'Apple is eating our lunch': Google employees admit in lawsuit that the company made it nearly impossible for users to keep their location private

Google in Manhattan. Mark Lennihan/AP Photo Google made it nearly impossible for users to keep their location private, according to newly unredacted court documents. Even Google execs and employees in charge of location data were confused about how privacy settings worked. Google was sued by Arizona's attorney general over its data collection practices last year. See more stories on Insider's business page. Newly unredacted documents in a lawsuit against Google reveal that the comp...
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Twitter Could Be Working On Facebook-Style Reactions

Twitter could be adding some new emojis to augment its formerly star-shaped, currently heart-shaped Like button, according to app researcher Jane Manchun Wong. The Verge reports: The assets Wong found -- which have been reliable predictions of future features in the past -- show "cheer," "hmm," "sad," and "haha" emoji reactions, though some currently only have a placeholder emoji. Facebook has had a similar set of reactions since 2016. But Wong's leak shows that Twitter could be taking a slightl...
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Alibaba is making its cloud OS compatible with multiple chip architectures

Alibaba’s cloud computing unit is making its Apsara operating system compatible with processors based on Arm, x86, RISC-V, among other architectures, the company announced at a conference on Friday. Alibaba Cloud is one of the fastest-growing businesses for the Chinese e-commerce giant and the world’s fourth-largest public cloud service in the second half of 2020, according to market research firm IDC. The global chip market has mostly been dominated by Intel’s x86 in personal computing and Arm ...
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Satellites May Have Been Underestimating the Planet's Warming For Decades

An anonymous reader quotes a report from LiveScience: The global warming that has already taken place may be even worse than we thought. That's the takeaway from a new study that finds satellite measurements have likely been underestimating the warming of the lower levels of the atmosphere over the last 40 years. Basic physics equations govern the relationship between temperature and moisture in the air, but many measurements of temperature and moisture used in climate models diverge from this r...
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US Soldiers Expose Nuclear Weapons Secrets Via Flashcard Apps

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bellingcat: For US soldiers tasked with the custody of nuclear weapons in Europe, the stakes are high. Security protocols are lengthy, detailed and need to be known by heart. To simplify this process, some service members have been using publicly visible flashcard learning apps -- inadvertently revealing a multitude of sensitive security protocols about US nuclear weapons and the bases at which they are stored. While the presence of US nuclear weapons in ...
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Apple sued in nightmare case involving teen wrongly accused of shoplifting, driver's permit used by impostor, and unreliable facial-rec tech

Theft spree repeatedly blamed on wrong guy – lawsuit Apple and its security contractor Security Industry Specialists (SIS) were sued on Friday in Massachusetts as part of a multijurisdictional defamation and malicious prosecution complaint brought on behalf of Ousmane Bah, a New York resident misidentified as a shoplifter multiple times in 2018 and 2019.…
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How to Schedule a Google Meeting with Google Calendar and Apps Script

This Apps Script sample shows how you can programmatically schedule video meetings inside Google Meet with one or more participants using the Google Calendar API. It can be useful for teachers who wish to schedule regular meetings with their students but instead of manually creating meeting invites, they can easily automate the whole process for the entire class. Setup Google Meeting with Apps Script Give your meeting a title, the start date, the meeting duration, ...
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WhatsApp Says It Won't Limit Functionality If You Refuse Its Privacy Policy -- For Now

Since it was first announced in January, WhatsApp's new privacy policy has received a lot of criticism not only for sharing a significant amount of user data with Facebook but because the app threatened to cut functionality over time if users didn't accept it. Now, according to The Next Web, the Facebook-owned app says it won't restrict any functionality, even if you don't accept the policy for now. From the report: [WhatsApp said in statement:] "Given recent discussions with various authorities...
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Daily Crunch: Tesla switches on camera-based driver monitoring for Autopilot users

To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here. Welcome to the Daily Crunch for May 28, the last edition before a long weekend here in the United States. But impending holiday or not, there’s plenty to catch up on, not the least of which today is Elon Watch in our top-three rundown. Let’s get into it! — Alex The TechCrunch Top 3 All about Elon: The only thing more certain than more venture rounds and SPAC new...
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UK Police Stumble Upon Bitcoin Mine While Looking For Cannabis Farm

phalse phace shares a report from the BBC: A suspected Bitcoin "mining" operation illegally stealing electricity has been found by police who were searching for a cannabis farm. Officers had been tipped off about the site on the Great Bridge Industrial Estate, Sandwell, and raided it on May 18, West Midlands Police said. Instead of cannabis plants they found a bank of about 100 computer units. The force said the cryptocurrency "mine" had effectively stolen thousands of pounds of electricity. Inq...
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Should Microsoft Have Kept Mum On Gates, Nixed Employee Board Representation?

