Apple, Google drop Fortnite from app stores over…

Apple and Google dropped the popular game Fortnite from their app stores after the game’s developer introduced a direct payment plan that bypasses their platforms

TikTok Tracked Android Users’ MAC Addresses Unt…

TikTok Tracked Android Users’ MAC Addresses Until Late Last Year. According to 'The Wall Street Journal,' the popular app was found to be using an extra layer of encryption to conceal that it was tracking Android users. A MAC address is a unique identifier assigned to Internet-connected devices that can be used for ad targeting purposes. Users were not informed of the tracking, which skirted Google’s policies, and did not give users the chance to opt out. TikTok released a statement in which they reiterated that the company has never given U.S. user data to the Chinese government. The company also added that the latest version of the app does not collect MAC addresses. We always encourage our users to download the most current version of TikTok. , TikTok spokesperson, via statement

Apple to Small Startup: Ditch That Logo or Else

Note to small startups: Try not using a fruit logo. Apple might get mad. The tech behemoth has again filed suit over a fruity logo—this time against a five-employee startup called Prepear that advertises itself with the image of a green pear, Entrepreneur reports. Now Russell Monson, the recipe...

TikTok and its employees prepare to fight Trump…

TikTok and its U.S. employees are planning to take President Donald Trump’s administration to court over a sweeping order that could ban the popular video app, according to a lawyer preparing one of the lawsuits

Uber, Lyft Threaten to Stop Service in Calif.

Uber and Lyft are threatening to halt service in California over an order requiring them to start treating drivers like employees instead of contractors and provide benefits including sick pay. The order was issued Monday by a San Francisco Superior Court judge who granted a request from California Attorney General...

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How to Break Free From 'Doom-Scrolling'

How to Break Free From 'Doom-Scrolling'. According to experts, , while "it might seem counterintuitive that we are hooked by bad news," . "our brains have actually evolved to pay more attention to negative news — and remember it longer — because it has a direct linkage to our survival.”. Doom-scrolling is an automatic behavior, where you lose the sense of time and you’re not consciously choosing to continue, Anne McLaughlin, Professor North Carolina State University, via 'The Washington Post'. Added to this, , with the infinite scroll “technology has become more addictive [by design],” by "playing on our primitive emotions — fear and outrage.". Becoming more conscious of how your technology hooks you can be key in helping you to break free of the doom-scrolling cycle. If you know what these platforms are offering to you and how the recommendation system works on the back end, then you can be a lot more critical and actively search for information, Sun Joo Ahn, Games and Virtual Environments UofG, via 'The Washington Post. The following tips for becoming more critical can be implemented immediately. Change your screen display to gray scale. Start clicking on different topics that interest you in order to retrain your algorithm. . Install screen-time limiting apps. Set timers to let yourself know when to put the screen down. Set your alarm to a favorite song to help keep you motivated

Pops & Flops: Lyft, Fat Brands, and…

Lyft shares plummet after the company's latest earnings report show a 61 percent drop in ridership, likely due to stay-at-home orders. The company is also considering suspending operations in California after a court ruled ride-hailing services must hire drivers as employees, not independent contractors. Shares for Fat Brands are popping after the company announced it would acquire Johnny Rockets in a $25 million deal, and SmileDirectClub shares flop on its report showing it earned $107 million in Q2, a drop from $196 million in 2019.

US seizes virtual currency alleged to fund…

The Justice Department says that it has seized millions of dollars from cryptocurrency accounts that militant organizations abroad including al-Qaida and the Islamic State group relied on to finance their organizations and violent plots

'Street Fighter' Producer Yoshinori Ono Quits…

'Street Fighter' Producer Yoshinori Ono Quits Capcom. While the sixth game hasn't been officially confirmed, it's said to be in the early stages of development. . The next installment in the franchise is rumored for a 2022 release. Ono has said he can't wait to see how the "new 'Street Fighter' brand" is "going to be expanded.". I've been with the 'Street Fighter' brand for a long time, experiencing good times, bad times and even non-existent times, Yoshinori Ono, via statement. My heart is filled with appreciation to those players who've been giving warm and kind support on the brand especially little over the past decade or so as all the activities on the 'Street Fighter' brand regained sunshine and grew its liveliness, Yoshinori Ono, via statement. And now, after serving almost 30 years at Capcom, I am leaving the company in this summer. This means that I will resign my position as the brand manager for Capcom's various titles including 'Street Fighter.', Yoshinori Ono, via statement. Capcom staff in the new generation will continue taking care of the 'Street Fighter' brand and leading the World Warriors. , Yoshinori Ono, via statement. And, I do believe that they will continue making 'Street Fighter' extraordinary. I will look forward to seeing the new 'Street Fighter' brand and how it's going to be expanded, as just one of the regular gamers next time around, Yoshinori Ono, via statement

Tim Cook Enters the 'Three-Comma Club'

Don't think of Tim Cook as obscenely rich? Well, he is Apple's CEO, and he's now in the billionaire's club. That's according to a Bloomberg News analysis of his compensation and years of Apple stock awards that pay out gradually. His 847,969 shares (about 0.02% of the company...

