Streaming digital media has a high return on investment, especially when the company streaming pays very little to artists and rights holders. In a letter to artists obtained by the Wall Street Journal on Friday, Apple Music told artists it pays a penny per stream, It turns out that Apple’s penny-per-stream is roughly double what Spotify pays to music-rights holders per stream. Spotify pays an average of about one-third to one-half penny per stream.
Under new federal requirements, hospitals insurers, and healthcare providers can no longer use special codes that shield pricing information in web services on Google and other engines. The Wall Street Journal reported that hospitals were supposed to post data at the start of 2021. Insurers must comply beginning in 2022. The hospital industry had fought the requirement in court but lost. The new guidelines were released March 23, by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Guidance was issued in GitHub, a developer website for a variety of platforms and industries.
Google in July will make changes to FeedBurner for its non-core feed management features, such as email subscriptions. The company recommends transitioning to another email subscription service.
Beijing is forcing Jack Ma's financial-technology giant, Ant Group, to scale back its activities and dismantle the company that have given it a big advantage over rivals and China's banks and traditional financial institutions. Ant, an affiliate of Alibaba Group Holding, will be subject to regulations similar to those governing banks. The WSJ expects the changes to "curtail" some growth potential.
A hacker on Saturday published the phone numbers and personal data of Facebook users, exposing personal information of more than 533 million users from 106 countries, including over 32 million records on users in the U.S., 11 million on users in the UK, and 6 million on users in India. It includes phone numbers, Facebook IDs, full names, locations, birthdates, bios, and, in some cases, email addresses. In a related article, Business Insider reports that the mobile number of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was among the personal information leaked online.
This year's Mobile World Congress (MWC) show in Barcelona took a beating with the news that Intel, Google, and Microsoft will attend the physical show, deciding they will not attend in June because of lingering concern about COVID-19. They join others such as Ericsson, Facebook, Nokia, Cisco, and Sony that also decided to back out.
Google canceled April Fools' pranks on Thursday, stating that the reason was to honor all those who have been affected by COVID-19. An internal memo sent by Google Vice President of Global Marketing Marvin Chow obtained by Business Insider states that “much of the world” is still dealing with “serious challenges.” Google April Fools' Day pranks historically have become the stuff of tech legends, reports Business Insider. One year the company reported a plan for a human settlement on Mars, and in another it reported a treasure-hunt option on Google Maps.
Trinity College Researcher Douglas Leith told Ars Technica that Android and iOS transmit telemetry data to their motherships even when a user hasn’t logged in or has explicitly configured privacy settings to opt out. Both operating systems send data to Apple and Google when a user does simple things like insert a SIM card or browse the handset settings screen. Each device connects to its back-end server on average every 4.5 minutes.
Asked for lessons learned since taking over the helm at Google, CEO Sundar Pichai's response involves making major decisions, but the biggest lesson is leaning how to move the needle. "There are very few decisions that are extremely high stakes, where mistakes are going to have major consequences," he told Inc. "It's the incremental decisions that lead to progress."
The Arizona State Senate, scheduled to vote on a bill Wednesday, would have imposed far-reaching changes on how Apple and Google operate their mobile app stores. It would have allowed an alternative in-app payment systems, bypassing the two companies. The vote never happened, reports The Verge, having been passed over on the schedule without explanation. Basecamp co-founder David Heinemeier Hansson, a harsh Apple critic, has accusing Apple of stepping in to stop the vote.