Not everyone is applauding Apple’s big push into education tools and services, which the tech giant laid out earlier this week. Its education strategy revolves “completely” around the iPad in classrooms, says Bradley Chambers at 9to5Mac. Yet, “Education didn’t need a faster iPad [and it] didn’t need Apple Pencil support,” he believes. “Those are great features for a consumer-friendly iPad, but education needed a clearer signal from Apple that they understand how school districts actually operate around the country and around the globe.”
Among other pressing privacy concerns, some people are asking why Facebook saves videos they created using the network’s tools -- but never actually posted. New York magazine’s Madison Malone Kircher looked into the matter, and wasn’t happy with what she discovered. Reached for comment, a Facebook rep said: “We’ve heard that when accessing their information from our Download Your Information tool, some people are seeing their old videos that do not appear on their profile or Activity Log … We are investigating.”
Pinterest is finally adding a feed featuring content shared by the people users choose to follow. As The Verge notes: “The current Pinterest experience already revolves around a feed of pins, but it doesn’t take into account who you follow all that much.” Dubbed ‘Following,’ the new tab “will only show the latest pins from the people and boards [users have] chosen to follow.”
Using Oracle-owned Java programming code in its Android operating system could cost Google billions of dollars, per a new ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. “Google’s use of Java shortcuts to develop Android went too far and was a violation of Oracle’s copyrights,” Bloomberg reports, citing the court’s decision. “The dispute, which could have far-reaching implications for the entire software industry, has divided Silicon Valley for years.”
Apple reportedly plans to debut the fourth version of its smart watch this fall. “The new models will have a larger display, enhanced health monitoring and longer battery life,” 9To5Mac writes, citing a report by KGI. “Apple Watch has had the same external design since the first-generation … It seems like that is set to change with the Series 4.”
Mark Zuckerberg has declined a request to appear before a UK Parliamentary committee to address Facebook’s role in the Cambridge Analytica controversy. In his stead, Facebook’s CEO is apparently sending one of his deputies, Business Insider reports. “The ‘deputies’ offered up to MPs are two long-serving Facebook executives: the chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer and the chief product officer Chris Cox,” BI reports.
Confronted with increasing public pressure, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has decided to testify before Congress, CNN reports. News of the decision comes more than one week after reports first surfaced that President Trump's consultancy, Cambridge Analytica, harvested data from 50 million Facebook users.
Despite the rise of “tailored” video-streaming services, consumers are still paying for a ton of content they’ll never watch. That’s according to Bloomberg’s Tara Lachapelle, who writes: “While pay-TV companies and network operators are billing their new products as the solution for providing cheaper, more tailored and convenient viewing, it seems they're instead moving further away from what consumers want.” Adds Lachapelle: “The new services aren't really any more personalized or that much cheaper than cable.”
Ian Bogost -- an ex-Facebook app developer -- doesn’t believe that the social giant can clean up the mess it made by letting developers run roughshod over user rights prior to 2014. Among other issues, “All the publicity around Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica crisis might be sending lots of old app developers, like me, back to old code and dusty databases, wondering what they’ve even got stored and what it might yet be worth,” he writes in The Atlantic.
This year, Spotify expects revenue to grow 20% to 30%. That mean the Swedish music streaming service expects to take in between $6.1 billion and $6.8 billion. “Shares of Spotify Technology SA are set to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange on April 3 in an unusual direct listing without traditional underwriters,” Reuters notes.