By Gerry Shih The Associated Press Wed., June 6, 2018 BEIJING—Chinese phone maker Huawei said Wednesday it has never collected or stored Facebook user data, after the social media giant acknowledged it shared such data with Huawei and other manufacturers. Huawei, a company flagged by U.S. intelligence officials as a national security threat, was the latest device maker at the centre of a fresh wave of allegations over Facebook’s handling of private data. Chinese firms Huawei, Lenovo, Oppo and TCL were among numerous handset makers that were given access to Facebook data in a “controlled” way approved by Facebook, the social media company’s vice-president of mobile partnerships, Francisco Varela, said Tuesday. Varela’s statement came after The New York Times detailed how Facebook has given device makers deep access to data, including work history, relationship status and likes on device users and their friends. In a followup report, … [Read more...] about Huawei denies storing data after Facebook admitted it shared info with flagged Chinese company
By Jefferson Graham USA Today Tues., June 5, 2018 It’s Apple vs. Facebook, Part 2: In the new edition of the iOS mobile operating system for iPhones and iPads and the macOS upgrade for Apple computers out in the fall, Apple is taking a pointed jab at the Facebook social-media network. It will introduce security features to alert you when Facebook or other apps seek to collect data on you. New tools in the operating system for Macintosh computers, called Mojave, and iOS 12 in iPhone and iPad will block social media “like” or “share” buttons and comment widgets from tracking users without permission, Apple said at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Monday. Apple executive Craig Federighi said the company aims to inform its users about what they are seeing. “We’ve all seen these like buttons and share buttons,” he said. “It turns out, these can be used to track you, whether you click on them or not. So this … [Read more...] about Apple will let you know when Facebook is snooping on you
By Sarah Frier Bloomberg Thu., May 31, 2018 Three years ago, Facebook was the dominant social media site among U.S. teens, visited by 71 per cent of people in that magic, trendsetting demographic. Not anymore. Now, only 51 per cent of kids between 13 and 17 use Facebook, according to Pew Research Center. The world’s largest social network has finally been eclipsed in popularity by YouTube, Snapchat and Facebook-owned Instagram. “The social media environment today revolves less around a single platform than it did three years ago,” the researchers wrote in a survey published Thursday. Alphabet Inc.’s YouTube is the most popular, used by 85 per cent of teens, according to Pew. Read more: Unfriended: Users are breaking up with Facebook Article Continued Below YouTube adds more scrutiny to its top-tier videos after ‘difficult year’ Snapchat and Twitter bank on revamps to attract new users The U.S. is by far … [Read more...] about Facebook losing popularity as U.S. teens pick YouTube, Snapchat
By Geoffrey Mohan Los Angeles Times Wed., May 30, 2018 The first food poisoning cases came to light in late March — eight patrons of fast-food restaurants in New Jersey suffered bloody diarrhea and cramps that sent them rushing to hospitals. More than two months later, one person is dead in California, 75 others have been hospitalized and federal authorities still don’t know where a nasty strain of E. coli bacteria latched onto romaine lettuce from Yuma, Ariz. Their struggle to trace dozens of supply lines across 32 states, on a paper trail that often may actually be on paper, demonstrates the limits of tracing food by methods rooted in another century. Food safety advocates and industry insiders say it may be time to borrow the encrypted accounting platform that drives cryptocurrency: blockchain. “I often describe that as food traceability at the speed of thought — as quickly as you can think it, we can know it,” said Frank Yiannas, … [Read more...] about Could blockchain be key to romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak mystery?
By Yuji Nakamura and Hideki Sagiike Bloomberg Wed., May 30, 2018 Tokyo—Nintendo Co. is bringing together the magnetic appeal of Pokemon, smartphones and the Switch console into an interlinked gaming experience. Pokemon: Let’s Go Pikachu and Pokemon: Let’s Go Eevee were unveiled by the Kyoto-based video-game maker on Wednesday. They’re designed to capitalize on the blockbuster success of the Pokemon Go smartphone game and a solid year of sales for the Switch tablet-hybrid gaming machine. The two new games go on sale Nov. 16 at $70 apiece. Nintendo is betting it can entice mobile gamers to buy Switch consoles and continue strong sales of the tablet-hybrid gaming machine into its second year. Along with a new Switch controller in the shape of a Poke Ball, the variety of gaming scenarios involving different gadgets and games might risk befuddling many adults, but will make perfect sense to kids and Pokemon-generation gamers. The unified gaming … [Read more...] about Nintendo uniting Pokemon, smartphones and Switch console for interlinked gaming experience