The European Commission on Friday said Apple has abused its dominance in the distribution of music streaming apps through its app store. Margrethe Vestager, the head of competition policy in the EU, said in a press conference that in preliminary findings, Apple exercises considerable market power in the distribution of music-streaming apps to owners of Apple devices.
Nicolas Kuronam, a 30-year-old web designer, briefly took control of Google’s Argentinian website last week after a slip-up. This is not the first time a developer has managed to buy a Google domain name when someone on the Google team forgot to renew the domain name.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, both born in India, are rushing aid to to the country as it battles an increase in COVID-19 cases. The aid announced Monday aims to help support a critical shortage of medical oxygen, and technical expertise.
Apple users can share files using AirDrop, but studies by security researchers at the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany show that uninvited people can also tap into data. The report estimates users of more than 1.5 billion Apple devices are vulnerable. Naked Security points to the data revealed in a press release
about an academic paper researchers will present at a Usenix conference later in 2021.
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.