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 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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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,...
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.