Verizon Cuts Off Data Brokers From Location Tracking

From PC Mag: Verizon announced today it would scale back a program that can expose cell phone location data of millions of customers without their consent. After some back and forth and a little public shaming courtesy of a US senator, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile pledged to do the same.

Gold Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus go on sale June 24 at Best Buy and Samsung

From CNET: If the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus don't grab you in lilac purple (our current fave) or coral blue, Samsung is offering up a new shade for its flagship phones: Sunrise gold.

Samsung says that this color will have a "satin gloss finish", a first for Samsung smartphones. What's that mean? Samsung says it's a mix of a satiny and matte texture that's meant to "capture the texture of fabric".

Sounds like it might not capture your fingerprints as much as the superglossy glass S9 phones, either.

Google Brings Android Messages to the Web

From PC Mag: Google is bringing Messages to the web so you can send and receive texts from your computer.

The highly requested feature is rolling out now; to try it out, open the Android Messages app on your phone, tap the more options menu () select "Messages for web," and follow the on-screen instructions. You'll need to open Messages for web on your computer, then scan the QR code there with your phone.

Adobe Project Rush aims to address social media pros' video woes

From CNET: With Project Rush, Adobe intends to provide social media professionals a video-editing tool that's both powerful and easy to use -- on any device. The company delivered a peek at the product this week, and is accepting applications for beta testers (Android will be in beta later than iOS), but it's not slated to officially launch until later this year, my guess is at its Adobe Max conference in mid-October.

Google moves to end website installation of Chrome extensions

From ComputerWorld: Google this week began barring Chrome users from installing add-ons offered by third-party websites, the last steps toward making the company's own market the only available source for browser extensions.

'Gaming Disorder' enters WHO's latest classification-of-diseases draft

From CNET: The World Health Organization just added "Gaming Disorder" to its list of modern ills.

It lives under the "Disorders due to addictive behavior" section in the organization's latest update to its International Classification of Diseases and is broken into three categories: predominantly online, predominantly offline and unspecified. WHO said in December 2017 that it would be adding the disorder.

WHO describes it thusly:

Apple adds secure emergency location features to get ahead of smartphones' 911 problems

From MacWorld: Apple made a big deal about our digital well-being when it unveiled iOS 12 at WWDC, but there’s one feature it didn't discuss that could have even greater life-saving benefits.

In a press release Monday, the company outlined how iPhones running iOS 12 will be able to share location data automatically and securely with first responders when you dial 911. Apple says this will help reduce emergency response times by providing faster and more accurate information that circumvents “outdated, landline-era infrastructure.”

Google will fix Chromecast and Google Home bug that reveals a user’s location

From The Verge: Google plans to release a patch sometime in the next few weeks to fix a bug in its Home smart speaker and Chromecast TV streaming stick that lets a website collect precise user location data, according to a report from security reporter Brian Krebs. The bug, disclosed by researcher Craig Young at security firm Tripwire, works by exploiting a loophole in Google’s systems to cross-check a list of nearby wireless networks with Google’s precise geolocation look-up services.

FTC reaches $11M settlement with get-rich-quick scammers targeting Amazon

From CNET: The Federal Trade Commission on Monday said it reached a $10.8 million settlement with two brothers who allegedly scammed prospective Amazon sellers for years with bogus coaching advice.

YouTube Blocking Legal Channels Ahead Of June 20 EU Copyright Vote

From Tom's Hardware: One of the largest French political parties, the National Rally (former National Front), had its video channel taken down by YouTube’s algorithms for alleged copyright violations. Prior to this incident, the National Rally party had pledged support for Article 13 of the proposed copyright directive reform, on which an EU Parliament committee will vote this Wednesday. Article 13 mandates that all online platforms implement similar copyright filters.


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