Apple will repair iPhones with third-party batteries

In a change to its longstanding policy, Apple is apparently repairing iPhones with third-party batteries at its Genius Bars and Apple Authorized Service Providers. This is a about-face from its previous stance, which was to refuse repairs on iPhones with aftermarket batteries. According to MacRumors, which saw a copy of Apple’s internal memo regarding the […]

Amazon employee shared email addresses with third-party seller

In September, Amazon started investigating reports that some of its employees in the US and China have been leaking data to third-party sellers in exchange for money. Now, the e-commerce giant has notified affected customers that an employee shared their email addresses with a third-party seller. Amazon told The Wall Street Journal that it already […]

Google doesn’t dispute claims that third-party developers may read your Gmail messages

ANALYSIS: Another week, another data privacy brouhaha. A Wall Street Journal report on Monday reveals that third-party developers have been reading Gmail users’ emails. According to the WSJ, a number of companies admitted their engineers have read thousands of email messages for reasons such as training machine learning systems. The controver…Read More

How does the third-party doctrine apply to future autonomous robots?

(video link) In recent months, not one but two Ars writers have released books, so we decided that for this month’s edition of Ars Technica Live, that we (Cyrus Farivar and Annalee Newitz) would interview each other about our respective tomes. My book, Habeas Data, covers 50 years of surveillance law in America and chronicles […]

CryptoKitties launches KittyVerse ecosystem with 30 third-party projects

CryptoKitties is formally launching the KittyVerse ecosystem, which allows third-party companies to launch their own products on top of the CryptoKitties collectible game. CryptoKitties is not a cryptocurrency itself, but it is built to encourage people to learn how to use the alternative currencies such as Ethereum as well as blockchain, the decen…Read More

Apple Watch code hints at future support for third-party faces

Ever since the original Apple Watch premiered in 2015, owners have been frustrated by the absence of third-party faces. And it’s hard to blame them — while Wear OS and Pebble devices have had them for years, Apple Watch owners couldn’t do much more than customize existing faces. Thankfully, there might be relief on the […]

Facebook will (soon) yank third-party ad data in the name of privacy

Your likes (or general actions) on FB are continuously being applied to the company’s machine-learning model. (credit: JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images) In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal and rising public pressure against Facebook, the social media giant announced on Wednesday evening that it will restrict how much data advertisers can have access to. Facebook […]

Facebook says it will cease cooperation with all third-party data collectors

Facebook has said it will no longer offer an advertising option that exploits personal data provided by third-party aggregators. The company, still bleeding from the Cambridge Analytica scandal, said it wants to improve privacy. Among the companies that will be affected by the new measure are: Acxiom, which provides data from the US, the UK, […]

Snapchat might let third-party apps connect to user accounts

Yesterday, Mashable discovered that the latest beta version of Snapchat had a new feature category called ‘Connected Apps.’ While it didn’t display any, the placeholder text said “These apps are connected to your Snapchat account. Choose an app to control what it has access to.” In essence, this could let third-party software harness your data, […]

After Twitter kills Mac app, third-party developers drop prices

Twitter’s unexpected discontinuation of its free eponymous Mac client late last Friday hasn’t gone over well with Mac users, even though it rated an abysmal 1.7 out of five stars before it disappeared from the Mac App Store. Amidst concerns that Twitter’s other long-neglected Mac app TweetDeck might soon disappear, third-party clients Twitterrific 5 and Tweetbot have both cut their prices, hoping […]