By Jim Beaugez. Popular artists take apart their tracks on the Song Exploder podcast, revealing to host Hrishkesh Hirway (seen here with Solange) what it takes to create a great recording. Here's how it happens--
Many of the brands that have curtailed Facebook ads agree there's no place for hate speech on the platform and generally agree with the demands laid out by the Stop Hate for Profit campaign, but their decision to adjust their platform spending is more about exerting "control of their relationship with the social giant," writes Kristina Monllos. Advertising executives say they want more control over ad placement and brand safety and desire more transparency.
WhatsApp has added a QR feature that allows customers to scan codes and send direct messages to businesses, rather than having to manually add businesses to contact lists. The messaging platform has also made it possible for businesses to share catalogs of products and services via links.
A federal court has allowed Microsoft to take control of domains used in phishing operations against Office 365 customers. The cybercriminals used coronavirus-related lures in phishing emails sent to millions of business users in 62 countries to gain access to emails, contact lists and personal data in OneDrive and SharePoint storage systems.
Cellphone location data can help fight the spread of the coronavirus by alerting health officials when crowds form in particular areas, Colorado State University researchers say. "All we have to do is perform the measurements using anonymous data that is already being collected for other reasons. We are not tracking individuals," explains Edwin Chong, a CSU professor.
Reports of Apple's Music app draining iPhone batteries have increased on social channels, with some users citing problems even when the app has never been used. The company may have exacerbated the issues with changes to its servers, writes MacRumors' Tim Hardwick.
Insiders say that negotiators for SiriusXM and E.W. Scripps are nearing a deal that would see Sirius pay $300 million for Scripps' podcast unit, Stitcher. Sirius has demonstrated interest in expanding its share of the podcasting market, including a deal for exclusive podcasts produced by Disney's Marvel Entertainment.
Google is making a push to dominate the smart home industry by announcing via its Developers Blog that Assistant will support more devices, including streaming sticks, speakers and AV receivers. The announcement is essentially an invitation for developers and device-makers to join the Google ecosystem.
Apple is exploring equipping MacBooks with a translucent glass keyboard that would make the backlighting more energy-efficient and help with conserving battery life, a recent patent filing states. The keys would have the letters and symbols printed on the underside rather than on top, which would also prevent the usual wear.
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