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Facebook hit with three privacy investigations in a single day

Third time lucky — unless you’re Facebook .

The social networking giant was hit Thursday by a trio of investigations over its privacy practices following a particularly tumultuous month of security lapses and privacy violations — the latest in a string of embarrassing and damaging breaches at the company, much of its own doing.

First came a probe by the Irish data protection authority looking into the breach of “hundreds of millions” of Facebook and Instagram user passwords that were stored in plaintext on its servers. The company will be investigated under the European GDPR data protection law, which could lead to fines of up to four percent of its global annual revenue for the infringing year — already some several billions of dollars.

Then, Canadian authorities confirmed that the beleaguered social networking giant broke its strict privacy laws, reports TechCrunch’s Natasha Lomas. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada said it plans to take Facebook to federal court to force the company to correct its “serious contraventions” of Canadian privacy law. The findings came in the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which vacuumed up more than 600,000 profiles of Canadian citizens.

Lastly, and slightly closer to home, Facebook was hit by its third investigation — this time by New York attorney general Letitia James. The state chief law enforcer is looking into the recent “unauthorized collection” of 1.5 million user email addresses, which Facebook used for profile verification, but inadvertently also scraped their contact lists.

“It is time Facebook is held accountable for how it handles consumers’ personal information,” said James in a statement. “Facebook has repeatedly demonstrated a lack of respect for consumers’ information while at the same time profiting from mining that data.”

Facebook spokesperson Jay Nancarrow said the company is “in touch with the New York State attorney general’s office and are responding to their questions on this matter.”

You might think a trifecta of terrible news would be crushing for the social network. Alas, its stock is up close to 6 percent at market close, adding some $40 billion to its value.


Source: TechCrunch

George Clooney and Microsoft’s TrialWatch hopes to put a spotlight on injustice

Microsoft and The Clooney Foundation for Justice unveiled the TrialWatch app Thursday during an event at Columbia University — a new tool in CFJ’s ongoing effort to shine a light on injustice in courts around the globe.

The post George Clooney and Microsoft’s TrialWatch hopes to put a spotlight on injustice appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Tesla to open up Model 3 orders in UK

Tesla is poised to open up orders for the Model 3 in the U.K. by early May, as well as other markets that have right-hand drive vehicles, according to a tweet from CEO Elon Musk.

The Model 3 order page will go live May 1 or 2 in the U.K., followed by Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong. Tesla’s U.K. web page says “deliveries in right-hand drive markets will begin in the second half of 2019.”

The first Model 3 vehicles were handed over to U.S. customers beginning in July 2017 at a splashy event at its factory in Fremont, Calif. Those first vehicles went to Tesla employees and deliveries limped along for months due to production bottlenecks. Deliveries began in earnest in 2018.

The expansion into more right-hand drive markets follows a disappointing first quarter for Tesla.

The company reported Wednesday wider-than-expected loss of $702 million, which included $188 million of non-recurring charges.

Tesla’s Q1 revenues fell to $4.5 billion, compared to $7.2 billion in the fourth quarter, in part due to its failure to efficiently deliver Model 3 vehicles to customers overseas.

About 50 percent of Tesla deliveries in the first quarter occurred in the final 10 days of the period. “That’s insane,” Musk said Wednesday during an earnings call.

Musk said the company is changing how it delivers vehicles as a result of the challenges it faced last quarter. Instead of building cars in batches and sending that dedicated bunch to one region, Tesla plans to blend vehicle production customers throughout the quarter, said Musk, who added this strategy will put less strain on its logistics system.

“We don’t want a situation again like we had in Q1, where essentially, all the cars were arriving to customers worldwide, all at the same time,” Musk said. “So it just makes sense to plan production according to demand moving forward.”


Source: TechCrunch

Google makes it simpler for employees to report harassment and discrimination – CNET

The changes come almost six months after the historic Google walkout.
Source: CNET

The best Google Home Hub deal just got better (again): $70 – CNET

How low can it go? Originally $149, the screen-equipped smart assistant drops yet again.
Source: CNET

Avengers: Endgame has already hit $169M internationally – CNET

It broke records in several international markets.
Source: CNET

Beyoncé, Donald Glover, Adidas, Nike, and the Fight for Cool

Adidas’ collaboration with Donald Glover is just its latest attempt to define culture. Also on deck? Beyoncé.
Source: Wired

The US Navy is drafting new rules to report UFO sightings – CNET

*X-Files theme song plays loudly.*
Source: CNET

Avengers: Endgame or bust — My 59-hour Marvel movie marathon's on day 3 – CNET

I’m holed up in a theater watching 22 Marvel films back to back. At the halfway point, I’m feeling great (and loving Captain America).
Source: CNET

Intel’s CPU shortage is no longer affecting Microsoft’s sales

As manufacturers pivot to using other processors like AMD in their computers, Microsoft has been able to survive Intel’s CPU shortage just fine and says it is no longer worried about the shortage affecting Windows sales.

The post Intel’s CPU shortage is no longer affecting Microsoft’s sales appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

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