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Sen. Franken asks Pokémon Go creator: Why all the privacy problems?

Sen. Franken asks Pokémon Go creator: Why all the privacy problems?

Earlier this week awareness of a privacy issue with Pokémon Go became public. We learned that the insanely popular mobile gaming app Pokémon Go requested full access to users’ Google accounts when activated on iOS. Niantic said that it was a mistake, and the issue was corrected in an update for the app. Yesterday, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) sent a letter (PDF) to game creator Niantic asking the company to explain...

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Microsoft Edge and the Netflix app will play content in 1080p

On Wednesday, Microsoft claimed that its Edge browser was the only one of the big four browsers—which also includes Chrome, Firefox, and Opera—to offer 1080p resolution while playing Netflix content. A quick test of all four browsers by PCWorld proved this claim to be true, with the other three browsers capped at 720p. Currently, Opera runs Netflix at a maximum resolution of 720p. Why...

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Sharing your Netflix password won’t land you in jail

Despite a recent appellate court ruling that said sharing passwords could be grounds for prosecution under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, streamers who might be sharing Hulu or Netflix passwords don’t really have anything to be worried about. Here’s a summary of the case: David Nosal worked as a director for a headhunting firm called Korn Ferry International. He left the firm to...

T-Mobile is giving Pokemon Go players free, unlimited data and a Wendy’s Frosty

T-Mobile is giving Pokemon Go players free, unlimited data and a Wendy’s Frosty

T-Mobile has announced today that for its next T-Mobile Tuesday promotion, Pokemon Go players — in the wake of what has been no less than an explosive launch — will receive free, unlimited data for the mobile game. Set to take effect July 19th, the Un-carrier will give its customers a full year’s worth of data that won’t count against their high-speed plan… Here’s the...

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Twitter’s video service Vine growth stops and top executives left

Nearly all of the top product and business leaders at Vine, Twitter’s three-year-old short-form video service, have left the company in the past four months — many of them in the past few weeks. And while Vine remains culturally interesting and an “important” part of Twitter’s strategy, it seems to be struggling. Vine’s recent executive departures include its head of engineering, head of business...

Pokémon Go developers promise to fix Google account access bug

Pokémon Go developers promise to fix Google account access bug

Pokémon Go isn’t reading your Gmail. The makers of the hot, new mobile game are fixing a bug that allowed the app to gain full access to users’ accounts, when they signed in using their Google account information. The company claims it didn’t mean to ask for such elevated permissions, and it will now correct this. The app had the power to access your Gmail,...

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Google Fiber Adds New Business Class Tiers, Raises Rates

Google Fiber launched business class service in November of 2014, after taking a little heat from startups running into the residential Google Fiber terms of service regarding server operation. Originally, the company offered symmetrical gigabit service with an SLA for $100 per month. But in a new announcement by the company, Google Fiber notes that it’s introducing three new business class pricing tiers, and...

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Warner Bros. settles with FTC for not disclosing it paid YouTubers

Warner Bros. paid YouTubers, which makes you wonder… Is a PewDiePie video a commercial or an independent review? That’s what the Federal Trade Commission wants to make sure Warner Bros. Home Entertainment makes clear after settling with the agency over charges of not disclosing who they paid YouTubers to advertise a 2014 video game. Warner Bros. was slammed by the FTC for not clearly...

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Pokémon Go may have full access to your Google account

If you signed up for Pokémon Go with your Google account, you might not know it but the game now has “full account access.” That can be a major security risk. Adam Reeve, who first documented the issue on his Tumblr blog, said it appears to be a problem isolated to iPhones and iPads. It’s not thought to affect Android devices. In our testing...

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Twitter increases gif size limit yet photo size is unchanged

One of the most fun ways to communicate is using animated GIFs or graphics interchange format. Twitter had added GIFs to its list of features back in 2014 with the integration for GIPHY and Riffsy added in this February, but the GIF size was limited to 5MB. But now you can add animated GIFs which are up to 15MB in size, provided you add these...