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|This is the Daily Tech News for Thursday Sept 13th 2018. In LA, I'm Tom Merritt|
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|:31||TM||Let's start with a few tech things you should know...|
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|SL||The European Court of Human Rights or ECHR has ruled that the UK’s Government Communications Headquarters failed to provide sufficient oversight and surveillance safeguards on bulk data collection violating Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. However the court also ruled that the agency’s sharing of data with foreign governments was not illegal and bulk data interception was ok so long as safeguards were in place. The case was brought to the court by 14 human rights and privacy rights organizations.||https://techcrunch.com/2018/09/13/uks-mass-surveillance-regime-violated-human-rights-law-finds-echr/|
|TM||In an email sent to Switch owners Nintendo stated the Sept 18th system update will lock Switch user profiles to their linked Nintendo accounts. Users should ensure all Switch profiles are assigned to the correct accounts because it will be impossible to unlink them in the future. The change will allow users to manage cloud game saves, DLC, and their Nintendo Switch Online membership.||https://www.polygon.com/2018/9/13/17855056/nintendo-switch-online-launch-user-accounts-unlink-how-to|
|JRY||Privacy focused browser Brave filed complaints against Google and other companies in the UK and Ireland based on GDPR. Brave and its co-plaintiffs say these firms aren't complying, because when a user visits a website, personal data that describe them is being shared without their knowledge.||https://www.reuters.com/article/us-europe-privacy-complaint/mozilla-co-founders-brave-files-adtech-complaint-against-google-idUSKCN1LS2JL?utm_source=reddit.com|
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|:33||SL||Facebook announced a new tool to help reviewers analyze pictures for false content more quickly. The system uses a machine learning model based on engagement signals like user feedback from Facebook, to flag false content that falls into 3 categories: 1) Manipulated or fabricated, 2) Out of context and 3) Text or Audio claim. Flagged content is sent to partner fact checkers for review who use visual verification techniques and research data from experts, academics and government agencies to cross check the content. The tool is available to all of Facebook’s 27 partners in 17 countries.||https://newsroom.fb.com/news/2018/09/expanding-fact-checking/|
|:36||TM||Snapchat announced 20 news partners including CNN, Cosmopolitan, Daily Mail, Harper’s Bazaar, and NBC News to curate "stories" from user-generated content on Snapchat's platform as part of a new content push on its media section, Discover. Snapchat says that In the past month, over 75 million people have watched this type of content on Discover. Last year, Snapchat launched a "Stories Everywhere" initiative, letting users and news organizations embed Snapchat content outside of its platform.||https://www.axios.com/snapchat-adds-20-new-media-partners-1536802424-a89ea3a9-f6b6-4d59-b7af-f6824e6494de.html|
|:39||JRY||Walmart acquired the crowdsourced, on-demand delivery marketplace Cornershop for $225 million. Cornershop offers delivery from supermarkets, pharmacies and specialty food retailers in Mexico and Chile, which Walmart says will continue after the deal closes. Last month Walmart co-led a $500 million investment in Chinese online grocery service Dada-JD Daojia, which is part-owned by JD. And back in January, Walmart partnered with Rakuten to offer grocery delivery in Japan as well as the sale of Rakuten e-readers, e-books and audiobooks in the U.S.||https://techcrunch.com/2018/09/13/walmart-to-acquire-mexico-chile-focused-grocery-delivery-service-cornershop-for-225m/|
|:41||tm||Krebs on Security reports on Project Verify from the four major US mobile carriers' Mobile Authentication Task Force, another take on authentication without passwords. It uses details from a person's phone and mobile account. That includes the customer's location and cryptographic signatures tied to the SIM card. The task force is working on app that would be pre-installed on phones. The app can also pre-populate data when signing up for a new account.The app is designed for mobile but could also exist on other devices. Public beta testing is scheduled for sometime next year.||https://krebsonsecurity.com/2018/09/u-s-mobile-giants-want-to-be-your-online-identity/|
