November 4, 2021
Good morning! This Thursday, Apple's battle against sideloading gets heated, Tom Hanks has a good reason for not going to space, and a group spent $250,000 on a metal cube, no big deal.
Halloween may be over, but if you want to know what haunts a tech company, you can always take a look at the chipper, TED-style keynote speeches it gives. In Apple's case, the stuff of its nightmares may be sideloading apps onto the iPhone. That, and Facebook.
Apple is the only thing standing between you, data-gobbling social media services and digital thugs. That was more or less the message that Apple's iOS (and macOS) chief, Craig Federighi, delivered in a speech at Web Summit yesterday.
Federighi seemed to be upping the rhetoric at a moment when the threat is growing, even though Apple has previously been open about its displeasure with the European plans, known as the Digital Markets Act.
But Meta was also lurking in the dark for Federighi. The two companies have been in an increasingly tense and expensive feud for years, and earlier this year, Apple began alerting iPhone users to the ways Facebook and other apps track them around the device. Many of those users opted out of that tracking, and Facebook is not happy about it at all.
Facebook is becoming a potent weapon for Apple as it pushes back against international efforts that it views as a threat.
Either way, it's clear that the two companies aren't backing off one another anytime soon. And it's also clear that, even if Apple is now letting apps alert users to cheaper payments systems, the company's fear of sideloading is something more durable. It's got the makings of a long, and spooky, tale.
U.S. brands – big and small – are growing their global businesses by selling on Alibaba's online marketplace of over 900 million Chinese consumers. By engaging customers in immersive, virtual shopping experiences, they can directly tell their stories and connect with consumers across the world.
Brad Smith thinks building tech to fight the climate crisis is hard but possible:
Moving fast doesn't have to mean breaking things, Reid Hoffman said:
Tom Hanks told Jimmy Kimmel he was asked to head to space before William Shatner, but he had a pretty good reason for not going on the trip:
Jen Easterly blamed the "American way of life" for ongoing cyber threats:
Qualcomm's Cristiano Amon is surprisingly optimistic about the chip shortage:
Google News is reentering Spain. The news service left the country almost seven years ago after Spain implemented a law that forced aggregators like Google to pay publishers for article links.
Meredith Whittaker is joining the FTC. The former Google employee will serve as a senior adviser on AI.
Nat Friedman is leaving GitHub. He's been the company's CEO for three years and will be replaced by Thomas Dohmke, GitHub's chief product officer.
Dominick Delfino is joining Nutanix as chief revenue officer. He previously worked in the same role at Pure Storage and worked at VMware before that.
Kevin Mayer will help out with the Discovery and WarnerMedia merger. The former TikTok and Disney exec will serve as a consultant on the deal.
Intel is scared of losing workers by enforcing a vaccine mandate, but the company hasn't necessarily surveyed its employees about the issue. Instead, the chipmaker offers a $250 bonus to vaccinated workers.
Facebook will help people get around App Store fees. Creators will be able to share links that people can subscribe through in order to avoid Apple's in-app subscription, and the platform will give creators bonuses for every new subscriber.
Google is gunning for a contract with the Pentagon, according to The New York Times. The company is trying to secure a contract that would provide the military with its AI technology, even after employees resisted a similar deal a few years ago.
Boeing is joining the space internet race. The FCC allowed it to launch 147 satellites, and it plans to become a real competitor to Starlink and Amazon's Project Kuiper.
How do you get your team to use vacation days? In a time of more "unlimited" vacation packages, people aren't using them. So some companies are mandating time off — and finding it makes a big difference.
The NSO Group is blacklisted. The Commerce Department put the Israeli organization, as well as a couple others, on the trade blacklist for allegedly selling spyware to foreign governments that was used to target journalists and officials.
"Let's get drinks … in the metaverse." Match Group is experimenting with a virtual world called "Single Town," where avatars of dating app users interact with each other and meet in settings like a bar.
TungstenDAO bought a Tungsten cube. The cryptocurrency meme weighs 2,000 pounds, costs around $250,000 and will be delivered once the cube's NFT representation is burnt. OK!
You might not remember, but Apple did not make the first smartphone. That happened years earlier, by a small startup called Handspring, which is the inspiration for The Verge's new documentary, "Springboard: The secret history of the first real smartphone."
The 30-minute film includes talks with some of the startup's early leaders. It also looks at how Handspring managed to get ahead of its Silicon Valley peers at the time, even as a relatively small company. People may have forgotten — or never even heard of — Handspring, but it's an important piece of history in the smartphone revolution.
U.S. businesses use Alibaba's innovative technologies to engage Chinese consumers. On Alibaba's platforms, shoppers can virtually try on products, browse 3D replicas of brick-and-mortar stores, and enjoy gamified shopping experiences.
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