Today’s Tech Sightings:
Yahoo is disputing a Reuters’ story that said the company used custom software to scan users’ emails in real time for specific information to comply with a classified order from the U.S. government. Yahoo denied such a program exists and called the report misleading.
Facebook now offers end-to-end encryption for Messenger users, should they choose to protect secret conversations. But writer Stan Shroeder takes issue with the approach, saying Facebook missed an opportunity to do end-to-end encryption right, first for neglecting to advertise it widely, if at all, and then for presenting it with limitations that will probably turn off some users.
Speculation around a potential sale of Twitter has been in the news for some time, more recently focusing on Disney and Salesforce as possible bidders. It is still unclear if Twitter will remain an independent company. But writer Sarah Frier argues that CEO Jack Dorsey, a year after taking over, has “at least lost some control” as his “passive, contemplative style” has left a void for others to fill.
- Tech Giants Say They Didn’t Do Yahoo-style Email Spying
- Pixel is the Future at Google; No Plans for Nexus Phones
- On @Jack’s One Year Anniversary, Twitter Remains a Mess
- Not OK, Google
- R.I.P., Google Cardboard
- Cerber Ransomware Kills Processes Needed to Access Data
- Johnson & Johnson Warns Insulin Pump Vulnerable to Hacking
- Infographic Charts History and Potential Risks of Industrial Internet of Things
- How Apple Is Different Now, 5 Years After Steve Jobs’ Death
- Third-gen Apple TV Is Now Officially Discontinued