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January 31, 2019

IN THE NEWS: APPLE CANS FACEBOOK APP THAT OFFERED PAID TRACKING

NEW YORK (AP) — In the latest skirmish over online privacy, Apple has scored a win over Facebook. Apple says Facebook can no longer distribute an app that paid users, including teenagers to extensively track their phone and web use. News of this comes originally from TechCrunch, which reports Facebook paid people about $20 a month to install and use the Facebook Research app. Facebook says people gave their permission to be tracked — but it’s unclear if users know the full extent to which they are being monitored. Facebook has been under scrutiny when it comes to its privacy policy — and how much of what users read, “like” and “love” ends up being collected and used by companies for marketing and research purposes.

IN THE NEWS: UNDERSEA CABLE CUT, TONGA CUT OFF

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Many of us can barely go without internet and cellphone access for a few minutes or hours — much less for 11 days. But that’s just what’s happening in Tonga. People in the Pacific nation have been without online access or cellular service for that long — and the problem is likely to continue a couple of days longer. When the cable went out, people lost access to the internet almost right away — and couldn’t make international phone calls. Some access was restored via satellite — but authorities have blocked most people from using social media like Facebook to salvage precious bandwidth.

ON THE WEB: SUPER BOWL ADS

CYBERSPACE (AP) — You know how it goes at Super Bowl parties: you get caught up in crazy stuff like the game and the halftime show — and you forget about the main reason the big game exists: the ads! If you want to use the commercial breaks to, you know, take a break — there’s a way to do that: watch the ads in advance. A number of sites online — like Adage.com — already have posted the ads many of us will be seeing for the first time on Sunday. The Super Bowl remains advertising’s biggest mass-market showcase,

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Online:

Super Bowl ads preview:

https://adage.com/article/special-report-super-bowl/watch-2019-super-bowl-commercials-released/316411/

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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