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Google pulls Huawei’s Android license - The Verge

T.C. Sottek writing for The Verge

Huawei is now restricted to using the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), cutting the company off from critical Google apps and services that consumers outside of China expect on Android devices. That also means Huawei will only be able to push security updates for Android once they’re made available in AOSP, assuming the company uses its own update system.

Is the AOSP even usable anymore? I mean Google has stripped so much out of it and moved it into Play Services in the name of streamlining updates that I have to wonder.


Rogers, Telus and Bell Need More Competition to Lower Pricing: Competition Bureau | iPhone in Canada Blog

Gary Ng writing for iPhone in Canada Blog

“It is clear that Canadians could benefit from more competition in the wireless marketplace,” explains the Bureau’s press release.

What a revelation.


Google Gmail tracks purchase history — how to delete it

Todd Haselton and Megan Graham writing for CNBC

A page called “Purchases ” shows an accurate list of many — though not all — of the things I’ve bought dating back to at least 2012. I made these purchases using online services or apps such as Amazon, DoorDash or Seamless, or in stores such as Macy’s, but never directly through Google.

But because the digital receipts went to my Gmail account, Google has a list of info about my buying habits.

I wonder how many Gmail users know Google is looking through their email and categorizing all their purchases like this. Apparently you can delete it, but only if you delete the original email.

I question Google's motivates here. I mean, this page shows details about all your purchases, meaning Google needs to know how to parse all these email receipts and pull out the details, no small feat. If Google isn't doing something with this information now, I suspect they will at some point.


15 Months of Fresh Hell Inside Facebook | WIRED

Nicholas Thompson and Fred Vogelstein writing for WIRED

Near the end of their exchange, Zittrain asked Zuckerberg what Facebook might look like 10 or so years from now. The CEO mused about developing a device that would allow humans to type by thinking. It sounded incredibly cool at first. But by the time he was done, it sounded like he was describing a tool that would allow Facebook to read people's minds. Zittrain cut in dryly: "The Fifth Amendment implications are staggering." Zuckerberg suddenly appeared to understand that perhaps mind-reading technology is the last thing the CEO of Facebook should be talking about right now. "Presumably this would be something someone would choose to use," he said, before adding, "I don't know how we got onto this."

This is the end of the article, which sums it up pretty well.


Apple WWDC 2019: iOS 13, macOS 10.15, watchOS 6, tvOS Features - Bloomberg

Looking forward to seeing some of these changes in the next version of iOS.


How Taxpayers Covered a $1,000 Liquor Bill for Trump Staffers (and More) at Trump’s Club — ProPublica

Derek Kravitz writing for ProPublica

A few months after Trump’s inauguration, the State Department proposed a contract that would pay $200,000 for all room costs for federal employees who stay at Mar-a-Lago over the first term of his presidency. But Mar-a-Lago rejected the government’s proposal. Instead, Trump’s resort bills the government the maximum permitted by federal rules: 300% of the government’s per diem rate, which works out to $546 per night.

I've said it before, Trump has figured out how to funnel the tax payers' money directly into his bank account.