Weekly Tech Roundup: September 15
Philip Ellison 15 September, 2017 at 01:09
Content from the Qatari-backed broadcast network Al Jazeera is no longer available to view on Snapchat’s Discover channel in Saudi Arabia, following a request from Saudi authorities. Snapchat has stated that it always makes an effort to comply with local laws in all of the countries where it operates.
Because unfriending someone feels particularly savage, and the more diplomatic measure of unfollowing can still feel too permanent, Facebook is now working on a tool which will allow users to avoid seeing updates from specific people for set periods of 24 hours, a week, or a month.
Chinese authorities have ordered exchanges to cease trading in Bitcoin as part of a wider crackdown on the crypto-currency, in response to concerns that an influx of consumers into this market could cause longer term financial issues. The value of Bitcoin dropped below $3,000 on Friday.
Researchers at ProPublica have found that Facebook’s ad targeting system includes categories geared towards users who have stated they “hate Jews.” The company is now reviewing its system, and states that these categories were created automatically by algorithm.
A federal circuit appeals judge has ordered Uber to hand over the due diligence report it commissioned before acquiring autonomous truck start-up Otto. Waymo is now petitioning for extra time to review these documents, as they believe they will back up their claims that former Waymo engineer Anthony Levandowski stole company secrets and took them to Uber.
Hulu’s highly anticipated adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale won eight awards at last night’s Emmys. The wins included Outstanding Drama Series, something which has so far eluded competitor Netflix.