A (delayed; apologies) quick burst of 7 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team
Exclusive: a Channel 4 News investigation uncovers shocking lapses in the moderation of a hugely popular online game used by young teenagers, including interactions of an explicit sexual nature.
Google releases nine sworn declarations by employees that they were not aware of the data collection.
Sources close to the company say that Ping, which still exists today in iTunes 10.6.3 and the iOS 6 beta — where it doesn’t work, will be gone with the software’s next major release, likely scheduled for this fall. And at that point Apple’s social networking offerings will shift to Twitter and new partner Facebook entirely.
It was as late to the game as late can be.
Read the full ICO letter to Google, including its seven detailed questions.
The UK data watchdog has written to Google demanding answers after it emerged that the search engine firm knew its Street View cars could harvest personal information as they photographed homes across the globe.
As he explains in the post, Balkan is particularly attuned to issues of sexism in the tech industry. When he was given a preview of the song during preparations for the conference, he wasn’t listening closely to the lyrics, but vaguely heard a reference to “blah blah my penis.” He pointed out that the reference was sexist, something that the representative from Microsoft Norway apparently hadn’t thought about.
Not grasping the context, Balkan suggested they at least add the words “or vagina” to make it more inclusive.
Oh man. Or woman, obviously.
Both Verizon and AT+T have been mulling over radically new pricing plans – and today Verizon took a bold plunge. The minimum monthly smartphone plan will cease to exist. The minimum price will soar to in one giddy leap. The chance to buy relatively modest texting and voice plans goes up in smoke. You have to opt into an expensive smorgasbord that offers unlimited voice minutes and texting – whether you want that or not.
Of course, the new plan is better value for heavy users. But it’s a slap in the face for consumers who count their minutes and texts and try to keep their monthly bill as low as possible.
Suddenly, UK carriers look a lot more reasonable. Also: most people are moderate users. It’s only a tiny percentage who are immoderate enough to get value out of this. ( = £58 at present rates.)
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