Uber, Lyft settle litigation involving top executives
By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Rival ride services Uber and Lyft have settled high stakes litigation involving their top executives, court filings show, in advance of a trial that could have aired sensitive details about both companies. Lyft and its former chief operating officer Travis VanderZanden settled litigation in a California state court in which Lyft accused VanderZanden of breaking his confidentiality pledges when he went to work for Uber. Uber also withdrew a subpoena on Monday in separate litigation over a data breach at Uber, which had targeted an Internet address assigned to Lyft's chief technology officer (CTO), according to a court filing.
South Korea antitrust regulator says investigating Apple on 'some matters'
South Korea's Fair Trade Commission (FTC) is investigating "some matters" relating to tech giant Apple Inc , the head of the anticompetition body said during a parliamentary hearing, without disclosing further details. Speaking at the hearing on Tuesday, FTC Chairman Jeong Jae-chan declined to comment on the specifics of the regulator's investigation when asked to do so by a South Korean lawmaker. Apple didn't immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.
Lyft hires investment bank Qatalyst Partners: WSJ
(Reuters) - Ride-sharing service Lyft has hired investment bank Qatalyst Partners, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing people familiar with the matter. Qatalyst Chairman Frank Quattrone has contacted companies including large automakers about acquiring a stake in Lyft, the Journal said, citing the people.
Google beats children's web privacy appeal, Viacom to face one claim
Google and Viacom on Monday defeated an appeal in a nationwide class action lawsuit by parents who claimed the companies illegally tracked the online activity of children under the age of 13 who watched videos and played video games on Nickelodeon's website. By a 3-0 vote, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia said Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc, and Viacom Inc were not liable under several federal and state laws for planting "cookies" on boys' and girls' computers, to gather data that advertisers could use to send targeted ads. The court also revived one state law privacy claim against Viacom, claiming that it promised on the Nick.com website not to collect children's personal information, but did so anyway.
Airbnb sues San Francisco over registration policy
By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Airbnb sued the city of San Francisco on Monday, arguing that a recent ordinance which requires hosts to register with the city violates the online home-sharing company's free speech rights. A San Francisco law slated to take effect next month requires companies like Airbnb to verify that rentals have a valid registration number issued by the city. The ordinance would impose on the company fines of up to $1,000 per day for each offense.
Two SolarCity board members will consider Tesla deal
By Nichola Groom LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Solar panel maker SolarCity Corp said on Monday it has formed a special committee of just two directors to evaluate Tesla Motors Inc's $2.8 billion takeover offer. SolarCity independent directors Donald Kendall and Nancy Pfund will serve on the committee. Kendall is the chief executive of investment management firm Kenmont and is the only member of SolarCity's board with no direct ties to Tesla, the Southern California automaker founded and run by Elon Musk, who is also the chairman of SolarCity.
This human catapult looks like a very, very, very, very bad idea
A human slingshot is a bad idea.I admit that my career in extreme sports ended with Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3, so it’s possible, likely even, that I have been left behind by this new generation of thrill-seekers. Times have changed, I think, as I watch a human-being catapult into the air, traveling 0-200kph in one second, with no real destination other than "down."There must be better hobbies. Rock-climbing. Skydiving. Traditional BASE jumping. Anything, really, that doesn’t treat your body with the respect of an Angry Bird. ...
Intense music game 'Thumper' is a PlayStation VR launch titleWelcome to the future; we have noise-canceling USB-C headphones
Hello and welcome. The year is 2017. You’ve missed a lot over the past few months. Let me catch you up: Apple nixed the headphone jack with the iPhone 7, so throw out those earbuds. You won’t be needing them anymore. Most other phone manufacturers decided not to follow Apple’s lead. Instead, they’re using USB-C. It’s great! Everything’s universal and reversible — except for everything Apple. Life is fabulous. Yeah we have some dongles, but it’s cool. Dongles are cool.We’re getting used to Bluetooth headphones, Lightning headphones, and USB-C headphones. It’s a crazy new world out there. ...
