Microsoft's Docs.com search function allowed sensitive files to be viewed by the public, though it's not clear if Microsoft is to blame. Many users complained about the issue on social media and Microsoft initially responded by disabling search. The function has returned.
Beats 1, an internet radio station on Apple Music, is the "biggest radio station in the world," according to Apple. Its success has partly come from contributions from individuals like Drake, who runs the station's Ovo Sound Radio show, which has debuted multiple albums.
Calls for backdoors in the encryption used by messaging apps like WhatsApp have become louder in the UK following a recent attack in London. UK home secretary Amber Rudd says it's "completely unacceptable" that the government cannot read all end-to-end encrypted messages.
Google's Play Store now includes a "Free App of the Week" offer that'll see a different paid app become available for $0 every week. The first app affected by this offer is Card Wars - Adventure Time, which would normally cost $3. It's limited to the US for now.
In addition to killing of the SMS integration with Hangouts, Google is ready to shut down additional services. The next in line is Google Talk, but it won't be completely shut down. Instead, the service will be integrated into Hangouts so you can always use it if you're
Comcast is considering its own version of DirecTV Now, according to Bloomberg, and it would offer streaming around the US. The new TV streaming service could utilize nationwide TV channel rights that it's holding from multiple cable networks. No service is currently in the works.
Privacy rules passed by the FCC in 2016 might be overturned in the near future, with the US Senate voting to get rid of them. Among the things that'll change without the rules is that internet providers will be able to sell your browsing history without permission.
WikiLeaks has come out with a new set of government documents that reveal how the CIA has been hacking iPhones and Macs. The new "Dark Matter" collection of documents, which is part of WikiLeaks' Vault 7 leaks, is focused on Apple products. No current devices are affected.
Facebook is updating Messenger with a couple new features: Mentions and Reactions. They're available in group chats and they let people respond to messages with emoji and reach out to individual people with an "@" symbol. Mentions is useful for getting people back into chats.
Facebook is testing out some changes to its local search capabilities, including a discovery feature that'll help people find local businesses. Users can now browse the network's feature for things like "dinner nearby" and "bars nearby." This is currently just a test.
Medium's shift away from advertising is now taking hold. The writing platform has introduced a subscription-based business model that'll see it charge $5 per month as an introductory price. With a subscription, you'll receive new features early and get an offline reading option.
Certain individuals and businesses are gaining the ability to communicate directly with Google search users. Through a relatively new feature called "Posts," businesses and celebrities will be able to share information about some of their recent activities.
Facebook Live has made a big step forward with it now allowing users to stream from desktop computers and to use the service for PC game streaming. The feature is open to all users and all you need to get started is a webcam. It was previously limited to Pages.
More than a million advertisers are active on Instagram, meaning the social network has added 500,000 just since September of last year. Instagram believes it's a particularly good spot for advertising due to some unique qualities as well as its 400 million user base.
LinkedIn is making itself a better place to catch up on the latest news. With a new Trending Storylines feature, the business-centric social network offers users personalized groups of stories based around recent topics. Some of the content originates from the network.
Another update is out for Google Maps, with this version of the app offering location sharing. The update makes it easy for you to send your current location to friends and family. This may be useful if you're running late and need a quick way to let people know.
LG is finally going to come out with a mobile payments service this summer. It'll launch its Apple Pay and Samsung Pay competitor in its home market of South Korea in June. The service, known as LG Pay, is going to be available on the recently released G6.
Movie rentals on iTunes have finally received a key feature: the ability to watch them on multiple devices. For nine years, Apple has been forcing customers to watch their rented movies on whichever device the rental originated from. That requirement is now gone.
India now has access to Samsung's mobile payments service. Samsung Pay first launched two years ago and now it's available on Galaxy devices in the Indian market. Once your have a credit or debit card attached to the service, you can easily make purchases.
Offline functionality may be added to parts of Instagram in the coming months. Based on the agenda for Facebook's F8 event, one of the sessions at F8 deals with "building offline experiences for Instagram." The app is "testing offline experiences" already.