Tech News Today for April 5, 2017
Tech News for Wednesday April 5, 2017
Microsoft says Keep Calm and Read the Privacy Statement because finally they're revealing exactly what information Windows 10 collects from you. When Windows 10 Creators Edition rolls out to you and yours on or around April 11th, the newly revised privacy statement will include a complete list of the diagnostic data collected at the Basic level. According to a blog post by EVP of the Windows & Devices Group Terry Myerson and Privacy Officer Marisa Rogers, the latest version of Windows improves in-product privacy information with both short descriptions about each privacy setting and a “Learn More” button. Read more at blogs.windows.com.
YouTube TV is launching today after first being announced last February, bringing more than 40 networks including the big four, live sports, and a host of popular cable networks like Disney and SyFy. A Live tab in the new app allows for channel surfing and the video content can be Cast to Chromecast enabled TV sets. Users can also follow any show with the built-in Unlimited DVR feature, and all future episodes will appear in their library going forward. The service costs $35 per month, with the first month free. Read more at theverge.com.
Facebook is working on new technology that will help in the fight against revenge porn. In case you're not familiar with the term, revenge porn is any explicit image that might have been shared voluntarily on a one-to-one basis, but is later distributed more widely, often for revenge. Now Facebook is doing its part to stop widespread sharing of images that have been reported as revenge porn. According to a blog post on their site, Facebook will use new photo-matching technology to prevent users from forwarding images that someone has tagged as an intimate photo that's been posted without consent. Read more at newsroom.fb.com.
Remember how Twitter had a good thing going with its deal to stream Thursday night NFL? Yeah, it lost that. The National Football League instead struck a 10 game deal with Amazon.com giving Prime members access to the games throughout the season. The one-year deal is reportedly valued near $50 million dollars. According to the Wall Street Journal, Facebook and Google were also in the running to carry the games. Read more at wsj.com.
Watch Out Hyperloop, Zunum Aero is a small electric-jet startup that might be the real future of regional travel. Business Insider reports that Boeing and JetBlue have both invested in the electric plane company that focuses on sustainable travel. Their aim is to get people out of their cars and into the air for flights of up to 1,000 miles. The three year old startup has been in stealth mode up until now, but they say they plan to have a hybrid electric aircraft that holds 10 to 50 passengers in the air by the year 2020. Read more at businessinsider.com.
Megan Morrone and Jason Howell are joined today by Jeff John Roberts of Fortune to talk about a privacy settlement of $5.3 million to Instagram and Twitter users. Tech News Today streams live weekdays at 4PM Pacific, 7PM Eastern at twit.tv/live. You can subscribe to the show and download it on-demand at twit.tv/tnt.