A Global Concern

Dwaiter Weekly


September 1, 2022


The Misinformation Threat

Photo by Marta Branco

Nearly three-quarters of people across nearly 20 countries believe that the spread of false information online is a “major threat,” according to a survey released on Wednesday by the Pew Research Center. Among major threats, the New York Times reports, only climate change was rated higher in the survey of 24,525 people from 19 countries with advanced economies.


Snap to Cut One-Fifth of Its Staff

Snap plans to lay off roughly 20 percent of its more than 6,400 employees, people familiar with the matter told The Verge. The cuts were scheduled to start Wednesday. Snap’s stock price has dropped 80 percent this year, and the company said in May that it would look for ways to cut costs.


This Year’s Rising Tech Trends

Which technology trends matter most for companies in 2022? New analysis by the McKinsey Technology Council highlights the development, possible uses, and industry effects of advanced technologies.


Data Broker Kochava Sued by FTC 

The Federal Trade Commission this week said it is suing an adtech company for selling geolocation information from mobile devices used to track individuals' movements, Axios reports. Kochava, based in Idaho, allowed "anyone with little effort to obtain a large sample of sensitive data and use it without restriction" until at least June 2022, according to an FTC release, which says that violates laws against unfair and deceptive practices.



Facebook Agrees to Settle Suit 

Meta's Facebook has agreed in principle to settle a lawsuit seeking damages for letting third parties including Cambridge Analytica access the private data of users, Reuters reports, citing a court filing. The financial terms were not disclosed in the filing on Friday that asked the judge to put the class action on hold for 60 days.


BeReal Reaches 10 Million Daily Active Users

The fast-rising social app BeReal is now reportedly up to 10 million daily active users, from just 10,000 a little over a year ago, Social Media Today reports. BeReal sends out a prompt to all users at a random time each day, which asks people to share a photo of what they’re doing, with a 2-minute time limit to post an update.  


For Users, Sports Streaming Is a Losing Game

The whole promise of streaming, in sports and beyond, was that it was supposed to make our lives easier and less expensive. But in sports, the streaming gold rush has largely done the opposite, The Atlantic reports. The experience of being a fan is now more expensive, more annoying, and more transactional.


The Logic Behind All Those Emojis

There are 3,633 official emojis and more on the way this month—including a shaking face, moose, goose, jellyfish, pink heart and flute. An emoji expert tells Grid how emojis are chosen, why so many seem weird and why their initial meaning isn’t all that important.   


A Way to Easily Add Subtitles to Videos

A new app for iOS and iPadOS called Captionista allows users to add subtitles to any video and avoid the errors often caused by auto-captioning services, Tech Radar reports. It's available as a free download, with a monthly subscription for $4.49 and a yearly one for $21.99 that unlocks more features and removes a watermark.


A Very Big Rounding Error 

Crypto.com, the cryptocurrency exchange platform fronted by Hollywood megastar Matt Damon in its recent Super Bowl ad, mistakenly transferred $10.5 million to an Australian woman instead of $100 and didn’t discover the error until seven months later, Fortune reports. Now, the money is proving difficult to get back: A court case has revealed that $1.35 million of it was used to buy a four-bedroom property whose ownership has been transferred to the woman’s sister in Malaysia.

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