A class-action lawsuit was filed against Facebook and Cambridge Analytica after data harvesting on the social media website was revealed. The lawsuit alleges that Facebook did not protect user data and that Cambridge Analytica exploited that data.
By focusing so heavily on HomeKit, Apple has positioned voice assistant Siri to act as a home control hub, writes Ross Rubin. The company's strategy is designed to differentiate Siri from its main competitors: Google Assistant and Amazon's Alexa.
Google is developing blockchain technology to secure transactions and data in its cloud business, sources tell Bloomberg. Google reportedly hopes to use the technology to set its cloud services apart from those offered by rivals.
China's Ministry of Commerce is reportedly seeking more concessions from Qualcomm to protect the interests of Chinese chip designers before it clears the proposed acquisition of NXP Semiconductors. The antitrust regulatory decision comes amid a backdrop of increasing trade relations between China and the US, as President Donald Trump last week squelched Singapore-based Broadcom's bid to purchase Qualcomm on national security grounds.
Apps receiving large amounts of Facebook user data will now be audited, the social network announced in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica election-year controversy. App developers will also be required to obtain signed-contract approval if they wish to access a user's posts or private data.
Grants to help states improve election cybersecurity will be included in an omnibus spending bill, said Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C. Though the amount of the grants was not disclosed, sources told The Hill that $380 million will be reserved to aid states in updating digital election systems.
TruSense, a home health monitoring company, has rolled out a personal emergency response system that works with Amazon Echo and Alexa to notify caregivers of emergencies. The device also notifies caregivers when the user is not wearing their pendant.
China-based technology company Tencent is focusing its investing efforts on mobile technology. The plan emerged as the company released recent figures that show its fourth-quarter revenue increased by 51% due largely to digital content subscriptions, mobile payments and advertising on mobile social apps.
The Apple Watch, when combined with the Cardiogram app, can detect dangerous heart conditions, based on research from the University of California at San Francisco. Dr. Gregory Marcus said the devices could be "very useful in helping to screen for atrial fibrillation."
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