Snapchat has updated its ephemeral photo and video sharing app with instant messaging, with the new Chat feature also including live video streaming support. The new iOS and Android app also indicates presence, so you know when your friends are paying attention to the smutty photos and clips you're sending them, but the chat itself has the same short lifespan as multimedia does.
Google will no longer go scanning through the Gmail accounts of students and other education users, promising that it will no longer be collecting or using their private data for advertising. The company had already switched off adverts for those using Google Apps for Education by default, but from today will also completely remote the option to turn them back on.
At their F8 Developers conference today, Facebook is taking on some interesting privacy issues. They’ve announced users can now use Facebook to log-in to apps anonymously, giving them the ability to leave all private info some apps want to know about them at the door. The social giant is also allowing us to give apps permission in piecemeal portions, should we use Facebook as our log-in solution.
A civilian drone aircraft with high-resolution video capability was reportedly used by the police to conduct surveillance on the entire city of Compton, California at the same time. Compton is a small municipality that spans 10-square miles and during 2012, a drone with a high-resolution video camera was tested over the city without the knowledge of the citizens living there.
Facebook plans to eventually use its new "Nearby Friends" feature to power new location-based adverts and marketing, the social network has conceded, potentially souring what was generally seen as a privacy-mindful launch of the functionality. Nearby Friends began rolling out last week as a new addition to Facebook's mobile apps, optionally showing those on your friendslist your location, and making it easier to organize impromptu meet-ups. However, Facebook has more in mind than promoting socializing.
It would appear that Kim Dotcom does not trust United States-made electronics. He suggests this week that the world should "never trust US tech", using #NSA to point out a Cisco listing of lawful intercept architecture. He calls these systems "interception backdoors", suggesting that Cisco is amongst the companies that willingly allow the NSA to take hold of their data at any given time - but that's just not true.
Nest expects selling thermostat usage data to energy providers to eventually bring in more cash for the smart home brand than the hardware itself, though chief exec Tony Fadell still insists that he's holding true to his promises about privacy. The CEO made a commitment to withholding user data from Google after the search giant acquired Nest earlier this year, amid early adopter fears that metrics like when they were home or away might be handed over to Nest's new owners.