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What the Tech? Emergency SOS – WRCB-TV

WRCB-TV What the Tech? Emergency SOS WRCB-TV Imagine this: you're on your way through the parking lot from the mall after a long day of shopping; you suddenly feel the presence of someone following you. Your concern is great enough that you want to call 911. In order to make that call, you must ...

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Over 20 advocacy groups complain to FTC that YouTube is violating children’s privacy law

A coalition of over 20 child advocacy, consumer and privacy groups filed a complaint with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission asking it to investigate and sanction YouTube for violation of federal children’s privacy laws. Specifically, the groups say YouTube is violating COPPA, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, which requires that websites directed at children under the age of 13 get parental consent before they’re allowed to collect children’s data. YouTube doesn’t do this, the complaint says. Technically, YouTube’s site is aimed at those users 13 and older, its terms state . That’s how it gets around having to abide by child privacy laws. But the complaint points to several examples of how the site is clearly targeting younger children, including its hosting of cartoon videos, nursery rhymes, and toy ads. Some of the most popular channels on YouTube are also those aimed at young kids,like ChuChu TV Nursery Rhymes & Kids Songs, which has 15.9 million subscribers and over 10 billion channel views, and LittleBabyBum, which has 14.6 million subscribers and over 14 billion channel views. Plus, advertisers can target kids’ programming through the “Parenting and Family” lineup in the Google Preferred ads platform, the complaint states. “Google has acted duplicitously by falsely claiming in its terms of service that YouTube is only for those who are age 13 or older, while it deliberately lured young people into an ad-filled digital playground,” said Jeff Chester of the Center for Digital Democracy, one of the groups who signed the complaint, in a statement.

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Uber’s Sale To Grab May Be Against Competition Laws – Ubergizmo

Ubergizmo Uber's Sale To Grab May Be Against Competition Laws Ubergizmo Amid reports that Uber was thinking about leaving the Southeast Asia region, the company confirmed a few days ago that it's going to sell its entire business in Southeast Asia to local rival Grab. The deal makes Grab the dominant ride-hailing service ... and more »

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Huawei reports strong smartphone sales of 153M in 2017 as net profit rose 28.1% YoY to ~$7.3B on revenue of ~$92.5B, up 15.7% YoY (Josh Chin/Wall…

Josh Chin / Wall Street Journal : Huawei reports strong smartphone sales of 153M in 2017 as net profit rose 28.1% YoY to ~$7.3B on revenue of ~$92.5B, up 15.7% YoY   —  The company said it sold 153 million smartphones world-wide last year  —  SHENZHEN—Huawei Technologies Co. said strong smartphone sales led to a recovery …

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Baidu’s streaming video service iQiyi falls 13.6% in Nasdaq debut, closing at $15.55, down from opening price of $18 (Max A. Cherney/MarketWatch)

Max A. Cherney / MarketWatch : Baidu's streaming video service iQiyi falls 13.6% in Nasdaq debut, closing at $15.55, down from opening price of $18   —  Baidu subsidiary valued at $12.7 billion in second-largest U.S. IPO for Chinese company; shares fall 14% in debut  —  With more subscribers than Netflix Inc. …

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US wants all visa applicants, or ~15M people per year, to provide social media and other details; previously these details were only required from…

Matthew Lee / Associated Press : US wants all visa applicants, or ~15M people per year, to provide social media and other details; previously these details were only required from ~65K visitors   —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department wants to require all U.S. visa applicants to submit their social media usernames …

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Uber has settled with the family of the homeless victim killed last week

Uber has reportedly come to a fast settlement with the family of 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg, who was fatally struck last week by one of the company’s self-driving vehicles as she crossed a darkened street, pushing a bicycle. Terms of the settlement are not being disclosed; Uber declined to comment when we asked the company for further information. The move helps Uber avoid what could have been an ugly civil case against it, even while it isn’t clear how big or sophisticated a support system Herzberg had. Reuters reported  last week  that Herzberg was homeless and close to getting off the streets, with friends describing her as someone who took care of those around her. She was reportedly known in the homeless community as “Elle” and “Ms. Elle.” She did have a daughter and was apparently married. Indeed, according to a separate Reuters report, a Glendale, Arizona attorney who typically focuses on bankruptcy and debt negotiation , told the outlet “the matter has been resolved” between Uber and Herzberg’s daughter and husband. No further information about them was disclosed. Presumably, the case was settled at a high cost to the company, but could have been higher had it dragged out. Personal injury lawsuits typically arrive at a settlement amount after both sides determine on their own what they think a case is worth; typically, that amount is reached by reviewing similar cases and seeing what juries have awarded past victims. Given the unique circumstances of this case — Herzberg was the first person to be killed by a self-driving car — and given Uber’s unprecedentedly high private market value of $72 billion , determining the amount would be particularly tricky. Uber is still facing fallout from all corners over last week’s incident, including, potentially, criminal charges. The Tempe Police Vehicular Crimes Unit is actively investigating the details of last week’s incident. Uber also announced it wouldn’t  reapply to test its self-driving technology on public roads in California in the wake of the accident, meaning that as of next week, after its current permit expires, it won’t be able to operate its self-driving cars on that state’s public roads. Arizona Governor Doug Ducey separately suspended the company’s right to operate autonomous cars on public roads in Arizona on Monday night, though emails have since surfaced that suggest Ducey himself enabled the program with limited oversight.

