Facebook bug exposed up to 6.8M users’ unposted photos to apps

From TechCrunch: Reset the “days since the last Facebook privacy scandal” counter, as a Facebook has just revealed a Photo API bug gave app developers too much access to the photos of up to 5.6 million users. The bug allowed apps users had approved to pull their timeline photos to also receive their Facebook Stories, Marketplace photos, and most worryingly, photos they’d uploaded to Facebook but never shared. Facebook says the bug ran for 12 days from September 13th to September 25th.

ASUS Chief Exec Jerry Shen Steps Down

From AnandTech: ASUS on Thursday announced the resignation of its long-time CEO, Jerry Shen. The step down follows a major change in the company’s smartphone strategy and precedes the company’s switch to a co-CEO management model. Meanwhile, Mr. Shen will be moving on to lead iFast, an AI+IoT startup, which will be partly funded by ASUS.

Qualcomm seeks broader China iPhone ban as Apple pushes software update

From Ars Technica: Apple's patent battle with Qualcomm in China has intensified this week, with Qualcomm seeking a broader ban and Apple claiming it has a workaround to avoid Qualcomm's patents.

On Monday, Qualcomm announced that a Chinese court had banned the sale of most iPhone models. However, Apple's newest models, the iPhone XS and XR, were not covered by the ban because they had not yet been introduced when Qualcomm filed its lawsuit late last year.

Qualcomm remedied that oversight this week, asking the same Chinese court to ban sales of the XS and XR.

Apple to build $1B Austin campus, add thousands of jobs in US expansion

From CNET: Apple will build a new Austin campus for $1 billion and expand its operations across the US, the company said Thursday.

The iPhone maker will also set up new offices in Seattle, San Diego and Culver City, California, as well as expanding operations in Pittsburgh, New York and Boulder, Colorado, according to its release.

Three Years Later, Google Chromecast Is Back on Amazon

From PC Mag: Planning to buy someone on your list a Google Chromecast media streamer? Now you can order one on Amazon with Prime two-day shipping.

A year after announcing plans to add Google Chromecast back to its digital store shelves, Amazon has finally made good on that promise, as Android Police first reported.

The move comes more than three years after Amazon pulled Google Chromecast and Apple TV from its virtual store in October 2015 because neither of them ran the company's Prime Video streaming service.

GE To Spin Off Industrial IoT Business Into $1.2B Standalone Company

From CRN: General Electric revealed on Thursday its plan to spin off its GE Digital business into a standalone industrial Internet of Things company, ending months of speculation about the division's fate.

Intel and ESL Commit $100 Million to eSports

From Tom's Hardware: Intel and eSports organizer and production company ESL have announced this week a commitment to invest at least $100 million to "shape the future landscape of eSports through innovative technology, tournaments and events" through 2021 in what the companies described as "the biggest brand and technology eSports partnership in history." That's a lot of money, but it almost doesn't seem like it when you consider the duo's belief that eSports will become a billion-dollar industry. Almost.

Instacart and Amazon-owned Whole Foods are parting ways

From TechCrunch: Instacart has announced this morning it will no longer be doing business with Whole Foods, a U.S. organic grocery chain the company launched a partnership with in 2014. This comes roughly one year after Amazon closed its $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods; Amazon, of course, has its own grocery delivery service, AmazonFresh.

FCC Investigates Wireless Coverage Cheating by Telecom Carriers

From eWeek: The Federal Communications Commission has announced that it’s putting on hold a $4.53 billion payout to wireless broadband providers while it investigates charges that a major U.S. carrier has overstated its wireless coverage. The FCC grants are intended to help cover the cost for wireless providers to cover thinly populated areas. The amount a carrier gets paid depends on its actual coverage, and competitors are encouraged to check each other’s claims.

Intel Adds B365 Chipset to Lineup: The Return of 22nm

From AnandTech: Intel has quietly added a new chipset that is made using the company’s 22 nm fabrication process to its 300-series lineup. As the name suggests, the Intel B365 PCH for desktop PCs has a similar positioning with the company’s B360 chipset, but the two products have many differences apart from their manufacturing technologies. Meanwhile, the launch of a 22 nm product is expected to free up some capacity for 14 nm products, such as CPUs


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