Apple Clashes With Facebook Over Invasive Market Research App

first_imgFacebook has long used apps as a way to research competitors. The company acquired a VPN app called Ovano in 2014 that promised to help users secure their Wifi traffic for free. In exchange, Ovano surveilled other apps installed on a user’s phone — intelligence the company reportedly relied on to identify the rise of Whatsapp, ultimately resulting in the purchase of the messaging app.Critical reports about Ovano ultimately led to Apple changing its policy on what kind of data apps can access on a iPhone, forcing Facebook to remove the app from the App Store.Executives of both companies have also frequently exchanged barbs over privacy. A year ago, when asked what he would do if he was in Mark Zuckerberg’s situation, Apple CEO Tim Cook simply quipped: “I wouldn’t be in this situation.” The New York Times reported last fall that Zuckerberg had been asking executives to use Android in response to Cook’s criticism, something the company didn’t outright deny.Update: 9:50am: This post was updated with a confirmation from Facebook that Apple’s revocation impacted its internal apps as well. Popular on Variety “We designed our Enterprise Developer Program solely for the internal distribution of apps within an organization,” Apple said in a statement shared with Variety. “Facebook has been using their membership to distribute a data-collecting app to consumers, which is a clear breach of their agreement with Apple. Any developer using their enterprise certificates to distribute apps to consumers will have their certificates revoked, which is what we did in this case to protect our users and their data.”A Facebook spokesperson confirmed to Variety that this also impacted internal apps used by the company’s workforce, and multiple reports indicated Wednesday morning that the company was caught off-guard. Apple escalated its simmering conflict with Facebook Wednesday, revoking access to its enterprise developer certification program and in turn preventing Facebook employees from running company-internal apps on their iPhones. The move comes after news broke that Facebook was using the program to distribute a questionable market research app to thousands of users.Techcrunch reported Tuesday evening that Facebook had been paying users $20 a month to install a market research app on its phones that was capable of accessing private chat messages, personal media and more. The company was distributing the app outside of Apple’s App Store, using a special program designed to help companies install internal apps on their employee’s phones.That strategy didn’t go over well with Apple, which pulled the plug on Facebook’s access to the program Tuesday night. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Baker mentioned 1012 family members will be at th

first_imgBaker mentioned 10-12 family members will be at the game. And no, he didn’t need any extra tickets.“People know not to really ask me,” he said, smiling. “A lot of people don’t really have my number, so that’s good. And then social media, I just ignore it.”The game marks Baker’s first trip back to Seattle since starring at the University of Washington.“It’s going to be like playing at UW again, just now I’m on the Cardinals and I’m going against a lot of the guys I knew,” he said. “It’s definitely going to be fun playing [in front of] my family and friends and all that type of stuff.”Bowl game prepAlready Baker has enjoyed a bit of a homecoming this week.On Tuesday, his day off, Baker caught up with his former Washington teammates as they practiced ahead of their Fiesta Bowl matchup with Penn State.“It was really cool seeing all my old teammates,” he said. “All those guys, they’re all my good friends still because I came out early so I would be a senior so all those guys are still there. It was definitely fun watching them practice and messing around.” TEMPE, Ariz. – For the second straight year, the Arizona Cardinals will not play in the postseason. And for the second straight year, they are staring a sub-.500 record in the face.Now there is nothing the Cardinals can do about the former — that outcome has been decided for quite some time — but there is something they can do to avoid the latter and that’s beat the Seahawks in Seattle on Sunday.“This is our playoff game,” wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald said. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche (90) celebrates his touchdown with cornerback Patrick Peterson (21) during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) 5 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires An 8-8 record certainly looks and sounds a lot better than 7-9. Neither, of course, was the desired outcome prior to the season.Many experts had predicted the NFC West would come down to a two-team race: the Cardinals and the Seahawks, with the winner perhaps decided here in Week 17.Instead, it’s the L.A. Rams who sit atop the division, and they will be making their first playoff appearance since 2004.Meanwhile, the Cardinals just hope to finish out the year strong.“It’s our last game of the year, just put a signature on the season and for us just to try and get better as a whole,” safety Budda Baker said.Aside from an eighth win, there is another incentive for the Cardinals, and that is to play the role of spoiler.“We’re definitely preparing with a sense of urgency. We have an opportunity to do something that most teams relish for, kick a team out of the playoffs,” cornerback Patrick Peterson said.Seattle enters the game needing to beat the Cardinals and have Carolina win in Atlanta in order to clinch the sixth and final playoff seed in the NFC.The Cardinals would prefer the Panthers-Falcons game not come into play.“I don’t think it changes our approach. That might motivate you a little bit more, but at the end of the day, we’re professionals. We’re paid to do a job, and we need to go out there and fulfill that,” quarterback Drew Stanton said. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “Now, the icing on the cake might be trying to spoil them and their chances to go to the playoffs, but at the end of the day, I don’t think that’s the biggest thing that we’re playing for.”50 winsNot only would a victory eliminate the Seahawks from playoff contention, it would give Bruce Arians 50 wins as Cardinals head coach, including postseason, which would establish a new franchise record.Arians is currently tied with Ken Whisenhunt for the franchise lead.“It means we’d be 8-8, and that’s about it,” Arians said, when asked this week about the 50-win milestone. “The rest of that stuff, I don’t put much stock in. It’s nice to be 8-8 because we’re 7-8, but it isn’t what we wanted when we started this journey this year.”Interesting enough, Fitzgerald has played for both Arians and Whisenhunt.“That’s pretty cool. To say I played for the all-time winningest coach and the second all-time winningest coach,” he said. “That’s not really that good but it’s saying I was part of the best era of Cardinals history. That’s pretty cool, I can say.”Baker’s homecomingIt’s about a 20-minute drive from Baker’s hometown of Bellevue to CenturyLink Field, so expect to see plenty of support for Baker with many in attendance perhaps wearing Baker’s No. 36 Cardinals uniform. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more