theodp writes: Video of Microsoft's Annual Shareholder Meeting in Dec. 2019, at which the company's Board of Directors dismissed the idea that employee Board representation was necessary to combat issues -- including sexual harassment -- takes on new significance in light of the company's response to a recent WSJ report that Bill Gates left the Microsoft Board in March 2020 amid a probe launched in late 2019 into a prior relationship with a staffer that was deemed inappropriate. "Microsoft recei...
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GM, Palantir-backed Wejo to go public via SPAC

Wejo, the connected vehicle data startup backed by GM and Palantir, plans to go public through a merger with special purpose acquisition company Virtuoso Acquisition Corp. The agreement, announced in a regulator filing Friday, will give the combined company an enterprise valuation of $800 million, which includes debt. The deal raises $330 million in proceeds for Wejo, including a $230 million cash contribution from Virtuoso and a $100 million in private investment in public equity, or PIPE. Prev...
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The Misaligned Incentives for Cloud Security

Russia’s Sunburst cyberespionage campaign, discovered late last year, impacted more than 100 large companies and US federal agencies, including the Treasury, Energy, Justice, and Homeland Security departments. A crucial part of the Russians’ success was their ability to move through these organizations by compromising cloud and local network identity systems to then access cloud accounts and pilfer emails and files. Hackers said by the US government to have been working for the Kremlin targeted ...
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Four women suing Google for pay discrimination just had their lawsuit upgraded to a $600m class action

Legal challenge now on behalf of more than 10,000 past and current workers A lawsuit spearheaded by four female Google ex-employees claiming the ad giant pays men higher wages for doing the same job was granted class-action status this week.…
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3 views on the future of meetings

More than a year into the coronavirus pandemic, early-stage startups across the world are re-inventing how we work. But founders aren’t flocking to build just another SaaS tool or Airtable copycat — they’re trying to disrupt the only thing possibly more annoying than e-mail: the work meeting. On an episode of this week’s podcast, Equity hosts Alex Wilhelm, Danny Crichton and Natasha Mascarenhas discussed a flurry of funding rounds related to the future of work. Rewatch, which makes meetings a...
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Twitter Says No More Blue Checkmarks for You

Well, that was fun while it lasted. Just a little over a week after reviving its public verification process for the first time in almost four years, Twitter has already pulled the plug. Read more...
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AI Could Soon Write Code Based On Ordinary Language

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Wired: On Tuesday, Microsoft and OpenAI shared plans to bring GPT-3, one of the world's most advanced models for generating text, to programming based on natural language descriptions. This is the first commercial application of GPT-3 undertaken since Microsoft invested $1 billion in OpenAI last year and gained exclusive licensing rights to GPT-3. "If you can describe what you want to do in natural language, GPT-3 will generate a list of the most relevant...
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Big Video Game Leaks Like 'Far Cry 6' Are Nearly Impossible To Stop

Big games beget big leaks, especially this time of year when the gaming industry's porous promotional machinery is revving up for the E3 trade show. From a report: It happened again Thursday when eight minutes of Ubisoft's upcoming "Far Cry 6" leaked online, a day before it was supposed to appear. It was deleted in minutes, but thousands still saw it. Big video game leaks are nearly impossible to stop. Companies have tried many things to tighten the pipes, including blacklisting press outlets an...
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Apple Inks Deal for 'The Big Door Prize' From 'Schitt's Creek' Writer

Apple has won the rights to "The Big Door Prize," a half-hour comedy based on M.O. Walsh's bestselling novel of the same name, reports Deadline. Apple was involved in a bidding war for the series, winning out over multiple other bidders. The project, headed up by "Schitt's Creek" writer and executive producer David West Read, will consist of 10 half-hour episodes. Read is writing the adaptation and is set to serve as showrunner. "The Big Door Prize" tells the story of the residents of a smal...
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Extra Crunch roundup: first-check myths, Miami relocation checklist, standout SaaSy startups