|:44||SL||Alibaba affiliate Ant Financial denies claims that it scoured Equifax in order to gather, code, confidential data and documents to help recruit staff for its own credit scoring service. Sources tell the Wall Street Journal that Ant Financial hired China-born Canadian David Zou from Equifax, and that Zou looked up employee information at Equifax to find potential hires for Ant. In a statement, Ant Financial said it "did not use Equifax intellectual property or trade secrets, including code, algorithms or methodology in the development of our credit rating product. Ant Financial has found absolutely no evidence of Equifax software, data or code having been transferred to our systems."||https://techcrunch.com/2018/09/13/alibabas-ant-financial-denies-stealing-from-equifax/|
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|:47||TM||The monopoly-busting case against Google, Amazon, Uber, and Facebook - The Verge||https://www.theverge.com/2018/9/5/17805162/monopoly-antitrust-regulation-google-amazon-uber-facebook|
|What happens if Apple loses its Supreme Court App Store antitrust appeal? - The Verge||https://www.theverge.com/2018/6/20/17479480/supreme-court-apple-vs-pepper-antitrust-lawsuit-standing-explainer|
|Facebook and Google hit with $8.8 billion in GDPR lawsuits - The Verge||https://www.theverge.com/2018/5/25/17393766/facebook-google-gdpr-lawsuit-max-schrems-europe|
|Text - S.1812 - 115th Congress (2017-2018): Consolidation Prevention and Competition Promotion Act of 2017 | Congress.gov | Library of Congress||https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/1812/text?r=22|
|Yale Law Journal - Amazon’s Antitrust Paradox||https://www.yalelawjournal.org/note/amazons-antitrust-paradox|
|Wetmachine » Tales of the Sausage Factory » Why Platform Regulation Is Both Necessary and Hard.||http://www.wetmachine.com/tales-of-the-sausage-factory/why-platform-regulation-is-both-necessary-and-hard/|
|Apple v Pepper at Supreme Court. determinig if Apple's prohibition against third-party app stores is antitrust.|
Google and Facebook facing multiple GDPR lawsuits, the most recent addition from the Brave browser.
Open Markets’ Matthew Stoller to The Verge: “If you’re looking for a silver bullet, probably the best thing to do would be to block Google from being able to buy any companies. Suddenly, you have to compete with Google, you can’t just be bought out by Google.”
- Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) has introduced a bill that would place an outright ban on acquisitions by any company with a market cap higher than $100 billion.
- antitrust standard is focused on consumer harm and Amazon stays out of controversy because it generally benefits consumers
- lawyer Lina Khan argues Amazon should be treated as a utility infrastructure company. (FTC commissioner Rohit Chopra hired Khan in July)
- Stacy Mitchell, co-director at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance told the Verge “Amazon needs to be broken up so that the platform is separated from its retail and manufacturing operations. The platform needs to be treated like a common carrier, so it’s required to serve all comers equally.”
Facebook - social networks are a natural monopoly, and no amount of portability requirements will ever produce a meaningful competitor to Facebook
- Compared to AT&T and the split into baby bells.
- A lot of talk abput a new law for Facebook's problems
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|SL||Yaru in Malaysia wanted to clarify after yesterday's apple event: Tom mentioned that the iPhone X is available at a lower price and Sarah mentioned interest in buying it at 39:36. This is technically true in third party marketplace but incorrect in the official lineup sense. The 5.8 iPhone X has been discontinued with the 5.8-inch XS basically being its replacement.|
|TM||Hi Sarah, hi Tom, hi Roger,|
A quick comment from a fellow tech reporter in Brussels. After listening to DTNS on my morning commute, as I do every single day.
Sausage making is a messy business, and this is a particularly messy European legal sausage. However, I am reasonably confident (say, 85% confident) that Europe did not just approve upload filters and a link tax, Tom. That’s based on calling quite a lot of well-informed people who told me wildly differing versions of this, and then trying to digest it all.
Here is the main point many people have been missing: this is not about ‘the’ internet, it’s about Google. And, to a lesser degree, Facebook. Article 11 is about making Google pay a licensing fee to news publishers. Article 13 is about making Youtube pay more money to artists. Why? Because Google has a lot of money, and you can argue they don’t really pay their fair share. So this is essentially a Google tax, camouflaged as a copyright reform. Or, at least, that’s what many of the authors of the original proposal intended.
Thank you for DTNS! It is a great way to start the day, in my time zone. And since Sarah has joined, and the old TNT team is (almost) back together, I try not to miss a single episode.
Keep it up!
Tech reporter & columnist for daily newspaper De Standaard in Brussels
Co-host of Bits & Atomen, a weekly science & tech podcast in Dutch
Twitter: @ddeckmyn (in Dutch!)
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