UK begins testing a new app to fight COVID-19…

Britain has started testing a new smartphone app to help people find out whether they’ve been close to someone infected with COVID-19 after security concerns torpedoed an earlier effort to use technology to track the disease

After Video Yanked, Trump Sees Bias at Facebook…

A day after Twitter and Facebook removed a Trump campaign video from their platforms, the president renewed his accusations of bias at social media companies. In an interview with Geraldo Rivera on Rivera's radio show, Trump said that "of course" he was being censored, reports Bloomberg . “They’re doing anybody, on...

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Nintendo Profits Soar More Than 400%

Nintendo Profits Soar More Than 400%. The gaming giant posted its earnings on Thursday, revealing $1.37 billion in operating profit for the second quarter of 2020. Nintendo's sales have also doubled since this time last year, raking in about $3.4 billion. The Nintendo Switch and its popular game, 'Animal Crossing: New Horizons,' continue to drive sales amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The company sold about 5.7 million Switch's and 10.6 million copies of 'Animal Crossing: New Horizons' from April through June. 22.4 million copies of the game have been sold overall, making it Nintendo's second best-selling game of all time after 'Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.'. Nintendo plans to release new games this fall, including 'Pikmin 3 Deluxe' and new content for Pokémon enthusiasts

Uber, Lyft Consider Suspending Operations in…

Following a court order forcing ride-hailing services to hire drivers as full-time employees, both Uber and Lyft are likely to suspend operations in California. Cheddar's Kristen Scholer and Jill Wagner take a deep dive into potential negotiations and how the companies are performing as ridership plummets.

Pompeo, in Slovenia, pushes 5G security, warns…

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has visited Slovenia to make the case for high-speed wireless networks that bar Chinese companies like Huawei

Twitter Advises Android Users to Update App to…

Twitter Advises Android Users to Update App to Stop Hackers From Accessing Private Info . Twitter made the announcement via blog post. We recently discovered and fixed a vulnerability in Twitter for Android related to an underlying Android OS security issue affecting OS versions 8 and 9. Our understanding is 96% of people using Twitter for Android already have an Android security patch installed that protects them from this vulnerability. , Twitter, via blog post. For the other 4%, this vulnerability could allow an attacker, through a malicious app installed on your device, to access private Twitter data on your device (like Direct Messages) by working around Android system permissions that protect against this, Twitter, via blog post. To keep your Twitter data safe, please update to the latest version of Twitter for Android on all Android devices that you use to access Twitter. This issue did not impact Twitter for iOS or Twitter.com, Twitter, via blog post. The announcement comes just days after hackers viewed the private messages of 36 accounts

Twitter Hack Suspect's Hearing ZoomBombed

An online hearing for the teen accused of masterminding last month's massive Twitter hack was delayed Wednesday—by hackers. The Tampa judge briefly suspended the hearing for 17-year-old Graham Clark after "ZoomBombers" posing as CNN and BBC reporters played loud rap music and displayed pornographic images, WFLA reports. After the...

Facebook beefs up anti-misinfo efforts ahead of…

Facebook will start labeling all U.S. posts about voting to send users authoritative information about the elections

Instagram Launches 'Uncannily Similar' TikTok…

Instagram has launched its own rival to TikTok—days after President Trump gave TikTok's owners a deadline either sell its US operations to a US firm or have the app shut down. The new feature, Reels, is part of Instagram instead of a standalone app, but it strongly resembles TikTok...

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World's Fastest Supercomputer Joins the Fight…

World's Fastest Supercomputer Joins the Fight Against COVID-19 Japan's Fugaku supercomputer recently surpassed a U.S. IBM machine as the world's fasted computer. Now, it's being used to help tackle the global health crisis. Satoshi Matsuoka, head of Riken Center for Computational Science, commented about the computer's capabilities. Satoshi Matsuoka, via statement Fugaku is already being used to develop a better understanding of how coronavirus can be halted in specific environments such as office spaces. Researchers hope it will help to identify potential treatments for the disease in 2021. Fugaku is able to carry out 2.8 times more calculations per second than the IBM computer known as Summit.

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These are the headlines you Need2Know for Thursday, August 13, 2020.