Apple is following through on its pledge to crack down on Facebook and other snoopy apps that secretly shadow people on their iPhones in order to target more advertising at users. The new privacy feature, dubbed “App Tracking Transparency,” rolled out Monday as part of an update to the operating system powering the iPhone and iPad. Once the software update is installed apps will be required to ask and receive consent to track online activities.
The parents of a man who killed himself last year have filed a lawsuit against trading app Robinhood over his death. The lawsuit, first reported by CBS News, said 20-year-old Alex Kearns mistakenly believed he owed $730,000 when he took his own life. Dan and Dorothy Kearns say their son was unable to get help or support from customer services before he died.
Twitter unveiled a feature Monday meant to bolster its efforts to combat misinformation and disinformation by tapping users in a fashion similar to Wikipedia to flag potentially misleading tweets. The new system allows users to discuss and provide context to tweets they believe are misleading or false. The project, titled Birdwatch, is a standalone section of Twitter that will at first only be available to a small set of users.
Apple has made advances in its secret self-driving car project and is set to launch production by 2024, according to reports. The iPhone maker has for years been rumored to be working on a self-driving car program known as Project Titan, although the company has never publicly acknowledged it. Now, according to a report by Reuters, Apple has made enough progress in this project to actually aim to build a vehicle for consumers.
Access to YouTube and Gmail is returning to normal after Google services were hit by a global outage. Monitoring website DownDetector noted a spike in reports of difficulties accessing the sites at around 11.30 GMT. It announced shortly afterwards that an issue, reportedly linked to authentication, had been resolved in most territories and that normal services were resuming where possible.
SpaceX’s Starship prototype has exploded while attempting to land after its test launch from the company’s rocket facility in Boca Chica, Texas. Live video of Wednesday’s test showed the self-guided rocket landing at speed following a controlled descent before disappearing in a ball of flame. Despite the catastrophic end to the six-and-a-half-minute test, SpaceX entrepreneur Elon Musk was thrilled. “Mars, here we come!!” he tweeted.
A report backed by Democratic lawmakers has urged changes that could lead to the break-up of some of America’s biggest tech companies. The recommendation follows a 16-month congressional investigation into Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple. “These firms have too much power, and that power must be reined in,” Democratic lawmakers working on the probe wrote. But Republicans involved in the effort did not agree with the recommendations.
A U.S. judge in Washington has temporarily blocked a Trump administration order banning Apple Inc AAPL.O and Alphabet Inc’s Google GOOGL.O from offering Chinese-owned short video-sharing app TikTok for download that was set to take effect at 11:59 p.m. Sunday. U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols granted a preliminary injunction sought by TikTok owner ByteDance to allow the app to remain available at U.S. app stores.
People in the US will be banned from downloading TikTok from this Sunday. The US Commerce Department said that starting 20 September, Americans will not be able to get the popular video-sharing app. The ban will also cover the messaging app WeChat. President Donald Trump could still withdraw the ban before Sunday evening if a deal is done between TikTok’s Chinese owners ByteDance and US technology giant Oracle.
YouTube has announced it will test a beta version of its new TikTok rival in India. YouTube Shorts will limit videos to 15 seconds, and the platform will feature creator tools that are similar to Chinese-owned TikTok’s. India banned TikTok and 58 other Chinese apps in June as border tensions rose between the two countries. At the time, India was TikTok’s biggest foreign market,