Don’t fall for this Android malware that pretends to be Uber, Facebook, or WhatsAppSecurity researchers from FireEye recently uncovered a new piece of Android malware that can mimic the look and feel of app interfaces from the likes of Uber, WhatsApp and Google Play. The malware reportedly struck first in Denmark and is now making its way through a handful of other European countries, including Italy, Germany and Austria. According to researchers, the malware is spread via a basic yet cleverly deceptive SMS phishing scheme. When a user receives and subsequently clicks on an ostensibly legit link, the malware is downloaded and begins to monitor which apps are active and which apps are running in the background. What happens next is extremely clever: when a user attempts to use an app that the "malware is programmed to target", the software overlays a fake user interface with "nearly identical credential input UIs as seen in benign apps." In turn, the malware than asks unassuming users to enter in sensitive information such as their banking credentials or credit card information. DON'T MISS: The iPhone 7 nightmare All the while, victims of this attack believe that the UI screen in front of them is 100% authentic because it only sprung into existence once they decided to launch whatever app they happen to be using. All told, the malware is designed to mimic 8 separate apps, including WhatsApp, WeChat, Uber, Facebook, Viber, the Google Play store and more. Notably, the authors of this particular are seemingly becoming more sophisticated and ambitious now that they're targeting a larger array of popular apps. FireEye notes: For example, later campaigns usually targeted more benign apps than earlier campaigns, focusing on messaging apps, for example, as opposed to banking apps. Also, the malicious apps used in later campaigns are often harder to analyze because obfuscation techniques were adopted to evade detection. In addition, some new functionality was added; in particular, we noticed that more recent samples leveraged reflection to bypass the SMS writing restriction enforced by the App Ops service (introduced in Android 4.3). All of this suggests that threat actors are actively improving their code. Additionally, the malware authors have begun sending out more enticing and seemingly benign links via SMS, with one message stating, "We could not deliver your order. Please check your shipping information here.” In one particular malware campaign targeting users in Denmark, one SMS link managed to generate more than 130,000 clicks. More information on this particular strain of malware can be viewed via the source link below.Facebook to put friends, family ahead of media
Facebook said Wednesday it would give friends and family more prominence on user feeds, a move that may hurt media outlets that rely on the network to draw readers. Facebook said its review found no bias, but that it would take steps to reassure users about the neutrality of the platform. Its vice president Adam Mosseri said in a blog post that an updated algorithm that determines what users see would help people find information that matters to them.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is writing a book called Hit Refresh
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is writing a book about his life, Microsoft, and how technology will shape the future. Nadella intends to give his proceeds to Microsoft Philanthropies. This is Nadella's first book, and it sounds like he wants it to be a bit different than the typical book from a business leader.
PS Plus members get free early access to 'Paragon' on July 5thAcademy makes good on diversity promise as it invites 683 new members
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Toyota recalls another 1.4 million cars with defective airbagsFCC says TV airwaves being sold for wireless use worth $86.4 bln
By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said on Wednesday the price of 126 MHz of television airwaves taken from broadcasters to be sold for wireless use in an ongoing auction is $86.4 billion. The FCC disclosed the price in a statement after completing the first part of an auction to repurpose low-frequency wireless spectrum relinquished by television broadcasters. "Strong participation from broadcast stations made this initial clearing target possible," Gary M. Epstein, chair of the FCC's incentive auction task force, said in a statement.
Downhill Racer Destroys a Walmart Bike By Taking It on a Real Trail
Pro rider Phil Kmetz survives a trip down a double-black diamond trail on a $179 Huffy mountain bike.
Seagate to cut 1,600 jobs in restructuring plan(Reuters) - Hard-disk drive maker Seagate Technology Plc said it would cut about 1,600 jobs, or 3 percent of its workforce, as the company looks to rein in costs amid waning demand. Seagate said on Wednesday the restructuring is expected to result in total pre-tax charges of $62 million and is likely to be completed by the end of the September quarter. The company, which has about 52,000 employees worldwide, had said in September it would cut 1,050 jobs.Website finally lists all the Google voice commands in one placeGoogle Now can do some pretty fancy stuff, but one thing it sucks at is actually listing its own capabilities. Just like keyboard shortcuts, if you don't know they exist, you can't try and show them off to your friends. Ok-google.io is a new site that keeps a complete, always-up-to-date list of Google voice commands. There's 150 different commands, with over a thousand examples given. I had no idea even a tenth of these existed. DON'T MISS: Leaked specs show the Tesla Model 3 will be seriously fast The site breaks down all commands by category, and shows them in context, in a neat list. Some of them, like "Turn on Bluetooth," I already knew, but being able to say "take a selfie" (ugh) is legitimately useful, especially if you bought a knockoff selfie stick with a non-functioning trigger. The maker turned up in a Reddit thread to share his motivation for making the site: I was annoyed by the fact that every once in a while a new "complete list of Google Now commands" appears online, so I decided to create this project. After few days of research I found an extensive list of over 150 commands and 1000+ variations. I'll try to keep it up to date, and in v2 I'll add an easy way for the community to contribute. The project will be open sourced soon , but feel free to report any bugs or issues on GitHub right now. The commands work on any Android or iOS device. On more recent Android devices, the AI can be activated just by saying "OK Google Now"; on iOS, you need to open the Google app and hit the mic button.Google Maps for mobile now handles multiple destinationsFacebook wins privacy case against Belgian data protection authority
By Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The Belgian data protection authority on Wednesday lost a legal battle with Facebook in which it sought to stop the social network from tracking the online activities of non-Facebook users in Belgium who visit the social network's pages. The Belgian Privacy Commission said the Brussels Appeals Court had dismissed its case on the grounds that the regulator has no jurisdiction over Facebook Inc, which has its European headquarters in Ireland. Facebook has had run-ins with a number of European privacy watchdogs over its use of people's data.
