Facebook Photo Bug Exposed Images Of Up To 6.8 Million Users
Facebook, which is finishing up a year marred by user data scandals, says a “bug” allowed third-party apps to access up to 6.8 million users’ unposted photos for 12 days in September.
From September 13 to September 25, a bug in the photo interface gave apps access to photos of users not just on their timelines but in other corners of Facebook. It also opened up images that users had uploaded to Facebook but not actually posted. Up to 1,500 apps built by 876 developers… Read
YouTube, Facing Heat Over Problematic Content, Claims Faster Video Removal And 58M Takedowns In Q3
As pressure builds on tech giants to clean up their platforms, Google-owned YouTube said it is getting faster at removing problematic videos, and took down 1.7 million entire channels in the third quarter.
The channel removals as well as one-off videos taken down added up to some 58 million videos going dark between July and September, and the company’s Read
Apple Will Build New $1B Campus In Austin And Expand In Pittsburgh, Seattle And Four Other U.S. Cities
Apple plans to build a $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas, as well as adding smaller company sites in Seattle, San Diego and Culver City, CA, and expanding into Pittsburgh, New York and Colorado.
Six thousand workers are already based in Austin, Apple’s largest operation outside of its corporate headquarters in Cupertino, CA, where 37,000 people work.
A press release this morning described the moves as a “major expansion of its operations” and evidence of the company… Read
Sci-Tech Oscars Reveals Honorees; Curtis Clark Set For Career Award
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences just announced nine scientific and technical achievements represented by 27 individual award recipients to be honored at its annual Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation on February 9 at the Beverly Wilshire.
AMPAS also said that cinematographer Curtis Clark will receive the John A. Bonner Award for his extraordinary service to the motion picture industry.
"Each year, the Academy forms a diverse committee made up of… Read
Sony Gets Inventive, Seeks Patents For ‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’ Animation Tech
EXCLUSIVE: Film critics have hailed the animation in Sony’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse as unique, innovative and undeniably inventive. Now the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office will judge whether they agree with those reviews.
Deadline has learned that Sony has applied for patent protection for the animation process and technologies used to produce Spider-Verse, the Columbia Pictures release that reaches theaters Thursday. The film has been winning strong reviews for… Read
Google Unveils Plans For Massive Silicon Valley Development
Google is continuing to take Silicon Valley by storm. They recently unveiled plans for a massive development in its home base of Mountain View, Calif.
The tech powerhouse submitted plans to the city of Mountain View which includes office, retail, public, and residential space. For the development, Google will team with a developer to construct up to 6,600 residential units on its land, with 20 percent qualifying as affordable housing.
The plans for the development were… Read
More Than 10,000 Verizon Employees Accept Buyout Offer After Restructuring Announcement
On Monday, Verizon said that more than 10,000 employees accepted their buyout offer after they announced a restructuring earlier this fall. This amounts to 7 percent of the company’s global workforce.
The buyout program, which was offered to 44,000 eligible employees and managers across all of Verizon's business segments, offered up to 60 weeks of salary, bonus and benefits. This is all dependent on their respective length of service. The end dates for the employees who… Read
‘Enchanted Tale Of Beauty and the Beast’ Tokyo Disneyland Ride Trailer Unveiled
Disney has unveiled a short clip on the progress of its planned Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast ride for Tokyo Disneyland, the first ride-through attraction featuring the characters from the wildly popular film.
The big reveal of the clip was the first look at the transformation of the cartoon characters into animatronic players, highlighted by a lifelike Belle and The Beast.
The Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast attraction will be part of a large scale… Read
MoviePass Rearranges Deck Chairs With New Pricing Options, Promotion Of New Day-To-Day Operations Chief
MoviePass is closing out a tumultuous 2018 with one more revamp of its subscription pricing and the promotion of its head of business development to day-to-day oversight of the service.
The three new pricing plans, which take effect January 1, will still limit moviegoers to three films a month. That big shift from the initial one-movie-per-day allowance kicked in abruptly last summer after a chaotic period that saw a cash crunch and top box-office draws like Mission: Impos… Read
Microsoft And Apple Running Neck And Neck In Market Value Race
Less than four months after Apple made history as the first U.S. company to reach $1 trillion in stock market value, Microsoft has now pulled into a virtual tie with it in the rankings of America’s top public companies.
Microsoft, which for many years (primarily the 1990s) was the ultimate go-go tech stock, has rebounded in recent years to post gains thanks to upbeat views of its cloud computing business. The software maker’s shares have gained more than 3% today, to… Read
Disney And Google Reach Digital Advertising Deal
Disney’s Direct-To-Consumer & International unit has reached a deal with Google for advertising technology in a bid to increase revenue across its vast digital footprint.
Under the arrangement, Google ad tech tool Google Ad Manager will replace Comcast’s FreeWheel in powering the delivery, optimization and performance of digital ads across Disney’s global digital portfolio. The media company’s digital properties combined reach more than 230 million users around the world… Read
SXSW Sets Jessica Brillhart As Film Keynote; Adds Elisabeth Moss, Trevor Noah, And More As Featured Speakers
South by Southwest has added a boatload of names to their 2019 conference lineup including Jessica Brillhart, founder of independent studio Vrai Pictures, as Film Keynote. The SXSW Conference and Festival takes place in Austin, Tex. March 8-17 2019.
In addition to Brillhart, SXSW announced a new wave of Featured Speakers from film, TV, media, music, and tech including Emmy-winning Handmaid’s Tale actress Elisabeth Moss, The Daily Show host Trevor Noah, comedian-actor Kevin… Read