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Google says the built-in microphone it never told Nest users about was 'never supposed to be a secret'

Getty In early February, Google announced that Assistant would now work with its home security and alarm system Nest Secure. The problem – users didn’t know a microphone even existed on their Nest Secure devices to begin with. On Tuesday, a Google spokesperson told Business Insider it had made an “error.” “The on-device microphone was […]

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60-hour weeks, ambulance call-outs, and 'swag bucks': 30 employees describe the intense reality of working for Amazon during its busiest time of the year

Business Insider spoketo 30 Amazon employees about what it’s like to work during the busiest time of year.Hollis Johnson/Business Insider Business Insider spoke to 30 current and former Amazon workers across the US, the UK, and Europe about what it’s like to work during peak season. Amazon’s unseen army of hundreds of thousands of warehouse […]

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YouTube backtracks after Pokemon 'child abuse' ban

Google has backtracked after “mistakenly” deleting the accounts of several prominent YouTubers over incorrect child abuse fears. Popular YouTubers Mystic7, Trainer Tips and Marksman, who have more than 3.5 million subscribers between them, were among those who had their accounts deleted after posting videos of themselves playing Pokemon GO. They were told their videos contravened […]

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Apple's latest iPhone update makes it much easier to manage app subscriptions – here's how

The iPhone X.Apple Apple’s latest iPhone update makes it possible to manage app subscriptions just by tapping your profile icon in the App Store. The process is much simpler than the old way, which involved navigating through the Settings menu. The software update was released to address a bug with Apple’s FaceTime software. Apple’s latest […]

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Facebook needs regulation as Zuckerberg 'fails' – UK MPs

Facebook needs far stricter regulation, with tough and urgent action necessary to end the spread of disinformation on its platform, MPs have said. A Commons committee has concluded that the firm’s founder Mark Zuckerberg failed to show “leadership or personal responsibility” over fake news. Untrue stories from foreign powers were risking the UK’s democracy, they […]

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Facebook reportedly demonstrated 'informal interest' in buying the company that made HQ Trivia but backed off after reports of 'creepy' behavior from its late co-founder

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at the 2013 TechCrunch Disrupt conference.Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Facebook at one point demonstrated “informal interest” in buying Intermedia Labs, the company responsible for the game-show app HQ Trivia, The Wall Street Journal reports. But Facebook‘s interest reportedly waned after Recode published an article describing allegations of inappropriate behavior by Intermedia […]

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After you spit into a tube for a DNA test like 23andMe, experts say you shouldn't assume your data will stay private forever

Hollis Johnson/Business Insider It may be getting easier to link your private and anonymized DNA data to your identity. That means the genetic data you share with a testing company – which may include sensitive health information like your risk of cancer – could one day be matched with your name by an unintended party. […]