Asraa / Chicago Reporter:
Chicago PD shuts down its arrest API, used by journalists to access arrest data, after Chicago Reporter used it to reveal that CPD had inflated looting claims — Blocking access to key law enforcement data hinders critical accountability efforts by journalists and researchers and ultimately limits discourse on public safety.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Gartner and IDC see YoY growth in Q2 PC shipments, 2.8% and 11.2% respectively, with both firms seeing the gains as short-term, driven by work-from-home demands — VB TRANSFORM — The AI event for business leaders — Hosted Online — July 14 - 17 — Register Today
Sam Biddle / The Intercept:
Sources: Dataminr, an official Twitter partner, relayed tweets and other social media posts about BLM protests directly to police, contrary to earlier claims — Leveraging close ties to Twitter, controversial artificial intelligence startup Dataminr helped law enforcement digitally monitor …
Selin Bucak / Private Equity News:
Silver Lake buys French company Silae, which offers cloud-based payroll and HR software to 550K+ customers, reportedly for €500M+ — Based in Aix-en-Provence, Silae was founded in 2010 and offers cloud-based payroll and HR software to more than 550,000 businesses in France
Karen Chiu / South China Morning Post:
In Hong Kong, Facebook and WhatsApp have a penetration rate of around 80% according to Statista, Instagram has 60%, whereas WeChat is used by just 54% — Google, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft all say they´re suspending requests for user data in Hong Kong because of a new national security …
Ernesto Van der Sar / TorrentFreak:
Unc0ver team files a DMCA notice against developer Coolstar for their Chimera13 jailbreak, which GitHub then removed; Coolstar files a DMCA counter-notice — Jailbreaking tools are generally protected from copyright infringement claims through a DMCA exemption. This week, however, GitHub removed the Chimera13 jailbreak code.
Sources: in May, Google abandoned “Isolated Region”, a major new cloud service for China and other “sensitive” markets, over geopolitical and pandemic concerns — - ‘Isolated Region’ said to be shelved over tensions, pandemic — Cloud providers racing to isolate data for companies, nations
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
An independent audit commissioned by Facebook harshly criticizes the company, arguing that some of its decisions were “significant setbacks for civil rights” — An independent audit faulted the social network for “vexing and heartbreaking decisions” that affect its users — and potentially the November elections.
Devi Lockwood / Rest of World:
Some brands are outsourcing the writing of well-worded Instagram captions to a far-flung cadre of writers in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and elsewhere via Fiverr — On Fiverr, an emerging class of social media experts write Instagram captions for faraway businesses.
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
A group of best-selling authors is teaming up with Amazon in filing a lawsuit against Kiss Library, which they claim sold unauthorized ebooks of their work — A group of best-selling authors, including some who previously fought Amazon over digital book pricing, are now teaming …