Some Epson Printers Programmed to Eventually Self-Brick

[…] Haven recently took to Twitter to share a frustrating experience with their wife’s “very expensive @EpsonAmerica printer” which, seemingly out of the blue, displayed a warning message stating that “it had reached the end of its service life.” It then simply stopped working, requiring either a servicing to bring it back from the dead, Read more about Some Epson Printers Programmed to Eventually Self-Brick[…]

Apple tells suppliers to use ‘Taiwan, China’ on labels

Apple, which celebrates its self-professed commitment to free expression and human rights, has reportedly told its suppliers in Taiwan to label their components so they describe Taiwan as a province of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). According to Japanese financial publication Nikkei, Apple on Friday warned its suppliers that China has ramped up enforcement Read more about Apple tells suppliers to use ‘Taiwan, China’ on labels[…]

Roomba Maker iRobot sells out to Amazon for $1.7 Billion cash – now your vacuum will be spying on you too

Amazon.com Inc. AMZN -1.73% is buying Roomba maker iRobot Corp. IRBT +19.23% for $1.7 billion, giving the online retailer another connected-home product that deepens its ties to consumers’ homes. Amazon agreed to pay $61 a share for iRobot in an all-cash deal. The price, which includes a small amount of debt, represents a 22% premium Read more about Roomba Maker iRobot sells out to Amazon for $1.7 Billion cash – now your vacuum will be spying on you too[…]

Visa, Mastercard Cancel Ad Pornhub Payments Amid Lawsuit – suspicion is enough apparently

Visa and Mastercard, two of the world’s largest payment processors, said Thursday that they will suspend payments for ad purchases on Pornhub. The move comes on the heels of a judge allowing a lawsuit to proceed that accuses Visa of knowingly facilitating the spread of child pornography, also known as child sexual abuse material (CSAM). Read more about Visa, Mastercard Cancel Ad Pornhub Payments Amid Lawsuit – suspicion is enough apparently[…]

EU Digital Markets App (DMA) approved for new rules for fair competition online

[…] New rules for gatekeepers The DMA defines new rules for large online platforms (“gatekeepers”). They now have to: ensure that unsubscribing from core platform services is just as easy as subscribing ensure that the basic functionalities of instant messaging services are interoperable, i.e. enable users to exchange messages, send voice messages or files across Read more about EU Digital Markets App (DMA) approved for new rules for fair competition online[…]

AMTD Digital / $HKD massive pump and dump squeeze, Reddit shocked but figuring out who dun it

HKD, a spinoff IPO with 51 employees within the space of a few days had a stock price explosion up to around $2555 per stock from around $75 starting on 28th July. No buy button was disabled (as was the case with Gamestop / $GME) and within a few days the rug was pulled on Read more about AMTD Digital / $HKD massive pump and dump squeeze, Reddit shocked but figuring out who dun it[…]

WhatsApp boss says no to AI filters policing encrypted chat

Will Cathcart, who has been at parent company Meta for more than 12 years and head of WhatsApp since 2019, told the BBC that the popular communications service wouldn’t downgrade or bypass its end-to-end encryption (EE2E) just for British snoops, saying it would be “foolish” to do so and that WhatsApp needs to offer a Read more about WhatsApp boss says no to AI filters policing encrypted chat[…]

Samsung adds ‘repair mode’ to smartphone

When activated, repair mode prevents a range of behaviors – from casual snooping to outright lifting of personal data – by blocking access to photos, messages, and account information. The mode provides technicians with the access they require to make a fix, including the apps a user employs. But repairers won’t see user data in Read more about Samsung adds ‘repair mode’ to smartphone[…]

Indonesian Government Blocks Steam, Epic, Ubisoft, Nintendo and more for 270 million people

Over the weekend, the Indonesian government began the task of blocking any website or service that had failed to register as part of new “internet control” laws. That ended up being a lot, including everything from Steam to the Epic Games Store to Nintendo Online to EA and Ubisoft’s platforms. Indonesia’s Ministry of Communication and Read more about Indonesian Government Blocks Steam, Epic, Ubisoft, Nintendo and more for 270 million people[…]

Twitter warns of ‘record highs’ in account data requests

Twitter has published its 20th transparency report, and the details still aren’t reassuring to those concerned about abuses of personal info. The social network saw “record highs” in the number of account data requests during the July-December 2021 reporting period, with 47,572 legal demands on 198,931 accounts. The media in particular faced much more pressure. Read more about Twitter warns of ‘record highs’ in account data requests[…]

Russia fines Google $374M over Ukraine invasion portrayal

A Russian court fined Google $374 million on Monday for its failure to remove prohibited content, according to the country’s internet watchdog Roskomnadzor. The Tagansky District Court of Moscow took exception to YouTube content it claimed contained “fakes about the course of a special military operation in Ukraine” and discredited Russia’s armed forces. The court Read more about Russia fines Google $374M over Ukraine invasion portrayal[…]

Records reveal the scale of Homeland Security’s phone location data purchases

Investigators raised alarm bells when they learned Homeland Security bureaus were buying phone location data to effectively bypass the Fourth Amendment requirement for a search warrant, and now it’s clearer just how extensive those purchases were. TechCrunch notes the American Civil Liberties Union has obtained records linking Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Read more about Records reveal the scale of Homeland Security’s phone location data purchases[…]

Apple Pay illegally profited by walling off contactless payments, lawsuits in EU, US allege

A proposed class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of payment card issuers accuses Apple of illegally profiting from Apple Pay and breaking antitrust laws. Iowa’s Affinity Credit Union is listed as the plaintiff in the complaint, filed today in the US District Court for the Northern District of California. The lawsuit alleges that by restricting contactless Read more about Apple Pay illegally profited by walling off contactless payments, lawsuits in EU, US allege[…]

