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Google faces $5 billion lawsuit in U.S. for tracking 'private' internet use

Jun 03, 2020 - 11:44 AM - by Reverend
Google was sued on Tuesday in a proposed class action accusing the internet search company of illegally invading the privacy of millions of users by pervasively tracking their internet use through browsers set in “private” mode.

The lawsuit seeks at least $5 billion, accusing the Alphabet Inc unit of surreptitiously collecting information about what people view online and where they browse, despite their using what Google calls Incognito mode.

According to the complaint filed in the federal court in San Jose, California, Google gathers data through Google Analytics, Google Ad Manager and other applications and website plug-ins, including smartphone apps, regardless of whether users click on Google-supported ads.

This helps Google learn about users’ friends, hobbies, favorite foods, shopping habits, and even the “most intimate and potentially embarrassing things” they search for online, the complaint said.

Google “cannot continue to engage in the covert and unauthorized data collection from virtually every American with a computer or phone,” the complaint said.

Jose Castaneda, a Google spokesman, said the Mountain View, California-based company will defend itself vigorously against the claims.

“As we clearly state each time you open a new incognito tab, websites might be able to collect information about your browsing activity,” he said.

While users may view private browsing as a safe haven from watchful eyes, computer security researchers have long raised concern that Google and rivals might augment user profiles by tracking people’s identities across different browsing modes, combining data from private and ordinary internet surfing.

The complaint said the proposed class likely includes “millions” of Google users who since June 1, 2016 browsed the internet in “private” mode.

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Sony postpones PS5 event ‘to allow more important voices to be heard’

Jun 02, 2020 - 10:18 AM - by Reverend
Sony is postponing its PlayStation 5 event that was scheduled for June 4th due to ongoing protests. “While we understand gamers worldwide are excited to see PS5 games, we do not feel that right now is a time for celebration,” says Sony in a Twitter message. “And for now, we want to stand back and allow more important voices to be heard.”

Sony is clearly referencing the response to the death of George Floyd in Minnesota, and the resulting protests we’ve seen take place in the US and around the world. Sony had been planning to use Thursday’s event to showcase PS5 games, promising an hour-long event with a first look at some of the games people will be playing when the PlayStation 5 launches this holiday season.

Widespread protests have taken place across major cities in the US, resulting in shocking examples of police brutality. The uprisings started last week after Floyd’s death, and have escalated significantly over the weekend. Last week, Twitter even placed a warning on the president’s tweet about looting for “glorifying violence.”

Sony’s decision follows a similar move by EA to delay its Madden NFL 21 event today, and Google’s decision to delay its Android 11 beta announcement. Sony has not yet revealed the new date for the PS5 event.

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Sony Confirms Major PS5 Event for June 4

May 31, 2020 - 9:52 PM - by Reverend
Sony’s PlayStation 5 debuts later this year, but an online-only event scheduled for early June will take us inside the next-generation video game console ahead of its arrival.

Games will earn the most attention, as Sony confirmed “we will soon give you a first look at the games you’ll be playing after PlayStation 5 launches this holiday.” In recent months, third-party publishers and developers committed actual titles to the PlayStation 5. Sony, meanwhile, hasn’t stated which popular franchises or new creations are comprising the platform’s first-party launch lineup. God of War, Infamous, Killzone, LittleBigPlanet, and Uncharted might get tapped into with fresh installments showcased during the event.

Studios large and small are joining the announcement to highlight their titles, but it wouldn’t surprise if Sony also offered a glance at the PlayStation 5’s external design. Sony hasn’t shared actual images of the product leading up to this event.

It did reveal a handful of details already, though. Sony unveiled the DualSense controller in April, and most PlayStation 4 games should run on its successor. Any titles built for the PlayStation 4 after July 13 are likely guaranteed to operate through the PlayStation 5, according to a new report.

Sony plans to release the PlayStation 5 in Q4 2020. It’ll likely get released in November to take advantage of holiday shopping, and expect Microsoft to do the same with its Xbox Series X. Both companies, as well as Nintendo, are also prepared to unleash several first-party titles across their platforms. Needless to say, the gaming industry isn’t slowing down.

You’ll be able to watch Sony’s ‘PlayStation 5: The Future of Gaming’ event on YouTube and Twitch. It starts at 4:00PM ET on Thursday, June 4.

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'Sign in with Apple' flaw let attackers take over accounts

May 31, 2020 - 9:45 PM - by Reverend
‘Sign in with Apple’ is potentially more private than other login options, but it apparently included a serious security flaw. Researcher Bhavuk Jain recently received a $100,000 bug bounty for discovering (via Hacker News) a flaw in the sign-in service when available through third-party apps. If an app didn’t have its own security measures, an attacker could forge a token linked to any email ID and verify it as ‘valid’ using Apple’s public key. That could allow a “full account takeover” even if you chose to hide your email from other services, Jain said.

Jain found the flaw in April, and it’s already fixed. Apple said there was no evidence of accounts being compromised as a result of the flaw.

There shouldn’t have been any damage done as a result. Nonetheless, the bug probably isn’t what Apple wanted to grapple with in the wake of a string of security issues, including an earlier Mail vulnerability. It’s fixing issues quickly — the question is whether or not it can cut down on these issues going forward.

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Xbox aims for another hit with 'Minecraft Dungeons' launch

May 27, 2020 - 11:13 AM - by Reverend
"Minecraft" is one of the best-selling games of all time, with a dedicated fanbase in the hundreds of millions. Now it's getting a new title in the franchise called "Minecraft Dungeons," out Tuesday, which takes the classic block-building, zombie-slaying game into an entertaining adventure format.

Fans of "Minecraft" may enjoy "Minecraft Dungeons," but it doesn't have the building and crafting element of the original title, so hardcore builders will likely skip the new game. The general public could appreciate the fantasy, dungeon-exploring elements.

Unlike "Minecraft," where you can build, mine and customize your surroundings, "Minecraft Dungeons" is focused on exploring dungeons and seeking adventure. Players embark on short missions that can be completed in multiple sittings. Missions can be played alone or in a party of up to four people. Team members get several lives, meaning more chances to complete the mission, even if they are at first killed by dungeon bosses.

"Minecraft," which was released in 2011, is a huge moneymaker for its publisher, Xbox Game Studios, and its Swedish developer, Mojang Studios. More than 200 million copies of "Minecraft" have been sold to date, according to Helen Chiang, studio head of Mojang, which makes it one of the best-selling games of all time, alongside "Tetris" and "Grand Theft Auto V." In 2014, Microsoft bought "Minecraft" and Mojang for $2.5 billion.

More people are playing "Minecraft" while social distancing. Mojang said that in April there was a 25% increase in new "Minecraft" players joining the community and a 40% spike in multiplayer sessions, compared to March. People have thrown "Minecraft" graduation ceremonies and other live events in lieu of in-person gatherings.

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