Last PlayStation VR pre-orders start on June 30thFlashback: Here’s what reviewers said about the original iPhoneTo call the iPhone a revolutionary device is nothing short of an understatement. Given the myriad of ways in which Apple's iconic smartphone has profoundly impacted not only the way we use mobile devices but how we communicate and interact with the world at large, the iPhone is undeniably a once-in-a-lifetime device whose far-reaching influence may never again be matched. Not surprisingly, TIME earlier this year called it the most influential gadget in history. One of the reasons why the iPhone is an innovation that stands above most is that it immediately turned an entire industry on its head. When Steve Jobs first introduced the device, he boasted that it was five years ahead of anything else on the market. And as it turned out, it took about that long before Android devices managed to reach parity with the iPhone. DON'T MISS: The iPhone 7 nightmare Today, smartphones -- whether you happen to be an iPhone or Android user -- are essentially miniaturized command and control centers that touch all aspects of our lives. Throughout the course of any given day, a smartphone user might use his or her device to listen to music, video chat with friends, play games, browse the web, pay for goods and services, order food, check-in to a flight and more. We of course could drone on endlessly about the impact the iPhone has had, but with the ninth anniversary of the original iPhone's release upon us, we're instead going to take a step back and look at what some of the first reviews said about Apple's iconic device when it hit the market on June 29, 2007. Ars Technica We love the concept of the iPhone. It's extremely easy to use and almost entirely self-discoverable; the interface looks better than any other phone—smartphone or not—currently on the market, and it's just plain fun to use. In a perfect world, the iPhone is a perfect 10. But neither the world nor the iPhone are perfect. The first clear example of our imperfect world is the lock-in with AT&T. Having only one carrier to choose from sucks, especially when that carrier is not the best by any stretch of the imagination. Let's be honest about the price, too. $600 for the 8GB model is pricey and a heck of a gamble for those of you considering switching to a new network. At this price, we should have more choice of carriers. ... The iPhone has killed the whole concept of a "mobile web" in our view, because if mobile devices can surf like this, we don't need to worry about setting up anemic, "mobile version" pages just for mobile use. Yeah, so we want our Exchange support. What most people want is mobile web browsing, and the iPhone delivers this beautifully. The only thing holding Safari back (that we don't expect to be addressed in a software update) is EDGE, and that makes us sad. CNET In a rarity for our coverage about Apple, most of the discussion accompanying iPhone stories was not the usual religious flame wars about security and Microsoft's antitrust sins. It was about what people really want in a mobile device. That's because this is about more than Apple. Even if it's a flop — perhaps even more so if it's a flop — the iPhone will change the way mobile devices are designed, whether that's closer to Apple's vision or further away. ... The iPhone really could change the future of computing. It's quite possible that June 29, 2007, will one day be remembered as the day that the average consumer realized what mobile computing was all about. AnandTech The iPhone isn't perfect, I can tell you that now (for more reasons than only supporting Edge), but it's a huge step in the right direction. At the same time it's a great product today and while not for everyone, its impact on the industry will be tremendous. ... "Is the screen as good as it looks in the commercials?" The answer is unequivocally yes. In fact, in taking pictures for this article I had to redo a number of shots because the camera would pick out details in the LCD display that simply weren't visible to the naked eye. Capturing the beauty of the screen is really a tough job, but it really does look just as good in person as it does in Apple's own commercials/videos. ... There are many complaints that you can levy on the iPhone, it's too slow, expensive, it can't do X Y or Z, but the praise you can sing is arguably more powerful. The iPhone perfected text messaging, it made mobile web browsing usable, it integrated the smartphone and the iPod, it brought forth an interface that just makes sense. There are no convoluted layers of menus, no poorly made graphics with sluggish interaction; the iPhone works like a computer, but in the palm of your hand. New York Times As it