The Federal Trade Commission is preparing to impose its largest fine for a technology firm on Facebook as a settlement stemming from the FTC's investigation of the social network's privacy practices, sources say. The penalty will reportedly be in the billions of dollars, with the two sides still negotiating the final amount.
Google is capitalizing on Apple's issues with iPhone demand due to high costs by developing a lower-cost phone. The device is expected to cost less than Apple's iPhone XR, whose base model costs about $749.
Fifty-five percent of smartphone owners use the devices to play games, but most don't consider themselves gamers. Those data come from a survey by Mobile Gamer Insights, which also found these users play games four times a week on average.
Reports filed with the Federal Trade Commission show scammers who tug at heartstrings through dating apps cost US users $143 million last year. The number of such reports is fairly low, but romantic fraud is unparalleled in terms of the amount of money lost per instance.
Google is working on updating its Android Things platform to target Assistant-enabled smart devices from original equipment manufacturer partners. The platform was originally called Brillo and was focused on helping developers power internet of things devices.
3D drawing pen developer 3Doodler's first mobile app will allow users to draw directly on their phone or tablet screens. The company's press packet states, "As companies continue to develop pens that encourage artists to gravitate to screens, 3Doodler's 3D printing pens aspire to take creators away from them."
SuperAwesome, a startup that runs a service designed to make content on the internet safe for viewing by children, raised $13 million in its most recent funding round. The company's plans include rolling out an ad-based, video-on-demand service designed for children.
Asteroid has created a node-based human-machine interface engine for Apple platforms; developers can use it to build interactions for Swift applications. To draw attention to the engine, the company has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.
Universal App Campaigns from Google have a large user base, but some marketers who use it struggle with opaque reporting. Google is now providing more insight with its Cupboard platform, which uses AdWords and other tech to provide more data details.