Mashable: Apple users claim iOS 12 is sending iMessages to the wrong contacts

Mashable: Apple users claim iOS 12 is sending iMessages to the wrong contacts. “…as first discovered by PiunikaWeb, iOS 12 device users are taking to Apple’s Support Communities forum to share reports that the newest version of Apple’s mobile operating system is mistakenly merging contacts that belong to completely separate individuals. Users on the forums are reporting that their messages intended for just one person are being sent to, for example, both their husband and child or their mother and sister thanks to the unintended merges.”

Neowin: Apple demands hefty $9 billion price tag from Google for default search on iOS

Neowin: Apple demands hefty $9 billion price tag from Google for default search on iOS . “Having the second largest market share in the smartphone market affords Apple not only serious bragging rights but, as it turns out, it’s also an avenue for some very lucrative deals when it comes to selecting which third-party services work as defaults on Apple devices.”

AP: Apple, Firefox tools aim to thwart Facebook, Google tracking

AP: Apple, Firefox tools aim to thwart Facebook, Google tracking. “Facebook and other companies routinely track your online surfing habits to better target ads at you. Two web browsers now want to help you fight back in what’s becoming an escalating privacy arms race. New protections in Apple’s Safari and Mozilla’s Firefox browsers aim to prevent companies from turning ‘cookie’ data files used to store sign-in details and preferences into broader trackers that take note of what you read, watch and research on other sites.”

The Hacker News: Apple Removes Several Trend Micro Apps For Collecting MacOS Users’ Data

The Hacker News: Apple Removes Several Trend Micro Apps For Collecting MacOS Users’ Data. “Apple has removed almost all popular security apps offered by well-known cyber-security vendor Trend Micro from its official Mac App Store after they were caught stealing users’ sensitive data without their consent. The controversial apps in question include Dr Cleaner, Dr Cleaner Pro, Dr Antivirus, Dr Unarchiver, App Uninstall, Dr. Battery, and Duplicate Finder for Mac computers.”

Ars Technica: Facebook violates Apple’s data-gathering rules, pulls VPN from App Store

Ars Technica: Facebook violates Apple’s data-gathering rules, pulls VPN from App Store. “Facebook is the latest company to violate Apple’s new app guidelines surrounding data collection. According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, Facebook pulled Onavo Protect, a VPN app, from Apple’s App Store after the iPhone maker determined that Onavo violated its data-collection rules.”

Cult of Mac: Here’s almost every wallpaper Apple has ever made for Mac and iOS

Cult of Mac: Here’s almost every wallpaper Apple has ever made for Mac and iOS. “Do you want a blast of Apple nostalgia which takes you back to an earlier time in macOS or iOS history, but don’t want to go as far as actually using older hardware? If so, then you’re in for a treat, thanks to a new archive of classic Apple wallpapers which just popped up online. Dating back to the classic Mac days of System 7 and the original iPhone OS (remember when it wasn’t yet called iOS?), the archive boasts full resolution copies of most of the vintage Apple background images.”

TechCrunch: Apple is rebuilding Maps from the ground up

TechCrunch: Apple is rebuilding Maps from the ground up. “I’m not sure if you’re aware, but the launch of Apple Maps went poorly. After a rough first impression, an apology from the CEO, several years of patching holes with data partnerships and some glimmers of light with long-awaited transit directions and improvements in business, parking and place data, Apple Maps is still not where it needs to be to be considered a world-class service. Maps needs fixing. Apple, it turns out, is aware of this, so it’s re-building the maps part of Maps.”