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Facebook cuts off access to user data for ‘hundreds of thousands’ of apps

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Facebook has just blocked a truckload of apps from accessing its user’s data.

Facebook’s VP of Product Partnerships, Ime Archibong, explained in a blog post Tuesday that Facebook had cut off API access for “hundreds of thousands of inactive apps that have not submitted for our app review process.” That’s a lot of random, dormant apps that had access.

The social media giant, which was once very open to developers until the whole Cambridge Analytica thing, announced in May during F8 that it was tightening up the review process for apps.

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Facebook gets even shadier, limits EU privacy law reach

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Facebook is quietly looking to limit the number of users that will be protected by Europe’s tough new data law, according to Reuters.

Outside of the U.S. and Canada, Facebook’s users agree to terms and conditions that are tied with the social media company’s operation in Ireland. 

So, as the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is set to come into force on May 25, even non-EU users would have had their data protected by the law on Facebook.

But now, Facebook is reportedly looking to ensure that GDPR only applies to European users next month, affecting 1.5 billion users in Australia, Africa, the Middle East and in Asia. Read more…

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Primer helps governments and corporations monitor and understand the world’s information

 When Google was founded in 1998, its goal was to organize the world’s information. And for the most part, mission accomplished — but in 19 years the goal post has moved forward and indexing and usefully presenting information isn’t enough. As machine learning matures, it’s becoming feasible for the first time to actually summarize and contextualize the world’s… Read More

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Dystopian Fun! U.S. agency maps 'Hunger Games' districts against real states

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If you thought the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics was boring, just look at how pop culturally relevant they’ve become with their latest blog post

Although the latest Hunger Games movie came out months ago, the Bureau took its own data on employment (based on industries, occupation, employment numbers and geography) to figure out the eternal question of how the dystopian future country of Panem from the book and film series lines up with the real U.S. geography.

The books (and film adaptations) have made it clear that the 12 “districts” somewhat align with certain states and regions in the current U.S. geographic layout. Ever since the books came out nearly 10 years ago, many maps have attempted to show what Panem looks like. Read more…

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Crunch Report | Galaxy S8 Coming in March

The Trump administration names its manufacturing council, Tesla is suing an ex-employee for reportedly stealing proprietary autopilot information and poaching talent, Samsung Galaxy S8 is reportedly launching in March and Apple is using iCloud to improve Siri. All this on Crunch Report! Read More

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Crunch Report | Apple Suing Qualcomm for $1 Billion

Apple is suing Qualcomm for $1 billion, the hit app Meitu may be collecting too much data, Whitehouse.gov removes LGBT, climate change and more and Kristen Stewart appeared as a co-author on an AI paper. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

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