This may seem like a great time to launch a SaaS startup, but the landscape is crowded with well-designed applications that promise “blazingly fast and delightfully simple” experiences, according to seed-stage investor John Chen of Fika Ventures. Most SaaS startups will fail, but not because of a sour marketing campaign or server downtime. The majority of these companies will fall victim to what Chen calls “the myth of frictionless onboarding.” Despite the hype about ease of use, enterprise comp...
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How to track your AirTags in Apple's Find My app

Attach an AirTag to your purse or keys and track them via the Find My app. James D. Morgan/Getty Images You can track AirTags attached to your personal items through the Find My app. The Find My app comes preinstalled on all iPhones and iPads, and will lead you to any linked AirTag. If your Find My app is having difficulty locating an AirTag, consider resetting the AirTag battery or replacing it. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. Apple's AirTag is a simple t...
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Once a buzzword, digital transformation is reshaping markets

The notion of digital transformation evolved from a buzzword joke to a critical and accelerating fact during the COVID-19 pandemic. The changes wrought by a global shift to remote work and schooling are myriad, but in the business realm they have yielded a change in corporate behavior and consumer expectation — changes that showed up in a bushel of earnings reports this week. TechCrunch may tend to have a private-company focus, but we do keep tabs on public companies in the tech world as they of...
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Apple Orders ‘The Big Door Prize’ TV Adaptation From ‘Schitt’s Creek’ Producer David West Read

“Schitt’s Creek” Emmy Award-winning producer David West Read will adapt M.O. Walsh’s novel “The Big Door Prize” for the silver screen. Apple announced the series order, a 10-episode half-hour comedy that hails from Skydance Television, on Friday. “The Big Door Prize” tells the story about the residents of a small town called Deerfield, who one […]
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Meet Justos, the new Brazilian insurtech that just got backing from the CEOs of 7 unicorns

Here in the U.S. the concept of using driver’s data to decide the cost of auto insurance premiums is not a new one. But in markets like Brazil, the idea is still considered relatively novel. A new startup called Justos claims it will be the first Brazilian insurer to use drivers’ data to reward those who drive safely by offering “fairer” prices. And now Justos has raised about $2.8 million in a seed round led by Kaszek, one of the largest and most active VC firms in Latin America. Big Bets ...
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Facebook changes misinfo rules to allow posts claiming COVID-19 is man-made

Facebook made a few noteworthy changes to its misinformation policies this week, including the news that the company will now allow claims that COVID was created by humans — a theory that contradicts the previously prevailing assumption that humans picked up the virus naturally from animals. “In light of ongoing investigations into the origin of COVID-19 and in consultation with public health experts, we will no longer remove the claim that COVID-19 is man-made from our apps,” a Facebook spokesp...
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Biden Administration Continues To Defend Social Media Registration Requirement in Court

In a terse court filing on Friday, the Biden administration indicated that it would continue to defend a controversial Trump administration rule that requires millions of visa applicants each year to register their social media handles with the U.S. government. From a report: The registration requirement, which stems from the Muslim ban, is the subject of an ongoing First Amendment challenge filed by the Knight Institute, the Brennan Center, and the law firm Simpson Thacher on behalf of two docu...
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If You’re Reading This, You’re Not Welcome on the Elizabeth Holmes Jury

On Thursday, Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes filed a 112-question survey for potential jurors for her fraud trial, which is set to begin in August. Presumably, it seeks to weed out people who would love to take time off work to watch this thing.Read more...
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Apple Delays Launch of Podcasts Subscriptions Until June

Apple today informed podcast creators that use the Apple Podcasts platform that the rollout of Podcasts Subscriptions and channels will be delayed until June to make sure that the "best experience" is being provided to creators and listeners. We're writing to provide an update on the availability of ‌Apple Podcasts‌ Subscriptions and channels. We've been delighted by the response to last month's announcement and it's exciting to see the hundreds of new subscriptions and channels submitted from ...
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The Big Door Prize: Apple Orders Series Adaptation from David West Read

Apple has given a 10-episode straight-to-series order to the half-hour comedy series The Big Door Prize from Emmy-winning Schitt’s Creek writer and executive producer David West Read, according to Deadline. The project will be produced by Skydance Television and CJ ENM/Studio Dragon (Parasite). RELATED: Physical Trailer: Bridesmaids’ Rose Byrne Stars in New Apple TV+ Series The Big Door Prize follows the story of residents in a small town called Deerfield, who one day discover a magical, destin...
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