WhatsApp dark mode for iPhone arrives in latest beta

From The Verge: WhatsApp is finally getting a dark mode soon on iPhone soon. A new beta version of WhatsApp for iOS has appeared with dark mode enabled, indicating that it will soon be available for all iPhone users. MacRumors reports that the testing notes include a dark mode, although no beta testers have shared what the mode looks like.

France hits Apple with $27M fine for slowing down old iPhones

From CNET: France's consumer watchdog on Friday announced that it fined Apple 25 million euros ($27.4 million) for intentionally slowing down older iPhone models with a software update.

The action follows an investigation by the Directorate General for Competition, Consumption and the Suppression of Fraud that kicked off in January 2018, after Apple admitted that its iOS software slowed down the performance of older iPhones to counteract problems found in aging lithium-ion batteries

Hero 8 drives GoPro to second most profitable quarter ever

From The Verge: Sales of the GoPro Hero 8 series helped the company post Q4 revenue of $528 million, up 40 percent compared to the same holiday quarter last year. It was the third best quarter in terms of revenue ever posted by the company, which founder and CEO Nick Woodman took public in 2014. Those numbers allowed the company to eke out a profit of $102 million for the October to December 2019 period, it’s second most profitable quarter ever, according to Woodman.

Developers Can Now Sell One App for All Mac/iOS Platforms

From PC Mag: It looks as though the days of buying the same app multiple times for your macOS and iOS devices may soon be over.

As The Verge reports, game and app developer Steve Troughton-Smith noticed one of the new features in the 11.4 beta version of Apple Xcode is universal purchases. What it means is, a developer can decide to build and distribute an app as a universal purchase, which means anyone purchasing such an app can use it on both their macOS and iOS devices, as well as those running iPadOS, tvOS, and watchOS if there's support.

Huawei hits Verizon with lawsuits alleging patent infringement

From CNET: Huawei on Thursday launched a pair of patent infringement lawsuits against Verizon, alleging the US carrier used 12 of its patents without authorization. The controversial Chinese company's suits were filed in United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Texas.

It's seeking compensation for the use of networking, download security and video communication technology it says are covered by 12 patents.

Spotify’s paid subscribers accelerate as podcast listening grows 200 percent

From The Verge: Spotify’s continued investment in podcasts appears to be paying off, after the company reported that podcast listening has increased by 200 percent year-on-year in its fourth quarter earnings today. The company says it now has over 700,000 podcasts on its platform, and that over 16 percent of its users now listen to podcasts. Spotify says the amount of users paying for its premium tier increased to 124 million.

YouTube's Old Desktop Interface Will Be Disabled in March

From PC Mag: Three years ago Google launched a new look for YouTube, but allowed users to opt-out and continue using the classic interface on desktop. However, from March, that option disappears and everyone will be forced to use the "new experience."

Yesterday, a new Google support page appeared detailing how the older version of the YouTube desktop interface is being discontinued. We don't have a specific date, but the old interface is set to disappear in March, meaning if you are still using next month you'll load up YouTube one day to find a very different experience.

Clearview AI hit with cease-and-desist from Google over facial recognition collection

From CNET: Google and YouTube have sent a cease-and-desist letter to Clearview AI, the facial recognition company that has been scraping billions of photos off the internet and using it to help more than 600 police departments identify people within seconds.

That follows a similar action by Twitter, which sent Clearview AI a cease-and-desist letter for its data scraping in January. The letter from Google-owned YouTube was first seen by CBS News. (Note: CBS News and CNET share the same parent company, ViacomCBS.)

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