Last year, Verizon, Sprint, AT & T, and T-Mobile all sold their real-time location data to third-party vendors. They did not provide an overview of what the companies did with the data, and if that was not annoying enough, those third parties turned around and sold the data to other parties like LocationSmart.
This access made it easier for the government to track citizens without going through a full warranty process, which was a real gold mine for advertisers, and oh, LocationSmart accidentally leaked the data to the world with insecure API.
When all this came out, companies promised to discontinue the sale of their data in different statements. The most notable statement came directly from T-Mobile CEO J without Legere :
… I personally evaluated this issue and promised that T-Mobile will not sell customer data to dodgy middlemen.  But last January, Sprint, T-Mobile, and AT & T were caught as they continued training. In that case, your location data was so ridiculously accessible. a bounty hunter could buy it for only $ 300. The companies quickly promised that they would investigate the termination of programs very soon.
Now, five months later (and a year after the original report), the big four are promising to sell their location data to third parties. Even if they emphasize that they have the right and have done nothing wrong. This time, we're sure they have "Super Duper Promises" and are serious. [TechCrunch]
In other news
- stack overflow was hacked. Stack Overflow, the programmer's question and answer page, admitted that hackers had broken his production systems yesterday. The good news? You have not found any evidence that the hackers have access to user data. The bad news? The company is still investigating, hence the word "still". [ZDNet]
- Verizon's 5G achieves gigabit speeds. If you have a $ 1400 5G phone and are in the right city and on the right street, you can now get gigabit speeds. So you can quickly download a movie in 90 seconds. We are jealous of both persons with good 5G access. The rest of us will have to wait. [The Verge]
- Google extends Android Live Transcribe with new features. Live Transcribe is a nice Android feature that converts the conversation around you into text, which is fantastic for anyone with hearing problems. Soon it begins to transcribe sounds (such as clapping) and you can save the transcription for three days. [9to5Google]
- Youtube VR comes with Oculus Quest. Usually, a non-Google VR set has to wait months to love YouTube VR. As good news for the Oculus Quest, YouTube VR will grace the headset on delivery. Exactly what you need to watch these 360-degree cat videos without your friends and family knowing. [VentureBeat]
- The new cell phone from Asus has a folding camera. Asus announced a powerful new $ 500 phone with a Snapdragon 855 processor, massive 5,000 mAh and a motorized mirror camera. The camera switches back and forth between normal and selfie modes and offers a stepless screen. [Android Police]
- The cheap Fire tablet from Amazon is considered a welcome special stamp. Amazon's $ 50 Fire tablet gets a faster processor and twice the storage capacity. It is the first update in two years and will be delivered without price increase. Not bad not bad. [Liliputing]
- Microsoft and Sony are forever the best frenemies. If you believe that Microsoft and Sony have not noticed Google's Project Stadia, think again. The two companies announced a partnership for their game streaming futures. The details are vague, but now we focus on two competitors shaking hands. GG people, GG. [BBC]
- Grumpycat has died, but her spirit lives on. Tardar Sauce, the cat behind the meme that you shared only 3000 times, died last Tuesday according to her family. She may be physically gone, but the joy and laughter she has brought to many will survive us all. [NPR]
When we discontinued the Works with Nest program for the last time, Google announced that the service would be completely discontinued and your integrations would stop working after August 31st. In the future, new Nest features will depend on migrating your Nest account to a Google Account. However, if you migrate to a Google Account, your Works with Nest integrations will stop working.
Well, Google has listened to the criticisms and complaints related to this decision and wants you to know that the price is not changing.
The company offered the smallest concessions; It is no longer planned to cut off your Works with Nest integrations after August 31st. However, as Google continues to plan to link all new features to Google Accounts and continue to restrict integration through migration, this is realistically the promise of non-delivery compensation.
Sooner or later you will be forced to give up new functions or lose old integrations. [The Verge]