CNET: Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook at Congress antitrust hearing: How to watch. “Congress on Tuesday will be tackling one of the biggest questions facing the tech industry in decades: Have companies like Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon become so big that they need to be broken up?”
The Verge: Check out this incredible archive of Apple’s promotional photos and ads. “Graphic designer and marketer Sam Henri Gold has assembled an incredible archive of Apple’s promotional materials that stretches back to the 1970s, which he’s uploaded into a Google Drive folder for people to look through. The folder contains hundreds of videos and pictures of the company’s products, and it’s well worth the time to take a trip down memory lane.”
Make Tech Easier: Apple Provides List of Which Countries Made Most App Removal Requests. “Apple provided a transparency report that shows not only which countries are making the most app removal requests but also the requests it has received worldwide for device data. These requests were made July 1 through December 31, 2018.”
CNET: Apple recalls older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro over fire risk. “The voluntary recall, which is for 15-inch Pros sold between September 2015 and February 2017, appears to be limited to the older generation of the MacBook Pro, not the recent models that have USB-C or a Touch Bar.”
Search Engine Land: Apple Maps refresh: Better data, more detail and a new ‘street view’. “Several of the updates in iOS 13, announced yesterday, are playing catch-up to Google. Among them, Apple is adding a Street-View-like feature to Apple Maps.”
BBC: Apple dissolves iTunes into new apps. “Apple has announced that iTunes is to be replaced by Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and Apple TV. There had been speculation that the tech giant was planning to shutter the music service it launched in 2001.” There is a picture with this story of Tim Cook with his hands clasped together like he’s praying. I’ll pray that Apple Podcasts’ podcast search is better than iTunes’.
Washington Post: It’s the middle of the night. Do you know who your iPhone is talking to?. “On a recent Monday night, a dozen marketing companies, research firms and other personal data guzzlers got reports from my iPhone. At 11:43 p.m., a company called Amplitude learned my phone number, email and exact location. At 3:58 a.m., another called Appboy got a digital fingerprint of my phone. At 6:25 a.m., a tracker called Demdex received a way to identify my phone and sent back a list of other trackers to pair up with. And all night long, there was some startling behavior by a household name: Yelp. It was receiving a message that included my IP address -— once every five minutes.”