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The FTC Strikes Again

Remember last week when we talked about the new avalanche of lawsuits against Facebook? Well it gets worse for the social media giant (whether or not it’s better for us remains to be seen). Yesterday, the FTC made a move that could signal future regulation of data handling: They demanded all of it. The data, …

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Facebook, Letitia James, and the (anti)competitive spirit

Modern life is completely dominated by just a few corporations. That’s a discordant thing to realize in a nation that prides itself on an excess of choice. If you search “nightlight” on Amazon, you get 11,000 results. “Coffee mug” gets 100,000. We cannot possibly scroll through 100,000 coffee mugs, and there’s simply no rationale for …

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The iOS Developer’s Guide to Updating an App to iOS14

Each year, like clockwork, for better or worse — sometimes, in my opinion, very much for worse — Apple releases a new version of iOS. We’re all used to the forced march of the calendar by now. In June, WWDC is held, and the new version appears in beta. In September, it goes final. And …

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This Post Offers In-App Purchases

When Apple and Fornite went to war in the great battle over commission costs, Apple was left with super-expensive egg on its face. It didn’t look good for the richest company in 5 galaxies to tighten the thumbscrews on a brand from whom they’ve made $360 million in app revenue and in-app purchases over the …

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Want, Waste, Warnings

The iPhone 12 is coming out this week, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want it, even though sitting on my desk, 6 inches away from my laptop, is my never-used-to-its-full-potential 11 Pro (I haven’t made the great American found-footage film, but there’s still a chance, right?). But such is the nature …

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Healthwatch: Remote monitoring and the future of post-pandemic medicine

In the vast list of changes COVID-19 has made to our everyday lives, one you may not think about often is the growing need for medical professionals or caregivers to be able to monitor patients while keeping (social) distance. Then again, maybe you do think about it. There are 40.4 million unpaid caregivers of adults …

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Fortnite, Apple, and the Rumblings of War

It’s possible you don’t play Fortnite. 250 million people do, but we don’t really know you; you may hate prison levels and viral dances. Understandable. But Fortnite is big business for Epic Games, earning them a ridiculous $1.8 billion dollars in 2019. Fortnite is gold not just for Epic, but for any middleman. In just …

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The Politics of TikTok

TikTok, if you’re the average user, is probably nothing but a wonderland of silly videos and exceptional creativity. But it’s also a global platform with 500 million active monthly users that has risen out of nowhere to become an accidental, sociopolitical powerhouse in just three years. And it’s the center of some pretty high-test controversy. …

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India's ban on TikTok solidifies the app's position as an unlikely geopolitical force.