Epic files suit against Apple after Fortnite pulled from iOS App Store [Updated]

Enlarge / Fortnite seen in the App Store on an iPhone on May 10, 2018. (credit: Andrew Harrer | Bloomberg | Getty Images) Update 4:05pm ET: In a video message premiering in Fortnite's own Party Royale mode, Epic wrote that it has "defied the App Store Monopoly. In retaliation, Apple is blocking Fortnite from a billion devices. Join the fight to stop 2020 from becoming '1984.'" The video directly parodies Apple's famous 1984 Macintosh … [Read more...]

Ousted COO sues Pinterest, alleges rampant gender discrimination

Enlarge / A Pinterest logo seen displayed on a smartphone. (credit: Mateusz Slodkowski | SOPA Images | LightRocket | Getty Images) The former chief operating officer of Pinterest is suing her ex-employer, claiming that the platform's woman-friendly public face is not matched internally and instead "reflects a pattern of discrimination and exclusion." Pinterest hired Francoise Brougher as chief operating officer in March 2018, then fired her in … [Read more...]

Police use of facial recognition violates human rights, UK court rules

Enlarge / A close-up of a police facial recognition camera in use at the Cardiff City Stadium on January 12, 2020 in Cardiff, Wales. Police used the technology to identify individuals who were issued with football banning orders in an attempt to prevent disorder. Critics argued that the use of such technology is invasive and discriminatory. (credit: Matthew Horwood | Getty Images) Privacy advocates in the UK are claiming victory as an appeals … [Read more...]

Why movie theaters are in trouble after DOJ nixes 70-year-old case

Enlarge / The House of Mouse is the shadow lurking in the future of movie theaters. (credit: Aurich Lawson / Getty Images) If you went to the movies in 2019, you probably saw a Disney movie. Seven of the top 10 highest-grossing films released in the United States last year were distributed by the House of Mouse, and hundreds of millions of people went to see them on thousands of screens. Some weeks it felt like the entire film industry was … [Read more...]

Trump plans TikTok, WeChat ban, declares apps “national emergency”

Enlarge / If the Trump administration has its way, these logos will be scarce inside the US in a few weeks. (credit: Ivan Abreu | Bloomberg | Getty Images) The White House's campaign against the China-based developers of popular apps escalated dramatically in the last day, as President Donald Trump declared both TikTok and WeChat to be national emergencies and said the administration will ban or curtail their operations in September. Trump … [Read more...]

Trump campaign’s false COVID-19 claims taken down by Facebook and Twitter

Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson / Getty Images) For the first time, both Facebook and Twitter acted to remove content shared by the campaign to re-elect President Donald Trump from their platforms, citing policies against spreading false claims about COVID-19. Both the @TeamTrump campaign Twitter account and the official Donald Trump Facebook account shared a video late yesterday in which Trump claimed children are immune from the novel … [Read more...]