This week, Uber has a bad week, Minecraft has a good addition and YouTube has some new rules.
Scott is a developer who has worked on projects of varying sizes, including all of the PLuGHiTz Corporation properties. He is also known in the gaming world for his time supporting the DDR community, through DDRLover and hosting tournaments throughout the Tampa Bar Area. Currently, when he is not working on software projects or hosting F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Scott can often be found returning to his high school days working with the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), mentoring teams and judging engineering notebooks at competitions. He has also helped found a student software learning group, the ASCII Warriors.
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From time to time, a company has a really bad week. Not just one, but multiple incidents happen is succession that cause a lot of trouble. Sometimes companies weather these weeks just fine, and sometimes they take a major toll on the company's image for a long time. This week might have been the latter for Uber, with 2 major legal blows within very short order.
When Microsoft bought Twitch competitor Beam in 2016, it brought with it the promise of more social streaming features to its biggest game franchises. Arguably their biggest franchise has just received those capabilities on the rebranded Microsoft Mixer - Minecraft. While the alliteration might be enough for some, the new features are even more exciting.
Since the 90s, there has been a struggle between the tech industry and the government over the implementation of encryption. The tech industry has always argued that people deserve and need the ability to protect their data. For example, corporations might want to protect their financial data, or information about new product development. Individuals also have the right to protect themselves from theft. Encrypting photos could have helped protect Apple users during the iCloud hack.
YouTube has once again come under scrutiny for its automation processes. Just a few months ago, the company's advertising automation caused a massive advertiser boycott, including large companies such as AT&T, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Johnson & Johnson and Verizon. Now they are having trouble with parents who have noticed some incredibly inappropriate content appearing in the YouTube Kids platform.