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Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Some users' Google Photos videos in Takeout backups were exported to strangers between November 21-25, 2019; those affected were notified by email   —  With Google Takeout, you can download your data from Google apps as a backup or for use with another service.
Feb 4, 2020, 7:45 AMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Sensor Tower: Byte, a short-form video app from Vine co-founder Dom Hofmann, had ~1.3M downloads during its first week, with 70% of installs happening in the US   —  New short-form video app Byte, heralded as Vine's successor, is off to a strong start despite its issues.
Feb 4, 2020, 5:45 AMIn context
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Twitter says it has suspended “a large network of fake accounts” and many others for abusing an API feature that let them match phone numbers to usernames   —  Twitter announced today that over the holidays it identified and shut down “a large network of fake accounts,” …
Feb 3, 2020, 8:45 PMIn context
Ryan Browne / CNBC:
UK's Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation recommends that the UK regulates how tech platforms use AI in targeting users   —  - The U.K.'s AI advisor has called for regulation on how social media firms target users with posts, videos and ads.  — It also wants the government to force tech firms …
Feb 3, 2020, 8:27 PMIn context
Jesselyn Cook / HuffPost:
Instagram's search remains a haven of vaccine misinformation, a year after Facebook said it wouldn't show such content on Instagram Explore or hashtag pages   —  By promoting anti-vax misinformation, the platform legitimizes distrust in vaccines.  —  It's been almost a year since Instagram pledged …
Feb 3, 2020, 3:10 PMIn context
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
A look at the DNC's new counter disinformation team formed to combat online trolls amid its frustrations over lack of action from tech giants   —  Democrats form counter disinformation unit ahead of election  —  Des Moines, Iowa (CNN)Days after the 2016 Iowa caucuses, the instructions were clear.
Feb 3, 2020, 11:55 AMIn context
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:
BlackBerry says TCL Communications will stop manufacturing BlackBerry-branded phones on August 31, 2020 as its licensing deal comes to an end   —  In the past few years, BlackBerry has made a return to the smartphone market thanks to a partnership with TCL.  Today, though, BlackBerry's Android …
Feb 3, 2020, 10:05 AMIn context
Cat Zakrzewski / Washington Post:
YouTube shows how it's cracking down on election disinformation: removing doctored and misleading videos, as well as those questioning a candidate's eligibility   —  Just in time for the Iowa caucuses, YouTube this morning clarified how it's cracking down on videos spreading falsehoods related to elections …
Feb 3, 2020, 9:55 AMIn context
Emma Goldberg / New York Times:
How doctors and nurses are using TikTok to demystify the medical profession by sharing info on topics like sex education, vaping, coronavirus, and nutrition   —  They have M.D.s, but are they up for this challenge?  —  For decades, sex education in the classroom could be pretty cringey.
Feb 2, 2020, 8:20 PMIn context
Justin Villamil / Bloomberg:
Uber suspends 240 accounts of users in Mexico who came into contact with two drivers who possibly had the coronavirus, to help contain its potential spread   —  Uber Technologies Inc. has suspended 240 user accounts in Mexico to contain the potential spread of coronavirus.
Feb 2, 2020, 6:10 PMIn context

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