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As Huawei grows into a confident design leader and gains market share with US allies, its absence in the US is a loss for consumers there (Vlad…

Vlad Savov / The Verge : As Huawei grows into a confident design leader and gains market share with US allies, its absence in the US is a loss for consumers there   —  If only you could buy one of these in a US carrier store  —  This week in Paris, I witnessed a subtle but profound moment of change in the mobile industry.

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Under Armour says ~150M MyFitnessPal accounts affected by a data breach in late February; data taken included usernames, email addresses, and hashed…

Chloe Aiello / CNBC : Under Armour says ~150M MyFitnessPal accounts affected by a data breach in late February; data taken included usernames, email addresses, and hashed passwords   —  Shares of Under Armour dropped 3.8 percent, before paring losses, after the active-wear company informed users of its online fitness and nutrition website of a data breach.

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Google Play audiobooks get Smart Resume, bookmarks and Assistant routines support

Google Play Audiobooks is getting a major update today that adds a number of new features to the service that were sorely missing when it launched earlier this year . None of these are groundbreaking, but they’ll help Google reach feature parity with some of its competitors while injecting a bit of its proprietary smarts into the process, too. Maybe the most useful new feature in today’s release is Smart Resume. Instead of picking up in the middle of a sentence or even word when your audiobook playback gets interrupted (maybe by Google Maps giving you directions or a friendly passerby who is asking for directions while you are clearly listening to an audiobook). Depending on the length of the interruption, this new feature will smartly rewind to the beginning of the word or sentence to help you stay in the flow. Also new in this update are the ability to set bookmarks so you can easily go back to your favorite part of a book and the ability to speed up the audio — or slow it down so you can really savor your favorite passage in Ulysses . Both of these features were definitely missing in the first release. If you’re a regular Google Assistant user and are already making use of the recently launched Routines feature, you’ll be happy to hear that you can now choose to continue your audiobooks when you wake up or start your commute. And if you have family that’s spread around the world, you’ll be happy to hear that support for Google’s Family Library , which allows you to share Google Play purchases like apps, games, movies, e-books and audiobooks, is now rolling out in 13 new countries: Belgium, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Chile, Mexico, Japan (audiobooks only) and South Africa. All of these new features are now available on iOS and Android .  

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Terry Myerson, EVP of Windows and Devices, is leaving Microsoft, prompting a big AI, Azure and devices reorganization

Big changes are afoot at Microsoft . The company has announced that Terry Myerson, the longtime Microsoftie who headed up the company’s Windows and Devices businesses, is leaving the company, and along with that the company changing up its executive management. The full memos from Satya Nadella and Myerson are below, but here are the basics: Terry Myerson is out but is staying on for some months in a transition phase. It’s been in the works for months, the company said. Rajesh Jha  will lead Experiences & Devices. (Note that Windows is being dropped from the title.) It will include Windows, Office, third-party applications and devices focused on a more integrated Microsoft 365. Scott Guthrie  will lead Cloud + AI Platform. This is separate from R&D and will be about applying AI in the business. It will include distributed computing (cloud and edge) and AI covering infrastructure, runtimes, frameworks, tools and higher-level services around perception, knowledge and cognition. Jason Zander  is now EVP of Azure. Harry Shum  stays on in his role leading AI + Research. The moves underscore how Microsoft is pushing itself hard to refresh its strategy to align with the next phase of how the tech world is evolving. Myerson has been with the company for more than 20 years, and has been running the Windows business since 2013, so this is a significant shift for the company and a signal of how that shift is not just happening in its products , but among its people, too. To be clear, Microsoft remains one of the world’s tech leviathans, with Windows still the world’s most ubiquitous desktop operating system

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GoPro HERO Costs $199

GoPro HERO is a $199/ £199, go-anywhere, capture-anything camera that makes it easy to share experiences that would be difficult to capture with a phone.  

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