Week in Tech (16 – 22 Apr 2021)

Weekly Tech News related to Facebook Facing ‘Mass Action’ Lawsuit, Audi’s A6 E-Tron Concept, Exporting Text Posts in Facebook, Boosting AI Capabilities, Discord Dismissing Microsoft Deal, High-Performance Artificial Muscle Technology, Ransomware Attack on Apple, Automatically Filtering Out Abusive DMs on Instagram, Battlefield Mobile Game in 2022

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1. Facebook Faces ‘Mass Action’ Lawsuit in Europe Over 2019 Breach

Source: TechCrunch 16 Apr 2021

Facebook is to be sued in Europe over the major leak of user data that dates back to 2019 but which only came to light recently after information on more than 533 million accounts was found posted for free download on a hacker forum. Last Friday, Digital Rights Ireland (DRI) announced that it’s commencing a “mass action” to sue Facebook, citing the right to monetary compensation for breaches of personal data that’s set out in the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Original written by: Natasha Lomas

2. Audi Teases the Future of Its Electric Sedans with The A6 E-Tron Concept

Source: The Verge 19 Apr 2021

Audi has debuted a concept version of an all-electric A6 sedan, which is coming to all major global markets and will be built on a new EV platform the company is co-developing with Porsche. A production version won’t be revealed until at least the second half of 2022, but the German automaker is targeting around 700 kilometers (more than 400 miles) of range for the new car, which will be called the A6 E-Tron.

Original written by: Sean O'Kane

3. Facebook Is Making It Easier to Export Text Posts

Source: The Verge 19 Apr 2021

Facebook is rolling out a new feature, allowing users across the globe to have the option to archive their posts and notes created on the social media site and transfer a copy of that data onto Google Docs, WordPress, or Blogger. It’s expanding on a similar tool the company released last year that allows you to transfer photos from its platform onto Google Photos. In both cases, the tool allows users leaving Facebook to preserve a version of the content associated with their account.

Original written by: Taylor Lyles

4. Combining Light, Superconductors Could Boost AI Capabilities

Source: American Institute of Physics 20 Apr 2021

Researchers propose an approach to large-scale artificial intelligence that focuses on integrating photonic components with superconducting electronics rather than semiconducting electronics. Using light for communication in conjunction with complex electronic circuits for computation could enable artificial cognitive systems of scale and functionality beyond what can be achieved with either light or electronics alone.

5. Discord Reportedly Dismisses Microsoft Deal

Source: The Verge 20 Apr 2021

Discord is ending talks to sell itself to Microsoft or other companies, The Wall Street Journal reports. The popular online chat app was reportedly in talks to sell to Microsoft in March for a price that valued Discord at over $10 billion. Discord was reportedly in talks with at least three other companies besides Microsoft.

Original written by: Ian Carlos Campbell

6. Mechanical Engineers Develop New High-Performance Artificial Muscle Technology

Source: Northern Arizona University 21 Apr 2021

The quest for new and better actuation technologies and “soft” robotics is often based on principles of biomimetics, in which machine components are designed to mimic the movement of human muscles—and ideally, to outperform them. In a new paper, researchers detailed how the new technology enables more human-like motion due to its flexibility and adaptability, but outperforms human skeletal muscle in several metrics.

7. Apple Targeted In $50 Million Ransomware Attack

Source: The Verge 21 Apr 2021

Apple has been targeted in a $50 million ransomware attack following the theft of a trove of engineering and manufacturing schematics of current and future products from Quanta, a Taiwan-based company that manufactures MacBooks and other products for Apple. The leak, first reported by The Record, was carried out by REvil, a Russian hacking group that’s also known by the name Sodinokibi.

Original written by: Chaim Gartenberg

8. Instagram Is Rolling Out A New Tool to Automatically Filter Out Abusive DMs

Source: The Verge 21 Apr 2021

Instagram announced a new tool that will allow users to automatically filter out direct message requests containing offensive words, phrases, and emojis. The tool is targeted at celebrities and public figures who receive a large number of unwanted, harmful DMs. The update builds on Instagram’s work to combat hate speech on the platform.

Original written by: Zoe Schiffer

9. EA Announces New Battlefield Mobile Game Launching In 2022

Source: The Verge 22 Apr 2021

The Battlefield series is headed to mobile devices. The hugely popular shooter franchise will make its debut on smartphones and tablets in a new game that’s set to release in 2022. The game will be developed by Industrial Toys in partnership with longtime Battlefield developer DICE, which is owned by Electronic Arts.

Original written by: Jay Peters

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