The most popular “privacy” tool in Apple’s Mac App Store was stealing users’ browsing history and sending it to China
Apple pioneered the idea of “app stores,” where operating system vendors got to decide who could distribute software that ran on their platforms, arguing that these “curated” stores would ensure high quality and protect users from malicious and inferior code.
Twitter hints at new threaded conversations and who’s online features
Twitter head Jack Dorsey sent out a tweet this afternoon hinting the social platform might get a couple of interesting updates to tell us who else is currently online and to help us more easily follow Twitter conversation threads. “Playing with some new Twitter features: presence (who else is on Twitter right now?) and threading […]
A new protest is organizing to get Alex Jones booted off of Twitter
Alex Jones is still on Twitter, despite the fact that he repeatedly violated the platform’s rules of conduct. But this is 2018, and Twitter users are ready to protest.
Before we go any further, let’s be clear about some terminology: Jones supporters would have you believe that his recent removal from other platforms is an act of censorship and a violation of First Amendment rights. That’s simply untrue.
The First Amendment’s free speech protections apply to all citizens, including the people behind the social media companies that gave him the boot. If these private interests decided they didn’t want Jones peddling his conspiracy theories on their platforms, that’s their right. Read more…
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The EU is pushing for standardized phone chargers again
The European Commission will launch a new investigation into how it can help deal with the massive amount of charger waste seen in the region each year, by encouraging manufacturers to all use a common phone charger.
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