turns out, much of the hype and some of the criticisms are justified. The iPhone is revolutionary; it’s flawed. It’s substance; it’s style. It does things no phone has ever done before; it lacks features found even on the most basic phones. ... The phone is so sleek and thin, it makes Treos and BlackBerrys look obese. The glass gets smudgy — a sleeve wipes it clean — but it doesn’t scratch easily. I’ve walked around with an iPhone in my pocket for two weeks, naked and unprotected (the iPhone, that is, not me), and there’s not a mark on it. But the bigger achievement is the software. It’s fast, beautiful, menu-free, and dead simple to operate. You can’t get lost, because the solitary physical button below the screen always opens the Home page, arrayed with icons for the iPhone’s 16 functions. Macworld The abolition of a physical keyboard is probably destined to be the iPhone’s most controversial feature, at least at first. There’s a bit of a learning curve when it comes to using the iPhone’s keyboard, especially for people who are comfortable using the physical keyboard on a Blackberry, Treo, or other smart phone. I can’t say that my typing experience with my previous phone, a Palm Treo, was particularly good. I could manage, but never felt that I could reach an acceptable typing speed. As a result, it’s hard for me to put myself in the place of an accomplished Blackberry thumb typist who has spent a year honing his or her skills. But I believe that most users—even thumb typists, given an open mind and some training time—will find the iPhone’s keyboard to be excellent. TIME E-mail and web-browsing are unbelievably great. Ditto the crisp music and video playback. Everybody I called with the iPhone remarked on the crispness and clarity of the audio. For the iPhone, Apple has brought to market a revolutionarily smart, sensitive touchscreen and created an entirely new user interface to match it, all in one go, so seamlessly that my 3-year-old daughter — and I apologize for going to this place, but the fact is striking nonetheless — had no trouble unlocking the iPhone and dialing with it (even though she believed that she was playing a musical instrument). SF Gate Looking back, the iPhone could mark a tipping point, encouraging the masses to look at their cell phone as more than a cell phone and prompting profound changes in everything from privacy to citizen journalism. It could -- assuming the iPhone succeeds -- help introduce a new age of mobile living. USA Today The most remarkable thing about iPhone is what's missing: a physical dialing keypad and/or full qwerty, or traditional, keyboard. Instead, either a virtual keypad or keyboard shows up on the iPhone screen, depending on what you are doing — entering a Web address, for instance, or banging out a text message.Sometimes your Kickstarter dream isn’t what you envisioned
Xounts UpThe Xounts Up, a speaker in the shape of a pyramid, reached its goal on Kickstarter earlier this month. I know because I received PR on it. Two hundred and twelve people backed it, allowing it to successfully raise more than $78,000. Those 212 people will walk into their homes later this year when the Xounts Up ships, and they'll see this:Yes, The Verge was sent a $269 Xounts Up speaker, and we chose to protect you all from it. Whenever someone walks by the Verge-ified Xounts Up, which we hide in a closet, they marvel at how truly ugly it is and why anyone would be interested in it. ...
Yes, it’s possible to sneeze out spaghetti
Gif from Steve Tate’s video/YouTube When I was six years old, I sneezed a noodle out of my nose.I was at the airport with my family. We were running to catch a flight somewhere, and suddenly I stopped, sneezed, and launched the pasta into the air. I still remember the whitish noodle curled up against the black linoleum floor. We all laughed, and the "noodle sneeze" instantly became family lore.As I grew older and repeated the story — either to distant relatives or perplexed friends — I started wondering how in the world my memorable moment was possible. When it happened, it was the morning. ...
BMW expands ReachNow car sharing service in SeattleBiden threatens to defund universities that don’t publish cancer trial results
During a National Cancer Summit earlier today, Vice President Joe Biden pledged to take action against research institutions that don't report their clinical trial results. Biden issued the remarks during his opening address at the Howard University’s summit, citing a 2015 Stat News report that showed that several prominent research centers, including Stanford University and the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, had failed to report their results. "Under the law, it says you must report," Biden said.
