Is Any App or Device Truly Secure?
WhatsApp this week confirmed that a security flaw in the app let attackers install spy software on their targets' smartphones. Then on Wednesday, Intel confirmed that new problems discovered with some of its processors could reveal secret information to attackers. Is any device truly safe? The BBC examines the question.
A Supreme Court Shock Wave
Apple’s setback in a high-stakes Supreme Court case on Monday unsettled Silicon Valley, the Washington Post reports. The decision threatens a wave of new consumer lawsuits and other legal actions that could challenge the size and power of the tech industry. For Apple, the 5-4 decision means that iPhone owners can proceed with a class-action case targeting the company’s App Store.
What You Need to Know Now about Android Q
Google this week unveiled the third public beta version of its Android Q operating system, introducing a range of new features, gestures, AI and privacy advances, The Guardian reports. Android Q's new gesture navigation system will "completely change the way you use your phone"—and it could take some getting used to, Computerworld says. Google is predicting a final release of Android Q in the third quarter.
Tesla's Factory in Buffalo Is Exporting Most of its Solar Cells
The “great majority” of solar cells being produced at Tesla Inc.’s factory in Buffalo are being sold overseas instead of being used in the company’s trademark “Solar Roof” as originally intended, according to documents reviewed by Reuters. The exporting underscores the depth of Tesla’s troubles in the U.S. solar business. The SolarCity factory employs about 800 workers, and by this time next year it must have 1,460 employees or pay millions in penalties.
Cybersecurity Firm CrowdStrike Files for IPO
CrowdStrike, a California-based cybersecurity company, filed for a $100 million IPO on Tuesday, Axios reported. The company is best known for investigating the 2016 election hacking scandal, and it plans to go public as fears ramp up over interference attempts in 2020.
Is It Time to Break Up Facebook?
For too long, lawmakers have marveled at Facebook’s explosive growth and overlooked their responsibility to ensure that Americans are protected and markets are competitive, argues Chris Hughes, a co-founder of the social media giant, in a New York Times op-ed. He believes it's time to break up Facebook. But Nick Clegg, the company’s vice president for global affairs and communications, maintains dismantling Facebook won’t fix what’s wrong with social media.
Google Rolls Out New Advertising Formats
Google is adding new advertising formats to online search, YouTube and its increasingly popular Discover service. The features, Ad Age reports, will offer targeted ads for retail products on Gmail, Google Images, the YouTube mobile app and its voice-based digital assistant, among other services. Google is also remaking its shopping service to try to keep pace with Amazon.
Mailchimp Expands Again Beyond Mail
Best known as an email marketing platform, Mailchimp is continuing to aggressively expand into other marketing offerings for small businesses, Fast Company reports. The company is rolling out products including a customer relationship management tool that will offer data-driven recommendations on how best to target new and existing customers.
Microsoft Open Sources Bing Algorithm
Microsoft has released the SPTAG algorithm as MIT-licensed open source on GitHub, Ars Technica reports. This code is used to answer questions in Bing. Developers can use it to search their own sets of vectors—essentially, long lists of numbers that in some sense represent their input data, whether it be text on a webpage, images, sound, or videos—and do so quickly: a single machine can handle 250 million vectors and answer 1,000 queries per second.
Beto and His Barber
Beto O'Rourke has begun a "reboot" of his presidential campaign. It appears he's going back to doing what he does best: live streaming. For those who loved his live-streamed dental appointment, now he's streamed a haircut, Mashable reports. All 17 minutes of it.