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Screenshot of FaceApp on the Google Play store
A viral photo-filter app that lets people see older versions of themselves is highlighting concerns about handing personal information to overseas-developed apps, as well as any app that has vague privacy policies.
What's new: FaceApp, which has gone viral before, has re-emerged as the most popular iPhone app as people flock to post their digitally aged selves on social media, Axios' Sara Fischer and I report.
Why it matters: To date, most of the data regulation debate has focused on apps built by U.S. companies that use data to drive advertising dollars.
The bigger picture: FaceApp's renewed popularity has some worried that the Russian company behind it may be accessing millions of users' data with relatively little oversight.
Yes, but: Others are skeptical that there is much to be worried about.
Between the lines: Other foreign-made apps have been surging in the U.S., thanks mostly to investments in advertising on Big Tech platforms, like Facebook or Google.
Be smart: While privacy is a major issue, U.S. experts are also concerned about the economic and national security consequences of foreign-made apps.
Our thought bubble: "Foreign-made" is relative, of course, and for much of the world beyond U.S. borders, relying on apps from Google, Facebook or American startups raises similar concerns.
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For the first time in nearly a decade, Netflix announced yesterday that it lost subscribers in the U.S., shocking investors and sending its stock into a tailspin, Sara and I report.
Why it matters: Netflix blamed a weak original content lineup and price hikes last quarter for its second quarter earnings miss. While it estimates that its numbers next quarter will be better, the subscriber loss has investors worried that Netflix's lead in the streaming wars may not be so big for very long.
By the numbers: Netflix lost more than 100,000 U.S. subscribers, vs. expectations it would add more than 500,000.
Be smart: The momentum behind Netflix's record subscriber growth was bound to slow at some point, especially in the U.S. where its user base is saturated.
The big picture: Netflix's original content investment is happening in response to studios reclaiming their popular library programs for their own rival subscription services.
What's next: Netflix is estimating higher third-quarter subscriber growth in light of popular content additions, including new seasons of "Stranger Things," "The Crown" and "Orange is the New Black."
Go deeper: The business of Netflix
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It just got easier for cybersecurity toolmakers to offer campaigns help — but only by a little, Axios' Joe Uchill reports.
The big picture: Cybersecurity firms have flocked to provide free services to state election authorities, and some want to help protect political campaigns, too. But those efforts have been in legal limbo thanks to the complexities of election finance law.
Driving the news: The Federal Election Committee issued its final rules in a series of clarifying decisions last week: Firms may offer political campaigns the same discounts they offer other customers, but only nonprofits can provide campaigns with free services or deals special to the campaigns.
Why it matters: Though much of the political focus has moved to voting machines, those weren't what Russia hacked in 2016. Rather, it targeted campaigns and political groups — and getting their defenses correct in 2020 is critical.
Details: The FEC had been weighing whether Area 1, an anti-phishing security company, and Defending Digital Campaigns, an election security nonprofit, could offer free services to campaigns.
Go deeper: Read Joe's full story here.
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For years, Elon Musk has been warning about apocalyptic runaway AI, calling it more dangerous than nukes. To stave off his feared future, in 2016 he launched Neuralink, a company to create cyborgs with the express mission of getting ahead of superhuman intelligence, Axios' Kaveh Waddell reports.
What's happening: Now, Musk says he has charted the long path to merging man and machine. In an elaborate presentation Tuesday night, he said his company has installed brain–computer links in rats and monkeys and aims to put them inside human skulls next year.
The big picture: Around the world, top research labs are building brain–computer interfaces (BCIs), devices that can both read brain activity directly from neurons and write information straight into the brain.
But for Musk, medical uses are a stepping stone to an existential imperative.
It turns out the FaceApp challenge doesn't work on everyone.