Tech News and Analysis from around the web
Joshua Rivera / Kotaku:
Video game industry is coming under increased pressure from static triple-A prices, a turn towards the cloud, developer burnout, and slower release schedules — At about this time next year, we'll have a pretty good idea of what the next generation of video games will look like.
Bijan Stephen / The Verge:
As streaming offerings get more expensive and convoluted, people are setting up their own platforms via Plex servers to share media, including pirated content — Have you heard about the best new streaming platform on the internet? It's totally customizable, works on any device, and, best of all, is basically free.
Patrick Klepek / VICE:
Nintendo memo tells customer service to fix a Joy-Con in-game “drift” issue for free, even out of warranty, following a Kotaku report and a class-action lawsuit — The company will repair devices free of charge, even outside of the warranty period. — IMAGE COURTESY OF NINTENDO
Will Oremus / OneZero:
How programmer and artist Ben Grosser's 2012 idea to “demetricate” social media platforms has influenced companies to experiment with hiding visible metrics — Instagram and Twitter are removing the numbers of likes and retweets from public view. But it began with a man named Ben Grosser.
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed News:
Interviews, including with the dev who led the team that built the retweet button, discuss the power of retweets and shares and ways to limit their virality — Developer Chris Wetherell built Twitter's retweet button. And he regrets what he did to this day.
Kellen / Droid Life:
Google Store page updates the availability of the Google Nest Hub Max, its $229 10-inch smart display, from 9/9 in the US, UK, and Australia to “coming soon” — Google's new Nest Hub Max arrives on September 9, folks. That date has now been confirmed by the Google Store …
Filings: Apple has asked the Trump administration for exclusion from import tariffs of 25% for components of a computer that is likely to be the new Mac Pro — - Trump has promised relief for companies in certain cases — High-end computer was only major Apple product made in U.S.
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Google bans root certificates owned by DarkMatter from Chrome and Android; Mozilla declined to include DarkMatter certificates in Firefox earlier this month — Mozilla previously banned DarkMatter certificates from Firefox at the start of the month. — A Google representative announced today plans …
Facebook details Map With AI, a set of tools that maps previously unmapped places, many in the developing world, using commercially available satellite imagery — Creating accurate maps today is a painstaking, time-consuming manual process, even with access to satellite imagery and mapping software.
Brent Kendall / Wall Street Journal:
DOJ is opening an antitrust review of whether tech giants are unlawfully stifling competition, examining search, social media, and retail services platforms — Inquiry signals Barr's deep interest in tech sector, poses threat to companies such as Facebook, Google, Amazon, Apple
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Snap reports Q2 revenue of $388M, up 48% YoY, vs. $359.7M est., DAUs of 203M, up 8% YoY, and that its net loss shrunk from $353M to $255M YoY; stock jumps 9%+ — KEY POINTS — Snap, the maker of Snapchat, posted a loss of 6 cents per share, vs. an expected loss of 10 cents per share.
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Researchers gained access to internal corporate networks of Uber and Twitter after finding flaws in VPN apps of Palo Alto Networks, Fortinet, and Pulse Secure — Researchers have found several security flaws in popular corporate VPNs which they say can be used to silently break into company networks and steal business secrets.
Sources: Huawei's first-half YoY revenue growth was 30%, a slowdown from 39% in just Q1 but still impressive given US technology export restrictions — - It's said to have grown revenue roughly 30% in the first half — Huawei still on war footing despite averting immediate crisis
Diana Olick / CNBC:
Amazon partners with Realogy to offer TurnKey, which connects homebuyers with Realogy agents; with each purchase, customers get $5K in free Amazon home services — KEY POINTS — Realogy and Amazon will now offer TurnKey, a program that takes potential homebuyers through the Amazon portal and connects them to a Realogy agent.
Charlie Osborne / ZDNet:
CERT-Bund discovers a serious vulnerability in VLC for Windows, Unix, and Linux that allows for remote code execution and hasn't been patched yet — The bug is present in VLC's latest release. — A serious vulnerability has been uncovered in the latest release of the VLC media player and no patch is available.
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