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Tech's deepening split over ads and privacy

A new conflict between Apple and Facebook is spotlighting privacy concerns that stem from online advertising.

Aug 27, 2020 - Technology
EU-U.S. privacy rift leaves businesses in disarray

Thousands of firms are scrambling to figure out how to get data over from Europe without exposing themselves to legal risks.

Aug 12, 2020 - Technology
What companies know about you

An Axios series on what information different companies have on you.

Feb 3, 2020 - Technology
Deep Dive: The end of anonymity

Data that might once have gone unnoticed can now be detected, analyzed and logged in real time.

Sep 7, 2019 - Technology
Cities are the new data guzzlers

A smart city can vacuum up details like your location or daily habits.

Jun 29, 2019 - Technology
Deep Dive: Inside the mass invasion of your privacy

Our lackadaisical approach to safeguarding data has made a handful of companies extremely powerful.

Updated Mar 9, 2019 - Technology

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Ina Fried, author of Login
Oct 13, 2021 - Technology

Groups launch "How to Stop Facebook" effort

Illustration: Megan Robinson/Axios

A coalition of nonprofits on Wednesday debuted, a fresh push to encourage greater government regulation of the social networking giant aimed at forcing the company to change its business model.

Why it matters: The campaign hopes to take the outrage expressed by legislators over the revelations of whistleblower Frances Haugen and translate it into action.

Ina Fried, author of Login
Oct 8, 2021 - Technology

Apple to appeal Epic ruling that would force changes to App Store

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Apple said Friday it plans to appeal a portion of the ruling in its legal battle with Fortnite creator Epic Games. It is also asking the judge to put on hold an injunction ordering Apple to make certain changes to its App Store policies.

Why it matters: While the court sided with Apple on many of Epic's claims, it did issue an injunction forcing Apple to let developers include in their apps a mention of payment options beyond Apple's in-app purchase system.

Ina Fried, author of Login
Sep 10, 2021 - Technology

Review: Ray-Ban Stories are stylish and just smart enough

Looking just at Ray-Ban Stories as a consumer product, minus the social questions, there is a lot to like, starting with the fact that they look just like regular Ray-Bans.

Between the lines: There are other glasses that are more capable, but Ray-Ban Stories are comfortable, stylish and work with prescription lenses while offering a few useful features. For me, the key selling point is the ability to take pictures without having to take out my phone.

Ina Fried, author of Login
Sep 10, 2021 - Technology
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Facebook's eyebrow-raising Ray-Bans

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Facebook executive Andrew Bosworth says a key goal of the company's new $299 smart glasses is to kickstart a societal conversation on the norms around such products. On that front, the company has already succeeded.

State of play: Coverage of the launch of the Ray-Ban Stories focused as much on privacy issues as on the product themselves.

Ina Fried, author of Login
Sep 9, 2021 - Technology

Facebook, Ray-Ban debut picture-taking smart glasses

Image: Facebook

Ray-Ban Stories, the smart glasses being debuted by Facebook and Ray-Ban today, are most notable for just how much they look like a standard pair of the brand's sunglasses.

Why it matters: That speaks to both the most promising and troublesome aspect of the $299 glasses: They look and feel just like a standard pair of Ray-Bans while adding the ability to capture photos and video.

Aug 30, 2021 - Technology

The future of background checks

Illustration: Megan Robinson/Axios

The biometric ID company CLEAR — which most people know as a quick way to get through airport security and prove vaccination status — is adding new lines to its business, including identity verification for employee background checks.

Why it matters: Background checks can cost up to $100 per hire and take several days, and they're often not available when firms are trying to hire an independent contractor.

T-Mobile hacker explains how he breached carrier's security

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John Binns, a 21-year-old American who now lives in Turkey, told the Wall Street Journal that he was behind the T-Mobile security breach that affected more than 50 million people earlier this month.

The intrigue: Binns said he broke through the T-Mobile defenses after discovering an unprotected router exposed on the internet, after scanning the carrier's internet addresses for weak spots using a publicly available tool.

Ina Fried, author of Login
Aug 13, 2021 - Technology
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Apple opens the encryption Pandora's box

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Apple's plan to scan iPhones for child sexual abuse material (CSAM) provoked immediate criticism that it was opening a door to much broader efforts by governments seeking a way into citizens' devices.

Between the lines: That debate is important, but Apple is also laying out a technical approach that's worthy of the industry's attention.

Bryan Walsh, author of Future
Aug 5, 2021 - Technology

How remote work raises the risks of cyberattacks

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The pandemic-driven shift to remote work has been accompanied by a rise in cyberattacks on corporations — and that's not a coincidence.

Why it matters: Cyberattacks can cost companies millions and the broader economy billions. With remote work likely to stay — especially with the surging Delta variant — companies need to prioritize and retool cyberdefense for a more distributed working world.

Flock Safety says its car-watching cameras can reduce crime across Tampa Bay

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Atlanta-based Flock Safety, which has a team of employees in Tampa and is hiring more, wants to reduce crime nationwide by 25% in three years.

State of play: That goal might seem extreme, but the upstart company says it typically sees a 25% drop in crime soon after partnering with a city, and it's operating in more than 1,200 nationwide.

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