Risky stem cell procedure for ALS may be done safely, study shows
A complicated procedure for transplanting human stem cells into the spinal cord of patients with a fatal neurodegenerative disease may be done safely, new research shows. Although it’s unclear whether the stem cell treatment can actually slow down the progression of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease, researchers are hopeful that one day the procedure could be used to develop a new life-saving therapy. This is not the first time that stem cells — cells that can develop into many different cell types — have been injected into the spinal cord of patients.
F-35 completes first transatlantic flight on delivery to UKPrivate sale gives Amazon Prime members deep discounts on two hot new phonesThere's nothing better than a good sale. Actually, that's not entirely true. The only thing better than a good sale is a good private sale that offers deep discounts not everyone has access to. It's OK to admit it, don't be ashamed. Everyone loves a little exclusivity here and there. On Wednesday, Amazon announced an exclusive new program that only Prime members have access to. It gives you deep discounts on two hot new Android phones that are already quite affordable. First up, the just-announced Moto G4 , which is a tremendous value at its full $200 retail price but can be had for just $125 in this sale. Then you've got the BLU R1 HD , a quad-core Android phone that costs just $50 with this sale. It's worth noting that there's a caveat with these new deals. For some it will be a deal-breaker, while others won't care at all. As is the case with the Kindle deals Amazon offers, smartphones included in this new series of Prime-only bargains will feature targeted advertisements on the lock screen. Ads won't be present anywhere else on the phone, so it's really not too invasive. Here's what you need to know about the Moto G4, which you can preorder today ahead of its release on July 12: Fast 4G LTE speed, an up to 1.5 GHz octa-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, and a bright 5.5" full HD (1080p) display ensures videos and games run smoothly and look great Enjoy the best of Google Android 6.0 Marshmallow, including Google Maps, Gmail, Play Store, and more Offers and ads, including personalized deals and recommendations, display on the phone's lockscreen Take brilliant photos with the 13 MP HD camera or snap group shots with a 5 MP wide-angle selfie cam. Add up to 128 GB of additional storage with a microSD card The all-day battery includes TurboPower charging which provides up to 6 hours of use in just 15 minutes Unlocked and carrier-friendly, works with all major carrier networks domestically or abroad (including AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon) And here are the key specs for the BLU R1 HD: Fast 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek 6735 ARM Cortex processor with 8 GB Internal memory and 1 GB RAM Enjoy the best of Google Android 6.0 Marshmallow, including Google Maps, Gmail, Play Store, and more Offers and ads, including personalized deals and recommendations, display on the phone's lockscreen Dual SIM and MicroSD support for up to 64 GB of expandable storage Stunning 5" HD display with curved Gorilla Glass 3 protection, plus an 8 MP main camera and 5 MP selfie camera that includes a front-facing LED flash 4G LTE plus GSM unlocked for your favorite compatible carrier or for international travel (including AT&T, T-Mobile; not compatible with Verizon or Sprint) You can take advantage of these deals by heading over to Amazon's Prime Exclusive Phones page . And if you're not already a Prime member, you can get a free 30-day trial right here and buy one of these phones before your free membership runs out.Media use in America up a full hour over just last year
NEW YORK (AP) — The typical American adult is using media for a full hour a day more than just last year, with smartphones accounting for most of the increase.
HTC is spinning off Vive into a separate companyDelays plague PlayStation 4 'Fallout 4' mod updateTwitter among SF tech companies that may face new payroll tax
City leaders estimate the tax could generate $120 million annually that would be earmarked to curb homelessness and the housing shortage in SF.
