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2018 Full of Online Abuse; T-Mobile Takes Merger Case to Congress; Bad Saudi App; Next Apple Event


February 13 · Issue #146 · View online
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2018 Full of Online Abuse; T-Mobile Takes Merger Case to Congress; Bad Saudi App; Next Apple Event

People are awful. A new Anti-Defamation League study says 2018 was a banner year for online harassment, with a lot of it occurring on the world’s biggest social platform: Facebook. Twitter, YouTube, Twitch and others are also hotbeds of meanness and this despite all the socials working hard to combat harassment. ADL survey respondents want more action from the social networks but are also ready to support more laws to criminalize this behavior.
1 in 3 Americans Suffered Severe Online Harassment in 2018 | WIRED
Is one better than two. T-Mobile’s eccentric CEO John Legere will argue his case for buying rival Sprint before Congress today. The two companies signed off in a merger agreement late last year, but opponents are concerned about what the combined entity will mean for prices, especially in rural and poorer communities. T-Mobile has promised to not raise prices for 3 years. The most interesting part of this, though, may be when congress people start asking Legere questions. The unpredictable CEO is apt to say anything. I expect C-Span’s ratings to go up.
T-Mobile CEO to defend Sprint deal in Congress | Reuters
Very bad app. Saudi Arabia doesn’t have the best record when it comes to women’s rights, but there may be no better illustration of how men in that country view women than the government app Absher, which includes ways to track women’s movements, including when they use their passports. The app, which is in Apple’s App Store and Google Play, was brought to the attention of both companies by Senator Ron Wyden who called it “abhorrent.” Now Apple CEO Tim Cook has promised to look into it. Removal coming in 3, 2, 1….
Apple CEO Tim Cook promises to investigate the Saudi app branded 'abhorrent' for allowing men to track women
Rumor mill. Virtually every spring, Apple holds some kind of product in event and it’s usually a little different from the typical Apple Product Rollout Event. Last year I went to Chicago for its big Education Event. Now rumor has it the company is gearing up for a late March event devoted to Apple’s anticipated news subscription program. I think that’s only part of it. If Apple holds this event, it will fill it with content across multiple platforms with the new Apple Streaming service taking center stage. We could also see new AirPods, AirPower, and maybe new Apple TV.
Apple Event Planned For March 25 Around A News Subscription Product
Tune In. A little programming note for all of you. I’ll be on Live with Kelly and Ryan on Friday, February 15, at 9:00 AM ET, showing off some super cool gadgets from CES. It should be a hoot!
February 14, 2019 | LIVE with Kelly and Ryan
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