This week, Apple is trying to ignore your privacy, Tor is trying to protect its network, and YouTube is staying on Roku.
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When Apple announced App Tracking Transparency, their privacy feature for iOS and iPadOS, they received a mixed response. Consumers were excited that Apple was finally doing something to live up to their claim that they care about your privacy. But, some companies, Facebook in particular, waged war against the feature. Despite the fight, the feature went into effect, but it turns out that not everyone must abide by the rules.
Google Stadia, the company's attempt to get into the gaming world, was welcomed into the world with the general sigh of "meh." While the concept offered a lot of promise, the company seemed to have developed it more out of a feeling of obligation to fulfill years of rumors rather than out of wanting to be in the gaming space. That attitude led to a lot of challenges, including a poor rollout outside of the Google ecosystem. This week, Stadia officially launched on webOS 5.0 TVs, but is it too late for it to matter?
Tor, the subnet of the internet focused on anonymity and privacy, has seen its share of attacks over the years. Regular raids by law enforcement have shuttered various parts of the network. Now, the network is under attack thanks to a malicious actor taking advantage of the structure of the network in order to undermine its privacy.
Since May 2021, there has been a battle brewing between two media powerhouses: Roku and YouTube. The battle has been over contract terms for YouTube TV, which is the company's live TV offering. Roku decided to exercise its ever-growing platform control by blocking YouTube TV on the platform. Now, the two companies have come to an agreement just hours before the primary YouTube app was scheduled to be removed as well.