Facebook boycott leaders ‘disappointed’ after meeting with Zuckerberg, Sandberg

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What began as a relatively small effort by activist organizations to hold Facebook accountable for perceived policy failings has snowballed into a mass corporate backlash — and a rare moment of discomfort for a company that enjoys its status as one of tech’s untouchable giants.

As the #StopHateforProfit campaign continues to attract surprisingly mainstream corporations to its boycott of Facebook advertising, Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg and the newly back-at-Facebook Chief Product Officer Chris Cox sat down with the group on Tuesday. Other members of the policy team and one more member of Facebook’s  product team were also present for the meeting, which lasted a little over an hour.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook to testify in US House antitrust investigation on July 27 | Appleinsider

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Apple CEO Tim Cook is scheduled to appear in front of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee on July 27, where he will testify as part of a probe into big tech business dealings.

Cook will appear as a witness alongside fellow tech industry executives Jeff Bezos, Sundar Pichai and Mark Zuckerberg, according to press release issued Monday.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman David Cicilline (D-RI) issued a statement on the coming hearing that will probe antitrust concerns relating to Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google.

“Since last June, the Subcommittee has been investigating the dominance of a small number of digital platforms and the adequacy of existing antitrust laws and enforcement,” they said. “Given the central role these corporations play in the lives of the American people, it is critical that their CEOs are forthcoming. As we have said from the start, their testimony is essential for us to complete this investigation.”

Källa: Apple CEO Tim Cook to testify in US House antitrust investigation on July 27 | Appleinsider

Forrest Gump’s $100k in Apple stock is now worth almost $49 billion

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This week 26 years ago saw the arrival of Forrest Gump, one of the best movies ever to star the treasure that is Tom Hanks. And it turns out that Gump’s investment in Apple Computer back in the day would have earned him a fortune. A big fortune at that.

As everyone who has seen the movie will remember, Hank’s character invested the money hey made from the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company into what Gump called “some kind of fruit company”. That fruit company was Apple Computer, with Gump seen receiving a letter about his shares during the movie.

Källa: Forrest Gump’s $100k in Apple stock is now worth almost $49 billion

German police seize DDoSecrets server distributing ‘BlueLeaks’ files

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German law enforcement officials have seized a server belonging to an anti-secrecy organization that recently published a trove of data stolen from U.S. police agencies, the group’s co-founder says.

Emma Best, who helps lead the Distributed Denial of Secrets group, said in a tweet Tuesday that prosecutors in the municipality of Zwickau have taken the group’s “primary public download server.” In an advisory that Best tweeted, police said the server was seized by the department of public prosecution.

“Please understand that we are not allowed to provide any further information regarding this case,” note states.

Källa: German police seize DDoSecrets server distributing ‘BlueLeaks’ files

Apple Music Introduces Animated Playlist Artwork in iOS 14 Beta

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Apple Music will receive a number of design changes in iOS 14, including a new “Listen Now” tab, improved search, and Autoplay. Another small design update is larger playlist artwork, and today Benjamin Mayo with 9to5Mac shared how some of these designs now include animated art.

Källa: Apple Music Introduces Animated Playlist Artwork in iOS 14 Beta

New H.266 codec uses half the data to stream 4K video

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Fraunhofer, the German company that helped develop the H.264, H.265 and MP3 encoding formats, has unveiled a new video encoding standard that could severely reduce streaming bottlenecks. Called H.266/Versatile Video Coding (VVC), it’s specifically designed for 4K and 8K streaming and reduces data requirements by around 50 percent compared to H.265 HEVC (high-efficiency video coding). At the same time, the improved compression won’t compromise visual quality.

The company developed the codec in collaboration with partners including Apple, Ericsson, Intel, Huawei, Microsoft, Qualcomm and Sony. It will be licensed by the Media Coding Industry Forum (MC-IF), a group with 34 major member companies. The aim there is to avoid the kind of licensing squabbles that plagued the H.264 codec a decade ago.

Källa: New H.266 codec uses half the data to stream 4K video