Congrats to Villanova for busting my bracket (I had Kansas) and also, you know, for winning the whole national championship thing.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook has suggested Facebook needs regulation — and even Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg concedes that might be the right approach.
But just what might that look like? Kim Hart and David McCabe examine that very question and lay out five broad avenues, as well as the case for why none may come to pass.
Yes, but: Previous attempts to take action on this issue have failed. Congress has shown sporadic interest in data security legislation, particularly after big data breaches or scandals, but has never been able to get a bill across the finish line. The Obama administration tried to push a Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights, but it ultimately died on the vine.
Go deeper: Kim and David have more here.
Grindr amongst other dating apps on a mobile phone. Photo: Leon Neal/Getty Images
LGBTQ dating app Grindr found itself in the midst of a privacy firestorm Monday after it was revealed the company was sharing some of its most sensitive data, including users' HIV status, with third parties.
It's worth noting that Grindr wasn't selling the data or even sharing it with advertisers or data brokers. Instead, the data was passed along to Localytics and Apptimize — two companies that help the company monitor and test its apps.
But, but but: Grindr badly misjudged how customers would react to the disclosures.
Grindr's security chief Bryce Chase told Axios that there's a difference between a "software platform we use for debugging and optimization purposes" as opposed to "a firm that’s trying to sway elections."
Cautionary tale: The reaction is a sign of just how much user expectations have clearly shifted. It's time for every company to put itself under the microscope before their customers do, and ask: what data are they collecting, how is it stored, and with whom is it shared.
It also should be a wake-up call to customers of internet services. The HIV status field is optional on Grindr, but for those who disclose their status, the information is publicly accessible to anyone viewing that user's profile.
In a race for survival, media companies are doing whatever they can to consolidate, offering up new concessions to make sure they can snag or sell any assets that would help their legacy businesses compete with the almighty power of Big Tech, Sara Fischer writes.
Why it matters: A wave of deals and negotiations over a 2- to 3-year window will change how news and information are produced, consumed, and disseminated across the world.
A Bloomberg report Monday says the first Macs powered by an Apple-designed processor could hit the market in 2020, but really it's a question of trade-offs and when the timing is right.
My thought bubble: I'd be shocked if somewhere in Cupertino there aren't already Macs running on Apple chips, as opposed to the Intel processors that power today's Macs. And the company is already inserting its own ARM-based chips as companion processors inside the Mac, including one that powers the Touch Bar on the MacBook Pro.
The pros: A move to using its own processors could offer Apple cost advantages, as well as better battery life and more commonality with the iPad and iPhone.
The cons: The two big hurdles are raw performance, especially for high-end graphics, and compatibility.
History lesson: Apple had OS X running on Intel chips years before it made the switch from PowerPC to Intel. Apple hates to be dependent on outside suppliers and loves to keep its options open.
The Houston Astros found that unfurling the banner can be almost as hard as winning the World Series in the first place.