WhatsApp is rolling out a new location-sharing feature, this week. “This latest feature allows users to share their location with other contacts using end-to-end encryption,” 9To5Google writes. “Users can share their location on a per chat basis and for a limited amount of amount of time, and also have the ability to stop sharing at any point.”
The Verge takes a closer look at Nude, a new app that uses machine learning to scan users’ phones, and automatically store their nude pictures in a code-protected “vault.” According to The Verge: “The images on your device are never sent to Nude itself,” which "is possible thanks to CoreML, the machine learning framework Apple introduced with iOS 11.”
Facebook and Google reportedly helped a U.S.-based advocacy group spread inflammatory anti-immigration ads in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election. As sources tell Bloomberg: “Facebook … competed with sales staff from Alphabet Inc.’s Google for millions in ad dollars from Secure America Now, the conservative, nonprofit advocacy group whose campaign included a mix of anti-Hillary Clinton and anti-Islam messages.”
Apple and General Electric have partnered up to develop mobile apps for industrial purposes, like managing machinery. Per the pact, GE will soon “publish a toolkit it has built with Apple that helps developers build software for iPhones and iPads that uses its Predix data-collection and analysis tool,” Bloomberg reports. “Apple is making Predix its preferred tool for connected factories."
Relative to more traditional U.S. media companies, international revenue and subscribers are helping Netflix offset rising content costs, Variety reports. “Only one of the traditional TV companies -- Discovery -- has a more even balance of domestic and international revenue than Netflix,” it writes, citing each company’s 10-K filing for the most recent fiscal year.
As expected, eBay is rolling out a new Authenticate program, which makes its possible for sellers to verify the authenticity of their wares. In doing so, “eBay is going after high-end clientele in search of luxury goods,” TechCrunch writes. “Initially, the service will focus on luxury handbags and wallets across 12 high-end brands, including Louis Vuitton, Chanel … and Valentino.”
Facebook is looking to hire people who have national security clearances, Bloomberg reports. Apparently, the company believes such measures are “necessary to prevent foreign powers from manipulating future elections through its social network,” Bloomberg writes, citing sources with insight into Facebook’s thinking. “Workers with such clearance can access information classified by the U.S. government.”
Facebook is committed to helping U.S. congressional investigators publish Russia-backed political ads that ran during the last election, COO Sheryl Sandberg said this week. “Things happened on our platform in this election that should not have happened,” Sandberg said in an interview with Axios, as reported by Reuters. “We told Congress and the intelligence committees that when they are ready to release the ads, we are ready to help them.”
Twitter reportedly deleted tweets connected to Russia’s manipulation of the network during the last presidential election. “A substantial amount of valuable information held by Twitter is lost for good,” Politico reports, citing cybersecurity analysts and other current and former U.S. officials.
In response to sexual harassment allegations, Amazon just suspended Roy Price, vice president of Amazon Studios and global head of Prime Video content. The harassment claim came from one of the company’s producers, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In Price’s absence, chief operating officer Albert Cheng will step in,” it writes.