacy

Verizon’s troubles with AOL taught it a lesson: Consumers care about privacy

Tim Armstrong, the former AOL chief executive who joined Verizon when it purchased his company in 2015, is said to be on the verge of departing, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

Google's 'secret deal' with Mastercard allows it to track user shopping habits offline

Google's 'secret deal' with Mastercard allows it to track user shopping habits offline

Google has a "secret deal" with Mastercard that allows it to track users' shopping habits offline and link that data with adverts they see online. As part of the deal, when a Google user clicks on an online advert, their activity is recorded on a database,...

Google is able to track your offline purchases thanks to a secret deal with Mastercard

Google is able to track your offline purchases thanks to a secret deal with Mastercard

When the Store Sales Measurement service was announced last year, Google said that it would have access to "approximately 70 percent" of US cards; Mastercard does not hold such a share of the card market, meaning information must also be coming from elsewhere.