No. 1 social networking website Facebook is modifying its advertising campaign, trying to give users better control over the ads they see. The do-not-track setting in Web browsers will no longer be applicable, and will display ads based on all websites visited by users on their PCs and mobile devices.
Facebook users currently see ads based on Facebook activity, including pages liked and the type of content shared. Users will be able to learn why certain ads are being displayed when they are logged into the site.
"When we ask people about our ads, one of the top things they tell us is that they want to see ads that are more relevant to their interests," a Facebook blog post said. "Today, we learn about your interests primarily from the things you do on Facebook, such as pages you like. Starting soon in the US, we will also include information from some of the websites and apps you use. This is a type of interest-based advertising, and many companies already do this."
Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced his company will open its electric car patents for outside use by other automakers, saying big car companies can copy technology and use it in their own "massive manufacturing, sales and marketing" efforts.
Musk hopes to usher in rapid climate change, confirming his company is unable to build enough electric vehicles to realistically address a growing carbon crisis. It was rumored Tesla would open charging technology patents to others, but this is a more significant move by Musk.
"Technology leadership is not defined by patents, which history has repeatedly shown to be small protection indeed against a determined competitor, but rather by the ability of a company to attract and motivate the world's most talented engineer," Musk recently wrote. "We believe that applying the open source philosophy to our patents will strengthen, rather than diminish, Tesla's position in this regard."
As promised, the Anonymous hacker group is currently launching cyberattacks against the World Cup in Brazil and its event sponsors. The campaign, #OpHackingCup, officially began on Wednesday at midnight, with multiple websites defaced and one government website temporarily downed. The Brazilian arm of Anonymous reportedly said its efforts are to help fight for the Brazilian people.
In addition, the group has hit the Brazilian Intelligence System, Hyundai Brazil, Brazilian Football Confederation, Brazil Department of Justice, Sao Paulo Military Police, Bank of Brazil, and the Africa.com.br website. More attacks are promised throughout the World Cup over the next few weeks, with companies trying to prepare to defend against cyberattacks.
Following news that the Brazilian Foreign Ministry's server was hacked, with hundreds of confidential emails leaked, Brazilian officials said only 55 email accounts were hacked - and no sensitive documents were released.
Smartphone maker LG Electronics and security vendor McAfee have partnered to bring McAfee Mobile Security built-in on new LG G3 smartphones. Devices are popular targets of attack, with physical theft, malware attacks, and other vulnerabilities posing greater risk to users - which McAfee wants to help LG owners defend against.
The McAfee Mobile Security and kill switch was activated on LG G3 phones on May 28, and other LG customers are welcome to download the McAfee app from the Google Play Store.
"We are working with LG to build and implement unique security measures that empower users to live a safer, worry-free digital life," said John Giamatteo, McAfee consumer business GM, in a press statement. "Partnering with global mobile leaders such as LG is one of the many ways that we're working tirelessly to deliver innovative solutions that enable safer mobile computing for consumers."
Android users have been able to complete purchases in two clicks for a while after the Instant Buy API launched about a year ago. Google has now announced that the same 2-click purchase function is now available for iOS users.
With the instant buy API, iOS devs can now integrate Google Wallet checkout into their apps. The feature will allow users to access shipping and credit card info that is stored on the cloud. The user's payment and shipping details will only be shared with the merchant after they decide to purchase.
It sounds like the big protest that black cab drivers in London planned this week didn't go as planned. We mentioned yesterday that black cab drivers in London planned to create a massive traffic jam as 12,000 drivers came to one area and performed a "go-slow" demonstration to jam up traffic.
The protest was a way for the drivers to show their contempt for Uber, which they maintain is illegal to use in the UK. The protest appears to have backfired as Uber has announced that during the protest, registrations for its app increased by 850%.
Netflix has announced that it will be producing new episodes of the 90's kids classic TV series The Magic School Bus. The new series will hit Netflix in 2016 and will use CGI animation. The original the Magic School Bus show hit the air in 1997.
The TV series was based on a book series of the same name. In the TV series and the books, kids board the bus and go on all sorts of magical trips. The series took kids inside the human body and into space for instance.
One of the most prolific internet memes on the planet is Grumpy Cat. Spend a few minutes online and you are likely to run into the angry looking cat. Word has surfaced that Grumpy Cat will be staring in her own holiday movie.
The film will be called Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever and said cat will be playing the lead role. Producers are currently looking for a voice actor to play the cat's voice. Tim Hill and Jeff Morris will work on the script for the show, hill currently works on SpongeBob SquarePants.
Amazon has announced this week that people who subscribe to its Prime service will be getting a new benefit to enjoy. Amazon is rolling out a new music streaming service called Prime Music that will be provided at no additional cost to Prime subscribers who pay $99 per year.
Members subscribed at that price will automatically get access to a catalog of over a million songs. Amazon says that among those songs are tens of thousands of albums from top artists like Justin Timberlake, Pink, Blake Shelton, and lots more.
Comcast and Verizon are fighting to have the most coverage for public Wi-Fi hotspots in some parts of the US. This week Comcast made a big announcement that will help it to compete better in the market with the addition of 50,000 new public hotspots.
Late Tuesday afternoon Comcast turned the Wi-Fi routers of about 50,000 residential users into Wi-Fi hotspots. On Wednesday of this week an additional 3 million residential hotspots were turned on around the country. Comcast says that the goal of the program is to make it easier to use home Wi-Fi networks.