Oct 13th 2019
This Week in Tech 740
This week's stories
- The Chinese propaganda app that spies on all Chinese citizens
- Chinese influence in video games, social media, and other industries - where do we draw the line?
- What is Tencent? How much influence do they have over the world? Here's how to keep them from watching your iPhone
- Can we still trust Apple? Can we trust anyone?
- At what point do we admit that we are in a multi-state information war?
- Is there any way to fine Facebook fairly? Bring back the Office of Technology Assesment!
- Remember: the answer to bad politics is not "no politics". It is good politics.
- Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency is falling apart
- There is a very good reason why politicians can lie on Facebook
- How Boris Johnson games Google
- There are no political ads in France. Could we do that in America?
- Which weird phone stands a better chance: the Essential Gem or Microsoft Duo?
- Apple Arcade is still wonderful.
- How much do Americans know about tech? Not a lot. What should we do about that?
- SCOTUS decides websites must be accessible to blind people
- Lithium-ion battery inventors win Nobel Prize
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- Sources: in early 2018, Eddy Cue and Morgan Wandell, Apple's international TV lead, asked some Apple TV+ show creators to avoid
- Apple Safari browser sends some user IP addresses to Chinese conglomerate Tencent by default
- Apple Removes App That Tracked Hong Kong Police - The New York Times
- Chinese propaganda app doubles as new spying tool for authorities, report says - The Washington Post
- Daring Fireball: Tim Cook's Company-Wide Memo on HKmap.live Doesn't Add Up
- US games company Blizzard kowtows to Beijing by banning gamer who dared to bring up Hong Kong
- Blizzard reinstates Hong Kong protestor’s prize, says “China had no influence”
- Riot doesn’t want League of Legends broadcasters discussing ‘sensitive topics’ on the air
- Unlike Blizzard, Epic Games says it won’t ban players for political speech
- Google pulls Hong Kong protest game for violating rules against ‘capitalizing on sensitive events’
- EBay, Visa, Mastercard, Stripe abandon Facebook's libra cryptocurrency
- Why Facebook can’t stop politicians from lying - The Verge
- Mark Zuckerberg to testify before Congress on Facebook's libra cryptocurrency
- EXCLUSIVE: Inside New York City’s Partnership With Israeli iPhone Hacking Company Cellebrite
- Andy Rubin’s Essential Gem Isn’t Just a New Phone | WIRED
- Americans and Digital Knowledge | Pew Research Center
- To curb lobbying power, Elizabeth Warren wants to reinstate the Office of Technology Assessment
- Essential reveals Project Gem smartphone with very long, unusual design