Daily Tech Headlines – March 14, 2018

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Daily Tech Headlines – March 14, 2018
Number 458
Broadcast Date MARCH 14, 2018
Episode Length 3:49
Hosts Tom Merritt

Google bans cryptocurrency ads, France goes after Apple and Google for the way they treat developers and… RIP Stephen Hawking.


Google said Wednesday it will no longer accept advertisements for unregulated or speculative financial products, including binary options, cryptocurrency and ICOs. In a separate announcement, Google said it removed 3.2 billion ads that violated its policies in 2017, double the number it reported in 2016.
Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said Wednesday that France will take legal action against Google and Apple for their treatment of developers. Le Maire said it is unacceptable that the companies impose prices, take data and can unilaterally rewrite contracts. A similar investigation of Amazon is being reviewed by a tribunal. The companies could face fines in the millions of euros.
Broadcom has officially withdrawn its offer to acquire Qualcomm after the US President issued an order to block the proposed merger. Broadcom has also withdrawn its proposed slate of directors for Qualcomm. Broadcom will continue with its plans to move its official headquarters from Singapore and San Jose to just San Jose, making it a US company.
The new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ comes with a 1.4 GHz quad-core processor, Bluetooth 4.2 and dual-band Wi-Fi. The WiFi also has modular compliance certification making it easier for products that use a Pi to get certified for WiFi. The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ sells for $35.
Wal-Mart announced it is expanding its grocery delivery service from six cities to more than 100 markets by the end of the year. Wal-Mart currently uses Uber and Deliv for deliveries but says it will add more partners as it expands. Instacart has been adding more grocery partners in advance of losing its tie-up with Amazon's Whole Foods. Target recently acquired Shipt.
Google's Station WiFi, which partners with ISPs to deliver public WiFi, has launched in 44 Mexican cities with locations including airports, malls and mass transit stations. Google hopes to have 100 locations by the end of the year.
Twitch announced that Twitch Prime users can now download a selection of PC games for free each month. Once you download a game it's yours to keep. The first games coming March 15th will be Superhot, Shadow Tactics, Tales from Candlekeep, Oxenfree and Mr. Shifty. They'll be available until April 15th when a new selection will replace them.
Facebook, WhatsApp and the UK Information Commissioner's Office have reached an agreement to end the investigation into sharing of user data between the two companies. WhatsApp will not be fined, but has agreed not to share personal data with Facebook until it is compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation which goes into effect across the European Union in May.
The world is mourning the death of physicist Stephen Hawking, who died early on March 14 at his home in Cambridge. Hawking survived with a motor neurone disease for 54 years. He discovered that black holes leak something now called Hawking radiation, and with Sir Roger Penrose developed the Penrose-Hawking theorems relating to relativity and gravity. He also appeared on The Simpsons, Futurama and Star Trek: The Next Generation.


Preceded by:
"Daily Tech Headlines – March 13, 2018"
Daily Tech Headlines – March 14, 2018
Followed by:
"Daily Tech Headlines – March 15, 2018"