American emails and texts mentioning certain foreign people are no longer going to be collected by the NSA without a warrant. The spy agency has been collecting those messages in cases where US citizens are discussing a foreign individual under surveillance.
Square has acquired a portion of the employees involved with Yik Yak, a once popular anonymous chat app. As some of Yik Yak's engineers join their new employer, the app is shutting down. The service had been live for four years. A blog post confirmed the shutdown.
Like on YouTube, Facebook is going to let video creators make money when their videos are stolen. If someone re-posts content without the creator's permission, the original creator can receive all of the revenue from the content. Facebook has updated its Rights Manager.
An update to Uber's Privacy Settings will, among other things, make it easier for people to delete their account. The changes were announced this week and will be rolling out during the coming weeks. Users are gaining more control over things like location data and notifications.
Google's Classroom service is opening up to anyone who wants to act as a teacher. Beginning today, you can use Classroom to create classes and educate people even if you don't actually work as a teacher in the real world. A G Suite for Education account was previously needed.
Facebook admits its platform has been exploited by governments for the purpose of spreading misinformation. It says it'll respond to that issue by especially cracking down on misinformation campaigns that appear to be sponsored by state actors as well as non-state actors.
Apple is opening up its Apple Music tracklist to Musical.ly, enabling the video social network to partly transition to Apple Music from 7digital, reports Recode. Since Music is available in 113 countries and 7digital is limited to around 80, Musical.ly can expand.
Lyft's Round Up & Donate feature, which was introduced last month, is now going live. Beginning May 1, users will be given the option of rounding up their fare and donating their extra expense to charity. The first beneficiary will be the USO as part of military appreciation.
Apple is said to be in discussions pertaining to a peer-to-peer payment service that'd compete against companies like Venmo. The feature has been discussed before and it'd give iPhone users an easy way to send money to friends and family. It might be called Apple Cash.
Some notable changes will be made to Apple Music as part of iOS 11, claims Bloomberg, and the service may begin offering up to 10 original series by the end of the year. Apple is also working on multiple documentaries, with a confirmed film being about Drake's Cash Money Records.
FCC chairman Ajit Pai has outlined a plan to reverse net neutrality rules in the US, but the agency is going to face a lot of opposition. One piece of opposition comes from a group of over 800 tech industry members. They sent Pai a very critical response.
Google's partnership with Cuba's national telecom, ETECSA, was signed in December 2016 and now it's getting off the ground. Google has become the first foreign internet company to be available on the relatively isolated island. Google Global Cache has been turned on.
Consumer eBook sales have fallen in the UK, while physical book sales are experiencing a five-year high. During the last year, sales of consumer eBooks dropped by 17%, bringing them to £204 million. That's the lowest the eBook market has been since 2011.
Google's next market for its Fiber internet service is Louisville, Kentucky. The company is going to file for a construction permit soon, which will enable it to begin working on the network. Google Fiber will first be available in small test communities before rolling out.
The FCC under chairman Ajit Pai has outlined a plan to reverse the agency's 2015 net neutrality rules. Pai, who took over the agency from Tom Wheeler, believes those rules were "heavy handed" and that they were put in place for political reasons during Obama's years.
Selling a streaming box that has piracy add-ons is illegal, a court in the EU has decided. The European Union's Court of Justice ruled against Mr. Wullems, the owner of a site that was selling multimedia players configured for easy pirated content viewing.
Facebook-owned Instagram now has more than 700 million monthly active users, up from the 600 million in reported in December. It experienced faster growth in the past five months than during any other time in its history. It's added 200 million people since last June.
In a move that has already upset many users, Reddit is limiting the customization options that subreddit moderators have. Over the "coming months," the site will stop supporting custom CSS on subreddits. Those in charge of communities on the platform have long controlled design.
Google is making a few changes to Search in order to restrict the impact and prevalence of fake news and inappropriate results. It's adjusting rankings, making it easy for users to provide feedback about results, and helping people understand how the Search algorithm works.
Through a deal with Chinese video streaming service iQiyi, Netflix has managed to enter China. Netflix was originally planning to directly enter the market, but it decided in October 2016 to work on licensing deals instead. Baidu owns the iQiyi service.