Chroma’s top picks from today’s tech news

Chroma’s top picks from today’s tech news

Wednesday, May 15

Good morning readers! Here are Chroma’s top picks from today’s tech news. Enjoy the read and follow us for more on our LinkedIn page.

  1. Phone and internet users to get end-of-contract alerts. Broadband, pay-TV, mobile phone and landline customers must be told when their contracts are about to end and be informed of their providers’ best alternative deals, under new rules.

  2. WhatsApp users are being urged to update the app immediately after it was hacked — here’s how to get protected. WhatsApp is urging people to update the app immediately after it was targeted by hackers installing sophisticated spyware on users’ phones, giving them access to a trove of data.

  3. This is your future home in space, according to billionaire Jeff Bezos. While Bezos was apparently light on the details, he had plenty to say about the kinds of lives that we’d all be able to live on these space colonies. ‘These are very large structures, miles on end, and they hold a million people or more each,’ he said.
  4. San Francisco is first US city to ban facial recognition. The emerging technology will not be allowed to be used by local agencies, such as the city’s transport authority, or law enforcement. Additionally, any plans to buy any kind of new surveillance technology must now be approved by city administrators.

  5. Facebook imposes restrictions on live-streaming to prevent future abuse. According to the blog post, Facebook said that it would be applying what it called a “one strike” policy to Facebook Live that would ban users who violate the platform’s community standards once from using the live-streaming service for set periods of time. This applies to content posted elsewhere on the website, not just streamed on Facebook Live. If a user were to post a harmful link on their profile, like content which leads to a terrorist website, they would be banned from live-streaming as well.