DOJ Announces It Won’t Prosecute White Hat Security Researchers - https://www.vice.com/en/article/v7d9nb/department-of-justice-security-researchers-new-cfaa-policy
The move is significant in that the CFAA has often posed a threat to security researchers who may probe or hack systems in an effort to identify vulnerabilities so they can be fixed. The revision of the policy means that such research should not face charges.
Apple Response to “Final Cut Pro in TV and Film” Open Letter - https://fcp.co/final-cut-pro/articles/2591-apple-response-to-final-cut-pro-in-tv-and-film-open-letter
We would love to work with you to help support your film and TV projects, and we will continue to explore opportunities that allow us to better connect and foster important dialogue with our devoted community of users going forward.
Losing Ian Goodfellow to DeepMind is the dumbest thing Apple’s ever done - https://thenextweb.com/news/losing-ian-goodfellow-deepmind-dumbest-thing-apples-ever-done
To put this into a sports analogy, this is like letting Tom Brady or Michael Jordan leave your team over a disagreement between them and the team owner on how towels should be folded.
Let Goodfellow and his team work from wherever they want. If they think they can code a better machine learning model from the International Space Station, you should probably look into building a rocket.
(50) Introducing the new and upgraded Framework Laptop : framework - https://www.reddit.com/r/framework/comments/ut22f9/introducing_the_new_and_upgraded_framework_laptop/
This is perhaps the first time ever that generational upgrades are available in a high-performance thin and light laptop, letting you pick the improvements you want without needing to buy a full new machine.
Three senior Twitter employees leave amid potential Musk takeover | TechCrunch - https://techcrunch.com/2022/05/17/twitter-employees-leave-ilya-brown-katrina-lane-max-schmeiser/
According to a Bloomberg report, three senior employees are voluntarily leaving the company: Ilya Brown, a VP of product management for health, conversation and growth; Katrina Lane, VP of Twitter Service; and Max Schmeiser, head of data science. Per LinkedIn, Lane and Schmeiser had worked at Twitter for about one and two years respectively, while Brown had been at the company for six years.
Apple adds live captions to iPhone and Mac, plus more accessibility upgrades to come | TechCrunch - https://techcrunch.com/2022/05/17/apple-adds-live-captions-to-iphone-and-mac-plus-more-accessibility-upgrades-to-come/
Apple has released a bevy of new accessibility features for iPhone, Apple Watch, and Mac, including a universal live captioning tool, improved visual and auditory detection modes, and iOS access to WatchOS apps. The new capabilities will arrive “later this year” as updates roll out to various platforms.
Twitter asks shareholders to support Musk's purchase - Protocol - https://www.protocol.com/bulletins/twitter-musk-acquisition
Musk's apparent qualms with bots and spam accounts could signal that he's trying to find a way either to shimmy his way out of the purchase or to get a better deal than the $54.20 per share he offered, but the company is apparently holding him to the contract.
Apple hosts premiere event for 'Prehistoric Planet' | AppleInsider - https://appleinsider.com/articles/22/05/16/apple-hosts-premiere-event-for-prehistoric-planet
The event took place on Monday at the AMC Century City IMAX Theatre in Los Angeles. Attendees included executive producers Jon Favreau and Mike Gunton, showrunner/series producer Tim Walker, and lead scientific consultant Dr. Darren Naish.
Everything new in iOS 15.5 for iPhone | AppleInsider - https://appleinsider.com/articles/22/05/17/everything-new-in-ios-155-for-iphone
Despite the near announcement of iOS 16, Apple still isn't done with iOS 15. Some notable changes include the expansion of Communication Safety in Messages to the UK, New Zealand, Canada, and Australia plus the patching of dozens of security vulnerabilities.
Some apps seem to have gotten more love than others. Home, Wallet, and Podcasts got the largest number of enhancements.
Google adds no-cost Legacy G Suite with custom Gmail - 9to5Google - https://9to5google.com/2022/05/16/no-cost-legacy-g-suite/
In a change of plans, there’s no longer a waiting list, and these old users can sign-up for no-cost Legacy G Suite now. Head to your account’s Google Admin Console as there are many reports of it going live this afternoon. You have until June 27 to pick a transition path.
