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November 18, 2016

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Secret Back Door in Some U.S. Phones Sent Data to China, Analysts Say

NY Times

The Chinese company that wrote the software, Shanghai Adups Technology Company, says its code runs on more than 700 million phones, cars and other smart devices. One American phone manufacturer, BLU Products, said that 120,000 of its phones had been affected and that it had updated the software to eliminate the feature.

Apple’s Big App Store Purge is Now Underway


Of the 47,300 total apps removed, around 28% were games. This category was followed by entertainment, books, education and lifestyle.

WhatsApp Launches Video-Chat Challenger to FaceTime, Skype


The app is the latest example of the tech industry's love affair with video chat apps. Other messaging apps, like Facebook Messenger and Snapchat, have text, voice and video calls all baked into one. 

Apple to Cut Fees Video Services Will Pay for App Store, Say Sources


Apple intends to reduce the slice of revenue it is paid by subscription video streaming apps from the current 30% to 15%. Other non-video apps see their bill from Apple halved from 30% only after a customer has completed a year’s subscription. 

AT&T to Limit Video Quality by Default—Even on Unlimited Data Plans


 A new feature called "Stream Saver" will throttle video to DVD resolution of about 480p. 

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