Apple Will Cut App Store Fees for Smaller Firms
Amid increased regulatory scrutiny over how it runs its App Store, Apple this week announced it will reduce the App Store commissions for smaller businesses, TechCrunch reports. Developers earning no more than $1 million a year will have to pay only a 15 percent commission on in-app purchases, rather than the standard 30 percent commission.
Dropbox's CEO Sees a New Future for Work
The first thing Dropbox CEO Drew Houston did when the pandemic hit was what most other CEOs did: worry like crazy, send his employees home, and just try to find a way to keep going. But he quickly realized that Covid-19 will bring lasting change, Protocol reports, and he's spent the last eight months overhauling both Dropbox the product and Dropbox the company in an effort to help define the future of work.
Don’t Fear Robots and A.I., Researchers Say
A 92-page Massachusetts Institute of Technology task force report, “The Work of the Future: Building Better Jobs in an Age of Intelligent Machines,” was released on Tuesday, the New York Times reports. It offers insights into how advancing technology has changed and will change the work force, and what policies would create opportunity for more Americans in the digital economy. Among the key findings: Robots and A.I. are not about to deliver a jobless future.
Marissa Mayer Wants to Organize Your Contacts
Marissa Mayer, Google’s 20th employee and a former Yahoo CEO, has been part of some of the most iconic products in consumer software. So, what does someone with more than 14,000 people stored as contacts in her iPhone do next? Her new venture, Sunshine, aims to build a better digital address book, Wired reports.
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Hopin’s Hot Start
Since February, Hopin—an online platform for events—has grown from 5,000 registered users to over 3.5 million and the number of event organizers has jumped from 1,800 to 50,000. The firm is now worth over $2 billion and has been called this year’s breakout tech startup, Protocol reports.
Many Common Online Passwords Are Plain Awful
With more people working from home than ever because of COVID-19, online security and impenetrable passwords are increasingly important. But that doesn't mean truly bad passwords are a thing of the past, Vice reports. According to a new report from password manager NordPass, the most common password is "123456."
The Covid-Fighting Tool Inside Your Phone
Roughly 100 million Americans—New Yorkers among them—now have the ability to get pop-up notifications from local health authorities when they’ve personally spent time near someone who later tested positive for the coronavirus. There’s early evidence this anonymous smartphone technology works, the Washington Post reports, but so far it isn’t helping very many Americans—because so few people use the app.
Drawing a Blank on Parler? You're Not Alone
If you look at Apple's App Store charts today, an app called Parler will be at or near the top of the free app category. Haven't heard of Parler? You're not alone, Mashable says. Founded as a conservative social network, the platform didn't take off until a surge of new users joined the app after President Trump’s tweets were slapped with misinformation warning labels by Twitter.
Is Another Bitcoin Bubble Here?
Bitcoin broke $18,000 on Wednesday to hit its highest point since December 2017, up about 160 percent this year. Its 2020 surge echoes that of 2017, when a retail-led buying spree pushed Bitcoin to nearly $20,000, only to crash more than 50 percent a month later. Its backers are hoping fewer frenzied retail investors means less chance of a crash this time around, Reuters reports.
The author of a new book about how technology is transforming rural China says the stereotype of peasants toiling in rice paddies has it all wrong. Instead, Xiaowei Wang tells Rest of World, think blockchain chickens and computer vision pigs.