Google will start removing abortion clinic visits from users’ location history

Karissa Bell

Amid data privacy concerns raised by the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade, Google says it will remove abortion clinics and other facilities from users’ location history. Since the ruling, Google and other tech giants had largely about how they would handle requests for data about users in abortion-related investigations. Privacy experts have flagged … Read more

Google will auto-delete abortion clinic visits from user location history

Google will auto-delete abortion clinic visits from user location history

Google says it’ll start automatically deleting visits to abortion clinics, domestic violence shelters, weight loss clinics, and other potentially sensitive locations from users’ location histories in the coming weeks. In a blog post on Friday, the company says that the deletion will happen “soon after” the visit, once its systems have identified that a trip … Read more

Easily skip Windows 11 Microsoft account requirements with Rufus

Easily skip Windows 11 Microsoft account requirements with Rufus

Windows 11 comes with more restrictive install requirements when compared to its predecessor, including restrictions on older processors as well as requiring an internet connection and Microsoft account. Luckily, there are workarounds that allow for upgrades to Windows 11 on unsupported CPUs, and the company isn’t blocking those circumventions. But, if you’re looking to do … Read more

TikTok seeks to calm US lawmakers’ fears about data security

TikTok seeks to calm US lawmakers' fears about data security

Chinese-owned social media site TikTok told US senators it is working on a final agreement with the US government that “will fully safeguard user data and US national security interests,” according to a letter seen Friday by Reuters. TikTok Chief Executive Shou Zi Chew told senators in a letter dated Thursday the short video app was working with … Read more

A ‘Doom’ mobile game from 2005 is now playable on Windows

Kris Holt

A dedicated group of fans has excavated a Doom mobile game from the sands of time and made it playable again. You won’t find 2005’s Doom RPG on the App Store or Play Store: it actually predates iOS and Android by a couple of years. And while Fountainhead Entertainment looked into bringing Doom RPG to Nintendo DS … Read more

Social networks won’t be able to stay neutral on abortion

Social networks won’t be able to stay neutral on abortion

The end of Roe v. Wade is leaving web platforms struggling to handle moderation — and data safety — questions around newly instituted abortion bans. For years, web platforms have faced relatively little backlash for pledging to remove posts that violate US law, even if there’s debate over whether specific content meets that standard. Policies … Read more

FCC clears SpaceX to put its Starlink satellite WiFi in vehicles

Andrew Tarantola

SpaceX’s satellite internet service is officially going mobile after the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday authorized the company to provide its Starlink WiFi service to vehicles. SpaceX already offers Starlink home internet, which left beta last October. “We agree with SpaceX… that the public interest would benefit by granting with conditions their applications,” The FCC … Read more