Foursquare CEO calls on Congress to regulate the location data industry

The chief executive of Foursquare, one of the largest location data platforms on the internet, is calling on lawmakers to pass legislation to better regulate the wider location data industry amid abuses and misuses of consumers’ personal data. It comes in the aftermath of the recent location sharing scandal, which revealed how bounty hunters were able to get a hold of any cell subscriber’s real-time location data by obtaining the records from the cell networks. Vice was first to report the story. Since then there have been numerous cases of abuse — including the mass collection of vehicle locations in a single database, and popular iPhone apps that were caught collecting user locations without explicit permission. The cell giants have …

Apple releases iOS 13.2 with Deep Fusion

Apple has released iOS 13.2 and iPadOS 13.2 for the iPhone and iPad. This update features the usual bug fixes and security improvements. But Apple is also adding a handful of new features to its operating system. First, iOS 13.2 brings a ton of new emojis. The company now officially supports Unicode 12.0. You can now create all possible combinations of handholding-couple emojis regardless of gender or skin tone. There are new accessibility-focused emojis, such as a service dog, people using wheelchairs, prosthetic arms and legs, a person with a white cane and more. There also are new animals, a yawning face and new food options. If you have an iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro, iOS 13.2 enables Deep …

Daily Crunch: Apple pulls Hong Kong app

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Apple pulls HKmap from App Store, the day after Chinese state media criticized its ‘unwise and reckless decision’ to approve it Less than a day after Apple was criticized by Chinese state media for allowing HKmap in the App Store, the crowdsourced map app said it had been delisted. This is Apple’s second reversal on the issue, which it explained with a statement claiming it learned that the app “has been used in ways that endanger law enforcement and residents in Hong Kong.” 2. Grammarly raises …

WebKits new anti-tracking policy puts privacy on a par with security

WebKit, the open source engine that underpins Internet browsers including Apple’s Safari browser, has announced a new tracking prevention policy that takes the strictest line yet on the background and cross-site tracking practices and technologies which are used to creep on Internet users as they go about their business online. Trackers are technologies that are invisible to the average web user, yet which are designed to keep tabs on where they go and what they look at online — typically for ad targeting but web user profiling can have much broader implications than just creepy ads, potentially impacting the services people can access or the prices they see, and so on. Trackers can also be a conduit for hackers to …

Apple disables Apple Watch app that allowed eavesdroppng

Apple has temporarily disabled the Walkie Talkie app for Apple Watch after a vulnerability was discovered that allowed an individual to eavesdrop on another persons iPhone. In a statement to TechCrunch, Apple stated that the security bug was recently reported through itsvulnerability portal. We were just made aware of a vulnerability related to the Walkie-Talkie app on the Apple Watch and have disabled the function as we quickly fix the issue, the company said. We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience and will restore the functionality as soon as possible. Apple said it found no evidence that the vulnerability was used to spy on users but that it disabled the app regardless. Although we are not aware of any …

Daily Crunch: Apple in talks to buy Intel modem biz

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Apple reportedly in talks to acquire Intel’s modem business for $1B+ Apple is in “advanced talks” to buy Intel’s smartphone modem business for “$1 billion or more,” according to a new report in The Wall Street Journal. This deal could potentially bring Apple hundreds of engineers and key patents, and that could allow the company to build out some of the technologies it’s currently licensing from Qualcomm. 2. Bird is raising a Series D round led by Sequoia at $2.5 billion valuation Sequoia Capital previously led …

Apple and Disney donate to help rebuild Notre-Dame Cathedral

The App Store application is seen on an iPhone on October 1, 2018.Image: Jaap Arriens / NurPhoto via Getty Images Apple’s App Store rules are about to come under a lot more scrutiny and that could be bad news for the company. On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that a group of consumers can sue Apple over App Store rules they say are anti-competitive. The groups who brought the suit say that because Apple’s rules prevent apps from being distributed outside of the App Store, it creates a monopoly that lets Apple jack up the price of software in its store.  Now, although the latest decision was merely a procedural win — Apple’s lawyers had argued the case should be …