Daily Tech Headlines – March 30, 2018

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Daily Tech Headlines – March 30, 2018
Number 470
Broadcast Date MARCH 30, 2018
Episode Length 4:18
Hosts Tom Merritt

Facebook’s controversial memo, MyFitnessPal gets hacked, and Malaysia’s Central Bank successfully defends itself against cyberattack.


BuzzFeed posted an internal memo from Facebook Vice President Andrew Bosworth from June 18, 2016. The memo argued that connecting people was Facebook's job no matter what. Bosworth wrote, "Maybe it costs someone a life by exposing someone to bullies. Maybe someone dies in a terrorist attack coordinated on our tools," adding later that, "anything that allows us to connect more people more often is *de facto* good." Bosworth said he made the post to surface issues and have a debate but says it did not express a stance he holds. Mark Zuckerberg told BuzzFeed that he and most people at Facebook disagreed strongly with the ideas expressed in the memo. Bosworth's internal post was still receiving comments but he has now deleted it.
UnderArmour announced Thursday that 150 million accounts for its MyFitnessPal app had been accessed by attackers earlier this week. Usernames, email addresses and passwords hashed with bcrypt were exposed. UnderArmour is requiring all app users to change their passwords.
In compliance with the EU's GDPR, Apple will update its web page to allow users to download a copy of all data stored with Apple. An update to iOS 11.3 Thursday also includes a splash screen on data privacy detailing how data is used in applications. The update also adds the toggle to disable a feature that slows the phone down in order to adapt to older battery capacity. There's also the ability to view health records and new animated emojis.
The US FCC has approved SpaceX's plan to launch 4,425 high altitude satellites as part of a broadband network. Half of the satellites will need to be launched within six years. The service will be called StarLink and will need to have a debris mitigation plan finished before launch. SpaceX will need further approval for lower altitude satellites that would bring its number to 12,000.
Huawei CEO Richard Yu says the company is not pulling out of the US despite the opposition of the US Government and a withdrawal of carrier support. Yu told CNET, "We are committed to the US market and to earning the trust of US consumers by staying focused on delivering world-class products and innovation." Huawei announced Friday that its net profit rose 28.1% in 2017, shipping 153 million phones and raising revenue 32%.
Chinese video streaming company iQiyi launched its Initial Public Offering on the Nasdaq Thursday. It's the second-largest Chinese IPO in the US, after Alibaba. The company makes 45% of its money from advertising, 35% from paying subscribers and 15% from gaming and ecommerce. It had 68.1 million members as of February 28.
Europe has informed UK businesses they will need to renegotiate to keep .EU domains after the UK leaves the European Union. If no deal is reached, .EU domains for UK businesses will be canceled.
The US State Department is publishing a proposal for public comment to require all US visa applicants to submit social media usernames, previous email addresses and phone numbers as part of the application. Currently such information is only sought for applicants who require closer scrutiny.
Bloomberg's sources say Magic Leap has shipped out a limited number of developer kits for its mixed reality headset. When not using the hardware, developers must keep it in a locked safe. A larger batch of units is expected to be shipped later this year.
The latest update to MacOS includes support for external graphics cards over Thunderbolt 3. The feature was announced at WWDC last June and arrives in the High Sierra 10.13.4 Combo Update.
Malaysia's central bank Negara Malaysia says it successfully defended against an attack seeking to steal money using fraudulent wire transfers over the SWIFT banking network Tuesday. No funds were lost but the attackers were not identified.


Preceded by:
"Daily Tech Headlines – March 29, 2018"
Daily Tech Headlines – March 30, 2018
Followed by:
"Daily Tech Headlines – April 2, 2018"