Last year, it was discovered that Verizon, Sprint, AT & T and T-Mobile all sell real-time data to third parties. They offered no overview of what the companies did with the data, and if it did not disturb enough, these third parties turned around and sold the data to yet other parties such as LocationSmart.
This access made it easier for the government to track citizens without going through a full warrant process, was a real gold mine for advertisers, and oh, LocationSmart accidentally leaked the information to the world with uncertain API.
When all this came out, the companies promised to stop selling your data in various statements. The most notable statement came directly from the T-Mobile CEO J ohn Legere :
… I personally evaluated this problem and have promised that T-Mobile will not sell customer location information to shady intermediaries.  However, in January, Sprint, T-Mobile and AT & T were caught continuing the exercise. If so, your location information was so laughable. A bounty hunter can buy it for just $ 300. The companies quickly promised that they would check that the programs ended soon.
Now, five months later (and one year after the original report), the big four promise they stopped selling your position data to third parties. Even when they emphasized that they were entitled to do so and did nothing wrong. This time we are sure that the "super-dups promise" and really means it. [TechCrunch]
In other news
- stack overflow was hacked. Stack Overflow, program butter's question and answer site, hackers recognized their production system yesterday. The good news? They have not found evidence that the hackers have yet access to user data. The bad news? The company is still investigating, hence the word "yet." [ZDNet]
- Verizon's 5G hits gigabyte speeds. If you have a $ 1400 5G phone and you're in the right city and you're on the right track, you can now get gigabit speeds. It's "downloading a movie in 90 seconds" quickly. We are jealous of both people who have good 5G access. The rest of us have to wait. [The Verge]
- Google adds new features to Android Live Transcribe. Live Transcribe is a stylish Android feature that converts the conversation around you into text, which is great for anyone with hearing problems. Soon it starts transcribing sound (like clapping) and allowing you to save the transcription for three days. [9to5Google]
- Youtube VR comes with Oculus Quest. Usually, a non-Google VR set must wait months to get YouTube VR love. In good news for Oculus Quest, YouTube VR will mention the headset when it is sent. Just what you need to watch the 360-degree cat videos without your friends and family knowing. [VentureBeat]
- Asus new phone has a flip-up camera. Asus announced a new $ 500 power station with a Snapdragon 855 processor, a huge 5000mAh and a motorized flashing camera. The camera turns back and forth between regular and confident mode, providing an incredible display. [Android Police]
- Amazon's cheap fire tablet gets a welcome specbump. Amazon's $ 50 Fire Tablet gets a faster processor and twice the storage capacity. It's the first update in two years and comes without a price increase. Not bad, not bad. [Liliputing]
- Microsoft and Sony are best friends forever. If you think Microsoft and Sony have not taken part in Google's Project Stage, think again. The two companies announced a partnership for their gaming streams. The details are vague, but now let's focus on two competitors who shake hands. GG guys, GG. [BBC]
- Grumpycat died, but her spirit lives on. Tardar sauce, the cat behind meme you have only shared 3000 times, died on Tuesday according to her family. She can be physically gone, but the joy and laughter she took with many will survive all of us. [NPR]
When we stopped ending with the Works with Nest program, Google said it would shut down the service altogether and after August 31, your integration would stop working. Going forward, new Nest features will depend on migrating your Nest account to a Google Account. If you migrated to a Google Account, your Nest Integration work would stop working immediately.
Well, Google listened to the criticism and complaints about this decision, and it wants you to know … that it doesn't change.
The company offered the least of the concessions; It no longer plans to interrupt your work with Nest Integrations after August 31. But since Google is still planning to link all new features to Google Accounts, and the migration will still cut your integrations, it's realistic a promise of a release without the delivery.
Sooner or later you will have to choose between giving up new features or losing old integrations. ! [The Verge]