U.S. government requests for Google, Facebook user data are way up

[ad_1] The U.S. government continues to request more and more user data from the world’s largest tech companies. According to a new study by end-to-end encryption email company ProtonMail, user data requests from the United States government to Google have increased a whopping 510 percent since 2010. And its requests for Facebook data are also…

T-Mobile customers complain of widespread outages

[ad_1] Complete with dropped calls and an inexplicable lack of service, a widespread outage appears to be plaguing T-Mobile customers, and even customers of other cellular carriers including Verizon and AT&T.  The outages monitoring website DownDetector showed outages across the U.S. on the T-Mobile network Monday afternoon. T-Mobile later confirmed the network was having “voice…

Amazon reportedly facing antitrust probes in California, Washington

[ad_1] Amazon’s antitrust headaches don’t appear to be going away. State officials in California and Washington are reportedly looking into Amazon’s handling of third-party sellers on a platform where the company also sells its own, competing products. Amazon faced similar scrutiny in 2019 from the European Union. The news of a California investigation was first…

Slack announces permanent work-from-home policy

[ad_1] All it took was a pandemic, but the maker of a widely used remote-work tool has finally come to the startling conclusion that permanent remote work might actually be possible.  San Francisco-based Slack announced Friday that, contrary to its office-first culture, going forward it will allow employees the option to work remotely forever. That’s…

Amazon halts police use of its facial-recognition tech for one year

[ad_1] When it comes to publicly pushing back against an ever-encroaching police state, the devil is in the details — or, in Amazon’s case, the lack of them.  Amazon announced Wednesday — in the most passive voice possible — that, for a year, police will no longer have access to its controversial facial-recognition tool dubbed…

Zuckerberg says Facebook is ready to profit from shift to remote work

[ad_1] Facebook is going remote and, if Mark Zuckerberg has his way, so are you.  In a livestreamed talk Thursday aimed mainly, but not exclusively, at his employees, the CEO announced his plan to make Facebook a more remote-work friendly company. Notably, Zuckerberg sees the changes wrought by the coronavirus as a business opportunity.  Who…

Google’s Pixel 4a may have been delayed yet again

[ad_1] Google’s cheaper Pixel phone is coming a bit later than originally anticipated.  According to leaker Jon Prosser, the Pixel 4a will be launched on July 13. Originally, the launch was scheduled for May, postponed for June, and now it’s been postponed again, Prosser claims. The phone is reportedly ready to launch, but Google delayed…