Report spotlights vast scale of adtech’s ‘biggest data breach’ | TechCrunch - https://techcrunch.com/2022/05/16/iccl-rtb-report-google-gdpr/
“On average, a person in the U.S. has their online activity and location exposed 747 times every day by the RTB industry. In Europe, RTB exposes people’s data 376 times a day,” it also writes, adding: “Europeans and U.S. Internet users’ private data is sent to firms across the globe, including to Russia and China, without any means of controlling what is then done with the data.”
Elon Musk Says His $44 Billion Twitter Deal Is ‘On Hold’ - WSJ - https://www.wsj.com/articles/elon-musk-tweets-that-twitter-deal-is-temporarily-on-hold-11652436335
Elon Musk said his planned acquisition of Twitter Inc. TWTR -9.67%▼ was “temporarily on hold” because of concerns about fake accounts, a surprise twist that jolted investors and raised questions about his willingness to go through with the $44 billion transaction.
Texas HB 20: Tech asks SCOTUS to stop Texas social media law - Protocol - https://www.protocol.com/bulletins/big-tech-texas-supreme-court
The emergency order doesn’t seek a final ruling on the underlying law, HB 20, but rather asks the Supreme Court to reinstate the injunction on the law, while the appeals case proceeds through the Fifth Circuit. The groups are arguing that denial of their request could cause “irreparable harm” to businesses covered by the law. That includes tech giants like Meta, YouTube and Twitter among others.
(20) Kayvon Beykpour on Twitter: "The truth is that this isn’t how and when I imagined leaving Twitter, and this wasn’t my decision. Parag asked me to leave after letting me know that he wants to take the team in a different direction." / Twitter - https://twitter.com/kayvz/status/1524787801757126656
Shocker. GM of Consumer Twitter is fired by CEO. (came over from Periscope)
UK's Royal Mail aims to open up to 50 drone routes for rural deliveries | Engadget - https://www.engadget.com/uk-royal-mail-drone-delivery-routes-plan-145045463.html?src=rss
The UK's Royal Mail wants to set up as many as 50 drone routes over the next three years to make deliveries to remote communities. The plan, which requires approval from the Civil Aviation Authority, would see the service secure up to 200 of the autonomous devices from logistics drone company Windracers.
Dorsey weighs in on Twitter bans after Musk says Trump’s would be lifted | The Hill - https://thehill.com/policy/technology/3483638-dorsey-weighs-in-on-twitter-bans-after-musk-says-trumps-would-be-lifted/
“Musk says @jack agrees with him that there shouldn’t be permanent bans on individual Twitter users. Reminder that Dorsey was CEO when such bans were implemented,” Dan Primack, Axios business editor, tweeted on Tuesday.
Elon Musk Plans to Take Twitter Public a Few Years After Buyout - WSJ - https://www.wsj.com/articles/elon-musk-plans-to-take-twitter-public-again-later-sources-say-11651609707?mod=djemalertNEWS
Mr. Musk said he plans to stage an initial public offering of Twitter in as little as three years of buying it, according to people familiar with the matter. The deal is expected to close later this year, subject to conditions including the approval of Twitter shareholders and regulators, the company has said.
AI research is a dumpster fire and Google’s holding the matches - https://thenextweb.com/news/ai-research-dumpster-fire-and-googles-holding-the-matches
It’s now barely over a year later and history is repeating itself. Google fired another world-renowned AI researcher, Satrajit Chatterjee, after he led a team of scientists in challenging another paper Dean had signed off.
PayPal Helped Spur EU Antitrust Complaint Against Apple Payments - Bloomberg - https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-05-02/paypal-helped-spur-eu-antitrust-complaint-against-apple-payments?sref=iXl9PBjy
European regulators hit Apple with a so-called statement of objections on Monday, arguing that the iPhone maker abuses its control over mobile payments. The complaint centers on the company reserving the iPhone’s tap-to-pay abilities for its own Apple Pay service, rather than letting rival payment platforms use the feature.
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