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Facebook launches Avatars, its Bitmoji competitor, in the U.S.

Facebook launches Avatars, its Bitmoji competitor, in the U.S.

Facebook’s Avatars feature, which lets you customize a virtual lookalike of yourself for use as stickers in comments and Messenger chats, is today launching in the U.S. Essentially Facebook’s version of Snap’s Bitmoji, Avatars were first introduced last year and have been since made available in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Canada. Based on early feedback,…
Google’s Android ad ID specific in strategic GDPR tracking criticism

Google’s Android ad ID specific in strategic GDPR tracking criticism

Now here’s an interesting GDPR complaint: Is Google illegally tracking Android users in Europe via a unique, device-assigned advertising ID? First, what is the Android advertising ID? Per Google’s description to developers building apps for its smartphone platform it’s — [emphasis added by us] The advertising ID is a unique, user-resettable ID for advertising, provided by…
SparkLabs International Ventures promotes Jessica Jackley, co-founder of Kiva, to general lover

SparkLabs International Ventures promotes Jessica Jackley, co-founder of Kiva, to general lover

Jessica Jackley, co-founder of nonprofit microlending platform Kiva, has become a general partner at SparkLabs Global Ventures. Jackley was previously a venture partner at the firm, which focuses on seed-stage investments in the United States, Asia and Europe. Jackley is also the chief impact officer at Aspiration, an online financial services firm that lets customers…
The light magnificence of abandoned cars

The light magnificence of abandoned cars

Dieter Klein has travelled to remote corners of Europe and the US to find and photograph abandoned cars. Image copyright Dieter Klein / teNeues The German freelance photographer finds his subject matter in shabby backyards, dusty barns, deserted fields and thick forests. Image copyright Dieter Klein / teNeues On his travels, Klein has shot images…
Europe to Facebook: Pay back taxes and respect our values — or we’ll control

Europe to Facebook: Pay back taxes and respect our values — or we’ll control

A livestreamed “debate” yesterday between Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and a European commissioner shaping digital policy for the internal market, Thierry Breton, sounded cordial enough on the surface, with Breton making several chummy references to “Mark” — and talking about “having dialogue to establish the right governance” for digital platforms — while Zuckerberg kept it…
Mercedes’ EQV electric van is available for purchase in Europe

Mercedes’ EQV electric van is available for purchase in Europe

Mercedes’ EQV electric van is now available for sale in Europe. You can order the high-end electric van starting at €71,388 (about $78,352). Until now, the only vehicle available from Mercedes’ all-electric EQ line was the luxury EQC, so this is a notable expansion.The EQV can carry up to eight passengers or be configured to…
Supercomputers throughout Europe have fallen to cryptomining hacks

Supercomputers throughout Europe have fallen to cryptomining hacks

Cryptomining hacks aren’t new by any stretch, but a string of recent incidents is raising eyebrows. ZDNet reports that culprits infected multiple European supercomputers with Monero mining malware in the past week, including the University of Edinburgh’s ARCHER, five of bwHPC’s computer clusters and most recently a cluster at Munich’s Ludwig-Maximilians University. That’s unusual by…
Xiaomi Mi A3’s Android 10 rollout is achieving Europe

Xiaomi Mi A3’s Android 10 rollout is achieving Europe

This story was originally published 2020/04/08 7:16am PDTon Apr 8, 2020 and last updated 2020/05/08 2:33am PDTon May 8, 2020.  You would think that Android One phones are usually among the first to get new OS releases, but many Nokia devices and the Xiaomi Mi A3 prove this wrong, as a lot of them still…
Air Canada’s bid for Transat faces prolonged EU merger probe – BNNBloomberg.ca

Air Canada’s bid for Transat faces prolonged EU merger probe – BNNBloomberg.ca

Air Canada’s bid for tour operator Transat A.T. Inc. faces an extended probe from European Union regulators who said the deal may hamper competition by combining the two biggest airlines linking Europe and Canada. The European Commission set a Sept. 30 deadline to rule on the deal, citing concerns that the “transaction could significantly reduce…
CDC official admits that owing in element to minimal screening and delayed travel alerts, the US missed likelihood to gradual the unfold of the coronavirus

CDC official admits that owing in element to minimal screening and delayed travel alerts,...

Limited testing and delayed travel alerts for areas outside China contributed to the jump in US cases starting in late February, said Dr. Anne Schuchat, the No. 2 official at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."We clearly didn't recognize the full importations that were happening," Schuchat told The Associated Press.Schuchat noted that nearly…