Following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) imposed a fine of $ 5 billion for violating the terms of a consent decree. The settlement represents the largest fine the FTC has ever imposed on a company.
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Even if you never completed the quiz, your data may have passed to Cambridge Analytica. Eventually, Facebook admitted that more than 87 million users shared their data, whether or not they had taken part in the quiz.
At the time, Facebook was subject to an FTC approval decree, in which the company promised not to make any misleading promises regarding the user's privacy
This latest agreement accuses Facebook of violating the decree. While $ 5 billion is the biggest fine the FTC has ever imposed, Facebook is likely to survive relatively easily. The company had already provided $ 3 billion in anticipation of the fine and had reached three times its revenue in the last fiscal quarter. [Ars Technica]
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In Other News:
- Amazon Prime Day is Underway:
- Amazon The annual Prime Day has started today and will continue until the end of tomorrow. Remember, the only thing that really saves money is not spend it. And it's just a discount if you buy it anyway. We also recommend searching websites such as camelcamelcamel for pricing. [ReviewGeek]
- Google Ends Its Blog Compass App: About ten months ago, Google released an app called Blog Compass in India. It's designed to make managing WordPress and Blogger easier on the go. It did not take long, however, as the company is already shutting down the app. [9to5Google]
- Some Logitech USB receivers can be hacked without updating: More than three years ago, Logitech confirmed that their receivers could be easily hacked. A bad performer could recognize the USB dongle and take over so that he can tap on the connected PC. Logitech has created firmware to fix the issue, but continues to sell receivers without firmware. Downloading patches from the Logitech website is the best way to be sure. [The Verge]
- K12.com accidentally uncovered 7 million student files: A new day, a new data leak: this time it's your child's data on the line. K12.com, an online school for (as its name implies) kindergartens up to grade 12, accidentally uncovered the records of 7 million students. The data was on a misconfigured server, which unfortunately happens frequently. [Engadget]
- Hulu returns 4K streaming: Hulu used to offer 4K streaming, but removed the "temporary" feature. Now the company offers high-resolution streaming again, but only for the 5th generation Apple TV and Chromecast Ultra start. Hulu does not yet offer HDR. [AppleInsider]
- Watch a deleted storyboard scene from Tim Burton's Batman: Normally a deleted scene in storyboard format would not be worth watching. But in this deleted scene, Tim Burton has not only featured the sidekick of the capped crusader, but also Robin, Kevin Conroy and Mark Hammill the voices of Batman and Joker. These two probably gave us the best animated versions of Batman and Joker until today. [Gizmodo]
- Microsoft's Word Android app has been installed over a billion times: Microsoft's Windows Phone may be dead but its mobile ambitions may not be. You can find dozens of Microsoft apps on Android and iOS. And now its Word app has over a billion installations behind it. This number probably includes pre-installed installations, but is still a pretty important number anyway. [Android Police]
A new treatment can help some bats survive the white noise syndrome.
If you have recently undertaken a cave tour with bats, you may have been surprised by the journey you made after completing the tour – a walk through a disinfectant mat. In some cases, you may have gone through the Lysol solution before traveling.
Unfortunately, a fungal disease known as white-nose syndrome has rapidly spread to bats in the United States cave systems. As the name implies, it shows in the nose and looks like white foam. The disease is often fatal and has decimated bat populations, including the extinction of 90% of the brown bat population.
The disinfectant mat you went through became one of many steps to stop the spread of the disease. The fear is, if you enter a cave where the fungal infection has already spread, it will stick to your shoes and rest until your next cave journey to another location. If you enter this cave, you could be the ignorant bearer of a new population.
Unfortunately it is not only our shoes that adhere to the fungal spores. Our coats, cameras and other everyday camping items we take with us are also portable carriers. Despite all precautions, the disease has spread further.
Now scientists discovered that spraying the nose with a "good" bacterium can fight white-nose syndrome. In some studies where sprayed bats were traced compared to untreated bats, the former had a survival rate of 50% over the winter after infection. The untreated bats did not fare nearly as well, often with only one survivor.
A survival rate of 50% alone is not enough, but it is an improvement. And hopefully, in combination with other treatments, we can prevent the extinction of the entire population, at least until the bats themselves develop immunity. [ScienceNews]