As public and political sentiment shifts against the titans of Silicon Valley, the tech world's tactics in Washington are getting dirty. Google has been facing increased scrutiny lately, and Oracle has been doing its best to fuel the fire. In a new report about its latest attack, Oracle's political fixer in Washington, Ken Gleuck, threw around accusations that sound more like Steve Bannon than Steve Jobs.
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A new study by France's Exodus Privacy and the Yale University Privacy lab has concluded that over three out of four of apps available on the Google Play Store contain third-party tracking plugins, the Guardian reported today. Apps sucking up personal information included some of the most popular ones on the platform, "including Tinder, Spotify, Uber and OKCupid", as well as innumerable others.
Uber has made a lot of questionable decisions behind closed doors, and today, yet another one emerged. According to The Information, between 2014 and 2016, Uber used secret software called "Hell" in order to track drivers from its biggest rival, Lyft.
Facebook knows more about your personal life than you probably realise. As part of the company's increasingly aggressive advertising operation, Facebook goes to great lengths to track you across the web. The company compiles a list of personal details about every user that includes major life events and general interests. For years, details have been murky about how exactly the social network targets ads -- but the company has finally given us a glimpse into how the secret sauce is made.
The 2016 election has intensely focused on the debate surrounding the NSA's endless amount of spying powers. But when Iowa voters recently voiced their opinion on who should be in charge of that murky world of cyber surveillance (among other things), they didn't know they were already targets themselves.
Researchers at Ishikawa Watanabe Laboratory, the University of Tokyo and Tokyo Electron Device have developed a high-speed projector system that can track and flawlessly match the complex movements of whatever surface it's projecting on.
Back at WWDC in June, Apple told the world that a new iOS 8 feature would stop marketers from spying on users through Wi-Fi. The feature is available now -- but it turns out it only works if you turn off your GPS and disable your call signal, which isn't quite as comprehensive as we may have thought.