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Facebook Faces Class Action Lawsuit, Legally Unlock Your Phone, And More… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 04-08-2014

Also, the Apple and Beats deal is done, the duo behind @hiddencash is unmasked, @evleaks has retired, idiots call cops after Facebook goes down, and kids react badly to old typewriters.


Facebook Faces Class Action Lawsuit

Facebook is facing a class action lawsuit which all users outside of the United States and Canada can join. Law student and privacy activist Max Schrems has launched the class action over Facebook’s lax attitude towards privacy The Complete Facebook Privacy Guide Privacy on Facebook is a complex beast. Many important settings are hidden out of sight. Here's a complete look at every Facebook privacy setting you need to know about. Read More and user data.

Specific bones of contention include automatically forcing users to opt-in to new features and tracking users around the Web thanks to the Like button. European users can join the class action at, with damages of €500 per user being sought.

As reported by Wired, Schrems has been battling Facebook for several years and has forced the company to make policy changes on several occasions. Unfortunately, Irish regulators (Facebook Europe is headquartered in Dublin) seem reluctant to act against the company in any big way. Perhaps they’re scared the tech giant will take their business elsewhere.

Americans Win Right To Unlock Phones

American citizens finally have the right to unlock their cellphones so that they can be used on any network. On Friday (Aug. 1) President Obama signed the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act into law.

This restores the previous exemption to copyright laws allowing customers to modify their phone’s firmware. Unfortunately, as reported by The Verge, this isn’t an end to the issue, as the exemption is still considered temporary and therefore liable to being overturned in the future.


Still, let’s not pour cold water on what is surely a victory for common sense and the rights of consumers to do what they want with their own gadgets Your Gadgets Don't Control You: The Problem With "Look Up" [Opinion] Smartphones aren't making us dumb; social networks aren't making us antisocial. Technology is a tool, and it's time we stopped blaming it for our problems and took responsibility for our digital habits. Read More .

Bizarre Ad Celebrates Apple & Beats Deal

Apple’s acquisition of Beats, which was first leaked in early May Apple Buys Beats, Firefox Phones Home, Amazon Sunday Deliveries [Tech News Digest] Apple is probably buying Beats, the latest ZTE Firefox OS phone lands in the U.S., Amazon's Sunday deliveries, Cinamatic for iOS, Google Classroom, and the World Under Water Google Street View mod. Read More before being confirmed a few weeks later Apple Finally Buys Beats, Microsoft Teases Skype Translator, Hidden Cash on Twitter [Tech News Digest] Apple gets Beats; a promise of real time translations from Microsoft; Chrome turns into a walled garden; Billboard ranks songs on Twitter; Uber gears up for the future; Avast hacked; and a Twitter cash grab. Read More , has been finalized. To celebrate, an ad has been released showing those insipid Beats mascots being talked down to by an omniscient Siri. Which may just be the perfect analogy for the new Apple and Beats relationship.

The Duo Behind @HiddenCash Is Revealed

The identities of the people behind Twitter account @HiddenCash have been revealed, with TechCrunch getting the scoop. @HiddenCash made headlines in May Apple Finally Buys Beats, Microsoft Teases Skype Translator, Hidden Cash on Twitter [Tech News Digest] Apple gets Beats; a promise of real time translations from Microsoft; Chrome turns into a walled garden; Billboard ranks songs on Twitter; Uber gears up for the future; Avast hacked; and a Twitter cash grab. Read More for hiding cash in locations across the U.S. and tweeting clues concerning its whereabouts.

The duo responsible are Yan Budman and Jason Buzi, longtime friends who concocted the plan to give away money to strangers after Buzi made a killing from a business deal. There are now hundreds of similar Twitter accounts following the same model, with the idea being to pay it forward. There may also be a TV show in the works.


This may not solve the problem of income inequality, but doing something is surely better than doing nothing.

Evan Blass AKA @evleaks Has Retired

Infamous smartphone leaker @evleaks has retired, announcing it via Twitter. @evleaks is actually former Engadget writer Evan Blass, who used his industry contacts to leak information and images about forthcoming products. Blass explained his reasons for retiring to The Next Web; monetizing a Twitter account is nigh-on impossible, so he’s planning to start a new career.

Let’s just hope someone else steps into the fray, even if it means potentially making enemies at Apple, Microsoft, Samsung, HTC, LG and others.

Facebook Downtime Prompts 911 Calls

Facebook went down for around an hour on Friday (Aug. 1) leading some absolute morons to phone 911 seeking an explanation. The calls prompted the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to tweet a request that people stop wasting police time asking when Facebook will be back online 3 Ways To Figure Out If Your Favorite Website Is Down There are a few websites out there that are devoted simply to answering the basic question that you'll eventually ask: "Is this website down?" Here, we have three of these websites, and they are all... Read More . I’m not sure there are sufficient words to condemn such stupidity.


Dumb Kids React Badly To Old Typewriters

And finally, we have further proof that the youth of today really don’t understand how lucky they are to be living in a time of computers, tablets, and smartphones. Show them an old typewriter and they cannot get their heads around the ancient font, the need for Wite-Out, or the ding that tells you to start a new line. Moan moan, stupid kids, moan moan.

Your Views On Today’s Tech News

Does the class action lawsuit against Facebook have any merit? What’s your reaction to the U.S. finally legalizing the unlocking of phones? Do you still use an old typewriter?

Let us know your thoughts on the tech news of the day by posting to the comments section below. Because a healthy discussion is always welcome.

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  1. Buffet
    August 6, 2014 at 12:10 am

    Those kids are retards man.