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|This is the Daily Tech News for Tuesday Feb 6th, 2018. From DTNS HQ in LA I'm Tom Merritt|
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|:31||TM||Let's start with a few tech things you should know...|
|sl||The European Commission will review Apple's acquisition of Shazam which was announced in December. Seven European countries requested the review based on competition concerns.||https://techcrunch.com/2018/02/06/apples-shazam-takeover-triggers-competition-review-in-europe/|
|tm||Uber founder Travis Kalanick took the witness stand in the Uber Way trial and said under oath that he believed Waymo is in the lead in developing autonomous cars. Kalanick also admitted he met with former Waymo and Uber employee Anthony Levandowski in 2015 before Levandowski left Google. Levandowski is accused of taking proprietary information from the Google division that became Waymo and giving that information to Uber.||https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/02/kalanick-agrees-google-was-and-is-in-the-lead-in-autonomous-vehicles/|
|SL||New Jersey is the latest state to pass on executive order that requires ISPs to follow neutrality rules if they sell Internet service to state agencies. The order says these agencies may only buy Internet service from ISPs that adhere to net neutrality principles, and the protections will cover ordinary residents as well as government officials. The order will apply to ISPs that accept state contracts on or after July 1st.||https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/02/isps-must-follow-net-neutrality-in-new-jersey-governor-declares/|
|tm||Sources tell Variety that Viacom is acquiring web video conference VidCon. In 2017 Vidcon draw more than 30,000 attendees, many of them online video personalities. Last month Viacom acquired WhoSay, a marketing firm that targets a younger demographic online with branded content.||http://variety.com/2018/digital/news/viacom-acquiring-vidcon-exclusive-1202687868/amp/|
|:32||Now here are some more top stories|
|sl||The Apple HomePod review embargo has lifted, and the consensus seems to be - looks great, sounds great, but at a price of $349 with voice controls limited to Siri and only working with Apple Music with no third-party service support, Apple has its work cut out for it in this category. HomePod reviews published today shine liight on upcoming features such as FullRoom, which will enable a pair of HomePods to automatically detect and balance each other to create stereo-like sound. The HomePod's multi-room audio support via AirPlay 2 will be available later this year as well.||https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/6/16976906/apple-homepod-review-smart-speaker|
|tm||A letter from Apple to US lawmakers sent February 2 and made public Tuesday said Apple has seen strong demand for replacement iPhone batteries and that the company may offer rebates to those who paid full price for battery replacements, before Apple lowered the price in December. Apple also said it updated software in January to slow phones with weak batteries to prevent crashes. Apple said it did not update the consumer notes to highlight the change until February because it wanted to confirm that the update indeed reduced crashes. Apple also said “iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X models include hardware updates that allow a more advanced performance management system that more precisely allows iOS to anticipate and avoid an unexpected shutdown.”||https://www.reuters.com/article/us-apple-batteries/apple-sees-strong-demand-for-replacement-iphone-batteries-letter-idUSKBN1FQ2IU|
|sl||Google has added augmented reality stickers to its Motion Stills app. Android users can use it to stabilize shaky video, add motion text and of course put a virtual chicken in the middle of your video. You place the chicken or ginger bread man on a flat surface in the cameras field of view then shoot a video and the chicken, cookie man or T-Rex will stay in place as you move the camera. It doesn't use ARCore so it can't match objects to scale but it can work on any Android device with a gyroscope.||https://www.cnet.com/news/google-android-app-gets-ar-stickers-for-video-sharing/?ftag=COS-05-10aaa0b&linkId=47797587|
|tm||Amazon announced that starting Wednesday, February 7th its removing the lock screen ads from phones sold through its Prime Exclusive Phone program at a discount. The removal will supposedly help fast unlocking tech like facial recognition and fingerprint sensors. Phones in the program include LG and Moto mid-range phones and the Nokia 6. The discount for the phones won't be as much and the phones will still come with preinstalled Amazon apps like Prime Video and Prime Music.||https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2018/2/6/16979184/amazon-prime-exclusive-smartphones-ad-lock-screen-remove-software-update|
|sl||Le Figaro reports France's high court has ruled that drivers are not allowed to touch a smartphone unless they're parked in a designated parking spot with the engine off. An exception is made for drivers who have been in an accident or had a vehicle breakdown. Violators can be fined 135 Euros.||https://www.engadget.com/2018/02/06/france-bans-smartphone-use-in-cars-even-when-you-pull-over/|
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|:45||Apple abruptly pulled Telegram last week when it learned app was serving child pornography||https://9to5mac.com/2018/02/05/apple-telegram-illegal-content/|
|Last week, Telegram the messaging app was suspended from the app store. Turns out it was because of concerns about child porn being transmitted over Telegram's system.|
But the way we found out about this was Phil Schiller emailing an Apple user
Talk about your experience as a developer with app store communications?
Seems like Apple very often gives vague reasons for not accepting apps leaving the devs to guess what they need to fix. In Telegram's case it sounds like Apple told them more directly what the reason was but then went and blabbed it to the public in a side channel.
Curious how that sits with you and other app makers.
|9to5 Mac reader Alijah emailed Phil Schiller about the Telegram suspension.|
Schiller wrote back "The Telegram apps were taken down off the App Store because the App Store team was alerted to illegal content, specifically child pornography, in the apps. After verifying the existence of the illegal content the team took the apps down from the store, alerted the developer, and notified the proper authorities, including the NCMEC (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)."
|Also "An issue at Apple appears to be resulting in app developers getting emails of ad spend and install summaries for apps belonging to other developers."||https://techcrunch.com/2018/02/06/apple-search-ads-apps/|
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|:52||sl||Thing of the day:|
|Time to check in with Chris Christensen on AirBnB's move into real estate||http://amateurtraveler.com/|
|tm||Let's check the mailbag Sarah|
Hey DTNS crew,
Thought I'd share with you the voicemail I just got from a scammer purporting to be from Dell. I was particularly taken aback because on the voicemail he verified not only my full name but knew my computer model and service tag. A quick Google search told me that there was a Dell hack of some sort over a year ago, and Ars Technica wrote about it and at the time had no luck getting Dell to ever admit what really happened or exactly what customer info was taken and what Dell was doing about it. I found it odd they're calling now given how long ago this hack was, so maybe just a word to the wise that they're still trying to use this stolen info to contact customers. I wonder if the database was recently sold to another group of scammers or they're just now getting to some people on the list.
-Adam in always sunny San Diego
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