Ubisoft Teaches Customers They Don’t Own All That DLC They ‘Bought’

While we were just discussing how everyone occasionally gets reminded that for many digital goods these days you simply don’t actually own what you’ve bought, all thanks to Sony disappearing a bunch of purchased movies and shows from its PlayStation platform, this conversation has been going on for a long, long time. Whereas the expectation Read more about Ubisoft Teaches Customers They Don’t Own All That DLC They ‘Bought’[…]

Amazon Ring Tells Sen. Markey It Won’t Enhance Doorbell Privacy, will listen in to long range conversations

Ring is rejecting the request of a U.S. senator to introduce privacy-enhancing changes to its flagship doorbell video camera after product testing showed the device capable of recording conversations well beyond the doorsteps of its many millions of customers. Security and privacy experts expressed alarm at the quality of the distant recordings, raising concerns about Read more about Amazon Ring Tells Sen. Markey It Won’t Enhance Doorbell Privacy, will listen in to long range conversations[…]

Amazon’s Ring gave a record amount of doorbell footage to the US government in 2021

Ring, the maker of internet-connected video doorbells and security cameras, said in its latest transparency report that it turned over a record amount of doorbell footage and other information to U.S. authorities last year. The Amazon-owned company said in two biannual reports covering 2021 that it received 3,147 legal demands, an increase of about 65% Read more about Amazon’s Ring gave a record amount of doorbell footage to the US government in 2021[…]

Leaked Uber files reveal extensive use of ‘kill switch’, Lobbying partners including Macron, tax haven use, etc

A data leak from ride-sharing app Uber revealed activities allegedly geared to avoid regulation and law enforcement – including a “kill switch” that would remotely cut computer access to servers at its headquarters in San Francisco in case of a raid – according to weekend media. The leak was provided to The Guardian and shared Read more about Leaked Uber files reveal extensive use of ‘kill switch’, Lobbying partners including Macron, tax haven use, etc[…]

Amazon offers to share data, boost rivals to dodge EU antitrust fines

Amazon (AMZN.O) has offered to share marketplace data with sellers and boost the visibility of rival products on its platform, trying to persuade EU antitrust regulators to close their investigations without a fine by the end of the year, people familiar with the matter said. The world’s largest online retailer is hoping its concessions will Read more about Amazon offers to share data, boost rivals to dodge EU antitrust fines[…]

China’s cyberspace regulator details data export rules

[…] The Cyberspace Administration of China’s (CAC) policy was first floated in October 2021 and requires businesses that transfer data offshore to conduct a security review. The requirements kick in when an organization transfers data describing more than 100,000 individuals, or information about critical infrastructure – including that related to communications, finance and transportation. Sensitive Read more about China’s cyberspace regulator details data export rules[…]

Enjoy Digital Ownership And Public Libraries While You Still Can – the rental model is coming for you

Michael E. Karpeles, Program Lead on OpenLibrary.org at the Internet Archive, spotted an interesting blog post by Michael Kozlowski, the editor-in-chief of Good e-Reader. It concerns Amazon and its audiobook division, Audible: Amazon owned Audible ceased selling individual audiobooks through their Android app from Google Play a couple of weeks ago. This will prevent anyone from buying Read more about Enjoy Digital Ownership And Public Libraries While You Still Can – the rental model is coming for you[…]

UK + 3 EU countries sign US border deal to share police biometric database

[…] LIBE committee member and Pirate Party MEP Patrick Breyer said that during the meeting last week, the committee discovered that the UK – and three EU member states, though their identities were not revealed – had already signed up to reintroduce US visa requirements which grant access to police biometric databases. In the UK, Read more about UK + 3 EU countries sign US border deal to share police biometric database[…]

After 95 years, will Disney finally lose copyright to Mickey Mouse? Or will they find another way to extend the right to do nothing but make money for it?

[…] Mickey Mouse will enter the public domain in the year 2024, almost 95 years after his creation on 1 October 1928 – the length of time after which the copyright on an anonymous or pseudo-anonymous body of artistic work expires. Daniel Mayeda is the ​​associate director of the Documentary Film Legal Clinic at UCLA Read more about After 95 years, will Disney finally lose copyright to Mickey Mouse? Or will they find another way to extend the right to do nothing but make money for it?[…]

T-Mobile Is Selling Your App and Web History to Advertisers allowing extremely fine personal targetting (they say)

In yet another example of T-Mobile being The Worst with its customer’s data, the company announced a new money-making scheme this week: selling its customers’ app download data and web browsing history to advertisers. The package of data is part of the company’s new “App Insights” adtech product that was in beta for the last Read more about T-Mobile Is Selling Your App and Web History to Advertisers allowing extremely fine personal targetting (they say)[…]

Valorant will start listening in to and recording your voice chat in July

Riot Games will begin background evaluation of recorded in-game voice communications on July 13th in North America, in English. In a brief statement (opens in new tab) Riot said that the purpose of the recording is ultimately to “collect clear evidence that could verify any violations of behavioral policies.” For now, however, recordings will be Read more about Valorant will start listening in to and recording your voice chat in July[…]

UK decides AI still cannot patent inventions

A recent IPO consultation found many experts doubted AI was currently able to invent without human assistance. Current law allowed humans to patent inventions made with AI assistance, the government said, despite “misperceptions” this was not the case. Last year, the Court of Appeal ruled against Stephen Thaler, who had said his Dabus AI system Read more about UK decides AI still cannot patent inventions[…]