James Cameron just admitted what he really thinks of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’When Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit theaters last year, it instantly became a money-making machine the likes of which we had never seen. Suffice it to say, Disney's decision to purchase Lucasfilm for $4 billion in 2012 was nothing short of a brilliant business move. Anchored by nostalgia and an entirely new cast mixed in with some recognizable favorites, Star Wars: The Force Awakens immediately began to break any number of box office records, including becoming the fastest film to ever pass the $1 billion threshold in global box office receipts. But despite the film's uncanny ability to print money, not everyone was of the mind that Star Wars: The Force Awakens was actually a good movie. As we highlighted a few months back, many of the film's more negative reviews centered on the fact that it effectively presented viewers with the same exact story we had already seen decades earlier. And recently joining that chorus of naysayers is none other than Titanic and Avatar director James Cameron. DON'T MISS: The iPhone 7 nightmare During a recent interview, Cameron was asked what he thought about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and while the famed director tried to remain diplomatic at first, he couldn't help but let his real thoughts on the film shine through. George Lucas is a friend of mine, and he and I were having a good conversation the other day about it. I don’t want to say too much about the film. I also have a lot of respect for J.J. Abrams, and I want to see where they’re taking it next. So far so good, but Cameron just couldn't help himself. Cameron continued: I have to say that I felt that George’s group of six films had more innovative visual imagination. This film was more of a retrenchment to things you had seen before and characters you have seen before and it took a few baby steps forward with new characters. So for me, the jury’s out. I want to see where they’re going with it. Personally, I applaud Cameron's candor. Not only is Hollywood a place where big time stars are afraid to be 100% honest when critiquing the competition, but Star Wars is one of those popular franchises so drenched in nostalgia and passion that some people simply refuse to hear any opposing viewpoints. Having seen the film, I thought the film was just okay, if not downright overrated. As I noted in a review late last year, "the film’s primary anchor is the iconic name it’s attached to." Truth be told, Star Wars: The Force Awakens as a standalone film is rather forgettable, offering up nothing new, exciting, or compelling. In any event, for those interested, Cameron's full remarks can be seen in the video below at around the 3-minute and 16 second mark. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLE0QXytO6wBoris Johnson's Brexit victory speech uploaded to Pornhub with X-rated title
Pornhub user "BrexitVote" posted Johnson's speech with a comical, but obscene title.
Your NVIDIA Shield now plays Netflix videos in HDRWe tried Ghostbusters: Dimension, the world’s most immersive VR experience
At Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in Times Square today, we got to try out one of the world’s most expensive and immersive virtual reality experiences. On July 1st, Sony and a Utah startup called The Void will open Ghostbusters: Dimension, which lets you become a ghostbuster in what The Void likes to call a "hyper-real" world. Dimension is part of a larger exhibit based on the new Ghostbusters movie, which also includes wax versions of the stars and a walk-through haunted house experience. With two partners, you enter an elaborate stage where the real world is mapped to the virtual one, capturing ghosts by shooting a plastic gun that stands in for a proton pack.
Facebook says it’s not using location data to suggest friends, even after admitting it wasOK Facebook, you really need to make up your mind about what you say in public. And it would probably be a lot easier if you didn’t sneak certain features past your customers. The social network recently admitted to using smartphone location data to recommend friends to people, after someone discovered a recommendation that had no other reasonable explanation than the harvest and use of location data. But now, Facebook says that’s not what it’s doing at all. DON'T MISS: The iPhone 7 nightmare “Location information by itself doesn’t indicate that two people might be friends,” a Facebook spokesperson told Fusion a few days ago . “That’s why location is only one of the factors we use to suggest people you may know.” As Fusion reports, multiple people took to the internet to reveal they also received weird friend recommendations in the past, likely based on location information – check out these Reddit and Slashdot threads. Fusion says that on Monday night after seeing plenty of negative feedback, Facebook reversed its stance on the issue. The company dug further into the matter and found that “we’re not using location data, such as device location and location information you add to your profile, to suggest people you may know.” Facebook did run a pilot late last year that used location data for the friend suggestion feature. But it was never rolled out to the general public. “We ran a small test to use city-level location to better rank existing [“People You May Know] candidates and not all were aware that the test had ended,” a Facebook spokesperson told Fusion . “The test ran for four weeks at the end of 2015.” So does this mean the people who complained online about having seen location-based suggestions in Facebook were all part of that test? That’s not likely, and Facebook didn't explain how these strange recommendations like the one reported by Fusion earlier this week would be possible if location data isn’t used. Fusion speculates that Facebook could be looking at IP addresses and wireless networks rather than GPS or cellular location data to determine location and issue recommendations. The site also says that the Federal Trade Commission may be happy to learn that Facebook is using such a feature without proper consent from users. The FTC recently fined a mobile advertising company $4 million because it figured out location information based on wireless network data and tracked hundreds of millions of consumers’ locations without their explicit consent.Google Maps on mobile is adding support for multiple destinations
Google Maps is an incredibly useful smartphone app, and I use it every single day. Until now, only the desktop version of Google Maps has allowed you to get directions for a trip that spans multiple stops. It's rolling out now, and you'll know you've got it when you see a new plus icon underneath the directions field in Maps.
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