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Alfred Ng / CNET:
YouTube and Facebook send cease-and-desist letters to Clearview AI over photo scraping after a similar move by Twitter in January   —  Google , YouTube and Facebook have sent a cease-and-desist letters to Clearview AI, the facial recognition company that has been scraping billions of photos off …
Feb 5, 2020, 11:40 AMIn context
Cameron Faulkner / The Verge:
Rockstar Games says co-founder Dan Houser is leaving in March, after taking a break since spring 2019; Houser co-founded Rockstar in 1998 with his brother Sam   —  He touched every franchise it worked on  —  Dan Houser, co-founder of Grand Theft Auto developer Rockstar Games, will leave the company in March.
Feb 5, 2020, 11:05 AMIn context
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Q&A with the general manager of Microsoft Game Stack, the cloud gaming services for developers, on how games are changing, the problem of discoverability, more   —  James Gwertzman started PlayFab to provide cloud-based tools and services for game developers, offloading …
Feb 5, 2020, 4:20 AMIn context
Charlie Warzel / New York Times:
Shadow's Iowa failure was a dangerous combination of techno-utopianism and laziness, which led to slapdash software engineering, procurement, and deployment   —  Democrats desperately need to win the internet to beat Trump.  Their first big test was a massive failure.  —  Mr. Warzel is an opinion writer at large.
Feb 4, 2020, 6:15 PMIn context
Twitter:
Twitter says users “may not deceptively share synthetic or manipulated media” likely to cause harm; such tweets will be labeled or removed   —  It's our responsibility to create rules on Twitter that are fair and set clear expectations for everyone on our service.
Feb 4, 2020, 4:45 PMIn context
Cat Zakrzewski / Washington Post:
The delays in the Iowa caucus test tech companies' policies on falsehoods, as conspiracies flood social media and political figures call it “rigged” on Twitter   —  Tech companies faced a critical test of their election integrity policies on Iowa caucus night …
Feb 4, 2020, 2:40 PMIn context
Damien Wilde / 9to5Google:
Google says it has paid Android developers over $80B since 2012, well below the $100B threshold Apple announced it surpassed back in 2018   —  Google has confirmed that it has now paid out over $80 billion to Play Store developers since the launch of the digital marketplace in March 2012.
Feb 4, 2020, 2:00 PMIn context
Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed News:
As Trump expands his travel ban to Nigeria and five others, Amazon, Apple, and Google have been silent, a break from their impassioned response in 2017   —  In January 2017, when the Trump administration first unveiled a travel ban targeting seven majority Muslim countries, the tech industry took up arms.
Feb 4, 2020, 1:55 PMIn context
Associated Press:
Irish regulators have launched separate inquiries into Google, over location data, and Tinder, examining how they process user data after a number of complaints   —  LONDON (AP) — Irish regulators have launched separate inquiries into Google and dating app Tinder over how they process user data …
Feb 4, 2020, 1:43 PMIn context
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

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